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Nandini's elevating performance

Wednesday, June 06, 2018
By Vijay Shanker

The Fine Arts Society, Chembur, presented the exquisite Bharata Natyam recital by Nandini Ganesan at the RCF Hall in Chembur. The performance was noteworthy for its devotion fervor, blending well with technical excellence.

Nandini Ganesan is the granddaughter of Guru Mani of Kalasadan and daughter and disciple of Guru Sharada Ganesan. Incidentally Kalasadan holds the distinction of being among the foremost institutions to commence Bharata Natyam classes in Mumbai. Nandini has also been privileged to receive advance training from the renowned exponent Padmashri Chitra Visweswaran.

Nandini commenced the Bharata Natyam performance with Thiruvalangaadu Kali Kautvam in Hamsadhwani ragam in Khada Chapu talam as a tribute to the Goddess, a choreography by Chitra Visweswaran that made a fine start. The 30 minutes Varnam with lyrics and jathis by Guru Mani incorporates the inter-relationship between the human soul and the divine soul, wherein the heroine seeks the assistance of her 'Sakh' to reach our to the Lord and the 'sancharis' were inspired from the Narayaneeyam. This was the piece-de-resistance of the evening with elevating 'abhinaya' by Nandini, which was further enhanced in Papanasivan composition 'Yenna Tavam Seidhane', which incorporates the Vatsalya between Krishna and Yasoda. While Yasoda is disturbed by the pranks of little Krishna, she is shocked to see the 'Vishwaroopadarshanam' in the little mouth of Krishna.

After the shlokam that spreads the message that there is no 'bhakti' without the 'bhakta' in the conversation between Lord Murugan and the Saint poet Avvaiya, she concluded the performance with a rhythmic and complex Thillana. Nandini received fine orchestral support from Guru Sharada Ganesan for nattuvangam, mridangam by Nataraja Gopal, vocal by Shannmugasundarm, flute by Hema Balasubramaniam and moorsing by N.R. Ganesan. On the whole, an elevating performance indeed.

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