Sri Vari Padalu founder and Bharatanatyam Guru, Nalla Rama Devi’s students were eager to perform since the second lockdown was lifted. But Rain Gods played spoilsport. Finally, the weather cleared up and the students, comprising of 23, took to the stage at the mini theatre, Shilparamam Uppal on August 8, 2021.
As is customary, the evening’s programme began with Pushpanjali, salutation to Lord Nataraja, the Guru, the musicians and the audience. This was followed by a composition of Muthuswami Dikshitar, rephrased by MN Subramanyam, ‘Kanchadalayadakshi Kamakshi’ in Kamala Manohari Ragam and Adi Talam. Then came Ootukkaadu Venkatasubbaiyyar’s composition ‘Ananda Narthana Ganapatim’ set in Naattai Raagam and Adi Talam.
What was interesting is putting together Annamayya’s popular songs: ‘Kondalantha Varamulu Gupedu Vadu…, Anthayu Neve Hari Pundari Kaksha, Brahma Kadigina Padamu…, Sriman Narayana … set in Hindolam Ragam and Adi Talam. This masterpiece wooed the audience. Next was an ode to Lord Subramanya, a Tamil folk song – Kavadi Chindhu, a composition of Subramanya Bharati. The quick rhythmic tempo is a distinctive aspect of ‘Kavadi Chindu’ winning huge applause. In the composition ‘Chakani talliki changu Bala …’ the dancer very gracefully exhibited the movements. The curtains on the programme came with Jathiswaram, a pure dance presentation. The dancers beautifully executed the adavus and mudras. The dancers who performed at Shilparamam Uppal included Sharanya, Jyothsna, Anusree, Pavani, Casy, Asmitha, Shivani, Deetya, Samyatha, Rupini, Kavya, Shruthi, Tanvi Krishna, Chaitanya, Vaishnavi, Manaswini, Pragathi, Vaishnavi G, Shruthi Balaji, Snigdha, Spoorthy, and Charu Hasini.