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Mahalakshmi Ashwin's lively dance recital
15 January, 2014

Mahalakshmi Ashwin is an alumnus of Kalakshetra and is an illustrious Bharathanatyam Guru. She also manages the activities of TAPAS Academy as its director. When it comes to performances, she is a highly confident dancer, bouncing joyously with total ease and versatility.

On this day, the selection of songs with a variety reflected her rich repertoire. Starting with the well known Paalum theli thenum, Avvaiyar's verse on Lord Ganesa, Mahalakshmi captivated the audience attention spot on. Themed Sthuthi Bhakthi, all the pieces showered praise on an array of  Gods. A simple song on Lalitha maheshwari in Amruthavarshini conveyed the sense of bhakthi with aesthetic movements. Maha's costume and its colour were traditionally aesthetic too! Evocative was the abhinayam for the Shivasthuthi composed by Krishnaveni Lakshmanan of Kalakshetra, in ragamalika and set to various talams. Ashwin Kumar Iyer's introduction of every item had lucid briefings that helped the lay rasikas connect with the depth in the artiste's performance.

The padam that followed - Miga moham konden muruga in Desh raga was brilliant. She rounded up her performance with a nice thillana in Hindolam that showcased her spirited dancing. Papanasam Sivan's Kana kankodi vendum in Kambhoji was the penultimate krithi of the recital, adding to make it a wholesome presentation. The jathis were vibrantly executed and all through, the divine grace she exhibited made the audience respond with spontaneous applause.

The orchestral team did a good job, maintaining the tempo throughout. Vidya was on nattuvangam, Sai Shankar on vocals, Nagai Sriram on mridangam, Thyagarajan on flute and violin by Lakshmi.

 

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