Impressive recital by Sindhu Shyam

March 4, 2017

Sindhu Shyam, who was initially trained by Kalamandalam Hymavathy, Sujatha and Payyanoor Krishnan and subsequently by Chitra Visweswaran, brought her expertise to the forefront in her impressive recital, under the aegis of Kartik Fine Arts in Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, on 24th January 2017.

Sindhu commenced her recital with Mallari in tisra triputa followed by Vishnu Kautuam in chatusra ekam with the words 'that dhi thom nam endroru thalam...' which goes on to describe Hari Narayana in his various avatars. "Dharani alandhavan chathurvedan Ilangai Raavanan tulangamadiyave.... Matsya, Kurma Varaha avathaaram..." and finally ends with "Hari Narayana Kautuamae." Sindhu with her extremely good stage presence brought out the spirit of the lyrics beautifully which provided a good start to the recital.

The central piece was the famous Dhanyasi varnam of Papanasam Sivan, "Nee indha maayam seydhaal nyaayam thaano dayaanidhiye.....Paayum maaran ambinaale punpadu paavayai kannaal paaraamal innum..." meaning, "Is it fair on your part to do this mystical act, Oh compassionate one! The heroine has been stung by the leaping arrows of Manmatha, the love God." The same idea is found in practically every sringara based varnam, whether it be of Tanjore Quartet or Dandayudhapani Pillai or other composers; just as in "Mohamana" in Bhairavi, a composition of Tanjore Quartet "Maaran kanaigal thoovuran saramaariyaay". Again in the Poorvikalyani varnam of K.N. Dandayuthapani Pillai, "Saamiyai vara solladi, sakiye Kumara..." the same idea is expressed in the Anupallavi - "Kaaman kanai thoduthu kalanga seigiraanadi". Sindhu brought out the pangs of the lovelorn nayaki very effectively. In the charanam "Aayar kula deepame arul thaaray- saami nee kanpaaraay Satyabhaamalola Gopala" which conveys the meaning, "Oh shining light of Aayar lineage, bless me, Oh Gopala, the lover of Sathyabhama. Please look at me." The abhinaya for these lines was very lucid and expressive. One thought what Papanasam Sivan would have envisaged while composing this varnam could not have been brought out in a better fashion than what Sindhu Shyam delineated. The well choreographed jathis were executed with Úlan by the artist.

The post varnam session saw Sindhu doing abhinaya for the popular Saurashtram piece "Adhuvum solluval innum anekam solluval, aval meedhil kutram ennadi adiye podi" which lends itself to innumerable interpretations particularly the lines 'anekam solluval' and 'adiye podi.' Whenever one hears this padam, one is reminded of Kumari Kamala executing it and even the icon Balasaraswati. Sindhu's abhinaya for these lines was brilliant bringing out the spirit of the lyrics. In the charanam "Enneramum ingey vandhu nagaiyendrum udaiyendrum iraval ketta naal poche...thannai vida bhaagyasaali kidayadendrenna maachu......Thaniye irundadhu poi thaadhimaargal undaachu" which means, "She used to come here and often borrow clothes and jewellery.... the days are gone when she was alone - she is now surrounded by a lot of maids." The lyrics also bring out the meaning, "She thinks that there is no one else who is more fortunate than her." This padam is enjoyed by everyone and when a dancer like Sindhu does abhinaya it becomes delectable for the connoisseur and critic.

The concluding piece was a thillana in Chandrakauns by Sundaram Iyer and this was well executed by Sindhu. The orchestral support which enriched the recital to a great extent was by vocalist Roshni Ganesh, percussion by Sakthivel Muruganandam and violin by Muruganandam. Sasirekha Rammohan wielded the cymbals extremely well. Sindhu Shyam with her remarkable stage presence and deep passion for the art will go places with more opportunities coming her way and she will be real delight to watch.