Source: thehindu.com; Author: Vidya Saranyan; Photo Courtesy: K.V. Srinivasan

Reputed artist Alarmel Valli’s performance was a dignified interplay of sringara and bhakti, within the timeless template of Margam. Undoubtedly, thematic performances have several attractions and in comparison, the delineation of the nayika pining for the divine lover may seem clichéd, but expert interpretations accentuate the rich artistic potential in depicting the heroine in love. Valli is well known for her nuanced expositions and, over the course of the performance, she smoothly unveiled ideas relating to these concepts.

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Alarmel Valli. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan