PriyaLasya Classical Dance
Kavya Smrithi - Kuchipudi Performance - 24th January 2017
A Review by Bhavanvitha Venkatesh
VAADA presented Kuchipudi dance performance of Kavya Smrithi disciple of Guru Sri Hari Rama Murthy, Principal of Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam Kuchipudi Kalakshetra, Visakhapatnam, in Kala Bharathi Auditorium, Visakhapatnam, on the 24th January 2017.
Introduction to the Artist and her Kuchipudi Parampara:
Kavya took up her dance at a young age and went on to perform her Rangapravesam in 2012. In her dancing career, Kavya performed in Kuchipudi dance dramas, played Rama, Krishna, Narada, Mohini, Parvathi besides other roles. She is an engineering postgraduate, currently working as a software developer, and completed a Certificate course in Kuchipudi with distinction from Potti Sree Ramulu Telugu University.
Guru Sri Hari Ramamurthy, one of the senior disciples of Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam, is the principal of Padma Bhushan Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam Kuchipudi Kalakshetra, Visakhapatnam.
Kavya performed Pranavakaram, Srungara Lahari, Marakatha Manimaya, Devasena Pravesam, Alamelumanga, and Thillana in that order. It was to recorded music.
Pranavaakaram, choreographed by Guru Hari Rama Murthy to Arabhi, Adithalam.
Oh Lord Ganesha, you are embodiment of Pranavakaram, AUM Karam. You clear the sufferings of your devotees and keep them happy. Composed by Oothukadu Venkata Subba Iyer, the dancer praises Lord Ganesa’s with celestial instruments like Dhumdubhi, Mridanga, Dhamaruka in support. You are always ready with your blessing hand to give success, happiness and affluence, to all your devotees at any given time. The performance started thus in a pleasing and auspicious manner.
Srungara Lahiri is in praise of Goddess Lalitha, soothing Neelambari Ragam, Adi Talam composed by Sri Lingaraja Urs and choreographed by Sri Hari Rama Murthy. The narrative rich item is full of scope for beautiful choreography.
Oh, Goddess Lalitha, your ever winning smile won the heart of Lord Siva , You are praised by all the vedas, you are always worshiped by devas. Kavya performed this item depicting the Divine beauty depicting the description “Madanaari Manohari”.
Marakatha Manimaya, Ragamalika, Adi Talam, Oothakadu Venkata Subba Iyer, the ever green choreographic splendour of Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam inspired Kavya in enriching her performance level. Adept in her technique she danced true to her name Kavya, as her poetic presentation to Lord Krishna whose beauty is beyond Manmadha, stands precious as a typical Kuchipudi piece as the dancer gets to display his/her prowess of movement on the plate synchronizing to the dance notations. Parampara continues.
Devasena Pravesam (wife of Lord Karthikeya ) is taken from the ballet ” Kalyana Karthikeyam”, in the joyous and flowing Sudha Saveri, Adi Talam, choreographed by Guru Sri.Hari Rama Murthy.
The lyric from Sri Dhandibotla Narayana Murthy introduces Devasena in the typical Pravesa Daruvu, herself saying that she was born to Lord Vishnumurthy adopted daughter of indra in this birth and progresses on to explain her walk, thoughts and perfect qualities. The work has a distinct content and depiction of its own, literature and presentation. Coming soon after Marakatha, the contrast and feel are evident and it goes to the credit of Kavya that she transformed to the change. In effect it has a different flavour and expression. :
Alamelumanga.. Annamachary Keerthana, Mohana, Adi Talam, is in praise of the Lord Venkateswara’s divine consort. Progressing at a gentle pace, ideal for dance, it has that typical nadaka (gait) a noticeable feature of the sankeerthanas of great saint Annamayya.
Oh Goddess Alamelumanga, you are the inner conscience of your consort Hari. You with your benevolent vision, cause the base and basis of all expressions in the world’s stage. With, a beautiful lotus in the hand, flowing black tresses of hair and with a charismatic smile as a full moon, you are the Lord’s queen. Here comes the Lord of Lords, Jagadekapathi, to be one with you. This is one of the romantic compositions of Tallapaka Annamacharya describing the love, affection and romantic mood of the Lord.
Kavya concluded with a Thillana composed by Sri Bokka Kumara Swamy in Kedaragoula Ragam, choreographed by her Guru. Based on Nrittha- different jathis and gathibedas like thisram, kandam, misram, sankeernam with ease and finesse. She completed her presentation ending in the charanam as a nayika getting ready and waiting her nayaka, saying that there is no other man equal to him to compare with. She requests him to catch hold of her hand, as it is the right time.
Kavya’s performance reflected her nature, calm and poised, she absorbed the content of the compositions and choreography. To say a few words about her abhinayam, facial, body language and her gentle expressions, all this point to even more potential of her dancing abilities. Kavya has the advantage of agility due to her fitness and the experience of performing in dance drama. As she moves into next phase of her career in the USA she sure would have her gift of art from her motherland with her.
Reviewer - Bhavanvitha Venkatesh (email@example.com) - A senior classical dance critic, Kuchipudi dancer, Writer.
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