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Nirmala Rajasekhar brought out the full potential of veena

With the solid plucking, the strings of her veena came clear and loud as she played Sahana with a rich hue in the varnam ‘Karuni’ in Adi talam. The Nattai song in Khanda Chapu was equally exuberant. Playing alternately on the bass and normal strings and sometimes together, Nirmala brought out the richness of Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s samushti-charana kriti in raga Malahari in Adi talam. The full potential of the veena was used to produce pleasing effects to enrich the alapana in Bhairavi which was done in depth, at places the veena even simulating the human voice. Syama Sastri’s well- known swarajati ‘Kamakshi’ was showcased in all its majesty.

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“A hallmark of Nirmala’s art is a vibrant vocal presence in the music of her Veena”– The Indian Express, Chennai, India.

“She literally makes the Veena sing” - The Statesman, New Delhi, India.

“With Professional Grace...” - The Hindu, Chennai, India

“Nirmala Rajasekar’s profundity on the instrument was unquestionable”

“Nirmala Rajasekar’s veena concert made certain things immediately plain. She must have actively pursued this instrument over the years — a genuine lifelong passion — to attain this present level of expertise and self-confidence, which combined well with her presentation methods.” -, The Hindu Jan 7 2009

“Chaste and sumptuous Kiravani from Nirmala-- Vainika Nirmala Rajasekar regaled the audience with her exemplary performance at Narada Gana Sabha Hall.”

-“Her alapana of the raga touched considerable heights. Her sangatis were ornate without being ostentatious

A New York Times article on Nirmala Rajasekar’s collaborative work about Jan and Nirmala’s piece ‘Shakuntala ‘
“-Jan Gilbert’s “Shakuntala” pushed even farther east with Nancy Ogle singing Sanskrit texts and Nirmala Rajasekar stroking and plucking the strings of the veena, both against the dronelike background of the Sirius String Quartet.”