It was an interesting miscellany that Bharathalayam students presented at the anniversary of the school.
FLAWLESS: The performance highlighted the excellent co-ordination among the dancers. PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN.
`Bharathalayam,' school of dance, celebrated its nineteenth anniversary recently. In a colourful function at the Corporation Kalaiarangam, Coimbatore, the school showcased its activities through a typical, traditional dance programme starting with Pushpanjali and ending with thillana. There was not a moment's slackness and the cheerful dancers lit up the stage. After the lively pushpanjali in `Gambhira naattai', the girls presented `Muralidhara Kauthuvam' for the song in `Arabhi', `Kaar mugil pol niraththavane'. `Deepanjali' by the tiny tots with lamps in both hands was a feast for the eyes.
Another group of slightly older children presented `Alarippu', a pure nritta offering with perfect co-ordination of the head, hands and feet. Jathiswaram in `Kalyani' came with a pleasing harmony of the song, the mridangam, the cymbals and the anklets. `Sabdam,' in which abhinaya is predominant followed. The varnam by Subbudu in `Valaji', `Anname, aruginil vaa', had excellent abhinaya, lovely patterns of footwork and rapid `theermanams.' Amutha Dhandapani had choreographed it in such a way that the dancers took turns to retain freshness. A very lively thillana brought the traditional part of the dance to a close. Among the light items was the `doll dance,' performed by children dressed as dolls, both male and female. They enacted the fights between couples and how they were resolved. Every movement was an imitation of the mechanised dolls and was delightfully amusing. The folk forms of the art were also included such as kuravanji, snake dance and kolattam.
Amutha Dhandapani, director of Bharathalayam and who performed the nattuvangam, had trained the children well. Sudharani Raghupathy, guest of honour, appreciated the excellent co-ordination among the students.
Bhavani S. Kishore Kumar's vocal support, V. Venkatasubramaniam's mridangam, Thanjai V. Muruganandham's violin and Sankaranarayanan's flute enhanced the quality of the performance.
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