My dear readers,
I am glad that many of you have been reading my blogs. It helps me share my thoughts.
Day 4 was equally delightful in terms of performances and of course the variety of it. We had the freshness of Aparajita’s performance, beautiful compositions like ‘Mugdha Madhavam’ by Saila Sudha Academy and ‘Rasa Manjari’ by Prayathnam artists.
Now folks this is exactly where I want to be. I want more groups and freshers up there performing. As an artist and a teacher, it gives me immense pleasure not just to see my own students perform but also those from other schools. It is this beautiful blend of art and artists that is the cynosure for viewers.
I am now a curator turned student once again. I see my own show as an outsider and understand how I can make it better. As I listen to the video clippings sent by my dance colleagues, I become more conscious of what I do. I am really grateful for their love and confidence in me.
Today on Day 5, last day of the Natya Festival, I bring you some extraordinary performers. Over the years, on the last day of the Natya Festival I have invited different groups to present the Pancharatna Kritis. I have had legends, senior dancers, groups from various schools, seniors dancing with their groups and young dancers who have since been consistently performing. I changed that pattern and later I brought in mother and daughter performers, at one of the festivals we had only male dancers for the Pancharatna and today we have couple dancers. Today’s couple performers are Sivakumar and Sailaja, Nidheesh and Indu, Girish Madhu and Vidhya, Swamimalai Suresh and Durga Devi and Jayakrishnan KM & Sreedevi. Over the years, I have seen these young artist-couples grow and mature and I would describe them as outstanding examples of Nrithya and Abhinaya. By the look of it, I expect and hope to see a packed auditorium again today.
I am elated that I have been able to bring you a wide range of artists right from the little ones to the senior most. I hope you enjoyed the show that I have organized. I hope to come back next year with more artists to light up the Natya Festival. Meanwhile I would hope to see more younger artists come to watch the seniors perform.
Until we meet again thank you for making this journey so meaningful.
Love & regards
Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala
Artist Director & Founder, Kala Pradarshini