Naada Nrithya in New Jersey
Text & pics: I S Rao, NJ 

September 22, 2008 
Dance lovers of New Jersey were treated to a solo Bharatanatyam dance drama performance on Aug 24, 2008 by well known Mysore based dancer Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy from the Pandanallur school of Bharathanatya.  The performance was arranged by her student Bhramari Shivaprakash. 

Vasundhara chose the story of the Ganga, the holiest of Indian rivers based on the theatrical script Ganga Lahari of Sri Udyavara Madhava Acharya.  Combining graceful movement, amazing body control in various still positions and touching abhinaya, Vasundhara depicted the different stages of Ganga. 

Ganga is one female in Indian scriptures who has played almost all roles of a woman in life viz., daughter, lover, wife, mother etc.  Vasundhara enthralled the audience for close to 2 hours of non stop dance starting the story from the courts of Indra till the end where she requests us not to pollute her.  Whether it was the youthful Ganga loving Mahabhisha, ardent devotion of Bhagiratha or the pleading Shantanu, Vasundhara's portrayal of each character was greatly appreciated by the audience. 

P Ramaa as the lead singer ensured that the audience had no difficulty in following a complex story line through her melodious voice and clear rendering of the script.  Bhramari rendered the nattuvanga and dialogues. Jayaram on flute was quite imaginative and instrumental in creating different moods on the stage.  Local artist Laxmisha Shridhar on mridangam did a phenomenal job.  Suchitra Laxmisha supported on the violin.

Bhramari and her little students presented few items in a short performance prior to the main performance.