Caressing Nattakurinji from Lalgudi trio
DESPITE THE incessant rain a good number of discerning rasikas were present to hear the Lalgudi violin trio (G. Jayaraman, G.J.R. Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi) at Kalakeshetra auditorium, in connection with the Papa Venkataramiah birth centenary music festival series organised by Hamsadhwani. The highlight of the well-planned melody menu was the delightful rendering of Nattakurinji, a raga, which offers much scope for caressing and mellifluent idioms and phrases, by Krishnan and the trio played Tyagaraja's less frequently heard "Manasu Vishaya."
After a brief alapana in Nagaswaravali by Jayaraman, the kriti "Sri Sankaraguruvaram" (Maha Vaidyanatha Aiyar) was played quite fascinatingly. Earlier, Vijayalakshmi played a meaningful alapana in Simhendramadhyanan for Mysore Vasudevachar's "Ninne Nammithi." The swara essays were scintillating. Lalgudi's Devagandhari varnam was an inspiring opener as was the devotional Tiruppugazh "Emmavilen" (tuned in Jaideep) for a fitting finale. The penultimate piece was again a Lalgudi tillana in Kalyanavasantham. The day being Sashti, the programme included Dikshitar's "Subramanyena" (Suddhadhanyasi), and "Muruga Muruga" (Saveri Periasamy Thooran). Bharathiyar's "Sollavallayo" ragamalika (Valachi, Gowdamalhar, Ranjani and Saramati tuned by Lalgudi). "Sriramapadama" (Amritavahini Tyagaraja) Jayadeva's Ashtapadi "Varamitha Vanamali" in Hamir Kalyani and "Sakiprana" (Jhunjuti Dharmapuri Subbarayar) provided variety to the programme.
Perfect coordination, brevity in swaras and alapanas sans gimmicks and high tonal quality contributed to the total success of the concert. Supporting the violin trio were R. Ramesh (mridangam) and V. Suresh (ghatam). Though subtle in the beginning, in the tani avartanam, Ramesh made his presence felt with loud and telling beats and Suresh was not slow to emulate. KSR
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