Students of Srinidhi Arts Academy and Guru Anusha Srinivas were perfect to the T in their presentation at Sri Seeta Ramaswamy Temple, Jubilee hills, during the auspicious Navaratris. In the one-hour long programme, the students of Srinidhi Arts Academy presented three items choreographed by the Kuchipudi doyen Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam Garu and two choreographed by their Guru Anusha.
Bhavana, Manasa and Sanjita began the evening’s performance with Purandaradasa’s ‘Gajavadana Beduve’, in praise of the elephant-headed God, the remover of obstacles. Set to Hamsadwani Ragam and Adi Talam, choreographed by Master Garu, the dancers ask for his benevolence and blessings.
This was followed by swarajathi, ‘Raravenu’, set to Bilahari Ragam and Adi Talam, where the gopikas seek Lord Krishna’s presence and love. The item choreographed by Anusha was performed by Lochana Lalitha, Avani, Danvitha, Pranathi, and Keerthi.
Srinidhi Arts Academy students presented Master Garu’s choreographed Jathiswaram, set to Atana Ragam and Adi Talam. a pure, genuine and authentic form of nritta of Kuchipudi dance, which primarily lays its importance on the intricate footsteps. The finale Tillana, set to Hindola Ragam and Adi Talam, another rhythmic composition which primarily lays its importance on the intricate footsteps and enigmatic postures to showcase the brisk movements of the dance form brought the house down. The students, who performed in the two pieces included Harika, Hershika, Hasitha, Tanvi, Sreekruthi, Parmitha, Bhavana, Manasa, Sanjitha, Lochana and Danvitha.
Before the Tillana, the students performed their Guru’s choreographed popular Ramadasu Keerthana, ‘Takkuvemi Manaku’, that beautifully captures the essence of Bhakti (devotion) and selflessness, in surrendering everything to the divine. The students presented the poet’s vision of dasavataras, bringing out the devotion beautifully in the holy temple premises. Bhavana, Manasa, Sanjita, Pranati, Keerthi, Lalitha and Avani brought the piece alive on stage.