WHETHER IT was Ananda Bhairavi, Saramati, Kamatch or Todi the lines were clearly drawn and the raga swaroopa delineated in full and identifiable manner by veteran violinist V. V. Subramaniam at the Papa Venkataramiah birth centenary recital, under the auspices of Hamsadhwani. This was the 10th concert in the series. The alapanas were enhanced by mridangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, who adjusted his rhythm to suit the speed and decibel set by the instrumentalist. It was the perfect role of a sideman.
The recital was a lesson for pupils and wholesome entertainment for rasikas. The programme did not include any new song or raga. Yet he sustained the audience interest to prove that no demonstrative virtuosity or showmanship is required to evoke popular appeal.
While the short and sweet method was followed for other ragas VVS took up Todi for a somewhat special treatment and played Oothukadu's ever- popular "Thaye Yasoda" with variegated sancharas and swaras with appropriate response from the mridangam vidwan. "Marivere" (Ananda Bhairavi Shyama Sastri), Tyagaraja's "Seethamma" (Vasanta), "Mokshamugalada" (Saramati), "Muddumomu" (Suryakantam) and "Sujanajeevana" (Kamatch), a ragamalika Tulsidas bhajan were played pleasingly.
The concert was dedicated to Kalki T. Sadasivam.
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