The Kathak Recital program started with Ardha Narishwar Stuti. Moumala commenced her recital with this devotional piece which depicts the beauty of the two forms of Shiva – the feminine grace of goddess Parvati and the masculine vigour of Mahadev nicely combined in one person, i.e. why he has been worshipped as the ‘Ardha Narishwar’.
The second Kathak dance presentation highlighted the abstract technical or ‘Nritta’ aspect of Kathak. It’s presentation in Taal Dhamaar of 14 beats starts on a meditational and spiritual note where the energy is contained and turned inward, and it gradually radiates outwards as it keeps building up in tempo as well as in elaboration of movement reaching a dynamic climax of rhythm.
In third Kathak dance presentation Vipralabdha (heroine) waits in vain for her husband at the particular spot but not finding him there becomes dejected. Agatpatika is happy on listening to the news of the return of her husband from another place. A sheer attempt has been made to depict the deep urge of devotee to meet the Lord and merge with him to become one finding the ecstatic happiness.
The fourth Kathak dance was performed by Neetu Kumari, the disciple of Moumala. Neetu Kumari presented few bandishes in Teen Taal and an ancient Hori composed by Pt. Bindadin Maharaj.
The fifth Kathak dance performance was named as Tarannum. Tarannum is a beautiful, melodious, musical composition set in Raga Kalawati & Drut Ektaal which consists of various figurative body movements, gestures along with rhythmic syllables. The dancers follow the rhythmical pattern creating movements and images in space which coincide with the notes sung and notes played on tabla. Moumala and Neetu Kumari both presented this Kathak performance jointly.
The last Kathak performance was Thumri. Thumri is an expressional musical composition displaying mythological stories related to Lord Shri Krishna written by Lalan Shyam of Farrukhabad. The teasing of Krishna, his mischieves, naughtiness regardless of the complaints b all village girls and eventually the prevailing playful mood is the crux of this choreography composed by Moumala Nayak.
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