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The Go-Getters

The Go-Getters is our space to feature all the young talents out there, who are scaling the mountains to reach greater heights. Every month, we introduce you to two talented artists, who are fast making their marks in their chosen art.

Remya Vashishta

A trained Carnatic vocalist, Remya started learning her first lessons in music at the age of 3. According to Remya, no person can be an artist unless the art chose you. “It is the other way round. The art has to decide on you for you get a complete feeling of it” says Remya. According to her,it becomes one unavoidable part of your daily routine.“The art that gets on to you will ultimately change your reflection about life.” She strongly feels that all of us have an unknown subconscious energy inside us which is the only route to absorb the art well and is the unobtrusive motivation to bring about major changes in the chosen art. For Remya, it was this subconscious energy that got her the best accolades for her music and is also still what is moving her.

Ramya Vashishta

At the age of 7, Remya did her Arangettom- the official proclamation as a young artistafter several years of study. By the age of 11, she completed all the levels of theory and practical sessions in Carnatic music, fully equipping herself in her art. She scored first in her music exam, which was indeed a wondrous fete for a young girl of 11. “I was in a robotic mode back then. There was a tremendous push within me to do my best. And surely I feel its god bestowed strength.” Remya, bought out her first independent album at the age of 19. Her first album, ‘Thungatharangam’, was based on a collection of poems written by K U Vempu, a renowned Kannada poet.

“Learning Carnatic classical helped me to build a strong platform in learning other forms of music. I am now on Sufis and Gazals, for which I learned Urdu, in order to master the form of music well and have been performing it for more than 5 years on various stages across different parts of India. I have been writing Gazals and have around 50-60 of them.”

Remya is one of the judges at “Matti Ki Lal”, a program for Folk Stars across India on DD Kissan Channel. She shares her space with the celebrated theater artist and cine star, Anu Kapoor and the famous Ila Arun. This is definitely a significant addition to her portfolio. Remya strongly feels she is still just a small drop in the big ocean of music and still has a long, long way to go in her life ...

Team Saalabhanjika wishes her all the very best for her strives to leave a mark in the world of music.

Meera Sreenarayanan

Meera Sree Narayanan

For Meera, learning Bharatanatyam was a divine pathway to connect with her inner-self. She started learning her basics in the art from ever since she was 4. “I love this dance. I could relate to it more perfectly than any other dance form. And that’s why I chose Bharatnatyam-felt it very close to heart, not that I don’t like other forms of dance.” Meera, gave her Arangettam, when she was in grade 7. She first learned her dance basics from RLV Anand and Prakash. Later, after shifting to Chennai, she learned more on her favorite dance under Kalakshetra Nirmala Nagaraj and Abhinaya- the art of acting in dance, from Indira Kadambi. “I am still a student, learning every possible aspect of Bharatnatyam. Even at the age of 23, I feel I have a long way to go.” says Meera.

Meera has performed in a number of stages. Ask her the best stage where she has performed thus far and she replies ever so modestly, “For me each stage is an experience. As an artist I feel absolute pleasure on every stage I perform and I always try to give my 100%. However, the firsthand divine feel I got was when I performed in front of the Lord Nataraja idol at Chidambaram. It was not even at the outer stage where dancers usually perform, but inside the temple. It was indeed a divine feel.” The divine experience she felt at the age of 14 was yet another major motivating factor that made her dwell deep into the art form.

Meera is a budding choreographer too. Her major dance item was setting her dance steps to Jnanapana- a famous Malayalam poem written by Puntanam-an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. Her other Bharatanatyam choreographies were on the different facets of the dance like Varnam , Padam and Alaripu.

Meera’s most favorite part of Bharatnatyam is Alaripu, the first item of every performance. “I love Alaripu, which means blossoming flower. It’s all about the beats (thalam) and rhythm. It’s one of the invigorating items of the dance. It’s based on the performance of this particular dance item that the audiences rate you about how good a dancer you are. This part of the dance is generally during first few minutes of the whole performance.

We wish meera all the very best in her strives for greater achievements


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