“So could the ordinary mortals help being spell bound by this enigma called Payal recreating the spirit of her name as well as the lyrical dance form.Payal’s virtuosity ,her consummate composure reflected throughout her entire performance. Payal is no flash in the pan brilliance. Sure the poet wrote”adharam madhuram”, but here it was ‘Payal madhuram’, a sweetness we’d savor for long”
"Payal Ramchandani was a delight to see: slow, languorous, unrushed Kuchipudi, each hasta unfolding like lotus petals, each movement clearly enunciated and each of the 3 items she presented (two she had choreographed herself) had depth and meaning. Kuchela in Madhava Tarangam was well etched as also the lovelorn nayika in the Javali, suggesting devious ways to unite with her lover. Payal is the next generation Kuchipudi star to watch out for. Just 28, (leap year born, so she is only 7!) she has learnt from three seniors of the form, Raja-Radha Reddy, Jayarama-Vanashree Rao and now special tutelage under fine talent Kishore Mosalikanti, the happening Kuchipudi dancer, teacher and duo."
Payal Ramchandani, an accomplished and elegant Kuchipudi dancer from Newcastle delighted the audience with some beautiful, well executed Kuchipudi on a hot Friday evening in London.Payal’s command over rhythm and quiet confidence was highlighted in sections where she chose to concentrate only on the head and neck movements and accomplishing it with ease…the first item, though sedate was a good introduction for what was to come. Payal then launched straight into a javali-a heroine who is married to one man and in love with another. The husband leaves home on business and the heroine takes this opportunity to invite her lover home. Payal was adept at effortlessly portraying the glee of the heroine on her husband’s departure, her annoyance with the reluctant lover and the numerous ways in which she cajoles him to accept her invitation. The third piece was another classic: Rusali Radha Rusala Madhav, a Marathi composition describing a tiff between Krishna and Radha…With some excellent choreography and perfectly composed music Payal brought the nature sequences alive.The final piece was from the famous Krisha Leela Taringini composed by Narayana Teertha.Payal gave a compelling presentation and finishes with several step sequences.She finished with a flourish by performing while standing on a plate, a signature Kuchipudi sequence. The slow and fast paces rhythms, the circular movements, the backward glides, all while on a plate, revealed Payal’s excellent control of movement, rhythm and presentation skills. The final three compositions were all choreographed by Payal herself and were noteworthy….the evening was well rounded an,d extremely enjoyable.
“Payal revealed all the virtues of a hard training undergone by her under exacting teachers and her considerable talent. Her faultless footwork, supple movements and lyrical elegance-in fact, the sheer poetry of dance were so irresistibly fetching. The levels of artistic excellence reached by the young dancer as was evident in the variety of sancharis employed in stimulating in the audience various emotions shading off into states of aesthetic contemplations cannot be too highly praised.”
“Serenity her element-Kuchipudi dancer weaves magic Payal Ramchandani brought alive the divine lover of Meera for Lord Krishna in a popular Meera bhajan ‘main sawarey ke rang raachi’. She displayed her mastery in abhinaya in a Swati Tirunal composition ‘Chaliye Kunjanamo’ ….she sent the audience into a scintillating reverie as she kept dancing on the rims of a brass plate.”
“Stances and rhythm were immaculate right from the Shiva Panchakshara start.What is more, there is an inner composure and contained bearing which is reassuring in one so young.Particularly illustrative of this aspect were the Vamanavataram and Narasimhavataram in the Dasavataram number.Payal has a fine feel for rhythmic niceties.”
“Payal’s indulgence in her form was complete, so muchso that she did not appear like a dancer on the performance space. She came across as a devotee in service of Lord Brahma and Mahesh. Beginning her one and a half hour long presentation with Vinayaka stuti,Payal went on to present Jatiswaram in raga Athana.She used her skills to blend rhythm and melody paying tribute to the creator of Nritya-Lord Shiva. The Dasavataram in raga Mohana almost caused the audience to rise upto a standing ovation”
“Payal dances with scintillating rhythm, perfect posture, footwork, grace in movements and abhinaya that speak volumes for the serious work put in by her and the Gurus.Elegance,poise, unselfconscious simplicity and unflagging stamina are the hallmark of the lady. True to her name, the trinkets on Payal’s feet just won’t stop tinkling when she is performing”