After a season of heavy dance dramas and theme performances, Ananda Shankar Jayanth's
solo 'marga' mode of Bharatanatyam came as a relief. In a leisurely mode accompanied
by four musicians, the dancer ritually entered with a brief 'Pushpanjali', followed
by a vibrant composition by Madurai Krishnan.
Ananda built up the tempo of the dance by describing the goddess as the one with
eighteen arms, a thousand eyes and a thousand names. Clad in thick red, the vivacious
looking dancer further chose to elaborate a traditional Varnam, all in over 45
minutes. This Tadi Varnam is a famous composition of the Tanjore Quartet, and
is in praise of Rajagopala. "I have fallen in love with you and your beautiful
form, accept my love…," the heroine prays, all struck by the Cupid's arrows.
The intermittent Jathi syllables composed by Adayar Gopinath were perfectly executed
by the dancer, with split second precision and poise. Meera Bhajans in Misra Malkauns
alleviated the Varnam's deep impact, while 'Dikku Teriyade Katil', Subramaniyam
Bhartiya's timeless classic, illustrated the love of a Nayika for Krishna. In
this, she is the 'Abhisarika Nayika' who searches for Krishna in the forests only
to get lost. This number further has beautiful descriptions of woods, streams,
flowers and fruits, animals and birds.
The conclusion was in a philosophical mood, through the Geetopadesham in Ekaharya
- Arjuna, on seeing his kith and kin lined up against him in the battlefield of
Kurukshetra, refuses to fight. And then there is Krishna's immortal preaching.
Ananda was excellent in her expressions. Mamatha Madireddy provided the Nattuvangam
support, while vocalist Venu Madhav, percussionist Balasubramaniam and violinist
Sai Kumar supported from the wings.