Rarely do classical dance recitals get a full house at the halls of Mylapore sabhas. But on Monday, November 12 evening people who had come a tad late for the show at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan had to go to the gallery to get a seat while extra chairs had to be placed elsewhere to accommodate people.
It was the annual day of Alapana Trust which is managed by senior vocalist O. S. Arun. The Trust honours artistes and more importantly, stages music shows for less abled children, school children and seniors across Tamil Nadu, made possible by donations and Arun’s efforts.
This evening, Arun honoured Tiruchi-based mridangam artiste B. Swaminathan.
Then, the main show, a dance themed on lord Krishna – Krishna Kaviyam – unfolded. This production was led by senior dancer Sheejith Krishna and dancers of his Sahradya Dance Repertory in Chennai.
With Arun singing, including songs that his fans love to listen to and Sheejith and eight young dancers performing on stage, this was indeed a good performance. They danced to the songs of Ambujam Krishna, Surdas and Lalgudi Jayaraman. And when the dancers rounded up the evening with a energetic, colourful and folksy piece they got a standing ovation.