Jayanthi kumaresh: Vainika

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surati
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Post by surati » 21 Apr 2008, 08:38

Hello ppl, what do u think about the veena player Jayanthi kumaresh? I feel that she can achieve the heights attained by her illustrious guru if she improves her consistency. I've attended a lot of her concerts and found that 80% are bad and 20 % are excellent. And she also needs to be more versatile as she repeats a LOT of compositions.


With respect to technique, she has scant regard for sahityam sometimes and does not pull enough to bring out flavour of raagas like suratti or lalitha and can get very repetitive with phrases(like her aunt Smt. Padmavathy Ananthagopalan) . However, when she plays well she plays really well. All her flaws seem to vanish and her kalpana shakti becomes oceanic.


You are welcome to disagree with me if u want;);)
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Post by cacm » 21 Apr 2008, 10:47

Dear s,
I think she is absolutely FANTASTIC. She has managed to inculcate the Lalgudi school's unbelievable technical discipline and combine it with S,B'S Flair to become one of the truly great Veena artists from a very young age. She & Veena Gayathri ( who is at almost genius level) are the SHINING STARS in MY OPINION. The fact Jayanthi has a tendency to play difficult & some what unfamiliar ragas may be what turns the average listener off to some extent. Late Madurai Mani Iyer when asked by very talented musicians why they are not as popular tho' their vidwat & presentations of Apoorva ragas were brilliant always said that unless Gana ragas & familiar kritis are the staple in concerts they do not shine with many listeners. This from some one who was the ultimate expert in Apoorva Ragas!
Reg repeating lots of compositions the ONE& ONLY MALI ALWAYS PLAYED A SMALL NUMBER HIMSELF REPEATEDLY but each time it was a new revelation! I feel MMI'S answer when he was asked why he sang VATAPHI so many times was he was attempting to render it perfectly at least once!......vkv
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Post by mohan » 21 Apr 2008, 11:21

Surati - I have to disagree with you. I think she is an outstanding young artist. Her style is quite different to S Balachandar's so it is not fair to compare with that style.
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Post by cienu » 21 Apr 2008, 13:15

Surati - I do not think your comment is fair to the artist. From what you say , you have heard Jayanti on the Veena many times.

Jayanti is indeed one of the outstanding Veena players of the younger generation.
WRT technique , I feel that you should base your statement on facts and post the clip wherein you feel that the Raga Bhava or the flavor of the Sahitya has not been fully brought out. (ofcourse subject to copyright rules and regulations)

Lastly I notice that you are a new member who has registered today and this is your first post. I would request that you dont start with criticism and contribute to the forum in various threads. This way your views will carry more weight.

Unfortunately there have been lot of new "forumites" who have been in the "shoot and scoot" category and therefore do not inspire much confidence. I would be happy if you do prove me wrong though by continuing in the forum and sharing your knowledge on various subjects ;)
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Post by PUNARVASU » 21 Apr 2008, 14:09

I agree completely with vkv4304, Mohan and cienu.JK is an outstanding artist and provides chaste, sampradaya music.
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Post by Mimzy » 22 Apr 2008, 01:57

Smt. Jayanthi is an outstanding exponent of the Gayaki style, in my opinion. She has managed very ably to incorporate the versatility of the veena with her wonderful bani. The Veena is a very difficult instrument to master and I think her playing is testament to this. Also, each musician is entitled to their unique style of playing, and it is not very fair to pass judgment based on this.
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Post by Nick H » 22 Apr 2008, 21:39

... and each audience member is entitled to express their opinion!
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Post by indianmusicbuff » 23 Apr 2008, 09:52

A mediocre performer, glorified beyond imagination. Riding on good PR
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Post by ramakriya » 23 Apr 2008, 11:42

hmmmm, looka like this thread is atracting many new registrations ;) I wonder ....

-Ramakriya
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Post by Nick H » 23 Apr 2008, 14:15

And having just said that all are entitled to their opinions, I must maintain that!

I would say (as a non-musician, mind) that her technique alone raises her far above mediocre, and that I have hugely enjoyed her programs.

I have not seen her play for a long time (several years): when I last did she was somewhat experimental, including drum pad stuff. That I don't like ---personally.
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Post by true_rasika » 04 May 2008, 20:00

Dear RasikAs:

I think Jayanthi Kumaresh is BRILLIANT. She has imbibed very well the SB style of playing (heavily gamaka laden and amazing / unbelievable / delightful), and has done a smart thing to indulge in manodharma in a more sensible / lmited fashion and not go overboard with a particular rAgam or part of a concert like SB, that eccentric genius. Plus, coming from the Lalgudi family, she has the gAyaki approach, azhutham and stamp of chaste classicism that is typical of that School. So she truly represents the best of both worlds, and has managed to evolve a style which is a 'happy unison' of both schools.

I also like the way JK carries herself on and off the stage. On stage, she cuts out all the frills and concentrates on what she knows and does best - play the veena. Off stage, she seems to keep a low profile and does not throw her weight around - unlike many other artistes who are approaching the peak of their respective careers or have already peaked at a very young age....She is one solid artiste all set for a 'marathon' musical journey, and I do hope that she remains that way all the way through.

I listened to JK in a Jugalbandhi with Gaurav Mazumdar in NJ around 2 or 3 years earlier. She was outstanding and GM, though quite good, simply could not keep up with her brilliance. My most recent exposure to a JK concert was in NJ on April 12. She was accompanied by her cousin Sriram Brahmanandam and a youngster (Canadian of Srilankan origin) on the morsing. JK was as usual at her mesmerising best and rendered a lovely Charukesi RTP...Sriram excelled throughout the concert with his very mature and refined playing and tremendous anticipation. The only pity was that his mridangam was not in great shape - resulting in a somewhat odd sound.......but still not that bad to dilute the overall quality of the concert. A quick word about the youngster on the Morsing - he is THE morsing / upapakkavAdyam player to watch out for. I have never been in a concert where the morsing player drew repeated rounds of applause. He produced some extraordinary and unique sounds from the instrument - which is generally relegated to an insignificant place in concerts. It would be helpful if someone could recall his name for me....

My apologies for digressing from the topic of this thread - of discussing JK - but thought of penning this mini-review of her NJ concert nevertheless in the hope that it is not a terrible deviation.

Thanks!
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Post by sureshvv » 04 May 2008, 21:27

I found her solo concerts quite good. The couple of concerts that i attended (one of which was at TTD on vaikunta ekadasi almost a decade back) when accompanying her guru were "phenomenal".
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Post by sridhar_ranga » 04 May 2008, 23:12

true_rasika wrote:Dear RasikAs:

IA quick word about the youngster on the Morsing - he is THE morsing / upapakkavAdyam player to watch out for. I have never been in a concert where the morsing player drew repeated rounds of applause. He produced some extraordinary and unique sounds from the instrument - which is generally relegated to an insignificant place in concerts. It would be helpful if someone could recall his name for me....

My apologies for digressing from the topic of this thread - of discussing JK - but thought of penning this mini-review of her NJ concert nevertheless in the hope that it is not a terrible deviation.

Thanks!
I was fortunate to attend this concert at Bridgewater temple. IIRC, the Morsing player's name was Surender.

Sri
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Post by appu » 04 Jul 2008, 18:05

A very eloquent and articulate speaker. I enjoyed the article very much. keep up the good work, Jayanthi.
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Post by cienu » 04 Jul 2008, 18:13

Revisited this thread after a long time as it became active on Mohan's post. It was indeed a very nice article. Jayanti has always been among my favourites in the younger generation of Veena players.

Whatever happened to Surati, the person who started this thread on a rather unpleasant note and has since vanished ! This also happens to be the only posting of Surati on the Rasikas Forum !
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Post by vallaki » 04 Jul 2009, 00:48

Jayanthi's veena is brilliant.I do not claim to have listened to a lot of her music, I was supposed to have been in in her kutcheri last year at bridgewater temple which unfortunately was cancelled due to rains.. But what ever I have heard so far I really like.

Especially that thanam piece on you tube posted by mEERAGOPAL.

Well, anyways, I am partial to all vainikas and love them all.
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Post by Sam Swaminathan » 04 Jul 2009, 03:59

Both as a person as well as a professional vainika, Jayanthi is a brilliant person.
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#19 Re: Jayanthi kumaresh: Vainika

Post by rajeshnat » 25 Jul 2014, 23:10

Roughly a week back I saw in the paper that jayanthi kumaresh has also got this year's prestigious sangeetha choodamani award from sree krishna gana sabha - Congratulations to vidushi jayanthi kumaresh.
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#20 Re: Jayanthi kumaresh: Vainika

Post by rshankar » 26 Jul 2014, 05:12

Congratulations to Smt. Jayanthi! Well deserved.
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#21 Re: Jayanthi kumaresh: Vainika

Post by rajeshnat » 08 Aug 2014, 16:10

I have not heard her even once , but I think she is of late building good presence with lots of press writeups. She is indeed a good fighter and is working hard to bring veena back to more acceptance . I wanted to attend this concert at skgs that is reviewed - but could not ,hoping to hear her soon.

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday ... 291780.ece
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#22 Re: Jayanthi kumaresh: Vainika

Post by Rsachi » 08 Aug 2014, 17:12

Rajesh,
Try the You Tube clips as well as some tracks on Twaang, an app.
Her CDs from live concerts by Charsur are also good. There is an album 'Veena' at raaga.com
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#23 Re: Jayanthi kumaresh: Vainika

Post by rshankar » 08 Aug 2014, 22:55

I love Smt. Jayanthi's (and Smt. E. Gayatri's) music for one big reason - they do not 'play' the vINa, they caress it with respect and love to produce nAdam...
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#24 Re: Jayanthi kumaresh: Vainika

Post by mahavishnu » 09 Aug 2014, 00:45

I agree, Ravi. Well said.

Rajesh, As Sachi mentions, you should find the earliest opportunity to listen to her live. I find her music to be extraordinary. In addition to those suggestions there is a wonderful lec dem with parivadini that also showcases her gnanam and technique.
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#25 Re: Jayanthi kumaresh: Vainika

Post by rajeshnat » 19 Sep 2017, 17:49

She gives well rounded answers to almost all questions .
http://theaalaap.com/site/theqs/JayanthiKumaresh

I am not sure if that answer "Instrumental music allows you to fix the narrative according to your imagination. It’s not fixed to a particular scenario. " is applicable atleast to me , because when I hear her play I only hear vocal music without words . She is a fighter like her periamma padmavathi (I have talked with her few times she is so deep in expressing herself and falls at the feet of all music gods), has the musical depth and aesthetics like her mama mahavidwan LGJ and also has few more surely great qualities like her amma(vidushi rajalakshmi) and other sister(vidushi brahmanandam). My awareness with her mom is near zero and brahmanandam possibly few touchpoints when she played with LGJ. VIdushi Jayanthi is also the sishya of the great veena balachandar- perhaps all facets of her family and gurus are reflected in the above Q&A.
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