Shruthi Rao Gives A Scintillating Dance Performance
It was a regular Friday evening for a lot of parents and young students from the Spandha school of Dance and the Sanskruthi School of Dance. Parents and students alike had gathered like they frequently do to watch another Bharatanatyam recital so the children could better their understanding of the intense art of Bharatanatyam. Their guest performer for the evening- Shruthi Rao, an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer from Bangalore, India. Shruthi has been learning Bharatanatyam since she was in Grade 3 and after her Grade 10 exams, studied Bharatanatyam in the famous Kalakshetra Academy in Chennai for 6 years. She wanted to find herself a guru and for the last 2 and a half years has been under the tutelage of National Award winner for Bharatanatyam, Smt. Padmini Ravi.
With such wonderful credentials, the audience was waiting with bated breath for the program to begin. Shruti started her performance with Shri Rangapuradhishwari song on Goddess Saraswati. Within seconds of shruthi coming on stage, the hall was completely silent as we watched in rapt attention the electrifying performance. The movements were so graceful and quick that watching her we could barely breathe! And her technique- simply perfect! Despite the grace and speed, her hands and legs followed the technique of executing the steps perfectly. This was a young lady who understood Bharatanatyam and its essence so well that watching her perform felt like we had experienced divinity. Her expressions were fantastic and even the little children, who can be distracted easily could not move. She had hypnotized the children and adults alike with her electrifying first piece.
When Shruthi left the stage to catch her breath and return for her second performance, you could feel the anticipation build up as we were waiting, fairly impatiently, to see what magic she would do next. Her next item was a Varnam (Sundariyon ka sang paya Krishna ne har pal jeevan mein) on Krishna which included raas bits. We donít often see a traditional Bharatanatyam piece on a Hindi varnam. With the graceful movements and expressions this was another divine experience.
She went on to perform 2 more equally captivating pieces- Abhang (Brindavani Venu) and a Thillana which were thrilling and had the audience completely spell bound. What was so refreshing and memorable was the execution of the dance. Some of the trademarks of Shruthiís performance was her grace, speed and agility. Her expressions were one of the finest I have seen so far in my lifetime. And the refreshing change she brought to the evening was a mental shift because she showed through her performance that despite abandoning the traditional rigidity in the moves of Bharatanatyam and making the movements more fluid and incorporating movements from other dance forms, she retained the essence of Bharatanatyam , making the evening one you cannot forget. To quote Shruthi - ďBharatanatyam is a dance of lines. But if you do not get the lines, you cannot get the curves.Ē
Shruthi explained quite eloquently during the Q & A session that ever since she has worked with Padmini Aunty, as she fondly refers to her guru, she explains that in todayís world, to be able to sustain interest in this fantastic disciplinary art of Bharatanatyam, one must make the performance entertaining and that is what she aims to achieve every time. An entertaining performance is a memorable performance. By far, this was one of the most memorable Bharatanatyam performances we have witnessed in our times. Once you watch Shruthi Rao perform, you will never be able to forget her or be able to look at another Bharatanatyam performance without thinking of her. One of the audience members said to herĒ If I had the power to add another word for grace in the Oxford dictionary, it would be Shruthi.Ē And that sums it all.
Please find the link to the dance clippings:
Share your Comments
In this Issue
|Hasya Kavi Sammelan - A Fun Evening|
The Hasya Kavi Sammelan organized by Hindi Manch was a wonderful evening filled with laughter. The poems and the plays were delightful and had the audience laughing away. [more]
|Donít Miss Saheliís Mehndi Celebration On April 2nd!|
On Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, Saheli, Support and Friendship for South Asian Women and Families will be hosting our annual Mehndi fundraiser at Sons of Italy in Woburn, MA. [more]
|Sandeep Das, Grammy Award Winner, To Perform At LQ Music Conference|
Sandeep Das, the Grammy Winner for Best Global Music at the Grammy awards in LA on February 12, 2017, will be performing with Suhail Khan (Sarangi) and Rajib Karmakar (Sitar) at the LearnQuest Music Conference 2017.
|Music Review: Top 5 Bollywood Songs|
Badrinath ki Dhulania stay on the top of the charts this week again. [more]
|Ace Musicians From India To Join The Storm Of Melodies At Rāga-Rang|
A spring of melodies is poised to storm New England with the fifth edition of RńĀga-Rang. The show is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6pm at the Scottish Rite Museum in Lexington, MA. Here is what Shekhar Shastri, a poet-musician, and producer-director of RńĀga-Rang, had to say! [more]
You may also access this article through our web-site http://www.lokvani.com/