Source: The Hindu; Author: Velcheti Subrahmanyam; Photo Courtesy: C. V. Subrahmanyam

A four-day fifth edition of Nataraja Music and Dance Academy’s Vysakhi Nrityotsav treated dance aficionados to rich fare at Kalabharati, Visakhapatnam. It was an awaited annual event in the city and the dance lovers turned out in large numbers for the inaugural session. With a spectrum of dance forms unfolding, it was like journeying across the country through the idiom of dance. Featuring Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Manipuri, Vilasini Nrityam, Ravindra Nrityam and Andhranatyam, the fete bore out the cultural grace and grandeur of different regions. The fete took off with Kuchipudi. Principal Kuchipudi Kalakshetra of Vempati China Satyam and maestro Hari Ramamurthy presented ‘Prevasa Daruvu’ of Mahishasura with aplomb that set the tone for the rest. Bhubaneswar-based Meera Das’s Odissi on third day held the viewers spellbound.

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Odissi recital by Meera Das and her troupe at Kalabharathi, Visakhapatnam, for the fifth All India Dance Festival-2012, Vysakhi Nrithyotsav. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam