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Nirikshana: Day 3
- Ayana Perla

December 31, 2019

The first session as usual was part of Legacy Lights. 'Lineage of Kittappa Pillai' was showcased brilliantly by Dr. Narthaki Nataraj through her margam. Her sense of humour and stamina was something that attracted the audience. She perfectly struck the balance of involving her audience and interacting with her audience. The experience was surreal.

The second session for the day was 'Shrama Vidhi: An insight into the Adavu codification of King Tulaja's Sangeeta Saramruta.' The presentation by both Uma Nambudripad Sathya Narayanan and Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya reflected the hard work put into their research. It was interesting to know the history of the Adavus.

Rajika Puri gave us an insight into the 'Then and now of Bharatanatyam,' tracing changes in its content and performance. Performing arts sees changes every passing decade and the changes Bharatanatyam has gone through is tremendous.

The fourth session by Dominique Delorme was unique and interesting. Karanas in Contemporary Expression was something we witnessed for the first time and were mesmerised by the beauty of Karanas. The session on emerging trends in new age training was interesting as we came across the different thoughts of every Guru on the panel.

The last session as part of Torch Lights was an ensemble work by Leela Samson and her Spanda group. No wonder they're referred to as a trend setting ensemble. Not a single moment and movement to be missed. It was a great end to the third day of the conference.

Ayana Perla is a student of Guru Sharadamani Shekhar (Mangaluru) and Dr. Rajashree Warrior (Thiruvananthapuram).

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