If you try to find other professional Bharatanatyam dancers who by the age of ten had already received two excellent reviews in
the Hindu, as well as many newspapers and magazines, you will certainly realize
that the great critical acclaim and the affectionate reception by the spectators
As Smt. Nandhini
Ramani, The Hindu special correspondent, wrote back in August 2001, "she
(Medha) stole the show with her astonishing skill in Nritta, receiving thunderous
applause from the audience".
2002, the Hindu marked her genius again: "Innate talent and determination
to do her best seemed to be the major contributors to the success of the Bharathanatyam
recital of ten-year old Medha Hari, who mesmerised the audience with her energetic
performance under the auspices of Salangai Oli Trust. Medha means intellect
and indeed an apt name chosen for this young aspirant who revealed composure
and maturity beyond her age. Hers is a case of a fine blend of talent, hard
work and commitment that is rare among her age group of dancers. Being very
young, Medha was devoid of stage fear or nervousness at any point of time.
It was a joy to watch this child dance with such exuberance, maintaining the
dignity and respect of her tradition."
V.N. Lakshmi reports in the New Indian Express of the Bharatanatyam
performance at Bharat Kalachar in September 2002: "Medha did full
justice to all the items that she chose to present with her confident performance."
New Indian Express's headline for her solo Bharata natyam performance at VDS Arts Academy in September 2003 was as appreciating:
"12 going on 21. Schoolgirl Medha Hari's dance recital was as competent
as a seasoned performer." Sri R. Srinivasan went on to report:"Medha
danced breathtakingly with springy steps and vibrant movements. She displayed
highly commendable skills rarely found in so young a dancer... The sancharis
and Theermanams were impressively sketched... Medha's aesthetic presentation
of rasa lakshanam was indeed praiseworthy... She is just 12, her sthaayi bhavas
were gripping, relevant and notably mature".
links to more reviews of Medha'sclassical indian dance recitals:
MadrasPlus: Medha won the Natya Yuva Brahmam award for her captivating classical dance performance.
RUPA SRIKANTH (The Hindu): "... and Medha were disarming in their
year-old Medha Hari who played the role of little Muruga stole the show"
Show With Refined Artistry"
Hari as Mohini and Charanya Ragothaman as Bhasmasura were the charming teachers
and Medha Hari stood out for their perfect presentation"
and Medha Hari were at their best in their presentation.
Hari, and Akshaya, who, with their frozen postures, ...and divine bobbing
mischievous heads, won everybody's appreciation"