It's ended finally, and on a good note, too. This Kuchipudi festival, organized
by Sri Vyshnavi Kuchipudi Nritya Kala Niketan, on its concluding evening, featured
upcoming dancer Anupama Kailash and an amateur dancer Yella Vijaya Durga. Anupama,
who has been working hard on varied theme-based performances, often comes up with
mythological stories, especially of the emotive subjects of Radha-Krishna, or
the general attitudes and practices of classical and divine couples. Her present
solo recital, backed by Anasuya Murthy's song, saw her elaborating such pieces
in Javalis and Padas.
In a pure expressional dance, Anupama shows a possessive heroine tackling her
lover with a classical grace. Her dance, to the contemporary poem of Bala Murali
Krishna in Shanmugapriya Raaga, draws the abstract image of 'Om' from which
are believed to sprout the five elements of Nature. Fair and bright looking Anupama
easily draws the attention of the audience with her very appearance.
Popular percussionist, Yella Venkateswara Rao, Dean, Telugu University, was one of the chief guests of the evening, and was also witness to his own daughter's recital. This amateur dancer is being 'encouraged' by her family, especially her father, to grow on par with the other dancers. However, it depends on how talented and dedicated one is to come up with genuine substance.
Yella Vijaya Durga staged 'Narayaneeyam' in Raagamalika, a few excerpts
from Bhama Kalapam and Dasavataram, all in a routine mode. Praiseworthy
are the efforts of the young director, M Dhanraj of Vyshnavi institution, who
gathered these solo dancers to participate, once again showcasing the dancers