37th year Art festival 2011
For Kartik Fine Arts' 37th year fest, music concerts slowly are giving way to dance programmes in the evening slots.
It featured two dance events today on Day 19.
The first was by Uma Ramesh. The theme was Thevaram Moovar, based on the lives of Thamizh saints, Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar.
Uma, after presenting a Pushpanjali and a Ganapathi Sthuthi in Gambeera Nattai, moved on to depict each of the three saints separately, one after the other. Every part had about three verses each of the saints' respective compositions, with fast paced swarams and jathis.
The verses had close relevance to the lives of the saints, that were sung at specific situations. The picture was well explained by the speaker, that was a lot helpful to the audience in understanding and delving deep into the presentation.
Describing Sathputra margam of Thirugnana Sambandar, the verses were the famous Thodudaya Seviyan, nalangol kali, adiyarku adiyen...Osai kodutha nayaki parable was educative.
Thirunavukkarasar's verses, called Dasa margam, had the verses, Masil veenayum, Thunjirul kalai malai, Sotrunai vediyan...amidst the parable of the saint afflicted with a cruel stomache pain, and touching upon Thligavathi Ammayar, his sister who was a hardcore Shiva bhaktha.
Pitha Piraisoodi, Ezhisaiyay isaippayanay, Meela adimai, Vitrukkolveer, were the lines showcasing the life of Sundarar.
The supporting music team was excellent. Uma's dance movements were treat to the eyes.
Bala Devi Chandrashekar gave a Bharathnatyam recital - Krishnarpanam, as a Margam.
Set in the traditional format, the theme on Lord Krishna was aesthetic and enjoyable.
Dressed in bright and rich looking costumes, Bala Devi danced for Swagatham Krishna (alarippu) as the introductory item in Mohana ragam.
After this lively performance, some of the other items she presented were - a varnam of Periyasamy Thooran in Bhairavi ragam (Nandagopala), Om Namo Narayana in Karnaranjani that depicted Prahlada Charithram and more.
Both the performances were wholesome presentations.