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Kirtana’s delightful expressions

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By Vijay Shanker

Shivoham Institute of Performing Arts presented the Bharata Natyam debut performance by Kirtana Ananth at Rang Mandir Auditoriumm, Bandra, last Sunday.

Kirtana Ananth is the talented disciple of Guru Mubina and Guru Nilesh Singha of Shivoham Institute and is the daughter of Ananth Narayan Gopalakrishnan and Soumya Ananth who hail from Palghat in Kerala. It was a dream come true for the young Kirtana to perform after years of learning the divine art of Bharata Natyam.

Kirtana commenced with the invocations and the "pravesa daru" in pancha jathi. The Nartana Ganapati featured the joyous dance of the Lord followed with the Alarippu. The elaborate Varnam portrayed the "charitram" of Lord Krishna with the dramatic display of episodes like the killing of the serpent Kaliya and the death of the wicked Kamsa. It was interesting and a delight to watch Kartana with her powerful expressions and dramatic quality enlivening the varied characters from the Hindu mythology. With her large expressive eyes, it was a pleasure to witness her performance as she gets completely involved, creating a lasting impression on the audience.

After Sriman Narayana, the piece-de-resistance of the evening was Mahadeva Shiva Sambho that depicted the majesty and the power of the Lord through varied episodes. Besides the onslaught of the Ganga, the Ravana stotram was unusual. Due to his pride and arrogance Ravana decides to lift Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva is disturbed and just keeps his feet down and Ravana is almost crushed and he ardently prays to Lord Shiva with the Ravana Stotram, Shiva is pleased and blesses him.

Kirtana concluded her performance with the intricate Mohana Kalyani Thillana, Kirtana is a wonderful dancer and could be among the main ranks of dancers, provided she takes a little more concern over the pure dance movements, enhancing the aesthetic quality of the performance.

Kirtana received brilliant orchestral support from Guru Nilesh Singha and Mubina for nattuvangam, Guru Padmini Radhakrishnan for vocal, KG Vishwanath for mridangam, Ananatharaman for violin and Raghvendra for Flute. On the whole a sparkling performance!

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