Source: washingtonpost.com; Author: Pamela Kidron

When two of South India’s most prominent artists took the stage Sunday at the Terrace Theater, it was not clear how two such powerful performers as Carnatic vocalist T. M. Krishna and bharatnatyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind would achieve a collaborative performance in which both art forms carried equal weight. Succeed they did. Both have incredible technique that makes everything seem easy and, perhaps most importantly, both see themselves as traditionalists who innovate by mining what exists — be it now or in their respective art form’s past.  Krishna can alight on a high note like a feather and his ornamentation is never glib. His large and sensitive hands soar and dip and rise as he sings, paralleling the direction and quality of each phrase. Together, they created a spectacular program.

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