Fridays are always , day to look forward to for it marks the beginning of celebrations and fundays - the weekend, obviously! After a long week - that definitely had not more than five days, we keep expecting the Friday Evenings. On one such Friday, (12th of May to be precise), seeing the 'face book events near me' I walked in to the Pearl studios to witness a "Mehfil" performance by "Aalokam" dance artists. The evening was also to feature The Madras Pianist - Anil Srinivasan and The Delhi Dancer - Ms. Abhinaya Penneswaran along with Aalokam dance company artists Varsha Radhakrishnan, Smruthi Suryaprakash and Vasudha Sharma. The choreography was done by Bharathi Penneswaran and Jyotsna KalyanSundar with Vignesh Ravichandran supporting them on the vocals.
Bharathi Penneswaran is a full time dancer, Jyotsna Kalyanasundar - a dancer and Organizational Psychologist, Vignesh Ravichandran - singer and cancer research data specialist, Varsha Radhakrishnan - dancer and Public policy management, Smruthi Suryaprakash - a Ph D student in biomedical engineering and a dancer, and Vasudha Sharma - dancer and Lawyer.
Following the Pushpanjali, Anil Srinivasan had the stage. He performed few songs of the Indian Music Director - "Isaignani" Illayaraja and Mastero A.R.Rahman. His performance showed how Piano could be versatile for Indian Classical, Semi - Classical and Western music, giving a new spin to those favorite songs of almost all Tamil people. For the western eyes, a performance is supposed to be a calm and quite one. However, for people like Mr. Anil, responses from audience, in any form - like singing along, clapping to the rhythm is always welcomed. After a brief talk to break the ice, when his fingers began to move effortlessly on the keys of the piano, the audience were spell bound and stupified
|Abinaya and Bharathi - Duet performance|
Bharathi's traditional performance on "Aanandha Nadanam" performed to taped music was so perfect that one could spot no flaws. Her steps, finite stretching of limbs and legs, the rapid eye movements, the body gesture beaming forward into the space, everything in transcendence. Her embellishment in some elaborate rhythms were note worthy to mention.
|The final performance of Thilana|