http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20111028/cth1.htmGerman danseuses leave audience awestruck
Johanna Devi andShebana Devi Mangold perform in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari
Chandigarh, October 27
The city art lovers were treated to a rare treat of bharatnatyam Indian classical dance at the second International Dance Festival organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Punjab Arts Council at the Randhawa auditorium here today.
The sleek performance assumes more significance, as both avid danseuses, Shebana Devi Mangold and Johanna Devi, who brought alive the grandeur and majesty of the dance were Berlin-based German nationals and foremost proponents of bharatanatyam in the West.
Instead of the conventional paradigm of performing alarippu, jethiswarm, shabdam, young Johanna commenced the dance concert with an invocatory “Natranjali” set to raga naate and adital.
Vivacious and versatile Shebana, a lawyer by profession, portrayed different swaroops of Goddess Durga, Singh vahini in raga ranjani and adi taal. She enacted episodes like Mahishasur Vadh with brilliance before Johanna presented Tamil keertanam. The dance drama described the spiritual and physical powers of Lord Shiva.
Shebana again took the centrestage only to mesmerise audience in an ashatpadi based on geet Govinda composed by her Indian guru Dhanajay in raga darbari kanrah, depicting skahis of dejected Radha in search of Lord Krishan.
Shebana Mangold involved her body and soul in interpreting the anguish of Radha in a captivating dancing spell. It was again Johanna Devi providing the grand finale to the concert with a thrilling thillana.
Both versatile danseuses knowing little of Hindi sang along the lyrics in Sanskrit and Tamil, besides the sargam and syllables of pedant. Both maintained a consistent pace, verve and vitality, immaculate emotional expression and nimble footwork throughout their dancing spells.