In a written memorabilia to the Hindu, Padmini Dorairajan, a Chennai-based writer and dance teacher has shared her experience of performing Bharathanatyam along with her team at the Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018 with a touch of nostalgia and extraordinary elegance of presentation.
Conducted against the backdrop of the rich temple architecture of the historic spot, the annual Khajuraho dance festival of 2018 had in the view of Padmini, a talented writer and danseuse from Chennai, offered a visual treat to the visitors that had been there to enjoy the various dance forms showcased by artistes from across India.
As a matter of fact, Padmini’s troupe was the only group selected from Tamil Nadu to perform at the much hyped festival. Therefore it was nothing less than a dream come true for her and her colleagues. The party that included Maya Shyam Sunder, the sister of Padmini, and their disciples Kirthi Katherine, Subhiksha, Harshitha, Kavya and Hema Tharuna was dumbstuck at the prospect that their venue and stage was the very premises of the Lakshmi temple that offered a mystifying aura and grandeur of a scene against the backdrop of the evening sky.
Padmini and her colleagues savoured the morning chill and sun that had greeted them as they alighted at the railway station of Khajuraho and decided to spend those moments at the stage itself with a view to familiarising themselves with both lighting and ornate settings. Padmini avers the scene of the brightly shining temple in the background set against the morning sun was one to behold as they rehearsed.
There started their real odyssey in the form of a romantic Pushpanjali that they had chosen to perform in Ragam Malayamarutham. The evanescence of Sivarathri that had been only a few days back had in fact prompted them to do that. The Pushpanjali was followed by the devotional Siva Panchakshara Sthothram blossoming into Gopalakrishna Bharathi’s celebrated ‘Nadanam Adinar’.
The presentation was well formatted. For representing the South, they described Andal’s (Mahalakshmi) dream as if she was wedded to Lord Vishnu. Goddess Parvathi is on the other hand, described by the scintillating lyrics of Lingraj as the embodiment of beauty and grace. They followed it with a Marathi song depicting the romantic flaunts of Radha and Krishna. The song, ‘Rusali Radha Rusala Madhava describes a romantic situation where an argument between the lovers makes the entire Gokul angry. The grand-finale act of the troupe was a beautiful Thillana complemented by Ragam Dhanashree.
The mentioning of a special event following the performance that was held to honour the veteran dancer Lakshmi Viswanathan with the Kalidas Samman award for Bharathanatyam vividly points to the altruistic element in the narration of Padmini.