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Kalyana Krishna Dance & Music Festival 2011

A Report

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The Kalyana Krishana Foundation a multifaceted organization in honor of the legends of dance Padmasree Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and Guru Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma conducted its 6th Kalyana Krishna Dance and Music Festival  on the 9th, 10th and 11th of December 2011.

The event inaugurated by Sri. Suresh (V.C. Kerala Kalamandalam) began with the austerities. The prayer song was rendered by Master Abhinav Jyotis followed by the welcome note by Sri. K. N. Bahuleyan and the Chairperson’s address by Sri. Elamana Hari. The evening also witnessed the presentation of the “K.K.F. Endowment Award” to Sri Mundembally Balakrishna Marar for his lifelong service and achievements in the field of classical dance forms of Kerala.

The opening performance of the festival was the “Lavanasura Vadham”,Kathakali a moving retelling of the meeting of Sita and Hanuman after many years. The roles were essayed by

Kalanilayam Gopi as Hanuman
Sasikala Nedungadi as Sita
Radhika Ajit as Lavan
Renjini Suresh as Kushan
Minuku and Satrukhnan- Kalanilayam Manoj
Vocal- Panniyyoor Kuttan, Kalamandalam Hari
Madhalam -Kalamandalam Vineeth
Chenda- Kalamandalam Radhakrishnan Marar
Makeup- Manoj Thripunithura
Costume- Ladies Kathakali Troupe Tripunithura

The 2nd day of the festivities continued with a scintillating performance by renowned carnatic vocalist Sri Thamarakadu Govindan Namboothiri, Professor of Music at R.L.V College. He was accompanied by Sri. Thiruvizha Viju S. Anand on Violin, Sri. Kottayam G. Santhosh Kumar on Mridangam and Sri. Perugavu Sudheer on the Ghadam.

They enthralled the audience with a recital that showcased Sri Thamarakadu Govindan Namboothiri’s vast experience and knowledge of the medium, and the discerning audience was emphatic in their appreciation.

Following this was a performance by gifted Kapila Venu. Initiated into the art of Nangiarkooth at the tender age of seven, Smt. Kapila Venu has established herself among the leading exponents of this epic art. The audience were held captive as she enacted “KAMSAVADAM “, the destruction of Kamsa by Narasimha with an intensity so palpable that it stands testimony to her skill and complete involvement. She was supported on Mizhavu by Sri Kalamandalam Rajeev and Kalamandalam Hariharan, in Edakka by Kalanilayam Unni Krishnan, and Thalam by Saritha Krishnakumar.

December 11th saw the festival draw to a close with 3 distinct items.

The evening began with an enlightening exposition on the nuances and finer aspects associated with Natyadharini and Lokadharini in Kathakali by two brilliant exponents of Kathakali, Sri. Kalamandalam Balasubramaniam and Sri. Margi Vijayan, the foremost essayer of female characters in Kathakali today. They elaborated on the aspects, instilling in the audience, a deeper understanding and appreciation of this art form. Supported by Kalamandalam Suresh & Master Arjun Vocal, Kalamandalam Asokan Chenda, Kalamandalam Dileep Maddalam

Smt. Jayanthi Iswarputhi, disciple of Kumudhini Lakhia and Pt. Briju Maharaj, is one of the dynamic dancers of today, proficient in the Kathak as well as Bharatanatyam, performed with grace and fluidity, while never compromising on the technical correctness of the wonderful dance form that is Kathak.

This was followed by honoring Sri. Shyam K Menon for his selfless dedication for over 30yr in the field of Classical Indian dance supporting numerous dancers on Mridamgam.

A performance by Smt. Smitha Rajan , one of the India’s finest Mohiniyattam dancers was the final event of the festival. In her uncompromising adherence to tradition she has been instrumental in carrying forward the true essence and structure of this dance form. This gains more significance in the light of the fact that Mohiniyattam was revived from brink of extinction by her grandmother Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma

Smt Smitha Rajan performed Pridhayudey Dhukham’, holding the audience spell bound for over an hour as depicted the angst of Kunthi of the Mahabharatha. She was accompanied by Guru Sreedevi Rajan in Nattuvangam, Sri Bijeesh Krishna Vocal, Sri Shyam K. Menon Mridamgam and Maddalam, Sri Muralikrishna in Veena, Ajith Varma on Flute and Sri Hari Tripunithura on Edakka.

By Rosa

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