VDS Arts Academy - Arts wings of Muthukrishnan Memorial Club
 
 
Review ( Month of May '08)

On 31st May 2008 (Saturday) at 6.00 PM. Rohini Shankar dis.of  Rajalakshmi Srinivasan gave a very good Vocal concert for VDS. This is her fourth concert, we notice improvement in over all knowledge and kalpanaswaram. Gurus Vasanthi Gopal (previous) and Rajalakshmi Srinivasan (present) have trained her well.

Rohini’s Naatai was very good (Raagam & Swaram o.k.). Maamavasadha in kanada was good. Saaranga is not ideal raga for alapana. There was reputation of pidis in alapana. Main Shankarabhranam was very good. After a decent alapana she sang the kriti Manasuswa well with very good kalpanaswaram.

She is quite confident. It will be better if she uses modulation of voice; she can be a bit soft. Selection of the songs were good. It had variety.

Little accompanists R.Shyam (Violin) S.Aswini (Mridangam) gave a very good support to Rohini

Sangeetha Vidwan Senthangudi Mr.Jayaraman, chief guest of the concert blessed Rohini.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

At 7.15 PM. Srividhya R.S.Iyer the girl from musical family daughter & dis. of  one of the Mayavaram Sisiters (Uma, Gita) Gita Ramasubramaniam gave an yet another Excellent vocal concert for VDS. She is our regular violin artist. Her confidence and over all knowledge is very good @ 20. Her voice is sweet especially in the higher octave.

Selection of the songs were fine and had variety. She sang Theliyaleru in dhenuka nicely with fluent kalpanaswarams. Neelkanada Sivan’s Dhayavu Seyya in suruti was good. Main RTP in Shanmugapriya showed her knowledge and practice. She completed the kalpanaswarams in different speeds perfectly.

Younger sister Sudha followed her elder earnestly giving her good support. V.Prashanth, as usual was vibrant in thani.


On 30th May 2008 (Friday) at 6.00 PM. S.Suchitra from Madurai, dis. of Madurai R.Kannan (dis. of T.N.Seshagopalan) gave an Excellent vocal concert for VDS. This is her maiden performance at Chennai sabha.

At 17 (rather late entrance) her voice is fine; it is bold, clear and versatile. Over all knowledge is high. Pattandharam is very good. She sang the Karna Ranjani krithi very well. Sahana krithi was sung with raga lakshana. Main poorvikalyani was very good after a neat alapana she sang the krithi Meenakshi memudham dehi well with well knit kalapanaswarams. She sang the thukkadas, Sadhaayenna (behag) and Sindhu Bhairavi thillana very well.  

R.Priyamvadha (Violin) & R.Santhoshram (Mridangam) gave a very good support to Suchityra.

Mr.Papanasam Ramani Bhagavathar, chief guest of the concert blessed Suchitra.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


At 7.15 PM. S.Shruthi dis. of  Padma Chandilyan & Chenglepet Ranganathan gave an yet another Excellent Vocal concert for VDS. She is our regular artist and this is her fifth concert @ VDS. Her concert was marked by a very good all-round knowledge with fine voice rendering.

Her Dharmavathy for Bhajana Seya, all alapana, niraval and swaram was very good. Bajare Maanasa ( Abheri) was the best piece of the concert. RTP in thodi was fine. Alapana was neat and kalpanaswaram was good and had variety.

Sudha R.S.Iyer (violin) and Thalaignayiru S.Harishkumar (Mridangam) rendered their support very well. 

-  by K.Sridhar

On 25th May 2008 (Sunday) at 6.30 PM, That was an yet another Excellent dance performance by S.Shrutha Kirti a student of Samyuktha Varadarajan. This is her third performance for VDS. Her performance was marked by good foot-work, elegant limb movements and adequate bhava. She did the varnam (composition of Ranganayaki Jayaraman) very well. The episodes of Krishna leela  in  Kanna Karmega vanna was enacted very well. She answered the jathis also very well.

Her bhava for adhuvum solluvaal  (Sowrashtram) was fine. Her dance for Aadiya padhanai vendrida  (Raagamalika; Thaala malika) a composition of Mangalam Ganapathy was brisk and attractive. Thillana was a bit different which she did with graceful movements of limbs..

Music was fine. Vocal duet by  Malini Kumar & R.Premalatha. Instruments Nagai Narayanan (mridangam), K.R.Suresh (Violin) Omkarnath (key-board) rendered their support very well.

Mrs. Radhika Surajit (Bharathanatyam Exponent) Chief guest of the evening programme blessed Shrutha Kirti. We all remember the Jaya TVs most popular show Thaka Dhimi Tha is the brain child of Radhika Surajit

 

On 24th May 2008 (Saturday) at 6.30 PM, N.Subbalakshmi dis.of Narendra Kumar &
Anusha Narendra Kumar gave a very good maiden dance performance. She has a flexible body with a neat foot-work. The limb movements are elegant. Both the gurus have trained her well.

The varnam in lathangi raagam  konjum salangai gave ample scope for expressing bhava. She answered the jathis very well.

Her bhava for jaavali was good. Selection of the items were good but very light. She was very brisk in Dhanashree thillana. 

Roshini (one of the Padma Seshadri Sisters) on vocal and Instruments Sudhaaman (mridangam) and Sunil Kumar (flute) gave good support to the dancer.

Mrs. Prema Sathish, a Bharathanatyam dancer blessed Subbalakshmi .

On 23rd May 2008 (Friday) at 6.30 PM. R.Shiva Priya dis.of  Ranganayaki Jayaraman gave an Excellent dance performance for VDS. This is her second programme @ VDS after a gap of seven years. We are happy to find a lot of improvement in all departments. She has ideal features for Bharathanatyam. Lean, agile, flexible body with a neat foot-work and all above a smiling face. Her bhava is fine. Senior guru Ranganayaki Jayaraman has trained her very well.

The rather lengthy Varnam in Kamas raagam  velanai kannbom vaarir was very good in all respects. There was scope of bhava besides a lot of jathis which she did well. The various episodes as sanchari bhava; she enacted well, the best being sutta pazham & sudatha pazham. A story was enacted in jathis itself. Fine piece of choreographed by guru.

Her abhinaya for ododi vandhen kanna was very good. Music as well as dance for devargalai ( ambal sthuthi in kedara gowla) was fine.

Music support by Chitrambari Krishnakumar (vocal). Instruments by Nellai D. Kannan (Mridangam), Yuvakala Bharathi Kandadevi S.Vijayaragahavan (Violin) Srinivasan (flute) rendered their support very well.

The Bharathanatyam Exponent Mrs. Lakshmi Ramaswami chief guest of the evening programme blessed Shiva Priya.

 

On 18th May 2008 (Sunday) at 6.00 PM. C.Chandinee daughter & dis. of Neera Chandrasekar & Dr.Rajkumar Bharathi gave a very good vocal  performance. Her voice is good. She is quite confident. This is her fifth concert for VDS.

She sang Sri Maha Ganapathe (Nattai), Saraswathy Namosthudhe (Saraswathy), Kanjadhalaya dhakshi nicely. Her sub-main Sahana for vandhanamu raghu nandhana alapana was o.k. but she sang the kriti & swaram nicely. Main Neelakanda Sivan’s Poorvikalyani alapana good, kriti and kalpanaswarams also good.

Sudha.R.S (Violin) Varun Ramakrishna (Mridangam) gave a very good support to Chandhini.

Chief Guest Vidhushi Ms.A.P.Komala blessed the artists.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

At 7.15 PM. Erode S.Anantharaman gave an yet another Excellent vocal concert for VDS. This is his 5th concert for VDS. He is just 15 and his over all knowledge and manodharma are high. Gurus Meena Venkataraman (Erode) & Seerkazhi Jayaraman (Madras) have trained him very well.

His Karaharapriya for Ganapathiye was very good. The Shanmughapriya (submain) alapana was crisp & good; the kalpanaswaram for the kriti had variety. Main thodi was fine after a neat alapana, he rendered the kriti ninne nammi very well & kalpanaswaram was fine. He sang the thukkadas melodiously, especially nadhanamakriyai was fine.

Sudha.R.S.’s (violin) thodi was fine, V.Prashanth’s (mridangam) thani was fine.

On 17th May 2008 (Saturday) at 6.00 PM. S.Anupama daughter & dis.of  Vidhushi Kalyani Shankar gave a very good Violin-Solo  concert for VDS. This is her Maiden concert.

Tonal quality of the instrument was good. Selection of the songs from different composers. Pattantharam by mother-cum-guru Kalyani Shankar was very good. Her main Mohanam alapana was good. She played the kriti Bhavanudha Naahrudha well with variety of kalpanaswarams.  She played the other kritis Nammamma, Siva Siva, Sara Sara Samana well. She played the lone thukkada Krishna nee beghane and Sindhu Bhairavi thillana nicely.

Accompanists Thriyambak Prem Chander (Mridangam) and little S. Krishna (Gatam) gave a good support.

 

At 7.15 PM. Rithvik Raja dis. of  T.M.Krishna & Sulochana Pattabhiraman (late) gave an yet another Excellent vocal concert for VDS. He is our regular artist, this is his fifth concert for VDS. Medal winner, Memento winner for his previous concerts. His confidence and over all knowledge is high @ 19. His pattantharam is fine,rendering the kritis with raagalakshana, full involvement with fine manodharma.

Selection of the songs were fine and had variety. He sang Ninnu Vinaga in poorvikalyani (sub-main) and Chakkani Raja (main) very well. Now his voice also improved from his previous concert.

M.Vijay’s (Violin) essay of Poorvikalyani & Karaharapriya was simply superb. N.C.Bharadwaj’s (Mridangam) thani was so attractive. 

On 11th May 2008 (Sunday) at 6.30 PM, Aparajitha Kumar a student of Samyuktha Varadarajan gave a very good dance performance for VDS. This is her second performance for VDS. She has ideal figure for a dancer – lean, tall with good features. Her foot-work  was also good. She belongs to a family of dancers and musicians, so it should come to her naturally. Guru Samyuktha Vardarajan have trained the little dancer very well at 13.

The varnam was good; her foot-work was good. Different stories of Lord Krishna in kapi raga varnam were enacted well. But she could have been more flexible in limb movements and steps in doing the jathis.

Her abhinaya for sollaley padam was good. The depiction of navarasa in a glimpse was fine. Her bhava in chinnan siru kiliye was so good. Selection of the items were good. It consisted of pieces from different vaageyakaras, mostly contemporaries.

Music was supportive to the dance. Vocal duet by  Malini Kumar (mother of the dancer) & R.Premalatha. Instruments Nagai Narayanan (mridangam), K.R.Suresh (Violin) Omkarnath (key-board) rendered their support very well.

Dr. Saraswathi (Bharathanatyam Exponent) Chief guest of the evening programme blessed Aparajitha.

On 10th May 2008 (Saturday) at 6.30 PM, Koothoor R.Venkatasubramanian dis. of R.Vijay Madhavan gave a very good dance performance. At 14 he is very handsome with an elegant smile. His foot work is neat. He danced with keen interest and involvement.

A boy taking to dance is against so many odds. Guru R.Vijay Madhavan has trained him very well with special care.

Venkat did the varnam (Papanasam Sivan’s Swami nan undhan adimai) well and answered the jathis neatly. He was charming in muruganin marupeyar azhagu. His limb movements were good in Mudhugare yashodha padam. He shows he can be very brisk and agile in the fast phrases of Hindolam thillana. 

It was a full fledged programme. There is scope of improvement in bhava, he is just 14.

Murali Parthasarathy’s vocal support was pleasing. Instruments :-Nagai Sriram (mridangam), Seetha Rama Sharma (violin) and R.Thigarajan (flute) gave a very good support to the dancer.

Sri Sri Ramani Guruji Chief guest of  the  programme blessed Venkatasubramanian.

 

On 09th May 2008 (Friday) at 6.30 PM. Shivani Sandilya dis.of  Padmashree Shobana gave a nice & very good dance performance for VDS. An ideal figure for Bharathanatyam. Lean, agile, flexible body with expressive eyes. Her limb movements are elegant. Her bhava is very good. Full credit to guru Shobana for having trained her very well.

She did the rather lengthy Varnam of K.N.Dhandayuthabani Pillai well and answered the lengthy intricate, fast jathis perfectly. Her bhava in adhuvum solluval (padam) was good.

Music support by Chitrambari (vocal) was good. Instruments support by Dhananjayan (Mridangam), M.S.Kannan (Violin) was rendered very well.

Over all it was an elegant performance by Shivani. 

Dr. Kishore Kumar (Sr.Principal – St.John’s International Residential School) and Mr. G.Venugopal ( M D- Naidu Hall) chief guests of the evening programme blessed the dancer.

- by K.Sridhar

On 04th May 2008 (Sunday) at 6.00 PM. B.Lakshmi of Cochin (here we must mention  that  this week will be a Kerala week.  Three girls have come to perform here at VDS in this week) dis. of Thamarakad Givindan Namboodri, gave an excellent Vocal  performance. This is her maiden vocal concert at  a Chennai sabha.

Her voice is , bold & clear. Her knowledge and manodharma are excellent at 20, singing with full involvement and dedication. Items selected for the concert was good and from different vaageyakaras. Pattandharam is very good & guru has trained her very well.

Started with suruti varnam and followed by Akilandeswari (Dwijavandi), Nannu kanna thalli (Sindhu kannada), Bhavamulona (Sudha dhanyasi) Dharmavati’s ododi varuvay, Rama rama (anandha bhairavi) sang all the kritis very nicely. Her sub-main in Hamsadwani & Main Panduvarali was fine. She sang the thukkadas nicely with her easy flow of  voice.

Accompaniments Shraddha Ravindran Violin) and K.R.Narayen (mirdangam) gave a very good support to Lakshmi.

   
- by K.Sridhar

On 3rd May 2008 (Saturday) at 6.00 PM. M. Sukanya dis.of Kallidaikurichi. M.Balakrishnan gave a very good Violin concert for VDS. She is our regular accompanying artist. Her confidence is high. Pattantharam is good. Selection of the items was good ..

Sukanya’s Main Hemavathi:, Though the alapana was short she played the kriti Sri Kanthimathim well with kalapanaswarams. She rendered the other kritis like Sri Saraswathi (Arabhi), Parithana (Bilahari), Jalandhara (Valachi) fairly well. Bho Sambho was fine Thillana also very good.

R.Srinivas (Mridangam) gave a very good support to Sukanya.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

At 7.15 PM. Sukanya Narayanan, the girl from Calicut & dis. of  Palai C.K.Rama -chandran gave a nice and very good vocal concert for VDS. Her confidence and knowledge are very good .Her voice is sweet, soft & versatile, singing with full involvement. Selection of the songs was very good and from different composers. Guru has trained her very well. For want of stamina there is no azhutham (pressure) in the kritis.

Started with Panthuvarali Varnam and followed by Gajavadhana, Parakellanannu (kedaragowla) a kriti from suruti ragam, varanaradha (vijayasri) Jayamanohari’s nee bakthi bhagyasudha all sung very well. Her sub-main Reethogoula krithi Janani ninnuvina was rendered well. Main Thodi was fine. She did fine alapana, niraval and swarams. She sang the kamas thillana very nicely.

Dileep’s MSG style of thodi was simply superb. R.Srinivas (Mridangam) thani was attractive.

On 2nd May 2008 (Friday) at 6.00 PM. Deeptha Vasudevan & Shwetha Vasudevan ( twin-sisters) & students of  Prema Hariharam and late Sulochana Pattabhiraman gave a very good and fine vocal concert for VDS. They were ably supported by K.J.Dileep on Violin and R.Siva Subramaniam on Mridangam

At 13 they are very confident and knowledge is very high. Singing together in one voice. Their patandharam is very good. Started with Mandari Raga varnam and followed by Gananayakam (Poorna Shadjam), Enai nee maravathe ( Amirthavarshini) all sung very well.

Deeptha’s Mohanam (sub-main) alapana was good and kalpanaswaram had variety. Shwetha’s Laitha (main) for Hiranmayim, alapana, niraval and swaram all fine.

Dr.N.Ramani the flute maestro, chief guest of the concert blessed Deeptha & Shwetha

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

At 7.15 PM. N.J.Nandhini, the girl from Trivandram & dis. of  Dr. S.Bhagyalakshmi rendered a nice concert. This is her fourth and first one and half hour slot. She proved worthy and rendered a fine and very good vocal concert.

Her voice is sweet, bold & versatile, singing with full involvement. Selection of the songs was  very good and from different composers. Guru has trained her very well. Nandhini’s sub-main was in Chandra jothi ragam. After a short alapana she sang the kriti  bhagayanayya very well. She must be very careful while rendering the fast pidis of kalpanaswaram, sometime it falls.from swarasthanam.  Main Bhairavi was fine. Alapana, niraval and swarams all fine. She sang the thukkadas nicely, especially bhajan was so sweet and thillana was simply superb.

Dileep’s bhairavi reply was majestic. G.Kirthivasan (Mridangam) and S.Sri Sainath (Gatam) rendered their support very well. 

-  by K.Sridhar