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Samyuktha Krishna makes mark in maiden dance recital
CHENNAI, August 23: Samyuktha, daughter of Shri Krishna and Smt. Suba Krishna of the U.S., presented her Bharathanatya arangetram on August 13 at Sivagami Pethachi auditorium, Mylapore. She has been trained by Smt. Radha Ganesan of the U.S. and Shri A. Lakshman of Chennai. The rigorous practice was proven by her poised performance with good grip on tala. It did not look like her maiden performance. She performed like a seasoned dancer.

Samyuktha began her recital with Pushpanjali in Simmendramadhyamam. This was followed by Tisra Alaripu. She went on to do a Shbadham, a composition of Sembanar Koil Shanmugham.The varnam chosen for the day was on Lord Vishnu. It was composed by Shri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. It depicted the Dhasavathara of Vishnu in Shanmughapriya. This varnam was best suited for children of early teens as it portrays pure bhakthi rasa. Samyuktha performed it with ease and grace. In fact, all the numbers performed were predominantly on bhakthi and were presented at a slower tempo. One thought they could have chosen a few faster numbers with intricate jathis and korvais to suit Samyuktha’s composed and confident caliber.

The chief guests - Shri Narasimhachari and Shri V.V. Sundaram - gave interesting speeches, making the programme lively. Shri Sundaram explained the pressure on the American born Indian children to adapt both the American and Indian culture. The compere, Smt. Revati Sankaran, with her usual humorous interludes brought a homely atmosphere.

In the second half of the concert, the song Madura Madura Meenakshi, which was made famous by late Maharajapuram Santhanam, brought out the best from both the dancer and the singer Shri Hariprasad. The final numbers, a tillana composed by Madurai. T. Srinivasan in raga Kapi and the Nachiar Thirumozhi Pasuram - were presented flawlessly by Samyuktha. Shri Lakshman again proved that he is a good teacher and Sri Hariprasad’s soulful singing needs a special mention here. The orchestra comprised Nellai.D. Kannan (mridangam), Kalaiarasan (violin) and Sasidar (flute). They made the arangetram a grand show.