The classical dance kinds have all the time revelled in retelling tales of Rama, Krishna and Devi. Of late, the highlight has turned in the direction of Hanuman, with solo performances and group shows specializing in the monkey god. One such was Divyasena’s ‘ Jai Hanuman’ that featured college students of her dance college Divyanjali. The efficiency was underneath the aegis of Aikyam 2023 competition, curated by Gayathri Sasidharan’s Maanasi Arts Academy and MSMAB Belief. The annual competition has been platforming younger and established artistes, and inspiring them to discover fascinating themes and concepts.
After a brisk introductory scene depicting the start of Anjaneya, the manufacturing explored two sides — the Mahiravana story and the visualisation of ‘Hanuman Chalisa’.
Kumari Shravanitha, who performed the function of a sutradhar, impressed along with her detailed and expressive narration of the story of Mahiravana. Her angavastram with the phrases ‘Jai Ram’ throughout it, additionally carried the motifs of bow and arrow.
Utilizing his powers, Ravana creates 5 energies from Panchabhootas (5 parts) and sends them in 5 instructions. He will get a boon from Brahma that he will be vanquished solely when all 5 parts come collectively. When Mahiravana goes within the guise of Vibhishana to kidnap Rama and Lakshmana to be supplied as a sacrifice to goddess Kali, Hanuman creates 5 powers — Varaha, Narasimha, Garuda, and Hayagriva alongside along with his personal kind. He sends every energy, concurrently, in 5 completely different instructions to conquer Mahiravana .
This story line, describing the attributes of every of the highly effective kinds, was choreographed with fascinating group formations and actions. The coordination among the many 4 swish younger dancers lent an edge to the efficiency. The finale, with all of the avatars coming collectively to kind the Pancha Mukha Anjaneya was dramatic.
Tulsidas’ in style composition ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ was visualised effectively. The essence of every stanza got here by way of clearly within the actions and expressions of the dancers. Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Hanuman appeared in between for an enhanced enchantment.
The ‘Ashok Vana’ sequence and Hanuman’s dialog with Rama had an emotional affect. Ragas corresponding to Hamsadhwani, Mohanam, Vasantha, and Hamirkalyani made up the good musical rating. However the vocalist ought to have taken slightly extra care concerning the enunciation o of the phrases.
The manufacturing would have made a stronger affect had the 2 segments been seamlessly woven collectively, incorporating fascinating episodes with a deeper emotional content material.
The dancing abilities of the younger artistes had been noteworthy, however the entries and exits of characters ought to have been higher streamlined.