03 August, 2012
Anuka has been training with guru Shobana Bhalchandra and Guru Bragha Bessell (for abhinaya). At present aged 16 , Anuka has been learning Bharathanatyam since she was 5 years old. She has trained in the KN Dandayuthapani Pillai style from Gurus Uma Anand and Usha Srinivasan (Hastha School of Bharathanatyam) and in Kalakshetra style from Padmashree Guru Adyar K. Lakshman.
Anuka’s first solo when she was 8 was when she danced to a packed auditorium of around 500 students and teachers of her school in Bangkok, Thailand. In the same year, in December 2004, at the invitation of the Embassy of India, Bangkok, Anuka gave a solo performance for her Excellency Queen Sirikit of Thailand.
Anuka’s arangetram was in Chennai in July 2006 under Padmashree Guru Adyar K. Lakshman. Anuka is also a trained classical ballet dancer since she was 7 years of age and has given regular performances in ballet and bharathanatyam at her school in Bangkok. She also performs regularly at the functions of the South Indian Association of Thailand.
Every year, Anuka looks forward to performing at the Dance and Music Festival in Chennai where she has given solo performances since 2006.
She recently performed for the Brahma Gana Sabha’s Aadi dance festival. She started her recital with the kowthuvam an invocatory number invoking the blessings of lord Ganesha the remover of obstacles, in a sprightly mood.
Dharu ... a special composition of Harikesanallur Muthaiya Bhagavathar was the main piece where the shakthi is portrayed as Meenakshi, Chamundeshwari and Shankari. In the second half of the daru the navarasas of Ambal i.e. the nine different moods were portrayed with the interpolation of selected verses from Soundarya Lahari. Anuka did full justice to the nritta and balanced it with her wide-ranging emotional denouement.
Enne thavam a very popular padam by Papanasam Sivan was the first in the abhinaya section performed with feeling and involvement. Here the devotee poses a question to yasoda' asking her in wonder, “what penance have u done to have that all pervading lord as your child”! Anuka’s delineation of the many episodes were lucid and communicated the idea clearly.
Athuvum Solluval.was he portrayal of a heroine who is angry and jealous about the other woman who has won the favours of lord Muruga and who is showing off her newly acquired status .
Thillana in Kaanada ragam was the concluding number. Shobana Bhalchandra ‘s confident nattuvangam, V. Vedakrishnan capable Mrudangam, melodious vocal music of Nandin Anand Sharma and artistic efforts of Shri R. Kalaiarasan on the violin and T. Sasidhar’s flute gave a worthy dimension to the dancing.
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