Jaiquehaeni’s style embodies the grace and lasya of her guru Chitra Visweswaran.
Jaiquehaeni, pronounced ‘Jai-ku-heni,’ is a bright and vivacious 14-year-old. Her dance style embodies the grace and the lasya of her guru Chitra Visweswaran and reflects a similar ‘joy of dance’ approach that quite goes with her personality. She is a serious student of dance and has even opted for open schooling to pursue this passion fulltime.
Though Jaiquehaeni is young, she unknowingly projects the image of an older dancer. The first reason for this is her sari costume that adds years and also does not permit free movement on stage. The other reason is her inadequate adavu execution. As a young performer she needs to project a strong nritta technique with high energy and strong footwork. She needs to execute the body movements properly and take every movement to fruition.
The Kalyani (Adi) varnam ‘Sakhiye’ composed by Geethapriyan was the pick of the recital. It had a delightful mix of crisp theermanams, arresting arudis and vibrant charana swarams. The interpretations were simple but captured the poet’s intent effectively.
Melodious and clear
Chitra’s other talented disciples were on show too that evening. The orchestra had an impressive panel of students spearheaded by Sukanya Ravinder on the nattuvangam. Sukanya has matured and her well-modulated theermanams reflected a calm sense of control. Uma Namboodiripad Sathyanarayanan’s melody and crystal clear enunciation of the sahitya were most enjoyable, and was surely the best tribute she could have given the recently departed Santoor maestro R.Visweswaran, who was also her music guru.
Sudha, another of Chitra’s students provided tuneful musical support along with the stalwarts like Seetarama Sarma (violin), Devaraj (flute) and Adyar C.K.Gopinath (mridangam).
While a Dasarnama, ‘Chikkavane ivanu’ in ragamalika was a more laboured effort on the musical side, the concluding thillana in Rasikapriya (Adi), a composition of Visweswaran was a lively coming together of a confident orchestra and a confident dancer.
This recital for the ‘Yuva Utsav ’ was actually dedicated to the memory of R.Visweswaran, whose goodness and artistry live on through these talented and sincere students.