Dexterous saxophone recital
Malleswara Rao's ability to use an alien instrument to generate Carnatic flavour was appreciated by all, says A. RAMALINGA SASTRY
SOUND OF MUSIC Malleswara Rao on the Saxophone
V. Malleswara Rao in the able company of M. Neeladri Rao on violin and M. Yedukondalu on mridangam, all from Vizianagaram, rendered an engaging Saxophone recital recently at Kalabharathi. Noted cultural trust Visakha Music and Dance Academy featured the programme.
Malleswara Rao though took some time to settle down, proved to be an adept adapting to the alien instrument and generating the native fervour of Carnatic music in the later part of his concert. Rendering of a varnam in Malayamaarutham, Abheeshtavarada Sri Mahaganapathe (Hamsadhwani) prefixed with alapama and concluded with swaram. He then went ahead with Ramaameepai (Kedaram) and Naadaloludai (Kalyanavasantham) of Tyagaraja with alapana and swaram constituted the warming up session.
Suddenly, he appeared to have gathered confidence and started exploiting his dexterity in playing on the instrument to the hilt from then onwards.
Evocative presentation of Nagumomuganaleni of Thyagaraja adorned with meaningful alapana and swaram, Sarasarasara samaraika sura with all the crispness it demands, expansive elaboration of Yendukudayaraadu of Thyagaraja (Todi) and Maamavathu Sri Saraswathi (Hindolam) in succession delighted the audience including the connoisseurs .
Sri Chakrarajanilaye in Ragamaalika and Brahmamokkate of Annamayya constituted the absorbing tailpiece.
Neeladri Rao lent excellent support encouraging Malleswara Rao who seemed to be an artiste of potential in the making. . Yedukondalu proved to be an ideal match to Neeladri Rao in all aspects including in the thani he knowledgeably executed.
Managing director of Vijayanirman Ltd, S. Vijaya Kumar, who is also a member of the , presented mementos to the artistes. Another member, PVC Sarma, proposed a vote of thanks.
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