Bangalore International Centre in collaboration with The Printers (Mysore) Private Limited had arranged a “Kuchipudi Vaibhavam” by Ms. Prateeksha Kashi. The event was organized at Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha on Friday, 15th July, 2011 at 6:30 pm.
The event was organized on the occasion of Guru Purnima where Prateeksha presented a solo recital, a string of episodic items choreographed by her mother and teacher Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi, a renowned Kuchipudi dancer.
The first item presented by her was Ganesha Pravesha Dharuvu, set in Raga Hamsadhwani, in Adi Tala. This item described the grace and gait of the famous elephant headed lord i.e Lord Ganesha.
The next item was Dhashavathara Shabdham, set in Raga Malika, in Mishrachapu Tala. The dhashavathara were: Matsya Avatar, Kurma Avatar, Varaha Avatar, Narasimha Avatar, Vamana Avatar, Parashurama Avatar, Rama Avatar, Balaram Avatar, Baudha Avatar, and Kalki Avatar.
The next piece was Alarulu Kuriyaga, set in Raga Shankarana Bharanam, in Adi Tala. This item emphasized on the expression aspect of dance Sri. Annamayya.- the poet imagined Alamelumanga, the heroin of this song dancing before Lord Sri Venkateshwara.
The next item was the Dance of Shiva, set in Raga Hamsanandi, in Adi Tala. This item depicted the Tandava postures reminiscent of the sculptures of Shiva’s dance of the Nataraja. This special piece was choreographed by Guru Vyjayanthi Kashi.
The next item was Javali, set in Raga Purvi Kalyani, in Deshadi Tala. This had a very attractive compositions of light and pleasing nature. The Javali was composed by T. Pattabhi Ramayya.
The next piece was Tarangam, set in Raga malika, in Adi Tala. This dance described the sports of Krishna, followed by a depiction of Raasaleela, his youthful mingling with the Gopis, the ladies.
The last item for the event was Shakthi, set in Raga Revati, in Adi Tala. This song was a tribute to the mother Goddess, who is the embodiment of female strength and the slayer of the evil demon Mahishasura.
It was a mesmerizing concert. The audience was treated to a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary compositions. People who were not acquainted with the technicalities of Kuchipudi also appreciated the concert, thanks to Smt. Vyjayanthi’s insightful briefing on the meaning and significance before the beginning of every piece.