At this time, any classical art event in the twin cities has to compete with the
Kalasaagaram concerts for attention, and that isn't a prospect to keenly look
forward to. This month end series of performances presented under the auspices
of the Department of Culture commenced on a pretty good note, though, with a Kuchipudi
recital by a young dancer Archana from Vijayawada. Archana, along with a group
of six dancers, and for over an hour and a half, kept the audience engaged with
popular numbers of the Kuchipudi repertoire.
A disciple of Bhagavatula Venkata Rama Sarma, Archana won acclaim even as a child artist, when she was awarded the title of 'Super Kid'. She grew to be recognized through the title of 'Ugadi Puraskara'. As a young dancer she formed her own group and performed group choreography, enhancing the dramatic elements of Kuchipudi dance.
The present program saw the group performing dances based on the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha. And the Tarangam, the dance on a brass plate, framed up the recital. The very sight of six dancers clad in silk costumes and performing in a lively stance was charming.