36th year Art festival 2010 - 7th December, 2010
Unity in Diversity holds true when one really sees the classical art forms in India. Mohiniattam and Kathakali – an evening which saw the blending of two major classical styles though from the same state.
Mohiniattam by Smt. Jayaprabha Menon from Delhi and Kathakali by Kalamandalam Manoj was outstanding. A word of appreciation to Kartik Fine arts for bringing this innovative idea to the well exposed audience.
Jayaprabha started the recital with a Vandanam and Manoj performed the Kalyana Souganthikam, where the Bheema episode was brought out in detail.
Varshagamana – an item welcoming the arrival of monsoon from Kalidas’s Rithusamharam was wonderful with nature being described and elegantly presented.
The highlight of the recital was the Satyavan Savitri episode which showed the dual aspect – powerful and gentle qualities of the two styles. The sancharies for the numbers was well conceived. Both Kalamandalam Manoj and Jayaprabha Menon did justice to their styles without losing the technique involved. Credits to the superb orchestral team by Kottakal Jayan on Vocal, Nandhakumar on Edakka, Swathi Das on Mridangam,Muralikrishna on Veena, Nandhakumar on Chenda, Kalamandalam Anish on Maddhalam and Sukumaran in Chutty.
The programme was very well received by the audience and new concepts of this sort is always a welcoming sign for flourishing of classical arts.