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A promising recital by Shreya Devnath
She was classy. She sported that unmistakable Lalgudi brand. Young Shreya Devnath showed lot of promise, as she gave a violin concert for Sri Parthasarathy Sabha on December 19, 2009. The budding young artiste, a worthy disciple of violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, was calm, composed and gave a professional account of herself. It was an afternoon concert. Shreya went about her task confidently, as she held the stage for close to 90 minutes. She began briskly with “Ragunayaka” of Thyagaraja in rag Hamsadhwani. Her deft bowing made listening enjoyable. She made the listening lot pleasurable with apt sangatis and swaras. Anandha Bhairavi was exquisite and she did full justice to the Shyama Sastri kriti “Marivera Gati”. The Lalgudi style was out clearly and quickly. She did well to vocalize the violin. She embellished the kriti with delectable swaras. Her aesthetic approach to the rendition of the kriti brought immense joy. The fast-paced “Sarasa Samadana”(Kapinarayani) was played with verve. Kalyani alap shone brightly. “Nidhi Chala Sukhama” of Thyagaraja was so lovely to listen. “Enna Solli Azhaiythal” (Kanada) of Ambujam Krishna and a Tillana in Vasanti made the afternoon enjoyable. There was melody in her music. It had a tranquilizing effect, too. Percussion artiste Madurai B.Sunder on mridangam was impressive throughout the concert.