It's a nice dance set to music that is melodic and rhythmically exciting in turns, although much of it seems to have been "dumbed down" quite a bit for the film and the editing is often more interested in quick punches of pretty movements and poses at the expense of coherent and sensitive choreography. In Sruti, Kamala mentioned directing dances for the films Deiva Tirumanam, Varuvan Vadivelan, and Chenda and noted that while she had some freedom in choreographing the dances, if the filmmakers found a movement "too difficult, they would request me to modify it a bit." I love the last 40 seconds when speed and form are showcased, but that's probably because it reminds me so much of the percussion and bells in the the second half of Kamala's top-knotch dance in Pavai Vilakku!
Enormous thanks are due to uploader Shibu Jacob who has also contributed extensive video to the MalayalaSangeetham.info (MSI) online encyclopedia. The MSI credits the song to G Devarajan with lyrics by Vayalar and vocals by KJ Yesudas. At first I thought the song was the Swathi Thirunal composition "Nrithyathi Nrithyathi Sambashivo" about Lord Shiva dancing to the syllable "dhrikttom" and said to be popular among dance musicians in Kerala, but the melody and structure are obviously different and the film song inserts some rousing percussion interludes. The first part of the song appears to be cut off when comparing it to another audio-only version.
|Rhadha, Kamala, Vasanthi|
I had mentioned in my post on Kamala's sister Rhadha that a viewing of songs from Chenda (graciously sent to me with much effort by a kind visitor) had turned up empty, and I wondered if the dance I had read about was part of the film and not a proper song. What bad luck that the one song missing from the disc I had was Kamala's number! I also see that I'm a bit late to the party seeing that the video was posted online almost a year ago and noted at the fantastic Old Malayalam Cinema blog!
To close, here are some lovely screencaps from the film dance:
Note: Facts about Kamala and her sisters' lives taken from multiple articles in Sruti magazine about Kamala, issues 45/46 and 48, and about Rhadha, issues 279 and 280.