Remembering the bard
Eminent musicians enthralled the audience by their performances during the four-day aradhana celebrations in Tiruchi.
Photos: R.M. Rajarathinam
Enticing: T.N. Seshagopalan
The 162nd Sri Sathguru Sri Thiagaraja Swamigal aradhana fesival was celebrated for four days under the auspices of Sri Sathguru Thiagabrahma Aradhana Trust and Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Sabha at Srirangam, Tiruchi, recently.
Noted vidwan J. Venkataraman inaugurated the festival in the presence of the executive director, City Union Bank, N. Kamakodi.
Concerts of Nagai Muralidharan and Nagai Sriram (violin duet), Vasuda Keshav, Vijay Siva, Sikkil Gurucharan, Ranjani and Gayathri, T.N. Seshagopalan, and Kadri Gopalnath (saxophone) were featured as part of the four-day celebrations. Budding artists Prassana Venkatesh, Master Venkat Nagarajan, Kashyap Mahesh and Kumari Vilasini also exhibited their talents.
T. N. Seshagopalan was accompanied on the violin by S.D Sridhar, B. Ganapathiraman (mridangam) and Anirudh Athreya (kanjira). Seshagopalan commenced his concert with ‘Sadguru Swamiki’ in Ritigowla followed by a rare composition of the saint-composer in the raga Gaanavaarithi ‘Dayajuchutakidhivelara.’ With raga alapana in Pantuvarali he rendered the composition ‘Ninne Nera Namminanu’ followed by ‘Seetha Vara’ in Devagandhari.
In both, he proved his talents and exceptional ability. He enthralled the audience through an elaborate Aabheri and rendered ‘Nagumomu’ in an intricate kalapramanam in Musiri Subramania Iyer’s style. The swaraprasthara was his unique manner in which he exhibited his innate quality, involving lot of arithmetic calculations for which he won the appreciation from the audience. He concluded the concert with ‘Sri Rama Jaya Rama’ in Madhyamavati.
Sridhar’s violin best suited the vocalist. Both Ganapathiraman and Anirudh Athreya complimented each other in following the swaraprasthara of the vocalist accurately and they excelled in the thani avarthanam proving their individual talents.
Kadri Gopalnath’s concert marked the valediction of the aradhana festival. Accompanied on the violin by A. Kanyakumari, on the mridangam by B. Harikumar, on the kanjira by Alathur T. Rajaganesh and on the morsing by B. Rajasekar, the saxophone maestro maintained the tempo right from the beginning.
He commenced the concert with ‘Vasudevayeni’ in Kalyani. This was followed by a keerthanai in Chandrajyothi and ‘Niravathi Sugatha’ in Ravichandrika ragam. He chose Charamathi as the main ragam for the concert and he played on it elaborately for the composition ‘Mokshamu Kaladha’ which was rendered in an excellent manner. The swaraprasthara in this kriti played alternatively by Kadri and Kanyakumari with a very fine coordination and exceptional percussion support captured the audience in rapt attention.
In the thani avarthanam that followed, the percussion artists exhibited their talents. The concert ended with ‘Nagumomu’ in Madhyamavathi. During the Anjeyaneya utsavam vidwans sang ‘Geetharthamu’ in raga Surutti.
“The festival was dedicated to mridangam vidwan Pazhani Subramania Pillai whose birth centenary coincided with the celebrations,” said S. Thiagarajan, secretary of the trust.
Two eminent vidwans, the late Pazhani Subramania Pillai’s close associate vidwan J.Venkataraman and one of his disciples, Tiruchi S. Sankaran, were honoured at the inaugural function. They were presented with a gold medal and a citation.
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