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Coping with the change
CHENNAI: Her vidwath in terms of musical knowledge is well known. Nithyashree is a long proven artiste. She has a huge fan following. And, she is a consistently regular performer in Chennai sabhas during the December season. On December 29, 2018, she gave a concert for Mylapore Fine Arts Club. She was accompanied by M.A. Krishnaswamy on the violin. Sherathalai Ananthakrishnan and Trichy Krishnaswamy provided percussion support. The turnout of the audience was far less than the normal. The atmosphere was sober. The long chilly season, perhaps, explains why fans take leave by absence.

Thyagaraja kriti “Sasivadana” in raga Chandrajyothi early in the beginning set the stage for the evening concert. Her delineation of Shanmukhapriya reflected the cool air around. Papanasam Sivan’s “Andavane Unnai”, made popular by Madurai Mani Iyer and others, followed the alapana. Nithyashree is known for her unique and clean style. The rich patantara is her huge strength. On this evening, however, she looked less comfortable. And the usual energy and vibrancy were conspicuous by their absence. Her voice seemed somewhat strained. Yet, she carried on with commitment.

There was Neelotpalambam, a Dikshithar composition in Nari Reethi Gowlai.She rendered a Thillana in Basanthbahar on Mahaperiyava, composed by Maharajapuram Santhanam. It was indeed a tough year for her.

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