P. SRINIVASA GOPALAN
Vocalist Mohana Santanam gave an impressive musical performance with good aesthetics.
Strong melody Mohana Santanam at the concert.
Kala Sagaram featured an impressive vocal recital by Mohana Santanam at Keyes High School as part of its monthly concert. He was accompanied by Dinakar on the violin, Aravind on the mridangam and Kapa Srinivas on the kanjeera.
Mohana Santanam who is an established vocalist in Chennai is the disciple of Mudikonda Venkatramaiah and was under the tutelage of T.R.S. Subramanyam and Ravikiran as well as Srivatsa.
He began his recital with Taruni a varnam in Khambhoji of Fiddle Ponnuswamy. Gamghanapathe in Hamsadhwani of Muthiah Bhagavatar was sung neatly with good vinyasam in tisra nadai. Sriranjani was briefly hummed for Sogasuga mridanga talam with aesthetical swarakalpana and rich ragabhavam. Thyagaraja’s second pancharathnam Duduku gala in Gowla was a good choice to follow. Begada was chosen next for a detailed essay of the ragam. Santhanam brought out the text of the ragam with a traditional approach for Manasuana near nammithe a rare composition of Patnam in Rupakam.
The swarakalapana had the rhythemic phrases. Vadevenkatadri in Vasantha was the next krithi sung neatly. Garudadwani was taken next for Tatwameruga tarama sung in a fast tempo with speedy swarakalpana reflecting the ragam. The main attraction of the concert was RTP in Bhaiaravi. Santhanam showed maturity in his ragam with good phrases of the ragam. The pallavi Raja Rajeswari Pahimam in Khanda Jhati Triputa talam in chaturasra gathi was rendered with good command over the laya. The neraval was good and reflected the adept knowledge of the artiste.
Dinakar supported well on the violin with his alert following and his Bhairavi was good and contributed to the concert. Aravind, a noted mridangam player from Hyderabad, contributed to the success of the concert with his soothing following. His tani in the RTP in Khanda Triputa was very impressive with good laya permutations. Kapa Srinivas on the kanjeera did well and his tani responses were nice. The concluding items of the concert was Alarachanchalamai, a ragamalika of Annamacharya, Nanoruvilayattu in navarasa Kannada followed by a brilliant tillana in Brindavani of Lalagudi.
On the whole it was good team work and Santhanam showed a steady momentum in his concert approach.
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