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Kalyana Krishna Dance & Music Festival 2010
Kalyana Krishna Dance & Music Festival 2010
A Report

Day 1st Dec 10th

    The 2010 edition of the Kalyana Krishna Dance and Music Festival was held at the Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan Auditorium from 10th to 12th December 2010.  The event is organized annually by Kalyana Krishna Foundation – a not for profit organization promoting traditional classical dance and music in Kerala.  The foundation pays homage to the legendary artistes, Sri Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma.

    The grand cultural feast was inaugurated by Dr. M. Leelavati, who paid a befitting homage to the devotion and commitment sustained by the KKF to hold the legacy of Sri. Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma, the true “First Couple” of classical performing arts in South India who dedicated their entire life for the uplifting of the classical performing arts.

    The inaugural day, function commenced with a prayer of Abinav Jyotis.  Smty. Sreedevi Rajan, Managing Trustee of KKF welcomed the angst gathering.  KKF 2010 Endowment Award was presented to Sri Kalamandalam Vasupisharody by Sri O.M. Aniyan.  The endowment includes a cash award of Rs. 10,000/- and a certificate. Sri Aniyan, a well known scholar of Kathakali expressed his delight presenting the endowment to Sri Phisarody who has enthralled the connoisseur of Kathakali with his irepeceable depiction of characters like Nalan, Keechakan etc.  The event also had Justice Sukumaran rendering the remembrance speech on Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair.  The speaker mentioned about the autobiography of Sri Krishnan Nair who was a truly great artist and a teacher who inspired confidence in his disciples.  The inaugural function had the presidential address by Sri Jyotis Balasubramanian, and vote of thanks by K. N. Bahuleyan, the creative member of KKF. 

The inaugural day had the Kathakali performance – Santhanagopalam by Ernakulam Kathakali club, featuring Kalamandalam Vasupisharody as Brahmin, Damodarapisharody as Krishnan and ChangarapallyAniyan as Krishnan.

DAY 2nd Dec 11th

    The second day of KKF Dance and Music Festival featured Carnatic Music by Sri  Ponkunnam Ramachandran who was a disciple of Mavelikkara Prabhakaa Varma and who had a fruitful career in music culminating with a stint at the Chembai Memorial Music College from where he retired in 2005.  He still enthralls his audience with onerous performances all over the country and is also an A grade artist at Aakashavani.  He was accompanied by Sri  Kummanam Upendranath on violin and Sri Kummanam Hareendranath on mridangam.  The central piece of the concert was “Kalayankrishanan Namam” in Ragam Kalyani, a unique composition by Sri Ramachandran felicitating the artists couple Kalamandalm Krishnan Nair and Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma.

    The Carnatic music concert was followed by a Bharatanatyam performance by Smty. Rajasree Warrier who enthralled the audience with her vast repertoire show caring superior skills in technique and abhinaya.  Her performance consisted of Ganesha stuti (Hamsadwani) and Ashtaishwaryan set in Ragamalika, depicting various facts of the glory of Lord Krishna.

Day 3rd Dec 12th

    The third day showcased Mohiniyattam performance by Sukanya Sreekumar and Souparna Sasikumar, the chosen KKF accredited artists who uphold the teachings of Guru Kalyanikutty Amma, in its purest form.  Sukanya a post graduate in Chemistry and Souparna a graduate in commerce are also student of Smt. Sridevi Rajan and Smt. Kalavijayan.  Both, grand daughters of Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and Kalyanikutty Amma captivated the audience with their performance of Navarasa Sloka and Shankarabharanam Thillana.

    The second performance of evening was a Kuchupudi recital by Srilakshmi Govardhan, who showcased the Nava rasas in her performance of the slokam which was followed by Tarangam on Poothanamoksham.  Her presentation also consisted of Rama Shabdam and culminated with a ‘Sandhya Tandavan’ on Lord Siva.

    The evening concluded with a Mohiniyattam performance by Smitha Rajan who started her recital by a Ganapti slokam in Neelabari ragam, composed by Smty. Sreedevi Rajan and choreographed by Smitha herself.  The second item was the depiction of Hamsadoodh, adapted from Nalacharitham, by Sri. Unnayi Warrier.  Smitha’s choreography of this particular portion of Nalacharitham was enriched by her superior techniques and chaste abhinaya.  She concluded her performance with the Dasavatharam Ashtapathi composed by Sri. Jayadeva.

    The three day Music and dance festival was unique in its presentation of traditional performing arts and sustained the excellence in technique and thereby enthralled every desiring art lover.

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