PROF. C.V. CHANDRASEKHAR’S “FIRSTS” RICHLY INSPIRED DANCERS & RASIKAS ALIKE
Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee C.V. Chandrasekhar’s (CVC) 85 Minutes dance performance on Wednesday 23.11.2016 at Narada Gana Sabha Hall for Indisha’s Sadhana was performed at a festival of Dance which was a visual festive treat to all Viewers alike. CVC superbly weaved his autobiographical journey from 1949 till 1976 which was 27 years of his memorable & Cherishable period probably as his 1st edition of his current 67 years of dance journey by presenting in a chronological order his “First Varnam” as his “Guru Dhakshina” dedicated in Memory of his Guru Sharada Hoffman at Kalakshetra who taught him in 1949 which was a Muthuswamy Dikshithar’s composition Roopamujoochi in Aadhi Thalam composed in Thodi Ragam. Next he presented the “first song” he had learnt in Benares in North Indian Musical style in 1958 which was a Ashtapadi composed by Mukund Kalvind in Theen Thalam in Yaman Raagam. Thirdly he presented his “first song” he had set to tune & choreographed all by himself in 1974 which was Tulsidas’s Gaayiye Ganapathi in Aadhi Thaalam set in Kalavathi Raagam & concluded with a Thillana once again composed by himself in 1976 in Aadhi Thaalam set in Hamir Kalyani Raagam.
Fully contented Dancers & Rasikas promisingly left the venue with very high hopes to witness second & subsequent editions of his autobiographical ever continuing performance of his dance. When this writer telephonically requested CVC for that day’s performance photograph he most unassumingly permitted him to use any of his photos from the Internet without giving any undue importance for any of his specific photos.