Scintillating performance  
by Lakshmi Kannan, Chennai  
October 10, 2003    

Bharat Kalachar holds the credit of recognizing, encouraging and staging young talents. The annual ‘Yuva Utsav’ is one such fest where the audience gets to witness performances by the stars of tomorrow. 

This year the starlet chosen to perform on the opening day was young Sudharma Vaidhyanathan, a disciple of Guru Adyar Laxman. With her mobile and charming face, she was able to aptly bring out the required expressions. One could find her equally good in nritta. Firm footwork and an excellent sense of rhythm, absolute confidence in the execution of the nritta and abhinaya elements were her forte.  

The programme kicked off with Pushpanjali followed by slokam ‘Yakundendu’ in praise of Saraswathi – the goddess of wisdom and learning. The tisra alarippu came forth as a prelude to the central piece – the Varnam ‘Vaaranamukhavaa’ composed by the mridangam wizard T V Gopalakrishnan. The episodes as Ganesha’s acquisition of the elephant head, His acquisition of the fruit of knowledge, marriage of Muruga and Valli were elaborated in the form of sancharis. In the Ragamalika number ‘Naan Enna Seydu Vitten’ Sudharma proved her maturity in handling abhinaya. Vidwan Madurai N Krishnan’s Tillana in raagam Revathy was a fitting finale to the enticing performance. Kudos to Guru Laxman for his wonderful training.  

Girija Ramaswamy (vocal), Nellai D Kannan (mridangam), Muruganandam (violin), Madhura Vishwanathan (training assistance) and L Srividhya (compere) also deserve mention. 

Chennai based Lakshmi Kannan is a Bharatanatyam and Kathak exponent and a dance critic. She contributes to Indian Express.