No art can survive without patronage: Padma Subrahmanyam
CHENNAI: No art can survive without a patronage, asserted Padma Subrahmanyam, noted Bharathanatyam dancer.
Addressing a packed audience that had collected at The Music Academy here on Friday last to listen to a collaborative concert titled "To Sir, With Love’’, a tribute to violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, she traveled down memory lane. She said she was reminded of a great patron during the Chola period. "Sadaiyappa Vallal was responsible for Kamban to write Kamba Ramayanam,’’ she said. Stating that a strong patronage was essential for the survival of any art form, she paid encomiums on R. Thyagarajan, popularly known as RT in the corporate world. He is the founder of the Shriram Group. The city-based Group, a widely known and respected name in the field of non-banking finance, organised the collaborative concert.
Ms. Padma Subrahmanyam said that the Shriram Group had been a great source of strength not only for the economy of the country but also for the cultural side in the State. Recalling her association with late Jayaraman, she said that the violin maestro was a regular visitor to the performances of many a dancer. Asserting that Lalgudi Jayaraman was a great name to remember in the field of Indian music, she said that the violin maestro always packed emotional content in whatever musical work he had created. Even in his treatment of a raga, the emotional content was evident, she added.
The collaborative concert featured leading the lady of Carnatic music world Bombay Jayashri, a principal disciple of Jayaraman, and star vocalist Abhishek Raghuram. It was a unique programme in the sense it featured two violinists, Vittal Ramamurty and Embar Kannan; two mridangists, B. Ganapathiraman and Anantha R. Krishnan; and a tabla by Ojas Adhiya. There were two tamburas as well (Vijayashri Vittal and Amrit Ramnath).
The over 100-minute concert saw the artistes combine eloquently to provide a fitting tribute to an outstanding artiste in the world of Carnatic music, who fitted multiple hats with aplomb. A Kedaram early in the beginning, a Todi in the middle and a ragamalika piece in-between were a treat enough for the ears. The icing on the cake was the tillana medley in the end. The artistes on stage showed a sense of accommodation and spirit of co-existence.