CONTRARY TO appearances, the music scene in the city continues to be quite vibrant in the months following the Margazhi festival, but in a way different from how it is earlier. It is now that new saplings sprout, which, with careful watering and tending, show promise of growing to make December next richer. Prominent among those facilitating this process is Naada Inbam, keen on discovering new finds.
On May 1, three young singers made an appearance at the Raga Sudha Hall, Mylapore.
Bharathi Ranasubban in the first slot and Radhika and Jyotsna in their second, gave a good account of themselves. Bharati presented Pantuvarali and Karaharapriya as her main pieces, with alapana, niraval and kalpanaswaras, in the respective kritis `Ramanatham Bhajeham' and `Ramaneeyada' competently, demonstrating a mature appreciation of the mood and vital passages of both raga and composition.
In her Nagasvarali varnam and the Vinayaka item in Nattai she brought off the concert in a brisk tempo. She may have avoided the slight sag in Sahana and Pantuvarali without losing value.
Bharati is gifted with a voice and blessed with a training eminently suited for serious treatment of Carnatic music, and is free from affectation.
It is hoped she will address herself to the nitty-gritties of programme composition and concert practice and contribute richly to this field.
Radhika and Jyotsna managed to present eleven numbers in their concert, beginning with the varnam in Begada, going through a Ganesa item in Kharaharapriya . Quick as she was, Radhika could bring off the essence of both Kharaharapriya and Kalyani in her alapana effectively.
`Aadamodi Galade Ramaiya', Tyagaraja's moving piece was delivered pleasantly by the sisters.
A. G. Venkatasubramanian, playing mainly in the gamaka style of the M.S. brothers, displayed good musical taste. Delhi Sairam on the mridangam, added colour to the concerts.
P. S. KRISHNAMURTHI
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