By M.R. Rakshith
Violin Vaibhavam, a joint initiative of the Lalgudi Trust and the Krutagnya Trust, was conceived by the Lalgudi siblings G.J.R. Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi with the twin aims of promoting diverse traditions and styles of violin-playing as also providing a platform for serious students and up-and-coming musicians alike across the country.
The first edition of this festival, which was held at Sastry Hall, Chennai in January 2015, introduced several gifted violinists from various banis to the discerning Chennai audience. Among the young talents spotted were disciples of veteran violinists A. Kanyakumari, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Anuradha Sridhar, T.K.V. Ramanujacharyulu, Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan, Parur M.S. Anantharaman and the Mysore brothers Nagaraj and Manjunath.
The second edition of Violin Vaibhavam was held on 3 January 2016 at Dr. H.N. Multimedia Hall, National College, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru. Presided over by seasoned artists such as T.S. Krishnamurthy, H.K. Venkatram, Anooru Anantakrishna Sharma and Anooru Dattatreya Sharma besides Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, the festival featured the following violinists: Harini and Neha (disciples of Vittal Ramamurthy), Akshay Kaushik and Madhwesh (disciples of H.K. Venkatram), Achuthan Padmanabhan (disciple of A. G.A. Gnanasundaram), Aneesh (disciple of S.R. Vidyashankar), Jeyshri Balaji (disciple of Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi), Vaibhav Ramani (disciple of Kumaresh), Tharun Ravikumar, Anirudh Chandramouli (disciple of T.S. Krishnamurthy) and Nerujan Sehasothy (disciple of Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan).
The young musicians were ably accompanied by senior students of well-known mridangam, ghatam and khanjira vidwans. The event not only provided the participants an opportunity to fine-tune their art and gain an insight into aspects of performance such as time management and planning a concert schedule, but also helped them establish a warm rapport with fellow violinists and accompanists across regions, languages and banis. Violin Vaibhavam served as a rousing inspiration to promising young Carnatic violinists to further raise the bar and ply their art with greater rigour and fervour.