Source: The Hindu; Author: V. V. Ramani; Photo Courtesy: R. Shivaji Rao

Divyasena and students of her dance school, Divyanjali, held the attention of the audience with their traditional repertoire, at their performance titled ‘Pannum Bharathamum’. The Tamil language being the focus, Divyasena adapted songs from Thevaram and Tiruppugazh. It was interesting to watch Arunagirinathar’s ‘Muthaitharu Pathi Thirunagai’ set to dance; this took the place of Alarippu while ‘Athalacheranarada’ was Mangalam. In Margam, varnam, padam and javali focus on abhinaya, which not only brings respite from rhythm and movement but also evokes an emotional response in the rasika.

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Eye-catching: Divyasena and her group perform Pannum Bharathamum. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao