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Veda Bharati
26 December, 2014

-Sukanya Kumar 

The bharatham begins with a bang, very apt when it talks of the essence of the Vedas seen in Bharaiyaar’s writings. The theme was introduced and explained by Sujatha Vijayaraghavan in Tamil. She sang with emotion the lines which conveyed the abundance of Veda knowledge in Tamizh Nadu.

Thanks to the British Bharatiyaar went to Pondicherry and learnt the Vedas from Shri Aravinder and also translated passages into Tamil, she informed.

“The elusive nature of the subject was not easy to set to music but Lalgudi G J R Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi had achieved this difficult task and set the music for the dance presentation,” she said. Tiger cubs as she affectionately called them were seated right in the front row, watching the show. She also thanked Dr.Sudha Seshayyan for explaining the meaningof the abstract extracts to the dancers. 

Four dancers, senior disciples of eminent gurus; Manasvini daughter and disciple of Guru Revathy Ramachandran, Apoorva Jayaraman, disciple of Guru Priyadarsini Govind, Medha Hari, disciple of Guru AnithaGuha and Sai Santosh disciple of Guru Adyar K Lakshmanan entered the stage beating the drums of victory. The segment was set in Behagragam, subtle but stately.

The group further delineated fire as seen by the firebrand poet. “Our being is of many parts, earth that is the body, air that is life, sky that is intellect and pure knowledge that is fire,” informed Sujatha Vijayaraghavan. “It was but apt that the ragam chosen was Revathi.

Next Sai Santosh effectively visualized for the audience the practical approach of Bharathiyaar. He did not believe in Maya or fatalistic stand point. He saw the wonderment of nature with curious eyes and did not attribute anything to Jaganmithya. All around was all permeating Shakti, mother Kali.

The second solo theme was explained well and conveyed the message of Truth in all. Violinist Kalaiarasan played the tune of ragamPriyadarshini in which the song KakkaiSiraginile tuned by Vijayalakshmi was set. The swaras that showed the crow watching and flying was specially added at the request of the dancer Medha Hari. She gave an immaculate highly emotive dimension to the beautiful lyrics and melodic music.

The third solo presented by Apoorva Jayaraman established the fact that pure intellect is Shivam. The segment had a lot of folk element in Senchurutti which provided a variation with the alternating freestyle singing of verses in ragamalika. Murali Parthasarathi and Mumbai Shilpa on vocals added to the layered rendering of the composition.

Manasvini’s solo was a Kauthuvamwhich described that all is Brahmam and the joy of conquering the self was explicit. The alternating jathis added to the tempo and was a perfect precursor to the Tillana.

Controlled rendering of jathis by JayashriRamanathan on Nattuvangam and Intelligent punctuations by Vedakrishnaram on Mridangamembellished the presentation.

The demonstration through dance concluded with a scintillating tillana set in Tandavamragam. The prelude music by ShrutiSagar set the mood for the fitting finale. 

“We have but limited assimilation which is like the tip of the iceberg, only one eighth visible the other seven parts still hidden,” said SujathaVijayaraghavan, Nothing could have described the genius and vastness of Bharathiyaar more aptly!

The well-rehearsed choreography, emotive execution and simplistic costumes all added to the reach of the show.

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