There are two ways to look at this one for all dance aficionados in town. It's
either a wrong time to have a much-awaited event, or a right time to have it.
It's starting right on a Monday - the optimistic ones will look at it as a great
way to neutralize the Monday blues, and the others will crib about why it isn't
starting on a Friday. Well, whatever category you are in, this is three days of
sheer anticipation if you are the classical dance connoisseur, or even the plain
The South Indian Cultural Association (SICA) is organizing its dance festival called Nriyotsav 2001. Renown personalities of various forms of dance like Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak are going to perform at this festival.
Rajeshwari Sainath will present a Bharatanayam ballet on the first day, i.e. the 11th. Rajeshwari, just recently took off a seminar 'Trishakti' involving top musicians and dancers, is a multifaceted dancer who perfectly balances her worlds of teaching, choreographing and performing. Director of the dance school 'Natarajalaya', she has a flowery technique of pure dance and also an expressional dance marked by the Pandanallur School of Bharatanatyam. Trained under gurus like Indira Rajan and Kalanidhi Narayanan, the danseuse carries forward the discipline of Pandanallur by providing avenues to blossoming young talent. Rajeshwari has also choreographed a series of dance ballets and has enacted the lead roles in Bhajare Gopalam, Nava Durga Charitam, Abignana Shakuntalam, Stri Shakti etc.
The second day (12th) will see Vidya Murthy performing Kuchipudi. Cast in the classical mould, Vidya, a student of medicine, has a compulsive appeal, charming looks, articulation and sophistry. She is the disciple of Smt Balakondal Rao, and transformed into an artist of promise under her guidance. Having fulfilled all the traditional requirements of Kuchipudi, Vidya is said to be the delight of connoisseurs wherever she performs. She has performed extensively at various centers and has received wide appreciation all through.
The final day will see Nandini Mehta and Murali Mohan perform Kathak. Trained in the Kathak style of dances, young Nandini and Murali of Bangalore started 'Nadam' two years ago to propagate Indian classical dances, and have carved a niche for themselves in the field of Kathak. Their performances have taken them to the USA, the Middle East and some European countries, and have won them accolades from the press and public. They have received training in Kathak from eminent gurus like Maya Rao and Padmasri Kumudini Lakia. While Nandini holds a Masters degree in literature and a graduate diploma in Kathak choreography, Murali is a graduate in music and a 'Visharad' in Kathak from the Akhilbharatiya Gandharva Vidyalaya, Mumbai.
Please contact V C Raman at 339-1485 for further details.