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Casting a magic spell

SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF

Bombay Lakshmi Rajagopalan's choice of compositions was excellent.

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CLEAR DICTION: Lakshmi Rajagopalan.

Bombay Lakshmi Rajagopalan, an accomplished and talented Carnatic vocalist, recently gave a splendid concert at Rasika Ranjana Sabha, Tiruchi. With a crystal clear diction and amazing fluency, she wove a magic spell around the rasikas and transported them to a different world. Her selection of compositions for the programme was excellent.

She has won many awards, honours and admirers and Lakshmi has been recently made the Asthana Vidushi of Sakatapuram Sri Vidya Peetam which has conferred the title, `Sangeeta Visharadha,' on her.

Lakshmi began the concert with a brisk varnam in Nattakurinji followed by `Mahaganapathim' in Naattai.

The raga alapana of Harikhambodi followed by the famous kriti, `Rama Nannu Brovara' was dealt with very well.

Full of devotion

The viruttam in Hindolam, in praise of Paramacharya was full of devotion and bhakti. The main kriti, `Nidichala Sukhama,' of Tyagaraja was sung elaborately, followed by a thani avartanam. The latter half of the concert also was captivating, with pieces including `Enna Thavam' in Kapi and `Appane Ayyappane' in Nadanamakriya. Lakshmi concluded the concert with a tillana.

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