Source: The Hindu; Author: Rupa Srikanth; Photo Courtesy: R. Shivaji Rao

Renjith and Vijna’s Bharatanatyam recital on ‘Prakruthi-Manushya’ Baandhava (Nature-Man relationship) underlined an important principle that despite Bharatanatyam being a visual art, it is the music that makes the biggest difference. Inspired by the beautiful, dancing swaras, the dancers responded with a well-rehearsed and most importantly, a well-thought out show. The awakening of the Pure Consciousness in raga Jog, was conceived as a slow progression in music and movements, from the bare raga explored in relative silence, to a brisk tanam with percussion and ending in a rather ponderous theermanam in which steps were performed for the first part of the tala cycle, leaving large blanks of space in silence.

The dancers were accompanied by Roshini Ganesh (vocal), Jayashree Ramesh (nattuvangam), Vedakrishnaram (mridangam), Kalaiarasan (violin), Chaithanya (flute) and Sasirekha Raammohan (voice-overs).

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For the Natyarangam festival Renjith and Vijna dance to the Prakriti Manushya (Nature Man) theme. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao