VDS ARTS Academy in its talent promotion series recently fielded Anupama, disciple of Jayanthi Subramaniam. Anupama is endowed with a pleasing stage presence. Jayanthi led this disciple with her gripping Nattuvangam, assisted by the versatile singer, Radha Badri, and the melodious tunes of the flautist P.V. Ramana. Venkatasubramaniam provided impressive percussive support.
The recital commenced with Alarippu, followed by Jatiswaram. Anupama revealed considerable tenacity to complete the technical numbers with vigour and confidence. But the execution lacked clarity in crucial Adavus like kitatarikitatom. A special Varnam composition (Dharmamaa) of the veteran vocalist T. R. Subramaniam was the main item of the evening, addressing Goddess Mahalakshmi. Anupama has a supple physique with which she could have attempted at the nuances of the rhythmical structures composed for this lively piece.
The raga Varamu, in which the Varnam had been set, had enough emotional content to evoke dainya (compassion) with appropriate lyrics. Her face constantly wore a pleasant expression that was not quite in keeping with the rich devotional spirit of the composition. With hard work and commitment Anupama can do well in the future.
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