Vidya Saranyan for “The Hindu"
Sunanda Narayanan’s recital was like an eye in the storm of the numerous dance recitals this December season. A senior dancer and student of Guru Rhadha, her performance provided the feeling of contentment that comes from total adherence to classical values. Whether in the sparkling lines in nritta or the refined abhinaya, her dance was a treat for the rasika.
Bala for “The Hindu”
During the Margazhi season while performers and recitals are many, the ones that get noticed are those that offer something new without losing the depth of classicism associated with a style. A dance form needs its integrity to underpin original interpretation, letting new images fall into the fabric of time-tested ones. On that count, Sunanda Narayanan's recital had a fulfilling impact. Guru Rhadha's mastery over the Vazhuvoor bani manifested itself through Sunanda's impeccable lines, subtle expressions and graceful fluidity reflecting an inherent musicality. The rhythmic essays were neat and eye-catching.
K. S. Mahadevan for “Indian Express”
There was maturity and poise in the Bharata Natyam recital of Sunanda. The artist’s understanding and maturity was reflected in the exacting varnam “Mohamana” of Ponniah. It was made interesting and worth watching by the dancer’s unerring sense of time and fine footwork and aesthetic abhinaya. Sunanda, with her pleasing stage presence and restraint was very impressive.
Usha Ramdas for “The Hindu”
Obeisance to Lord Rama, the embodiment of love and compassion and personification of all that is good -- ‘Sugunadaman' -- brings great learning and joy to all those who participate in it. That was the background of ‘Ramabhirama', a thematic presentation by Sumitra Nitin and Sunanda Narayanan. With synchronised costumes and poses (as in the opening Rama-Sita pose, or the freeze with Rama hugging Hanuman in ‘Bhavayami Raghuramam'), the performance was aesthetic and visually pleasing.
Rupa Srikanth for “The Hindu”
Presented by Sumitra Nitin, herself an accomplished musician and her sister Sunanda Narayanan who is settled in North America, both disciples of Rhadha, the detailing in the choice of the items as well as their treatment and choreography spoke volumes of the homework done. The incorporation of sculpturesque poses of Muruga with His peacock or His consorts peppered the evening's show in guru Rhadha's choreographies providing powerful visuals, in addition to an element of variety that took advantage of the presence of a twosome in the theermanams and korvais of the varnam and thillana.
K. S. Mahadevan for “Indian Express”
Sumitra and Sunanda, full fledged dancing sisters, maintained their established reputation for perfectionism in the “Kuttrala Kuravanji” dance drama.s.
V.V. Ramani for “Opus”
The story of Rama was beautifully visualized by the duo. Their rendering of Lalgudi Jayaraman’s exquisite Tillana was a visual treat in nritta and postures.