Veena of old world charm
S. SRINIVASAN'S silken touch on the veena was evident in his performance at the late noon concert at the Mylapore Fine Arts Club.
The dignified percussion support of Thanjavur Kumar on the Mridangam and A. S. Murali on the ghatam, besides the choice of rare compositions added to the overall impact.
This All-India Radio artiste gave a hint of what was to follow when he commenced the performance with Purandara Dasa's ``Jeya jeya jeya Janaki" in ragam Natta.
The Saurashtram song ``Ninnujoochi" by Patnam Subramanya Iyar and Thyagaraja's ``Cheraravademira" in Reethigowla were confirmation not just about his repertoire but a confidence to present them on stage. The two outstanding presentations in the concert were Dikshithar's ``Seshachala nayakam" in Varali and Thyagaraja's ``O Rangasai" in Kambhoji. The latter in particular, rarely heard these days was reminiscent of a bygone era.
Srinivasan, a disciple of Rajeswari Padmanabhan, exploited to the fullest, the privilege of a veena artist to include alapana and kalpanasvaram to each composition. The old-world ambience and the aroma of traditional south-Indian delicacies in the background contributed in no small measure to the atmosphere. G.S.
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