Simple and straight approach
BRINGING A simple and straight approach to interpretation and with unhurried rendering of songs, Mambalam Sisters, Vijayalakshmi and Chitra, provided a feeling of relaxation in their concert under the auspices of Sarvani Sangeetha Sabha.
There was the merit of good training in their effort. Vijayalakshmi's Saveri raga essay was politely chaste and the not-much-heard song, "Inta Taamasamaithe" was impressively presented.
Another unfamiliar kirtana they rendered was "Paalintuvo" (Kantamani). Chitra's contribution was a decorous Kambhoji alapana followed by the song, "Sri Raghuvaraaprameya". In between "Mokshamugalada" (Saramathi) was reposeful.
Hemalatha's (violin) musical statements in her solo alapanas were pertinently precise. Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan on the mridangam chose the softer tone of percussion with Rangachari (kanjira) lending support at relevant intervals.
The impression that the performance of Suguna Varadachari made was her objective of classical purity. Singing at the TTD Information Centre, the concert provided a glimpse of the sincerity and experience that have shaped her music.
The delineation of the ragas Suruti ("Sri Venkata Gireesam") Latangi ("Marivere") and Todi ("Sri Venkatesam") was reflective of her concern for the sacredness of Carnatic music. The rendering of the kirtanas lent distinction to the years of training.
The other songs were "Bhuvini Dasudane" (Sriranjani), "Thulasamma" (Devagandhari) and "Santana Gopalam" (Kamas). The concert in effect revealed that Suguna Varadachari stood clear of the fissiparous ingredients of Carnatic music.
Animated by sensitive sentiments, displaying tenderness, violinist Akkarai Subbulakshmi's solo raga versions were rich in elegance and dexterous in presentation.
Thanjavur Subramaniam's (mridangam tani spoke of his sound tala equipment.
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