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Boost to talent

VARNAM IS the all- inclusive feature of the art, including its complex syntax of pure dance patterns, inter-related with interpretation of situations, more commonly displaying the mood of sringara. Aarti Mohan, who participated in the Talent Promotion Programme organised by the Indian Fine Arts Society on January 2 and 3, as a fitting finale to its 69th SIMCF, was adjudged the best among 12, who had enlisted for the contest. Her nritta and nritya, each time beginning with a different raga,``Swamiyai Azhaithu Vaadi," with her Guru, Revati Ramchandran wielding the cymbals clinched the issue.Anwesh Das was declared the second best. A disciple of Urmila Satyanarayana and A. Lakshmanan, of Natya Sankalpa, Chennai, she engages herself in solo as well as in group dances.

Revati Ramachandran was also prized as the best Natyacharya for conducting Aarti Mohan's performance. E. Gayatri, born to play the veena, and president of the 69th annual festival, distributing the prizes to the winners in the concerts held earlier, spoke eulogising them and appreciated the Society's efforts to promote talent in both music and in dance.

Vocal (senior) - Male: T.M. Krishna; Female: Aruna Sayeeram; sub-senior: Lakshmi Rangarajan.

Sub-senior (afternoon concerts) - Male: V. Sankaranarayanan; Female: Gayatri Venkataragahvan; Junior: Aparna Thyagarjan.

Violin - Senior: M.R. Gopinath; afternoon concerts male/female: Tiruvarur N. Balam; Akkarai Subbulakshmi.

Mridangam - Senior - Bangalore Arjunkumar; Sub-senior - Tirupati Sudhakar, Junior: Thanjavur Balakrishnan.

Veena - In Series - Tara Mohan; Sub-senior - N. Preetha.

Kanjira/ghatam - Mayuram G. Somu

Flute - B. Muthukumar

Raga alapana - Hyderabad S.K. Venkatachari

Rendition of kritis - Chinmaya Sisters

Over-all performance - Jayapradha Ramamoorthy

Lecture-demonstration - Suguna Purushothaman

Devotional music - Dr. Mathangi Ramakrishnan's group

Best rendition of kritis understanding the text of the same: N. Vijayalakshmi. — TPR

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