Ragham Raghavam wades through the sea of literature about Rama and tries to emerge with its own version of the sacred epic.
It sifts through the compositions of many saints and bards such as Thyagaraja, Tulsidas, Mysore Sadasiva Rao, Annamacharya, Purandaradas, Papanasam Sivan, Bhadrachala Ramadas, Valmiki Ramayana and Kamban Ramayana etc. Which certainly makes it a definitive edition and also, a visually stunning one, what with danseuse Smitha Madhav telling the tale through the articulate and beautiful gestures of Bharatanatyam.
Smitha Madhav of-course, has a substantial fan-following of her own by now, coming into her own after her tutelage in Pandanallur style by Rajeswari Sainath. Her perfection of laya and rhythm, abhinaya and brilliance of expression and footwork, and Nritta coupled with ease of execution has recieved much approbation from the press and critics already.
She is currently pursuing her Masters in music and dance to attain a firm theoretical foundation. But before she becomes a real gyani, and we have to start acclaiming her profound knowledge as well, we might as well enjoy her superior Kuchipudi skills, Carnatic singing, or acting on TV and the big screen. That's right, this lady is multifaceted in her talents.
She performs on the 14th of April at the Keyes High School for girls. Please contact Rajagopalan of Kalasagaram at 2773-1775 for further details.