37th year Art festival 2011
This evening showcased two great talents in the different fields of Indian classical dance.
Bharathanatyam exponent Lakshmi Viswanathan presented a thematic dance, titled Navarasa Sita. She depicted Sita in various moods. Lakshmi dedicated this programme of today's evening to the dance mridangist, Adyar Balu (Adyar Balakrishnan), who passed away recently. 'This is a tribute in celebration of his life', she said.
For the chosen krithis from the compositions of Badrachala Ramadasar, Thiagaraja, Arunachala Kavirayar, and Valmiki, Tulsidas's works, she portrayed Sita in different rasas. Some popular songs were Yaro ivar yaro, Eppadi manam thunindado....
The performance is a different kind of presentation as a solo, in a relaxed way. It was delightful to watch Lakshmi Viswanathan in a svanubhava experience. Every movement she made was enjoyable.
The renowned Odissi dancer, Dr Sonal Mansingh, presented 'Nayikaa' - heroines in love.
Bengali poems of the Nobel laureate poet, writer, philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore's works were the chosen lyrics for depicting the theme.
Ashtanayikas (the eight glorious heroines in love) was depicted by the talented female dancers from the Centre for Indian Classical Dances, New Delhi, founded by Dr Sonal Mansingh.
The presentation was in Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam syles, choreographed by Sonal Mansingh. The dancers exhibiting their love for Lord Krishna, portrayed as the epitome of love, was exquisite. The lighting effects was excellent, and the different styles of dances kept the audience hooked.