Lives up to high standard
Violin exponent T. N. Krishnan receives the title, ``Swararaga Saragnyar," from Mr. B. R. Kumar, Director, AIR. Pic by S. R. Raghunathan
THE GREATEST quality of the violin play of T. N. Krishnan is that music has to be felt and not thought out. This objective has conferred grace and peace on his interpretation of kirtanas and alapanas. The ragas Poorvi Kalyani and Karaharapriya he elaborated in his concert for the Sri Panchamukha Dwadasabhuja Anjaneyar Hanumath Jayanthi Festival at P. K. Mahal, Chitirakulam, Mylapore, on December 5, bore the stamp of his personal vision of raga bhava enveloped in melodic overtones. Though``Brova-Bharama'' (Bahudari) and ``Evarani''(Devamritavarshini) gained exquisiteness in presentation, his rendering of ``Raa-Raa-Maa-Intidaaga'' (Asaveri) gently guided the listeners to breathe the singular beauty of the song. A well-trained and refined musician that he is, Krishnan drew creativity and cultured expression from the depths of tradition having lived through the age of remarkable musicians who had set very high standards of concerts. Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam (mridangam) and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (ghatam) by accompanying Krishnan often, seemed to have imbibed the niceties that go with sensitive cutcheri pantha. Krishnan, incidentally was conferred the title, Swararaga Saragnyar on the occasion.
Earlier, the sisters, Ranjani and Gayatri proved themselves to be pleasing exponents without sacrificing Carnatic music's ideals. Being young, their motivation is to make their recital impressive, but they have the potential to make music contemplative. The ideal to which they have to strive is to integrate music with serenity and not get satisfied with charming presentation. Such a possibility has to be sensed by them when they sing a piece like``Cheta-Sri-Bala-Krishnam''(Dwijavanti). Hindolam and Kalyani were the alapana ragas done with verve. The song list included ``Manasuloni''(Hindolam), ``Pattividuvaradu'' (Manjari) and ``Vayukumarahanuman'' (Kalyani). Sanjeev on the violin played engaging vistaras of Hindolam and Kalyani. Thanjavur Kumar (mridangam) and Tiruchi Murali (ghatam) provided good percussive support.
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