Music and dance reviews
Vikku Vinayakram is a great Ghatam Maestro, known all over the world. His 75th Birthday was celebrated in a unique way, by the Sunadam Trust, in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
The programme started aptly with the lyrics “Kumbarati” of Shishunal Sharief. 75 Ghatam players (It actually exceeded 75 by the time they started) from different states – right from 7 to 75 years young – led by Vikku Vinayakram himself. Divided into 13 groups named after the rivers of India, in different permutation and combinations like – 13 types of thalas, 10.5, 3 1/2=14 and 5.5, 4.5 = 10 – so on. After each group playing individually, all of them joined together to reach great heights. Of course Vinayakram stole the show with his unmatched strokes and in the end, they played in unison and took it to a crescendo. Kudos to Sukanya Ramgopal for organising such a mega event.
Colourful dance festival
The Adyasha Foundation held the Shishirachaanda – a celebration of dance and the seasons – in which Bharathanatya, Kathak, Odissi, Kuchipudi and Kathakali recitals were performed by seasoned artistes,
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