Source: narthaki.com; Author: Sumana Srinivasan

The monsoon rains have begun to recede in Mumbai but it’s raining music and dance at IIT Bombay, thanks to SPICMACAY hosting their west zone convention ‘Virasat’ in the campus. The newly refurbished convocation hall with its beautiful burgundy décor and excellent acoustics set the stage for artistes R Vedavalli and Rama Vaidyanathan. Vedavalli’s singing was deep and meditative adhering to tradition. She started out with a Ganapati slokam and followed it with the evergreen Dikshitar’s ‘Vatapi Ganapatim.’  Rama Vaidyanathan is known for her intelligent choreography and she is a thinking dancer who brings her own interpretations to classical pieces. She began her concert with a twist on Alarippu called Sannidhanam in Atta talam, which describes and embodies the geometry and suggestive symbolism of our temples. Rama mesmerized her audience completely and carried them effortlessly into her world of imagery, emotion, music and movement and left them craving for more.

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