Chennai, Dec 10:
The rhythmic drop of a heel of the Italian dancer Lucrezia Maniscotti at theTrinity Arts Festival of India 2018, here in Chennai, at the Rasika Ranjani Sabha on Sunday had enthralled the audience.
Lucrezia has been a student of Padmasree Adyar K.Lakshman; earlier she had been learning the Bharathanatyam from under Miss Monica Gallarate, occasionally under Maresa Moglia who were students of Late Smt Krishnaveni Lakshmanan.
Her padams and adavus for the Andal Kavasam in the raga Malayamaarurtham, Adi Talam, Lucrezia (She has been called as Luc by everyone) has proved that it was one of the finest programmes of the Italian woman who with her troupe of girls, had instilled the dance with potency filling her smile with modern sensibility.
Luk also exhibited her talents for the Muthuswamy Dikshithar’s krithi ‘ Roopamu Choosi’ choreographed by Rukmani enthralled the audience. Indian languages which are essential to perform the ancient art of Indian Culture for bringing out the exact posture to convey the meaning to the audience. Luk, who has some knowledge in the Telugu language, has also learnt the Tamil language and Sanskrit as well. She could ably read and speak the Tamil language, though she was not much adept like our Tamil scholars.
Her dance for another number on the stage for the Arunachala Kavirayar’s ‘Ramanathikam’, choreographed by Professor C.V.Chandrasekaran in Misrachapu talam and also her performance for the song of Srimathi Indira Kadambi in the raga Paras, for the Javali of Subbarayar had proved her mettle and her likeness for the dance to win name.
Luk also performed Tillana, for the composition of Madurai N.Krishnan in the Brindavana Saranga and choreographed by Adyar K.Lakshmanan proved her worthiness by exhibiting delicate bhavas for the song.
One could perform dance of any nature, but without the support of the musicians on stage. Luk was aptly supported by the vocal of Srimathi Nandini Anand, Nattuvangam by Ranjith Babu, Mridangam by Ramesh Babu, Veena by Anantha Narayanan and the flute on the stage by Sujith.
When speaking to the Trinity Mirror and Makkal Kural, Luk said that it was her second performance in Chennai this year after she had performed her dance programme earlier this month in Assam.
“ I have rehearsed the dance umpteen times at the Saraswatham Foundation in Tiruvanmiyur founded by Ranjith and Vigina before getting on to the stage of the Trinity Arts” said Luk. She also said that she wanted to take at least 30 students who are under her tutelage of Bharathanatyam to India and planned to take them to temples the form of worship that were followed, as she felt that ancient temples had a lot of thing well connected with the Bharatha Natyam.