For a full hour and a half on Friday, Aug. 27, the seven young dancers from the Rama Nataka Nikethan held the audience spell bound with their amazing performances. It is hard to pick one item to write about - the entire show flowed seamlessly from one piece to the next.
Their artistry moved one of the rasikas in the audience, Sri.Balan, to poetry - here is what he wrote about the performance "Astoundingly Astonishing, Divinely graceful, unbelievably fantastic, Perfection beyond belief. Dancers appeared as apsaras, divine damsels. One wished we had more than one pair of eyes to do justice to the marvellously beautiful performance. When Jhanavi danced the Odissi, we were reminded of Lord Narayana in MOHINI's form"
Highlights of the performance were the Chaturvidha Nrityavali, an amalgamation of four classical dance forms - Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi and Kathak, and the incredible dance on earthen pots.
Suhasini Jonnavithula welcomed the audience and introduced the gurus Sri. Vishnampet Subramania Ramamoorthy and Smt. Manjula Ramaswamy. Sri.Sundararaman and Smt. Lakshmi Sundararaman presented the gurus with shawls on behalf of Shruti Laya. Smt.Sridevi Bhumi, who was instrumental in bringing this group to the US and is also an ex student of the institute spoke about her experiences. The young artists - Nair Santosh Gopalakrishnan Kannolil, Chelakkattuthodi Vadakathil Archana, Yerramshetty Mounika, Reddy Nallagatla Vineetha, Gutti Sai Pratyusha, Nikhila Singireddy and Pinjala Jhanavi were presented certificates of appreciation from Shruti Laya. Sreenadh Jonnavithula thanked the performers and the audience for the wonderful program.