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Boundaries of dignity

Vijay Siva's performance was marked by discipline and relevance.



VIJAY SIVA

Vijay Siva, the prime disciple of D.K. Jayaraman who strictly adheres to his guru's bani, is a disciplined musician. He hardly ever crosses the boundaries of the basic dignity and relevance of Carnatic music. His elaborate Kalyani alapana had rich substance coursing through its veins with solid music ruling the stage. Sriramkumar, who is familiar with the style of many of the younger generation male singers, responded sensitively. Perhaps more karvais at vital points would have embellished the alapana even more.

`Kataya Kataya,' a Tharangam of Narayana Theertha in misra chapu was a convincing version. The Kuraippu was skilfully executed. Yet after all the effort of the exercise, it fell slightly short of a spirited finale because of the lack of a korvai to suit the weight and perfection of the kuraippu. Mukhari does not get much opportunity on the concert platform.

Soul stirring

Vijay Siva's methodical progress in the raga development with traditional phrasings was a melodic document. Tyagaraja's `Muribemu Galike,' with an authentic paatantaram filled the rasikas' ears to the brim. Adi Sankara's `Saradha Bhujangam' in ragamalika with Nalinakanti Sree, Keeravani, Lathangi, Sama, Jaganmohini and Charukesi was soul stirring in content and mellifluous in presentation.


Neyveli Narayanan, mridangist, stood out for his accompanying support and tani avartanam that was an apotheosis of rhythm. A lilting song in Chenchuruti was fine-tuned and aesthetic.

SULOCHANA PATTABHIRAMAN

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