Chords of euphony
K. C. ASOK
The concerts organised in connection with the 193rd Swati Jayanti saw spirited performances by senior artistes.
Though Sreevalsan J. Menon chose many oft-sung ragas, his cultured voice and sruthi-suddha rendering were pleasing to the ears.
The concert organised by Swati Tirunal Sangeetha Sabha in Thiruvanthapuram saw a spirited performance by Carnatic vocalist R.K. Sreekantan and mridamgam maestro, T.V. Gopalakrishnan.
The concert was organised in connection with the 193rd Swati Jayanti and the Sabha's anniversary celebrations. Percussion by M.A. Sundareswaran (violin) and T.V. Vasan (ghatom) made the performance delightful.
Nayaki (`Palayamam sree pankajanabha ... '), a raga that bears a close resemblance to Darbar, Kedaram (`Padamananda nadana... ') and Mukhari (`Pahi sata padmanabha... ') were essayed with traditional grace.
An exhaustive elaboration of Sankarabharanam was followed by tanam, and pallavi, `Nee varamule gatiyani nammiti sree rama... ' in Adi talam (chauka kalam). The vocalist's son Rudrapattanam Ramakanth joined his father in singing ragas and swaras.
The vocal concert of Thrissur V. Ramachandran, another senior artiste in the Carnatic music realm, was opulent with alapanas, niravel, kalpana swaras and kuraivus.
With ease, he detailed Saraswathi raga (`Sagarabhava... ,' a Swati composition), Pantuvarali (`Paripalaya saraseeruha lochana... '), Mukhari (`Balagopala palaya... '), and the main Saveri (`Devi pavane... '). `Parama purusham... ' in Lalithapanchamam, a raga created by Swati Tirunal, `Palayamam ... ' ( Khamas), `Prananayaka... ' ( Dhanyasi) and a ragamalika slokam made up of Kalayani, Neelambari, Saranga, and Kapi were among the other pieces rendered.
A short but scintillating tani by B. Harikumar and P. L. Sudheer followed. M.A. Sundareswaran accompanied on the violin.
Though Sreevalsan J. Menon chose many oft-sung ragas, his cultured voice and sruthi-suddha rendering were pleasing to the ears. Hindolam (`Padmanabha pahi... '), Arabhi (`Narasimha mamava... '), Pantuvarali (`Sarasaksha... ') and the main Kharaharapriya ( `Satatam tavaka padasevanam... ') were explored systematically. V.L. Kumar (violin), J. Vaidyanathan (mridangam) and Uduppi Sreedhar (ghatom) provided accompaniment.
Radha Venkatachalam sang on the eighth day of the 12-day music festival.
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