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Conceptualised by Carnatic vocalist Sangeetha N Rao, the nine-minute video was choreographed by Kalamandalam Chambakkara Vijayakumar

Conceptualised by Carnatic vocalist Sangeetha N Rao, the nine-minute video was choreographed by Kalamandalam Chambakkara Vijayakumar

Carnatic vocalist Sangeetha N Rao says she visualises a music in her thoughts as she renders it to make it an evocative expertise for her listeners.

As an amazing admirer of the padams composed by Swathi Thirunal and of abhinaya sangeetham, she had usually wished she may visualise a Swathi Thirunal padam within the Kathakali format. She says: “I consider that music and dance complement one another superbly and that’s when a recital feels full.”

Lots of the Swathi padams have already been choreographed by famend Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam dancers. “I’ve seen and loved most of the performances. I wished to conceptualise one within the Kathakali format and that too from a girl’s perspective.”

The royal composer-musician’s descriptive padam(s) contact upon totally different sorts of devotion to the principle deity of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

Explains Sangeetha: “Of his many padams, considered one of my favourites is ‘Panimathi mukhi baale’ in Ahiri raga, which is predicated on ‘madhura bhakthi’. It speaks of the composer’s ardent want to be one with the Lord. The King portrays himself as a ‘Nayika’ searching for reunion with the Lord.”

A quick narrative explains the essence of the composition, that of a Nayika, wearing her finery, ready impatiently for her lover in useless. She complains to her good friend concerning the wait whereas her companion consoles her, praising her appears and sweetness.

Sangeetha sought the assistance of veteran Kathakali exponent Kalamandalam Chambakkara Vijayakumar. He says he made it clear to Sangeetha that he would choreograph a chunk that stayed inside the inventive framework of Kathakali.

Stills from ‘Nayika, The Eternal Love’ featuring Kalamandalam Chambakkara Vijayakumar as the Nayika

Stills from ‘Nayika, The Everlasting Love’ that includes Kalamandalam Chambakkara Vijayakumar because the Nayika
| Picture Credit score: SPECIAL ARRAGEMENT

He elaborates: “To do anything can be an insult to the good artwork custom that one takes years to grasp. As an alternative of performing obscure dance steps in a Kathakali costume, as one sees in lots of movies, I used to be decided to carry out it as a pristine Kathakali efficiency set to the Swathi padam.”

Chaste Kathakali

The veteran waited for 10 hours, all made-up and dressed, for the nine-minute video. ‘Nayika’, which was shot at Ozhukil Mana in Palakkad district, is an aesthetic presentation enhanced by Sangeetha’s melodious music.

Whereas Vijayakumar seems because the Nayika, Kalamandalam Radhakrishnan dons the function of Krishna and FACT Bhaskar because the companion ( thozhi).

The video might be launched on YouTube on March 31 by Carnatic vocalist Sreevalsan J Menon and music composer Bijibal.

That is the third such music-dance video conceptualised by Tripunithura-based Sangeetha, who works as a help vocalist for Mohiniyattam in RV Faculty of Music, Tripunithura.

Her first video was based mostly on a Saraswathi kriti in Saraswathi raga, which she had composed. “It was a pushpanjali offered as a Bharatanatyam recital and choreographed by Abbad Ram Mohan, a former scholar of RLV faculty. The following was a bhajan and a Swathi padam. It was not centred on a theme,” she says.


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