Pranathi Ramadorai, a scholar of guru Rhadha, belongs to the Vazhuvoor bani and learnt from the doyen himself. Her Bharatanatyam recital at Vani Mahal was a cheerful confluence of abilities — of the composers, the dancer, the nattuvanar and the choreographer (Rhadha), and the musicians (vocalist Nandini Anand, flautist Sruthi Sagar, mridangist Vijayaraghavan and violinist Kalaiarasan).
The efficiency was a bit longer than standard, 100 minutes, full of melodious compositions, some uncommon. The opening Mahalinga Kavuthuvam, from the normal Vazhuvoor repertoire in Begada (Eka tala), by Gangaimuthu Nattuvanar was one such. Uncommon syllables resembling ‘thagatha thagatha thana’ in 8s and ‘tha kudu dhi kudu ton gudu nan gudu’ in tisra have been thrilling to listen to and watch. Guru Rhadha’s nattuvangam was exemplary right here as all by the recital. The ragamalika jatiswaram (Mishra Chapu), by the Thanjavur Quartet, beginning with Kalyani, was marked by clear steps, good timing and agility. An ungainly elbow throughout the ‘tharikitathom’ step might have correction.
The Gambhiranattai, Adi, pada varnam ‘Amma anandadayini’ with again to again jathi pairs, was demanding. They have been a mixture of Vazhuvoor favourites and newer ones. Guru Rhadha has been extending her repertoire and that’s an excellent factor as a result of the steps she employs are nonetheless rounded and quaint, as towards the brand new age linear vocabulary that has caught everybody’s fancy. Her nattuvangam with Vijayaraghavan’s percussion lent sharpness to the nritta.
As one loved the unbroken melody from Nandini, the dancer paid homage to ‘Devi’ because the compassionate one who fed the hungry baby Sambandar, and as one with the Navarasa feelings in direction of Shiva.
The emotive items have been gentle — ‘Chaliye’ (Brindavana Saranga, Swati Tirunal), ‘Paal vadiyum mugam’ (Nattakurinji, Oothukadu Venkatasubbaiyer) and ‘Karpagame’ (Madhyamavati, Papanasam Sivan). The musical rating was emotive with Sruthi Sagar, Nandini and Kalaiarasan coordinating very nicely.
The Nalinakanti thillana (Lalgudi Jayaraman) introduced the night of melodies to a spirited finale.