March 24, 2016 12:16:32 pm
The energy was hard to miss as vocalist Sounak Chattopadhyay and Bharatnatyam dancer Poornima Ashok took audience on a journey that gave them a glimpse of the various dimensions of music and dance.
Performing at the ongoing 46th Pracheen Kala Kendra Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan, Sounak set the pace of the evening with some powerful compositions.
A leading vocalist of the present generation, Sounak has made a place for himself in the hearts of many classical and Bengali music lovers. He unfolded the melodic character of popular raga Puriya Dhanashree through an alaap. He also presented a tarana composed by Amir Khusro, followed by the Bhairavi thumri ‘Kab aaoge.’
The second performance was by Poornima Ashok, a Bharatnatyam dancer, choreographer and teacher from Bangalore. She has evolved a distinctive style – classically rooted with contemporary energies.
Ashok and her troupe of four dancers presented Radharani, the pinnacle of unconditional love of Radha. In this presentation, Purnima expressed the many emotions of Radha – love, jealousy, passion – for Krishna.
In the dance ballet ‘Radharani’, Ashok began with how Radha and Krishna met for first time, become friends, fall in love, rejoice each other’s company, their separation and Radha’s unconditional love for Krishna, sans any expectation.
On the last day of the sammelan on March 24, Abhay Rustam Sopori will present a santoor recital, while Purva and her troupe will present a Kathak recital 6.30pm onwards.
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