Keen sense of timing
WATCHING THE two industrious twelve-year-old disciples of Surya Santhanam, one was inclined to think about and applaud the tremendous sweat and toil that goes into every dancer's development as an artiste. Representatives of this breed of hardworking youngsters were Vaishnavi Jayaraman and Chindu Shanmugasundaram, whose sincerity and instinctive feel for the art form were tangible in their performance for Nungambakkam Cultural Academy.
Guru Surya Santhanam's planning format stood out for two reasons _ first, regarding the choice of items for the programme; and secondly, the manner in which each student was given adequate opportunity to shine individually. Her smiling face belied her authoritative voice, her skill with the nattuvangam undeniable. Despite occasional slips, Anuja's sweet voice impressed, with its flexibility.
Subramaniam on the violin maintained a good standard, but Krishnan on the clarinet could hardly be heard.
Dhandayuthapani Pillai's Abhogi varnam in Adi talam, ``Annaye Maravain Adi'' dealt with parents' roles in nurturing and guiding their children, a simplistic theme that the dancers could relate to easily. The keen sense of timing and rhythm in the performers were admirable, but their inadequate arai mandi and impatience with finishing steps need to be corrected.
Vaishnavi is a bright-faced vivacious dancer whose uninhibited abhinaya talent stood out in the varnam; Chindu impressed with her gentle and sensitive handling of Andal in the verse from the Tiruppavai, `Chitranchiru Kalai'.
The Kapi thillana by Dhandayuthapani Pillai was a fitting finale to a short but pleasing recital.
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