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Duet enthralls

The mother-daughter duo sang in harmony with ease.



TOP NOTCH Indira Rao and her daughter B. Sarala . Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

The management committee of the Sri Sankara Matham headed by Lanka Jagannadham and its secretary, Susarla Suryanarayana Murty, organised a recital of Carnatic music in their premises last week.

The vocal duo of wide repute, Indira Kameswara Rao and her daughter B. Sarala, accompanied on the violin by N.C. Madhav, mridangam by Vankayala Narasimham and kanjira by Mandapaka Ravi, rendered an enthralling concert.

Establishing a with a varnam in Ranjani, they sustained it with remarkable gusto till the end. Rendering of Ekamresanayike of Dikshitar suffixed with swaram (Karnatakadevagandhari), Evarikai of Thyagaraja adorned with exquisite aalapana by the mother and the swaram by the daughter (Devamanohari), a kriti of the guru of the mother N.C. Krishnamacharyulu in Keeravani, Paratpara embellished with well structured aalapana by the daughter, neravu and swaram alternately by both, Adhyatma Ramayana kriti Namahsivaya in Dhyanyasi, Annamayya's Avadhaaru Raghupathe in Khamas, Ninnadanela of Thyagaraja (Kannada) set a scintillating tenor to get into Endukudayaraadu of Thyagaraja (Todi). In the expression of manodharma (aalapana, neravu and swaram in the two speeds finishing with lilting muktayis with fine finesse) both mother and daughter seemed to be peers in showcasing scholarship and occasionally even vying with each other.

The accompanists did a wonderful job. Vankayala in particular in his thani supplemented on the kanjira by Ravi contributed splendour.

A.R.S.

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