Soulful and satisfying
EVEN THE hardiest admirer of Madurai Mani's style of music and his use of odd syllables like ``Tarata'', ``La Va'' and so on during the alapanas might be wondering whether his nephew-pupil T. V. Sankaranarayanan did not indulge in their excessive use at his Mudhra concert. Where was the need to sing mini alapanas before rendering ragamalika swaras in the RTP exercise? Violinist M. A. Sundaresan faithfully followed this pattern. But judged by the audience reaction, the artistes' style appeared to be more than satisfying. They were vociferously cheered.
The raga chosen for the RTP (begun well after 8 p.m.) was Hamir Kalyani. Sankaranarayanan's rendering of the alapana was wholesome. But as expected, Parur School's Sundaresan ran away with the kudos. The RTP line was "Hare Rama Govinda Murare; Mukunda Shoure Murahare". After a detailed espousal, the usual ragamalika swaras followed in Desh and Sindu Bhairavi. Here again, Sundaresan excelled. Purandara Dasar's "Ramarama Rama Enniro" in Tilang was sung soulfully.
The pre-RTP session included Puradara Dasar's ``Yipariya Sobaganu Naa Kaneno'' (sung as ragamalika in Saranga-Hindola and Hamsanandi), Tyagaraja's ``Jesinadella'' (Todi), ``Sevikkavendum'' (Andholika - Muthuthandavar) and ``Mamavasadajanani'' (Kanada - Swati). Srimushnam Raja Rao's mridangam play spoke of his erudition and sparkled when interacting wit Sundaresan's swara rendering. In the tani avarthanam, he and G. Harishankar (kanjira) gave a handful to the laya buffs. Tyagaraja's kritis receive a special glint in the hands of Hyderabad Brothers (D. Raghavachari and D. Seshachari). Being Telugus, the words are split properly bringing the effectiveness of the sahityam and doing full justice to the composer, not to speak of the satisfaction it gives to the listeners. Their concert for Mudhra (Bharati Vidya Bhavan) was noted for this. The close to three hours concert was lively and the bulk of the programme comprised Tyagaraja songs.
A special mention should be made of the feature event Tyagaraja's Kalyani kriti "Enduko Nee Manasu Karagadu". Peri Sreeramamurthy (violin) was just adequate without being distinctive though Seshachari was egging him on with words of encouragement. On the mridangam, Tiruchi Harikumar indulged in laya exercises which, pleasing on a few occasions, tended to be fiery and frenzied especially the teermanams, while E. M. Subramaniam (ghatam) answered with subtle and precise beats. With just one movement of the bow and deft fingering, Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan brought to the fore the entire swarupam of the Kharaharapriya raga for the Tyagaraja song ``Natachi Natachi'' while his sister Vijayalakshmi played with equal finesse a Ranjani alapana for Meesu Krishna Aiyar's ``Parampavana''.
Mridangist Ramesh and N. Govindarajan (ghatam) helped the duo with their precise and stimulating teermanams.
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