When Padma Shri danseuse enthralled Delhi
A performer, educator, choreographer, arts administrator, author and a cultural visionary; when Prathibha Prahlad performs, the viewers are left spell-bounded. Recently, the Padma Shri awardee did the same magic when she dedicated her performance to Lord Krishna at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre.
The first performance was, 'Vande Vasudevam', which described the beauty of Vishnu 's face and form. The velour of this beautiful God who rides the Garuda, and killed the crocodile who tried to pull in Kariraja – the brave elephant, were depicted by Prahlad in every expression and move.
The second performance was 'Saama Gana' – this piece with rhythmic interludes elaborates on the birth of Krishna in Kansa's prison and his father Vasudeva taking him in the middle of the night to Gokula and leaving him at Nanda's place.
The third performance by Prahlad was 'Kaun Radhika – Darbari Raga /Adi Tala Rukmini'. Krishna's wife wonders who Radhika was and why Krishna was so enamoured with her. Fourth performance was 'Mangalam – Jo Mukunda' - a lilting lullaby putting child Krishna to sleep. On this occasion, Carnatic vocalist and composer Sudha Raghuraman were on vocal, G. Raghuraman was on flute, Tanjavur Kesavan was on Nattuvangam and MV Chandrashekar was on mridangam.