Each classical dance style has a complex system of movements, rhythm and expression. Any attempt at innovative choreography based on a classical style presupposes a firm understanding of the idiom. That was the remarkable feature of Rituranga — the Season’s Galore, presented by Kalamandalam at the Science City mini-auditorium on November 5.
Choreographed and directed by Thankamani Kutty and conceived by Somnath G. Kutty, the idea was to stick to the vocabulary of different classical dance styles but to alter the context in which the vocabulary was used. Talented dancers painted a colourful canvas of different seasons through joyous rhythmic movements of Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam, Kathak and Kuchipudi based on Tagore songs.
The programme began with Eso hey Baishakh, a group dance performed by Jhinook Mukherjee, Jayeeta Ghosh and Amrita Ghosh. Rohini Roychowdhury’s tuneful rendition of the song deserves mention. The beauty of the monsoon, Tagore’s favourite season, was sketched by Tania Dewanji through Nil anjano ghano punjo chhayae. Melodious singing, lyrical movements and crisp accompaniment mingled to capture the joy of the rainy season.
Prabuddha Raha did justice to this wonderful song with his wide range of voice and rich tonal quality. Eso shyamala sundara was intricately choreographed with various patterns and poses in a group presentation. Indrani Sen sang this number with her usual flair. It was followed by Tomar mohono rupe, an early autumnal melody. It was marked by well-synchronized movement and lively expressions. Slow but supple movements, the hallmark of Mohiniattam, were gracefully maintained by Moumita Chatterjee in her two solo presentations, Eki maya lukao kaya and Eki labonye purno pran.
Traditional forms have their own rich intrinsic charm, which shines out like a jewel. Thus an array of eclectic movements were enjoyable in the duet presentation of Aji kamalo mukulo dal. Jalsa Chandra and Jhinook Mukherjee displayed their taiyari in their effortless presentation. The programme ended with Basante phool ganthlo, a group choreography which proved the performers’ internalization of classical training. Thankamani Kutty should be thanked for nurturing her disciples in a proper way. Other dancers of the evening included Barnali Shome, Ilina Basu and Senjuti Sengupta.