Meera Sreenarayanan — a young star on the dance firmament

Feb 7, 2024

Meera performing at the Srinarayanan Music Academy's 2024 Dance Festival.

Meera performing at the Srinarayanan Music Academy's 2024 Dance Festival. , Photo Credit: K_Pichumani

There are some performances where the dancers become so deeply immersed in their art that their joy is transferred to the audience, creating an exquisite feeling of rasa nubhava.

Meera Srinarayanan's performance at the Sangeet Academy Dance Festival falls into this category. As soon as he entered the stage, he attracted the audience.

The Margam format from Mallari to Thillana was conceived as a thematic format, and had Muruga as the hero. Raga Gambhiranattai composed by violinist Ishwar Ramakrishnan had an interesting dimension with the Solukattas of Mallari, Charudatta. Nagaswaram by Mylai Karthikeyan and Thavil playing by Adyar Silambarasan recreated the atmosphere of the temple.

Starting with the striking scene of the idol being carried on a palanquin, Meera establishes the static mood of the hero with descriptions of his characteristics.

Virhotkhandita Nayika The heroine was introduced through the Kapi raga varnam 'Mohalahiri Meerthe' composed by Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer. The communicative, poetic metaphors full of subtle nuances were conveyed through excellent acting, the rhythmic Theermanam danced with flourish and the perfection and grace in the Adavus created a colorful bouquet.

Meera Srinarayanan is a student of Indira Kadambi.

Meera Srinarayanan is a student of Indira Kadambi. , Photo courtesy: K. pichumani

The padam 'Prananathan Ennikku Nalakiya' composed by Irayiman Thampi in Raga Kamboji tells about the heroine who wakes up to remember her intimate moments after a night of passionate love. The sexuality inherent in this work has been handled aesthetically. The impact was largely enhanced by the expressive singing of Bijeesh Krishna, whose fine nuances and melodious delivery cleverly depicted various moods.

The romantic mood turns to anger and sarcasm in Javali 'Janathanamu Matalu' in Raga Saurashtram when the heroine becomes angry with the hero for being with another woman.

Continuing the focus on Muruga, there was a prologue highlighting the Kavadi Attam and the rituals associated with it. The recital concluded with Thilana in the raga Simhendramadhyam composed by CV Chandrasekhar.

The soulful musical ensemble included Bijeesh Krishna on vocals, Indira Kadambi on cymbals, Charudatta on mridangam, Ishwar Ramakrishnan on violin and Ananthanarayanan on veena.

The performance had a lasting impact on the Rasikas with its impeccable blend of aesthetically choreographed pieces and well-composed music.

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