Praise the Lord
- Vijay Shanker, Mumbai

October 31, 2011

Powai Fine Arts presented the ballet ‘Sarva Kaarana Kaaranyam’ at the Hiranandani Foundation School hall, last Sunday. The ballet was performed by renowned Bharatanatyam exponent Guru Lata Surendra and her talented students. Fine synchronisation, rhythmic accuracy and the dramatic appeal was the highlight of the presentation.

Not a single blade of grass would move without his divine grace and the entire nature and environment is seen in splendour and glory, as the sun rises everyday in precision providing life and colour to life. Similarly the Bhagavad Geeta propagates that one should move along with nature and follow the path of "dharma, wherein every soul is expected to perform his duty without worrying about the results. This was the message and the philosophy portrayed in ‘Sarva Kaaranya Kaaranyam’ through the medium of gestures, gesticulations, abhinaya, perfect coordination of rhythmic patterns and the precise execution of movements projecting varied facets of Bharatanatyam.

The portrayal of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu was the mainstay of the performance, as the dancers performed with complete involvement and sincerity. Whether it is the game of dice between the Kauravas and Pandavas , the amruta-manthan between the devas and asuras, the little lad Prahlada who praises the lord consistently or the Vamana avatara wherein the Lord appears as the dwarf and captures the entire universe in just three steps, it was all a spectacle to behold and the packed audience applauded wholeheartedly.

Lata Surendra holds the distinction of being a powerful performer and a painstaking mentor, and several of her students have won laurels and accolades in various events and competitions. Lata has performed in prestigious festivals in India and aboard, which includes the UNESCO program and the recent performance in Spain. It is nice to note that Powai Fine Arts has decided to organise programmes regularly, thereby encouraging the arts and artistes.