"Cholkettu and Ganesha Sthuti", "Sankara Sri Giri", "Anandavalli", "Amrapali"
The World Music Institute's "Dancing the Gods"
New York, New York
April 22, 2017
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2017 by Mary Cargill
The World Music Institute's Dancing the Gods sixth annual festival was a two-day presentation of classic Indian dance at Symphony Space; as its curator, Rajika Puri noted, this was the only evening-length program of Indian dance with live music present in New York this year. Neena Prasad, with three musicians (the singer C. Madhavan Nampoothiri, S. P. Ananthapadmanabha on the violin and K. P. Ramesh Babu on the mridangam, a double-headed drum) gave a concert of Mohiniyattam dance. This is a traditional South Indian style for a solo female dancer, a soft, somewhat static form which is part stylized miming to the words of the accompanying song and part slow, graceful poses.
Neena Prasad from neenaprasad.com