Rama reigned supreme...
Full credit to the convener of the year Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant for so beautifully weaving together the countless threads of the Ramayana in the countless patterns of Indian performing art forms and bring out a "Viswaroopa Dharshana" of our country's most revered, most ancient, and most popular scripture.
That these scintillating presentations were staged on the most "divine dias" of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha set in that enticing, ethnic ambience can only be compared to the streak of golden hue to the shimmer of serene silk.
This conference was an amazing amalgamation of artistic spectrum transcending all borders and boundaries of states and countries, languages and culture. Dr. Ananda had toiled tirelessly for months to churn out a continental feast for this margazhi in addition to the routine Pongal, can we say?
sometimes pure and pristine, other times new and novel – sometimes power
packed and aggressive, other times emotive and subdued – sometimes bursting
with bhava, other times lilting with laya – but at all times mesmerizing
and mind blowing, this was what the common rasika, the critic and connoisseur
of art experienced and enjoyed at N.K.C. this year – thanks to Sri Rama,
thanks to Sri Ramayana, thanks to our treasure house of art forms and thanks
to Sri Krishnan Gana Sabha.