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A classical recital by Narasimhacharis
It was a grand concert by the Narasimhacharis. The programme titled “Natya Nivedanam” was sponsored by Ford India. It was organized by Rasoham, an art-promoting trust founded by Lavanya and Lasya. The two are daughters and disciples of (Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari). The legendary dance couple - Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari – treated the audience at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on the evening of January 29, 2011 to a scintillating Kuchipudi recital. There was grace. There was elegance. There was fineness, too. Through their performance that evening, they have reiterated that class is always permanent. Indeed, they are a class apart in this field.

In one of the Purandaradasa’s compositions “Hari ye Gati” (Glory of Hari), they depicted various characters of Lord Vishnu. Vasanthalakshmi made the Mohini avatar of Lord Vishnu or Hari come alive on stage. As she(mohini) slays the demon Basmasura, the entire story keeps reverberating in the mind. The music for dance was very well articulated by the vocalist, who was supported by assorted percussion instruments. The Nattuvangam and other percussion artistes made the whole concert richer with their prowess. Earlier, the dance couple presented a Tandava Nrityam in Hamsadwani. It was done very gracefully. This was followed by Prahalada Pattabhishekam in raga and tala malika. This was one of the most beautiful presentations that evening. While Narasimhachari played Hiranyakashipu, Vasanthalakshmi acted as Prahalad. Finally, Narasimhachari himself donned the role of Lord Narasimha. It was very well presented and the entire sequence remains afresh in memory still.

Then there was the Asta Nayika consisting of various emotions of the beloved such as Virahita, Kandita and Kalaham, among others, in Kanda Chapu talam. These were presented in different ragas such as Kalyani, Begada, Varali, Vasantha, Sahana etc by Vasanthalakshmi, who brought out the various dimensions of these emotions expressively with her elegant dancing.

The vocal support was provided by Radha Badri. Nellai D. Kannan (Mridangam), Gurubharadhwaj (Kanjeera and percussion effects), Aadith Narayan (Nattuvangam), N. Srinivasan (Flute), Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan (Violin), Samanth Subramaniam (Compering) and P.C.Ramakrishna (Voice Over for Documentary Film on the Narasimhacharis) have all combined very well to make the evening dance recial a memorable one for the audience.

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