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Striking a right balance between music and acting

Olympia Shilpa Gerald
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smiling her way: Anuradha Krishnamurthi, Carnatic vocalist. — Photo:M.Moorthy
smiling her way: Anuradha Krishnamurthi, Carnatic vocalist. — Photo:M.Moorthy

Anuradha Krishnamurthy has an aura that is compelling. The rich timbre of her voice at the Young World Fest 2010 in Tiruchi had an audience ranging between eight to eighty in a thrall.

“Art like wine must age,” quips the daughter of distinguished vidhwan, K.V.Narayanaswamy. She admits her legacy may inadvertently be part of her music, but her individual repertoire and incorporation of styles and ideas make her music her own.

Yet it is evident that she draws much from her celebrated father, “He was not in search of the best style but he was constantly in search of the truth. That is what our musical journey is about,” says the Carnatic vocalist who describes her own musical journey of 20 years as “informative, explorative, innovative and spiritual.”Yet the charming singer who has donned the grease paint for character roles in movies and teleserials is not averse to trying her hand at playing singing. “If and when I am offered, I might experiment with the possibility of singing for films.”All grace and élan, Anuradha's bearing translates into a magnetic screen presence.

Though she was part of the ensemble in movies like ‘Amirtham', ‘Poi' and ‘Irandu Mugam, she has fared better in her small screen avatar. Anuradha has starred in K.Balachander's ‘Sahana' (a sequel to ‘Sindhu Bhairavi') and Radhika Sarathkumar's home production ‘Arasi'. Her next project ‘Mundru Mugam' to be launched on Polimer Channel would have her playing the protagonist.

The self-confessed foodie says juggling Carnatic music and acting has surprisingly been mutually enriching.

“When there is a shooting followed by a concert the next day, the concert is a bigger success, despite little time for preparation and vice versa. It's a kind of bonus that I never expected. Perhaps it is because the bottom line is that singing and acting are both art.”

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