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Dance Festival by Anasuya Arts Academy

Dance Festival by Anasuya Arts Academy is an event that took place between 13-Oct-2000 and 19-Oct-2000 in Hyderabad.
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Romantic fables, music and dance - young choreographer Kiranmai is exploring all popular mythical themes in formulaic dance ballets. Enacting lead roles like those of Menaka, Sita and Vasavikanyaka in each of her productions, Kiranmai and her group of supporting dancers are indefatiguably performing in the week-long programmes. This event is the first of its kind in the state and never before have even renowned choreographers presented their productions in a line-up! Kiranmai and her encouraging dancer mother Padma Kalyani are, based on a 'Nritya Natika' chestnut box, almost effortlessly churning out ballets.

Rukmini Kalyanamu, Oct 14
"Rukmini Kalyanamu", the play scripted by Jeediguntla (taking excerpts from the fable of Bamera Potanamatyula Maha Bhagavatam) and with music composed by Srivalli Sarma, provided the narrative framework for Kiranmai to work on the theme where Krishna elopes with his beloved Rukmini to tie the knot.

There are other melodramatic scenes provided my other characters like Sisupala and Rukmi. Kiranmai herself enacted the role of the heroine Rukmini, while Jyothi donned the role of Krishna, Bhikshapati of Rukmi, and Sai of Sisupala. Cine actor Murali Mohan was the chief guest for the evening.

Live and Let Live, Oct 15
Dancers clad in satin robes, some with their heads mounted with beaks and feathers and some wearing masks to depict jungle animals and birds, moved across the stage heavily hither and thither. In a manner of a Nursery school production, these portrayals by rather big dancers in silken robes were at once ridiculous!

Titled "Live and Let live", the 'dance ballet' choreographed by Kiranmai, who was herself donned as a pigeon, aimed to enlighten the public of the importance of jungles and co-existences. Based on the script of Jaladanki Sudhakar, the play further showed how man disturbed the ecological balance by indulging in quarrels based on religion, caste, language, etc., while animal life is in peace within its fold.

With a voice over in Telugu (explaining the comparative life of animals and human beings) by Padma Kalyani and Kalyan Kumar, and with music composed by Srivalli Sarma, the play was absolutely amateur and an obtuse attempt!

Menaka Vishvamitra, Oct 16
This one commences with a populistic dance of the celestial damsels Rambha, Urvashi and Menaka at heaven. On earth, the sage Vishvamitra is on penance on a powerful mission. Menaka, ordered by the Lord of the Devas, descends with another mission - to disturb the meditation of the sage with her feminine wises. Then follow a series of dramatic scenes when Vishvamitra (donned by D V N Sai) falls in love with Menaka, leading to his fathering her daughter.

Kiranmai as Menaka was on stage almost from the beginning to the end of the play. Authored by Bnim, the play had its music composed by Srivalli Sarma. The other supporting artists were Bikshapati and Sushma.

Sita Swayamvaram, Oct 17
As the title suggests, this dance ballet is based on the 'love at first sight' of the celebrated divine couple Sita and Rama. The play takes off with the four young brothers Rama, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Shatrugna playing and growing up in the kingdom, to their formal training in martial arts. Further, there were elaborate heroic scenes like that of Rama and Laxmana killing the demons at Vishvamitra Yagna - 'Vishvamitra Yagna Samrakshana' - apart from the main melodrama at the 'Sita Swayamvaram' where many an aspiring man, including Ravana, fail to lift the mystique bow of Siva - 'Siva Dhanush' - which Rama effortlessly manages to break. The play ends with the wedding scene of Rama and Sita. Kiranmai as Sita, Divya as Rama and supporting artists Ramya, D V S Sai and Bikshapati performed this much animated play scripted by Pingali Raghupathi.

Vasavikanyaka Parinayam, Oct 17
This is a less known play where a king called Vishnuvardhan falls in love with a young girl Vasavika who spurns his proposal for love. The king, bewitched by her beauty, attempts to assault her modesty, leading to the heroine immolating herself. She becomes a role model and also a goddess for the women to protect and regard their modesty. Kiranmai again acts as this goddess of purity, while Anjani Raj dons the role of the king repenting his awful actions. Scripted by Nandini Ramakrishnamacharya, this play has its music score done by Srivalli Sarma.

Mohana Vamsee, Oct 18

Scripted by T K G K Vittal, this play has an abstract character called 'Vamsee', i.e. the flute of Krishna, which is depicted with emotions and love as though it is one of Krishna's favorite lovers! For this musical presentation, the Kolagal Brothers Sai Kumar and Anil Kumar composed music in varied romantic classical tunes.
Jyoti Shekhar enacted the role of the flute Vamsee, while Kiranmai took on the role of Radha who at times is jealous of the wind-blown instrument, for Krishna always seems to embrace it! Susruti took the lead role of Krishna caught between the love for the milkmaids and his passion for the flute. However the flute and its music illustrate an attitude, which enchants both animal and plant life apart from the Gopikas.

Srivalli Sarma and Padma Kalyan provided vocal and nattuvangam support.

Chenchita Parinayam, Oct 19

This concluding presentation was yet another in the series of formulaic ballets, with an introductory dance, music, scene after scene and a culminating happy drama. This script authored by BNIM is a sequel to the anthropomorphic form Narasimha and the animated fable. Here Narasimha is seen wandering in the forests in an attempt to cool off his anger after slaying Hiranyakasipa which does not reduce despite being pacified by Prahlada and also the celestial community.

So Lakshmi comes into the picture and takes birth as a tribal princess called Chenchita only to meet Narasimha, fall in love and tie the wedlock with the consent of the tribal king. Thus, even today Lord Narasimha is worshiped as Narahari by the Chenchu tribes of Andhra who boastfully narrate the story that Vishnu and Lakshmi were a part of them. Kiranmai and Jyothi enacted the lead roles of Lakshmi and Narasimha. A host of ten other dancers who participated in the grand finale.

Dr C Narayana Reddy was the chief guest who, in a subtle manner, pointed out the flaws in the music rendering and also in the choreography to encourage the artist.
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