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Classical dancers weave magic web

KATHAKALI PERFORMANCE by artists from Kollam (Kerala) was the main attraction on the third day of Nritya Pratibha programme organised by Lok Sanskriti Manch and Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, at Ravindra Natya Grah, today.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 14:58 IST

KATHAKALI PERFORMANCE by artists from Kollam (Kerala) was the main attraction on the third day of Nritya Pratibha programme organised by Lok Sanskriti Manch and Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, at Ravindra Natya Grah, today.

The evening began with performance by Odissi artists Bijay Kumar Sahoo and Janhabi from Bhubaneswar. They started with the Manglacharan composed in Raag-rageshwari. After this they presented the programme ‘Ahi neel shaila’, which was originally choreographed by late Kelucharan Mahapatra.

The second performance of the day was Kathak by Sharad Vaishnav. Sharad has also received scholarship from Government of India.

His performance was a balanced mix of the styles of different Gharanas. The next performance was that of Bharatnatyam. Jyotsna Jagannathan from Chennai began with Ganesh Vandana and took the audiences through enthralling performances based on ‘Gho-shambho’, ‘Thumak chalat Ramchandra’ and ‘Tillana’.

Srishti Gupta of Bhopal also rendered solo Kathak performance. She staged Vishnu Stuti, Taal-ghamar and Chaturang brilliantly. The most appreciated performance was the last one. It was of Kathakali dance form that requires years of toil and practice.

Kalamandalam Prashanth and Kalamandalam Rajivan presented the first part of ‘Nal Damyanti Prasang’. Both artists captured the hearts of audiences with their expressions and rhythmic postures. The whole narrative became easy to understand because of their hand movements.

Yesterday’s programmes included performance by artists from Jawahar Lal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (Imphal), Mohiniattam by Salini V G Thrissur, Kathak by Samiksha Sharma (Gwalior), Kuchipudi by Yamini Yasoda Naidu (Hyderabad) and Kathak by Harish Watti (Raipur).

Manch president Shankar Lalwani, convener Chinmay Mishra, treasurer Mudra Shastri and publicity in-charge Prakash Parwani welcomed the artists.

The performances to be staged tomorrow include Gayan Bayan by Pubaroon Sattra, Sattriya by Aparajita Dawka, Kathak by Dimple Makhija and Krati Sojatia, Nangiarkooth by Indu G Nair, Kathak by Mayura Pandit and Monika Pandey and Chhau by artists of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s project.