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Srngara Manjari - Book release and Nayika Vilasam - Dance performance
20 September, 2012

- Vidya Saranyan

 

Book release of Srngara Manjari: One hundred and fourth birth anniversary of Dr V. Raghavan.

 

The release of the vintage treatise Srngara Manjari by Akbar Shah edited by Dr V. Raghavan marked the one hundredth birth anniversary of Dr V. Raghavan.The function was organized by Dr V. Raghavan Centre for performing Arts under the stewardship of noted Bharatanatyam exponent Nandini Ramani at The Dakshinamurthy auditorium, P.S. High School. Nayika Vilaasam a bhava laden Bharatanatyam recital by talented dancers followed the book release.

The book was formally released P.S. Sachu Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram and the first copy was received by Anupama Kylash academician and exponent of Vilasini Natyam. This treatise on srngara was the work of an eminent Muslim linguist, saint philosopher Akbar Shah also known as Bada Akbar who lived in the latter half of the seventeenth century, she explained.

Dr.Kylash went on to say that the original script of Srngara Manjari was discovered in 1943 by Dr V. Raghavan who then published it along with an exhaustive introduction, page to page explanations and critical commentary.

She said that the book not only defined nine different nayikas or heroines in the different stages of love but also provided relevant details of the author, the title and descriptions of the earlier texts of references. She congratulated trustee Nandini Ramani for reprinting the present edition, an effort that would greatly benefit not only research students but seasoned academics also, she added.

The present book contained revised information and critical analysis of the Sanskrit text by Dr V. Raghavan done since the 1943 publication till his death.Chief Guest Chitra Viswesvaran and Pramila Gurumurti expert musicologist and Head of Music Department Madras University also spoke glowingly about the late scholar. Veteran musician and senior musicologist B. Krishnamoorthy was honored in the function on completion of his eightieth birthday.

The book release was followed by a Bharatanatyam recital by a bevy of nine gifted dancers. Nayika Vilasam created and compeered by Nandini Ramani was a lively presentation where slokas from the Srngara Manjari describing the heroines preceded extracts from Tamil padams - as solo pieces.The vocal inputs of V. Sumitra in recorded form and the melodies of the live orchestral group led by singer Chitrambari formed the backbone of the natyam.

Some of the nine padams were Yar Poi Solluvar in Thodi, Velavare in Bhairavi, Padari Varugude in Kamboji. The program concluded with all the dancers coming together onstage for a restatement of the theme. With artists Revathi Ramachandran, Urmila Satyanarayanan, Priya Murle, Parvati Ravi, Kavita Ramu, Sushama Ranganathan, Swarnamalya, Lakshmi Ramaswami and Srekala Bharath appearing in consecutive sections, Nayika Vilasam coalesced into an evening of refined natyam.

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