Many defining moments
MADURAI SOMU was featured recently in AIR chennai's morning programme. V. V. Subramanian on the violin, Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman on the mridangam, Mayavaram Somasundaram on the kanjira and Pudukkottai Mahadevan on the morsing were the full bench accompanists. Dikshitar's ``Sankaramabhirami Manoharam," on the Lord at Thirukadaiyur and the consort of Devi Abhirami whose mercy saved Abhirami Battar from the wrath of the ruler, was an embodiment of vivacity and the swara passages with quite a few ifs and buts were even more spirited.
The Todi alapana to the credit of the singer had many defining moments with the prayogas in the tara sthayi emerging loud and clear. The violinist's response had an exclusive elegance meeting the demands of the rasika's discerning ear most convincingly. ``Ne morabettithe" of Tyagaraja, also being sung in Rupavati, with exaggerated flourishes, was a full-throated rendering. The niraval and the kalpanaswaras bounding with energy and a medley of noises at the end found the accompanists striving to maintain the momentum. The tani avartanam on the mridangam, kanjira and morsing what with Sivaraman at the helm was a mature display of rhythmic excellence.
The music of Madurai Somu would no doubt appeal to many of his sizeable admirers, but it also prompts one to think that in the contemporary scene, Carnatic Music enjoys much more sophistication, grace and refinement.
Emani Sanakara Sastri, the late veena maestro, has left his individualistic stamp in the art of veena playing with his gentle plucking of the strings and fluent movements on the frets. AIR Chennai relayed his recording on April 10. Accompanying support was provided by Umayalpuram Sivaraman on the mridangam. The legendary Bhairavi Ata tala varnam of Pacimiriam Adiyappaiyya gave a solid base to the concert. The vidwan was a composer of merit and had a soft corner for vivadi ragas. His composition in the 60th mela Neethimathi and lively swara passages had palpable vibrancy. One of the Tyagaraja Pancharatnams, ``Endaro" in Sri Ragam softly wooed the listener.
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