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Confident Aneka makes a mark in maiden concert
MELBOURNE: It was her maiden concert. And, it turned out to be excellent. Indeed, the arangetram of this teenage girl enchanted a simple summer evening in Melbourne on 7th March 2015. The confident, composed, and talented 15-year-old Aneka Srinivasan took no time to win the hearts of the well-packed audience at Karralyka Theatre, Ringwood (Melbourne, Australia). She was accompanied by Anatha Krishnan (Violin), Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam) and Guru Prasad (Ghatam).

Aneka was born in Melbourne. She is the grand daughter of Smt. Lakshmi Raman, a disciple of K S Narayanaswamy and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Lakshmi Raman is also a Veena teacher at the Temple of Fine Arts in Chennai. Aneka is also blessed with dedicated parents - Vasan and Latha Vasan , who have given encouragement, support and time to nurture the talent of the kid.

Even the best of environment and talent may not help a youngster to make it to a stage if not guided properly by a dedicated guru. That way Aneka is very fortunate. She has learnt her music from Jayashree Ramachandran. She started her training under Jayshree at a very young age of 4. Jayshree is a Carnatic vocalist from Mumbai, and hails from a family with music tradition. She is the daughter of renowned veena player Smt. Mangalam Muthuswamy, and a disciple of R Ramachandran, T. R. Balamani and also K V Narayanaswamy. Early in 1992, Jayshree had established a music school, Saptaswara, in Melbourne. She has been instrumental in nurturing and training a lot of young talents in the Carnatic music.

The evening started with a Daru Varnam (Maathe) in Khamas, composed by Muthiah Bhagavathar in Adi Talam . The blessings of Lord Ganesha were invoked with Gananayakam (Rudrapriya). Aneka also sang Thyagarajar’s Tulasidala in Mayamalavagoulai. The neraval at the charaman “sarasIruha punnAga” was perfectly rendered with the rhythmic swaram presentation .

The raaga aalapanai in Rithigowlai preceding the song `Janani Ninnuvina’ was pleasing. She also sang Nekkurugi (Abhogi), Neeye Thunai (Lalithavani), Srinivasa (Humsanandi), and Nada Murali (Hameerkalyani).

The Tamil pallavi rendition on Lord Muruga before the song Nekkurugi showed the bhakti bhavam in Aneka’s voice. Aneka was also able to perform the dancing Madhyama Kala Jati rendition in the song Nada Murali with amazing perfection to the delight of everyone listening. A special mention has to be made on the ragam, tanam and pallavi (RTP), which started in Dharmavati. Aneka also touched on Revathy, Saraswathi, Kalavathi and Manavathy. The same was elaborate and mesmerizing. It also showed Aneka’s in-depth knowledge of Carnatic music, and the amazing poise in gliding through different raagams effortlessly. The concert concluded with a thillana in Maand ragam of Lalgudi Jayaraman and the Thirupugazh in Bagesri ragam of Arunagirinathar. Her diction was very clear.

The percussionists were very supportive to the young vocalist. The supporting artists made a special gesture of speaking in between the concert, and appreciated Aneka’s `Shruti suddham and sangeetha gyanam’.

The concert also saw in attendance some of the eminent people in Melbourne, including Mr. Michael Sukkar, Federal Member of Deakin, and Mr. Michael Gidley, State Member for Waverley, and Ms. Manika Jain, Consulate-General of India, Melbourne.

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