Shortly to celebrate its second birthday and in its quest to bring the best of Performing Arts to the local neighborhood, Powai Fine Arts staged scintillating performances by two young and highly talented international artists, on Sunday 20th November 2011 . Courtesy the encouragement provided by the Hiranandani Group, the fairyland ambience with water fountains was made possible by the show being held on their very tastefully done up Olympia Lawns.
The mood for the evening was set off by flutist ‘Sur Mani’ Shri Himanshu Nanda, a disciple of Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Director- Music of Chinmaya Naada Bindu. His first presentation was his own composition which he was playing to the public for the first time. Taking a cue from the Nav Rasas of Natya Shastra, his composition is a tribute to ‘Vatsalya’ – that form of love which mothers feel for a child. Having named the new Raaga as ‘Sneh Ranjani’, Himanshu dedicated it to his mother who was present in the audience and to all his Gurus, thus tugging at the hearts of all those present. The Alap was followed by Jod in Dhrupad style and then a composition in Matta Taal. Easily recognizable to all in the audience, was the second offering in Raag Des, played in Madhya laya teen taal and drut teen taal. The third item, a Dhun in Raaga Malika switched seamlessly with the very popular ‘Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram’. No wonder this young wizard with the flute could charm all of us with the hollow mellifluous bamboo!
Once a German diplomat defined dance to me as ‘Poetry and Emotion in Motion’. Our next talented artist was Leesa Mohanty. An exponent of classical Odissi dance, she answered very much to that diplomat’s definition of a dance. Apart from being a much awarded artist, she is also a corporate executive and Director of her own Academy for Excellence. She commenced her repertoire with an invocation to Lord Krishna and concluded the same with salutations to Mother Earth, to the Guru and the August Audience! This was followed by Kedar Kamodi Pallavi in taal ektaal. As a pure dance item ‘pallavi’ began slowly and gaining momentum blossomed into complex patterns highlighting the rhythmic variations. Leesa widely regarded as very imaginative in her renditions, next depicted her felicity with ‘abhinaya’ through the Navarasas – the nine emotions of Shringara, Veera, Karuna, Adbhuta, Hasya, Bhayanaka, Vibhatsa, Roudra and Shanta. Each Rasa was enacted in her own inimitable style, taking the audience literally through the entire gamut of intense emotions. Each Rasa which she enacted was from incidents in the Ramayana. Her last performance was the ‘Dasa Avatar’. Inspired by Poet Jayadev’s Geet Govinda. The piece depicted the ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu, including Lord Buddha and Kalki.
All in all, the captivated audience in that grand aesthetic ambiance, burst out repeatedly in applause at the passionate expression of both the artists, in their respective chosen art forms.
Dr. G. Ramakrishna, President of PFA appealed to the elite audience of the day to support the cause of enriching cultural life of Powai and its neighborhood through Sponsorships, Corporate Memberships, Life Memberships or Annual Memberships – for the show must go on !!!