Review of PRAYAG
By Prof. Kartik Balachandran
Rukmini Vijayakumar, is a very well-known name in the field of Bharatanatyam. She is a self-made, multi-talented artist and the Bentonville community was really lucky to have an artist of such stature perform for them. Talattu is Rukmini's latest creation which was choreographed and presented exquisitely. The very concept of a mother's love in the context of a child being taken away from her, and a lover's departure is a heavy and emotional one. Rukmini's Talattu was exceptionally multifaceted in expression with a crisp narrative.
Rajamathangi Ramsubramani shares her thoughts about this wonderful event hosted by RVCF.
Apr 6, 2019
A lovely sunny and bright afternoon with all music lovers and enthusiasts, we all gathered to experience one of a kind Guru- Shishya Violin concert “Strings ‘n’ All”. The next two hours were sure to rain music with Dr. Kartik Balachandran and his students on violin and Mr. Santosh Chandru and his student on the Mrudangam.
Here is a critique by Kshithi Venkatesh, another dancer.
The Bharatanatyam concert organized by Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation was something I had been waiting for. Hailing from Bangalore, which is one of the cultural capitals for classical music and dance, I was accustomed to watching at least a couple of concerts each month. After moving to Bentonville, I had not watched a full Margam for over a year and my mind was absolutely craving for one. I have known Megha P. Rao, the performer, for a couple of years and was excited that she was going to perform a full margam showcasing the navarasas – the nine principal emotions shown through dance - Shringaram (romance), Haasyam (comedy), Raudram (anger), Kaarunyam (compassion), Bheebhatsam (disgust), Bhayaanakam (fear), Veeram (valor), Adbhutam (wonder) and Shaantham (peace)
I reached the venue a few minutes before the starting of the concert. When I entered the hall of the concert, I was disappointed to see hardly 10 people in the audience which was quite a contrast to what I was used to seeing back home. The theater was cozy, creating the right atmosphere for a dance performance. Megha opened the Margam with a Navarasa Swaraguccha, a compilation of Soundarya Lahari shlokas. The choice of the opening piece was very apt and Megha presented the item with a good blend of intricate Abhinaya and simple Nritta.