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IFAS begins dance talent search initiative
CHENNAI, January 3: The Indian Fine Arts Society (IFAS) began its three-day talent search programme for dance at the German Hall here yesterday. In this talent search programme, participants are given an hour's time to showcase their wares. The judges are well known dancers and the winner gets an opportunity to perform at the next year's inaugural function of the IFAS. It has served as a platform for aspiring dancers. This year's programme began with Kiran Rajagopalan's performance. Kiran is a student of Smt. Sujatha Sreenivasan and Shri. A.K. Lakshman. He seemed to be trained with the procedures involved in a recital, doing clear compeering of all the pieces he performed. He did a Pushpanjali in Hamsadhwani and followed it up with an Alarippu, both compositions of Guru Muthuswamy Pillai. His nritta was appreciative. His foundation in the art form seemed strong.
He continued with a Nalinakanthi varnam `Intha Chalamelara' composed

on the deity of Mylapore. Kiran did a decent job of portraying a Saka, who was negotiating with Saki to re-unite Shiva and his consort. He underplayed his abhinaya, and this suited the male character well and was an advantage in this piece. The last piece he did was `Theertha Karaiyile', a Bharathiyar's work in Sivaranjini. One of Bharatiar's most famous poems from his `Kannamma En Kadali' series, this song depicts a vipralabda nayaka, a hero who feels cheated by his lover.

There could have been more effective translation of the meaning by Kiran, especially when Shri. Srikanth on the vocals was doing an exceedingly good job of bringing to life to all the pain in the lyrics through his voice. The line “Varthai Thavarivittai Kannama, Marbu thudikkudadi” was repeated so many times but with such minimal abhinaya that one felt there could have been more depth. Maybe Kiran felt that men did not bring forth their pain out in the open?

A.K. Lakshman, Kiran’s Guru, did a good job on the nattuvangam. He was supported by Shri. Nellai D. Kannan on the mridaangam and Shri. Sikamani on the violin.

The 3’o clock slot was given to Revathy Kumar, a student of Natyacharya Shobana. She did a beautiful margam comsisting of Pushpanjali, a clearly aesthetic piece. She did the Kambodhi varnam, `Nadhanai Azhaithuvadi’. Her Abhinaya was very good, expressing both pain and agony of her separation from her beloved. She followed it up with a javali, `Itu Sahasa mulu’, playing a young protagonist who does away with the attention of Lord Padmanabha. The krithi, Kanaka Shyla’ in Punnagavarali on Devi was done with grace. She signed off with Lalgudi G. Jayaraman’s Kamas Thillana. All was well, but there were moments when one wished there was a clear finish to every adavu and hand gesture.

Revathy was supported by her Guru Shobana on the nattuvangam, Smt. Preethi Mahesh on the vocals, Sri. KalaiArasan on the violin and Sri Nagai Narayanan on the mridangam.

The other participants for the day were Kum. K. Padmaja, a disciple of Smt .Devyasena, and Kum. Swathy Ashok, a disciple of Urmila SathyaNrayana. Today’s participants in the programme are:

Kum. K. Sneha, Kum. Jai Quehani, Kum. R.S. Keerthana and Kum. Anagha Bharath.

On January 4, the programme will see participation by Kum. Dhivya Prabhakar and Kum. Varna Sampath.