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CHENNAI: Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam is endowed with a fabulous voice. And, she has an aesthetic outlook to music. A top-quality vocalist, Vijayalakshmi the musician deserves a lot more. Her concert for Mylapore Fine Arts Club on December 15, 2013 reiterated her rising status in the world of Carnatic music. The kritis looked resplendent as she skillfully handled them. Her voice has a tranquilizing effect. Subbaraya Sastri kriti “Janani Ninuvine”(Reetigaula) was vibrant. The Reetigaula alap was inspiring. She touched the finer shades of the raga with ease and sensitivity. Late M.S.Subbulakshmi had made this composition famous with her mesmerising voice. Vijayalakshmi seemed to have a good measure of the audience preference. This was evident in the way she selected the kritis. Dikshitar’s “Akshaya linga Vibho”in raga Sankarabharanam was riveting. Her raga exploration and neraval at “Badari Vana Mula Nayika sahita” decorated with a garland of swaras were delightful. A Koteeswara Iyer kriti in raga Kanakangi “Kanakanaga Shuka Guha” was a good choice for the evening with striking Tamil lyrics.

She sang Tirupugazh “Nenjirukkum Varai” in raga Ranjani and “Tanjam Endru”(Desh). She went on to render “Ivai Yavum Un Mayame Muruga”. “Ramachandra Prabhu Tuma Bina”(Sindhu Bhairavi) of Swati Tirunal was melodious. V.V. Murari gave a good Violin support to the artiste. Delhi Sairam and Harihara Sarma displayed their rhythmic skills adequately.

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