Skilful and refreshing
Rhythem digital RMCD 0004 58-1-374 Nad Kotha Road, Visakhapatnam 27 - Carnatic Classical Veena - Alaipaayude Kanna - S. Srivani. Rs. 99.
S. SRIVANI, a veena artiste from Andhra Pradesh, has been creating ripples in the performing sphere, having given concerts in cultural institutions in India and abroad. Her programme for Rhythem Music has Mysore Maharaja's "Sri Maha Ganapatim" heading the agenda. The `kalpanaswaras' in the `pallavi' with felicity of fingering introduce an upbeat mood. After a sprightly rendition of Muthiah Bagavatar's `Jalandhara' in `Valaji', a brisk `alapana' of `Pantuvarali' with more of instrumental technique and a surfeit of activity by the sympathetic strings is more playing skill than reposeful melody. Swati Tirunal's `Sarasaksha' and the `swaraprastharas' have a refreshing mobility that speaks well of the artiste's constant endeavour to not allow any slips.
Patnam Subramanian Iyer's `Raghuvamsa' in `Kathana Kuthoohalam' is a perennial favourite of an instrumentalist, and Srivani's interpretation keeps the rasika's head nodding in approval.
The artiste's effort to nurture and nourish the `alapana' of `Karaharapriya' with relevant phrasings is pleasing and melodic, except that the excess use of the `tala' strings does cause aural discomfort.
The `tanam' is a vibrant genre, and the `laya' strings play an important role.
The `tanam' has a zestful bearing. `Pakkala Nilabadi' of Thyagaraja has an authentic ring, while the `neraval' and `swara' improvisations are imaginative expressions that are above par. Melakaveri K. Balaji on the `mridangam' and Y.P. S. Madhubabu on the `ghatam' author a lucid `tani avartanam' for the `Misra chapu' `tala' laced with slick rhythmic phrases, culminating in a spick and span `korvai.'
A `Tiruppugazh' in `Hamsanandi', Oothukadu's `Alaipayudhe' in `Kanada' and a `Meera bhajan' in `Sindhubhairavi' are pleasant light classical songs that close the album in style.
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