Perfection of notes and effortless fluid technique marked the solo Violin concert of Shreya Devanath, a protege of Lalgudi Jayaraman for Bharath Kalachar. It stood testimony to her high degree of technical skill, has imbibed from her Guru, whose artistic process of perfection and fingering, coupled with a fertile Manu dharma is known.
The artist’s articulated sampradaya touch became evident, when she commenced her violin concert, with a Varnam composed by her Guru, in the raga “Bhouli” her rendition of Jagadananda Karaka the Nattai Raga Pancharathana Kriti of Thyagaraja, was impeccable.
If the extensive Poorvikalyani raga alapana (gnanamu saharada) of Thyagaraja, stood out for Bhava laden sangathi, the Dwijavanti raga kirtana (Akhilandeswari) of Dikshtar, showed the intrinsic melodic structure of the composition. Undoubtedly her traditional approach, revealed her penchant for classicism and she communicated the nuance of the raga (Kiravani) in Kaligiyunde of Thyagaraja, with subtlety and suggestiveness, giving a good account of the pleasing raga form.
This concert was an indicator of her ability to carve a niche for herself, and she would certainly acquire recognition as a Solo Violinist with constant practice but she should take audience also into her fold and reveal her effortless technique of presentation, instead of concentrating wholly on violin. Special mention is to be made of J Vaidyanathan (Mridangam), was his usual self in excelling in rhythmic contours, while Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira) gave considerable percussion support in accordance with the needs.