Rendering with zeal
P. SRINIVASA GOPALAN
Vignana Samithi celebrated its founder’s day by organising two concerts.
Kanthi swaroop who is pursuing his MBA showed a lot of promise in his performance.
Vignana Samithi, a music and literary organisation at Anand Nagar colony has been serving the cause of music for two decades now. It recently celebrated its founder the late N. Mukteswara Rao’s 87th birthday by organising two concerts. The concept was good and a young talented vocalist M. Kanthi Swaroop performed at the show first and it was followed by a septuagenarian J. Vijayalakshmi.
Kanthi Swaroop, son and disciple of his mother Kamala Ramani and also D. Raghava Chary showed a lot of promise in his performance. This youngster, who is pursuing his MBA showed a right attitude towards music. His tarastai pitch was stronger than his lower octaves. He began his concert with Vasanta Varnam Ninnukori in a steady way and went on to sing Sree raghukula mandu putti with brisk swaram. Panthuvarali was essayed briefly. His ragam appeared clean but mechanical. Thyagaraja’s famous kriti Appa Rama bhakthi in Rupakam, the kriti with set calculations was rendered with ease. Ranganathude in Sowrastra of Thyagaraja was appealing. But he did not exploit his Mandara sthai and at times the soft sangathis went unheard and also lacked clarity. Kharahara Priya was taken for detailed expansion. Here Kanti Swaroop hurried his ragam but nevertheless the important sangathis of the ragam were sung. Thyagaraja’s Prakkala nilabadi in Misrachapu was rendered confidently.
vocal vidwan from Hyderabad, Puranam Purushottama Sastry. Vijayalakshmi opened her recital with Sree Mahaganapathi in Sowrastra and went on to sing Vidhulaku in Mayamalavagowla. Saranga was the next to come for Thyagaraja’s Emi Throva which was a rare item to be heard these days.
Sahana was the ragam next and Vijayalakshmi brought out the classical nuances of the raga and it was brilliant from a 70-year vocalist. Rama Ikanannubrova of Thyagaraja was the kriti with a good swaram. Ramajhogi mandu konare in Khamaas was neatly rendered. Poorvikalyani was the main attraction and Vijayalakshmi left no stone unturned in singing it. Her raga bhavam was very effective and Meenakshi Memudham Dehi was the krithi and a decent Neraval flowing out of the vocalist was a treat to watch. She concluded her recital with Ramachandra nee daya in Surati.
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