THE MOST commendable aspect of the Bangalore based J. Subbulakshmi Krishnamurthy's music is that she doesn't muffle voice and gives a free rein to her rich shariram at all octaves. She was at her best when performing an alapana in Khamboji for a Tamil composition by Kavimani Desiga Vinayagam Pillay at Nalinakanti recently. Her diction was clear in the other Tamil kriti, Papanasam Sivan's "Maal Maruga Shanmuga" (Vasanta).
The Abhirami pancharatnam in Shanmukhapriya, Mohanam, Dhanyasi, Kapi and Madhyamavati ragas, a rare piece, received well-deserved commendation. "Sarasijanabha Sodari" (Nagaghandari - Dikshitar), an inspiring alapana in Purvikalyani for Tyagaraja's "Ganamosagarada," "Govardhanagiridhara" (Darbari Kanada - Narayanathirta), "Krishnakripa Mado" (Abhogi Kanada) and a Mysore Vasudevachar's tillana (Suddasalavi) gave a glorious finale to the versatile concert. Hemamalini (violin), T. Shyam Sundar (mridangam) and Adambakkam Shanker (ghatam) helped no less for the success of the cutcheri.
Good in parts
Sriram Parthasarathy's concert was good in parts. For one thing, his music suffered from lack of variation of speed while rendering kritis. It was almost one-paced. But his Kapi alapana revealed his rich manodharma, with enticing phrases and idioms. The choice of Tyagaraja's "Inta Sowkyamu" appeared most appropriate. The alapanas Nattaikuranji ("Budhamasrayami") and Purvikalyani ("Meenakshime" with neraval and swaras at "Madurapurinilaye") brought out the scholarship in him. "Laliyugave" (Neelambari) and "Arabhimanam," a ragamalika by Talangambadi Panchanada Iyer gave additional pep. Sriram Parthasarathy had excellent support from V. V. Ravi (violin) and K. V. Prasad (mridangam).
Varied and interesting
Saswathi Prabhu showed good promise when she figured in a 90-minute concert for Asthika Samajam, Tiruvanmiyur. Her programme was varied and interesting. Included in it was Tyagaraja's Lalgudi pancharatna kriti, "Lalithe Sripravrudhe" (Bhairavi). The Shanmughapriya alapana for Papanasam Sivan's "Andavane Unnai" was sung with commendable assurance.
She also sang a detailed Mohanam alapana for Tyagaraja's moving piece, "Nannupalimpa" and with good support from violinist Padma Shanker she earned applause. She began the concert with a Lalgudi varnam in Valachi, followed by "Makelaravicharamu" (Ravichandrike), Patnam Subramanya Iyer's "Ninnu Cheppakarana" (Mandari), "Paramatmudu" (Vagadeeswari) and "Tamadam Tahadayya" (Mohana Kalyani - Lalgudi Gopala Aiyar). Delhi Sairam's mridangam beats quite charmed.
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