by Rajashree Warrier
Bharatanatyam presentation by Rajashree Warrier at the Dasyam Swati Tirunal
Festival, was in praise of Lord Vishnu, Preserver among the Trinity. The
dancer aptly chose compositions of poet-patron Maharaja Swati Tirunal for
had a good stage presence and a very expressive face, but one was at a
loss to figure out which dance style she represented. She seemed to take
on a Kuchipudi style while executing the adavus with bounces and jerks
and while exploring her abhinaya, she tended to elaborate too much.
"Kamala Jasya," a well known dasavatara piece set to Ragamalika. Her strength
was her abhinaya, but she needs to cultivate brevity. Her story line lacked
clarity in places where it needed more emphasis, like the "avataroodesham"
or the purpose behind each avatar. The dancer should work on precision
and clarity in her abhinaya if it has to reach to the rasika.
Warrier's stage presence and nuanced expressional ability are her plus
points. She holds promise as a dancer, so not to negate her main advantage
of above average expressional skills, it is imperative that she learn the
art of brevity and under statement.
Prabhu is a Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam dancer, trained under her mother
Kalamandalam Suganthi and Padma Subrahmanyam respectively. She runs her
dance school Mythri Art Academy in Chennai.
review was written as part of the dance writing workshop conducted by narthaki.com
from July 18 - 24, 2009 in Chennai.