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An enchanting portrayal of Meera
CHENNAI: Urmila Satyanarayana’s dance recital for Narada Gana Sabha titled `Meera’ was enchanting for the way she portrayed the character and brought out the pangs, emotion and love for Lord Krishna at all times. Keerthana Vaidyanathan’s rendering of most of the songs (made popular by M.S.Subbulakshmi, who was known for her acting as Meera and singing the songs in the film Meera) was absorbing. Keerthana, who usually accompanies her guru Bombay Jayashri Ramnath on tanpura in her concerts, brilliantly rendered all the songs appropriate to Urmila’s dance. It was perfect combination as the dance progressed from child Meera to Queen Meera. Urmila brought out the expression of all the significant characters involved in Meera’s life directly and indirectly so well in her solo dance. Urmila herself enacted the roles of Meera’s husband Rana, her sister-in-law Udhabai, Lord Krishna, and Meera, the chief character of evening’s dance theme. Her abinaya and dance expressions matched the different roles. Urmila was soft and sweet as Meera, majestic as King Rana, and very harsh and cruel as Udhabhai. She performed with lavanya and beauty the role of Meera and Krishna. Keerthana’s rendition of Jago Bansi Wale” was mesmerizing. Urmilla was expressive and perfect, as she `tries to wake up’ a sleeping Krishna. “Giridhara Gopala” and “Paga Gungroo Bandh Meera Nachi re” saw the singer and dancer combine to do a charming exhibition. Popular songs such as “Hari Tuma Haro”, “Anda Nalum Vandidatha” on Vrindavan , “More to Giridhara Gopala, and “Katrinile Varum Geetham” were intelligently embedded into the dance for easy connectivity with the audience. Finally, Meera merges into Dwarakadish ji of Dwaraka temple, which was portrayed so beautifully. Urmilla became almost the character Meera in her solo dance, adorning attractive costumes.

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