Shankari's flute play at Thyagaraja Gana Sabha was impressive.
N. Shankari is a seniorstudent of the UttaraaCenter for PerformingArts and has beentrained by Geetha Ganeshanin Bharatanatyam andJayaprada Ramamurthy influte play. Shankari gainedproficiency in both danceand music has given severalperformances in the countryand abroad at prestigiousvenues. Shankari is atpresent pursuing integratedM.Tech in nanotechnologyfrom Amity University inNoida. This bright younggirl played the flute lastweek at Thyagaraya GanaSabha. She was accompaniedby Pawan on the violin,G. Ramachandran on themridangam and Srikanth onthe ghatam.She displayed her repertoireby beginning in a traditionalmanner. Shestarted with with a BhairaviViboni varnam and thenchose to play, as an invocation,Oothukadu VenkataSubbaier's Sri Vighna RajamBhaje in Gambhira Nata.This was followed by abrief delineation of Panthuvarali.It was a neat exposition.SivaSivayanaraada of Thyagarajawas her choice in this raga.Her technique of playingof swaras on her flute waslaudable. After presentinganother composition ofThyagaraja, Raminchuvarevarurain Suposhini in TisraAdi talam, she went for themajor raga effort, Mohana,that shaped up well on thewind instrument as if it wasmade for it. Bhavanutha ofThyagaraja was chosen topresent in this imposingmelody. The swarakalpanawas interesting.G.S.