With a mix of young talent and veterans, this week sees performances by Leela Samson, Abhishek Raghuram and others
THE December season is not just about music and dance; many an artiste’s identity depends on it. Despite debates on cancelling shows—and veterans giving up performances to work with victims of the recent floods—many talented dancers and musicians find they must keep the show going. Moreover, with the city‘s culture vultures rising at the crack of dawn to soak themselves in this festival of arts, Margazhi is powering ahead. Finely balancing veterans, experts and those to ‘look out for’, the season has something for everyone. Like the Natya Kala Conference at Krishna Gana Sabha. Convened by the renowned dancer-scholar Swapnasundari, of Vilasini Natyam fame, she will expound on the Power of Ten—elucidations that will highlight new arenas of Dasha Vida Balam, Dasha Durguna, Dasha Dik, Manmatha Dashavastha and more (December 26-29, at 9.30 am). Here’s a sneak peek of the must-see performances this week.
Prof C V Chandrasekar and Leela Samson
The duo, who are the foundation stones of Kalakshetra, team up in a Bharatnatyam performance. The doyen and the veteran must not be missed as this kind of classicism makes for an unusual visual treat. Certainly a great learning experience for young dancers.
Book in advance for December 25, Krishna Gana Sabha, 7 pm slot. Details: 28140806
This year’s Nritya Choodamani awardee makes magic through movement in her Mohiniyattam performance. A researcher, teacher and performer, she has trained in the styles of Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi, too. Having done intensive work in both theory and the practical aspect, her style and technique are her signature statements. Today at 7 pm, at Krishna Gana Sabha. Details: 28140806
The founder-director of Divyanjali, the school of dance, she has an academic approach to the art form. She is one to look out for, what with her prowess in the twin forms of Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam. Young and full of verve, this sprightly artiste is a true delight. She stages Andal, a befitting theme indeed, on December 22, at Krishna Gana Sabha, 7 pm. Details: 28140806
This year’s coveted Sangita Kalanidhi awardee is a must-listen for Chennaiites, old and young alike. His music will leave you asking for more, such is the versatility and voice. He can easily be termed “young adult” in an envious league of stalwarts, as his vision and version in vocal concerts is riveting. Tomorrow, at 6.30 pm at Vani Mahal, GN Chetty Road. Details: 28152166
A senior Bharatnatyam artiste, teacher and choreographer, he has made a mark for himself as a male dancer in a field dominated by women. His significance lies in his novel interpretations of lyrics and tala (rhythmic structures). This season he presents a traditional repertoire in Bharatnatyam on December 22, at Krishna Gana Sabha. Be there before 7 pm. Details: 28140806
Calling him young, dynamic and a brilliant vocalist is an understatement. An illustrious lineage (grandson of the famous mridangam vidwan Sri Palghat Raghu), Abhishek plays the mridangam with as much gusto as he sings. December 22, at 7 pm, at The Music Academy. Details: 28112231
Conferred with the Sangita Vidya Praveena, the duo is a force to reckon with. Pace and passion project a vibrancy beyond compare in their performances. A high level of energy reigns supreme as the duo sing in one harmonious flow. Tyagraja kritis is their speciality, which evokes total devotion and surrender to Lord Rama. December 24, at 7 pm, at The Music Academy. Details: 28112231
— Saraswathi Vasudevan
(The writer is a dancer)