A delectable fare
The rasikas were taken on a musical sojourn during the five-day fest in Coimbatore, with eminent artistes presenting soulful recitals.
SPELL-BINDING: Sudha Raghunathan
Our ancient composers are great, no doubt. But, contemporary composers are no less in their ability to blend devotion with beauty, be it Tamil, Sanskrit or Telugu. Nityasree Mahadevan gave proof to this during her concert on "Anrum Inrum" at Harvey Kumaraswamy Kalyanamandapam as a part of the five-day music festival organised by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, Tirupur. Nityasree certainly knows how to present a delectable fare.
Nityasree began with Lalgudi's varnam in Charukesi, `Innum En Manamariyadhavar Pol.' She gave a brief introduction on each composers whose work she had taken up that day, which was very interesting and useful.
She took great care in giving due credit to the old composers like Purandaradasa (Rama Rama rama-Vasantha), Shyama Sastri (Parvathi ninnu-Galhada), Tyagaraja (Ganamurthe-Ganamurthi), Dikshithar (Akhilandeswari -Dwijavanthi) and Swathi Thirunal (Ramarama Guna seema-Simmendramadyamam) by rendering their kritis.There were popular pieces such as `Theeratha Vilayattuppillai' `Shanmuga Kandanum' and `Bho Shambo.' `Rasathil Uyarndha Rasam Entha Rasam' set in Ragamalika was highly enjoyable as she enumerated the different kinds of rasams and concluded that it was Samarasam that was the greatest of all.
Her alapana of Simmendramadyamam had class and the accompanying artists, M. A. Krishnaswami on the violin, I. Sivakumar on the mridangam and G. Sridhar Kumar on the kanjira were at their best.
Sanjay Subramanian's concert was a feast to the discerning rasika. His Bilahari alapana was a connoisseur's delight and his presentation of Pattanam Subramania Iyer's `Paridanamichithe' was traditional and majestic.
Karaikkudi Mani, the veteran mridangist, known as Laya Simham, excelled himself during the tani avarthanam. Amrit, the young kanjira player braved the challenges with courage. Chandramouli's violin glistened through out the concert.
For the rasikas
Sudha Raghunathan did full justice to the adoration she got from the audience. On the eve of Ramanavami, she presented songs on Rama for nearly two hours and honoured the listener's choice after that. When she presented `Bhavayami Raghuramam,' the Ramayana Ragamalika by Swathi Thirunal, it kept the audience spellbound.
Vittal Ramamurthy on the violin, Skanda Subramanian on the mridangam and Raman on the morsing gave able support.
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