and Navia Natarajan sparkle at Rasa Sanje
Rama commenced her performance with an Ata taalam Alaripu, based on 14 beats. With sublime flow of movements, use of stage space, complementing the jatis with beautiful nritta, Rama performed this opening piece with elegance. Her symmetrical hand gestures were a delight.
Rama presented the Varnam, "Mohamaagiren indha velayil" based on the composition of Dandayudapani Pillai set to Karaharapriya raga, Adi talam. This Varnam was a journey of the nayika's longing for Lord Shiva, the striking of the cupid's arrows, and the effects of the various seasons. As Shiva blessed the sages who did penance to him, with his Ananda Tandava, the nayika contemplates to do penance and win over the lord. The varnam in varied phases of the nayika, from a confident person into one, who is still unsure about the nayaka's love, gave a good account of the dancer's capabilities. Rama's portrayal of the lovelorn nayika to her depiction at the end of the varnam as an uncertain nayika was remarkable. The Ananda Tandava of Lord Shiva was performed with good energy.
The Jatis of this varnam were by Karaikudi Shivakumar and Rama matched the immaculate jatis with brilliance. Another high point was Rama's beautiful postures at various levels of the jatis and holding her postures comfortably. She was perfect in her nritya and nritta.
The evening concluded with a Telugu bhajan "Momunchepura" set to Behag raga and Roopaka talam. This bhajan about Yashoda and Krishna consisted of the 3 stages when Yashoda confronted little Krishna and how she was mesmerized with his response. She simply called him "the butter thief" on one occasion. On the complaints of the gopikas that he had stolen their butter, she confronts him and is awestruck with the innocence in his eyes that he hadn't done that. Finally, when the children complain that Krishna has eaten mud, she is humbled to see the whole "Bramhanda" in his mouth, thereby realizing that he is the omnipotent lord. Rama danced the varied characters, swiftly transforming from Krishna who had stolen the butter into Yashoda who is admonishing him. The episodes of love and play between the mother and child were very well depicted. Also the final moment of realization by Yashoda about Lord Krishna was well presented.
Rama Vaidyanathan was well supported by a brilliant orchestra: K Shivakumar – nattuvangam, Valsarajan Niliyath – vocal, G S Rajan – flute, Sumod Sreedharan – mridangam.
on January 4th evening at Rasa Sanje festival Parineeta, Navia Natarajan
presented a wonderful Bharatanatyam recital, maintaining a high standard
of presentation throughout the evening. Navia commenced the evening's recital
with Pushpanjali composed by vocalist D Srivatsa set to raga Bhairavi,
Roopaka talaam and followed it up with a sloka in praise of the Goddess
Saraswati. The sloka was set to raga Khandajati Eka talam and choreographed
saw Navia commencing with a steady pace, and moving into swift jatis. She
portrayed the minutest situations as the nayika yearned for the lord. Her
abhinaya was immaculate. In the in depth expressions of pain in her heart
longing for the lord, as well as her expressions of joy, the gentleness
of the nayika's character was very well expressed by the dancer. Jatis
are wonderful to hear, and her wonderful nritta to these jatis was a treat
to the eyes. The jatis for this item was composed by Prassana Kumar and