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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mohini Attam by Gopika Varma

Mohini Attam by Gopika Varma on 24th December at Bharathiaya Vidya Bhavan manifested from the very beginning the essence of mohini atam namely light footedness and gracefulness and firmly built on its edifice and energizing factors the movements in the shape of 8 along with the coverage of the stage in a slow and steady pace with angled movements with the embellishing concomitant cadences of the dips and elevations of the body.

The sublime theme of Salutations to motherhood was well introduced first through mathru panchaksharam by Adi Sankara which seems to have turned the artist emotionally charged and there was sublime marriage of heartfelt emotion, passion, piety and perfection of the art form which imbued the stage with its kaleidoscopic splendour.

The theme was further elaborately emphasized through varnam on attukal devi penned by her student Sampreethakesavan which brought out the multiple facets of motherhood . Gopika Varma was at her best probably motivated by the theme bringing out in addition to her usual aesthetic and artistic skills and repertoire many more facets of her inner self, at times very intimate and even personal delivering on the whole a Great Outstanding Performance Inspiring and Kindling Aesthetically Various Aspects of Rendering Mohini Attam bring out the meaning of the compositions in highly creative manner. 

The hall mark was that she manifested through three main realms of artistic appeal namely physical, mental and spiritual because of the perfect balance of all the four abhinayas namely Angika, Vachika,Aharva and Sattvika.

Physically the movement of torso in swaying laya with perfect hastaviniyogas [use of palms and hands] which seamlessly jelled with perfect aduvus was a visual delectation; mentally the import of the lyric was enhanced with adaptation of vilamba laya and pristine raga bhava combined with apt abhinayas and such harmonious limb movements spiced with excellent facial expressions and eye movements communicating the corresponding emotions. If emotion is defined as Energy in motion, then one could witness it and spiritually the correct combinations of all abhinayas and the lyrical splendour elevated aesthetic communication into a communion with overall concept of motherhood. Then the following three items karna kunthi samwad, thillana on parashakthi and vande matharam of the program had the same quality, imprint and impact.

The entire team have put in a excellent work as each one of them not only played their part in the performance but were part of the whole preparation which led to such an excellent program as being writers of lyrics, composers of music, tala etc. The whole team besides the dancer needs to appreciated comprising of vocalist and music composer Arun Gopinath, lyricist and Gopika’s student Sampreetha Kesavan, miruthangam player and tala composer Mr.Nagarajan, violinist Sunil Bhaskar, flute player Vasanth, Edaka kalamandalam Suresh Kumar, Natwangam Swarna 
By balayogi
Music and dance critic.

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