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Singing in sync

Kottapalli Vandana's vocal recital showed not only the singer's mastery but also that of the accompanists.

Melody in voice coupled with perfect intoning of both the sahitya and swaraksharas (lyrical and musical syllables) marked the vocal recital by Kottapalli Vandana in Sankaramatam last week. A joint venture by Vijaya Thayagaraja Sangeetha Sabha and the Management Committee of the Matam, it had the doyen among noted violinists and music teachers, Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao, and the young but highly talented M. Sridhar on mridangam.

Getting off to a evocative start with the Kalyani Atatala Varnam, Vandana went on to sing with the same gusto, Jaya Jaya Jaya Janaki Kaantha of Purandara Dasa (Nata) suffixed with swaram, Anudinamugavumayya (Begada), adorned with aalapana, neravu and swaram, Mridubhashana (Maruva Dhanyasi) of Thyagaraja before she exquisitely elaborated Paramapaavana Rama of Ramnad Srinivasayyar (Poorvi Kalyani). Ater bringing out a thrilling version of Nenarunchinanu of Thyagaraja (Malavi), she then rendered an adeptly composed raagam, taanam and pallavi set in Thrisrajhampe in Misragathi, Sadaa nee padame nammithi karunakaree sankaree gowri. With excellent support from both the accompanists, the revered vidwan Vijayeswara Rao in particular, it turned out to be a showcase of mastery of all the artistes over all aspects of expression of manodharma or extemporisation. At this stage, Sridhar adroitly rendered a thrilling thani.

Ramachandrudithadu of Annamayya, set to music in Dwijavanthi, and the lilting Jaavali Naarimani Neekainadira in Khamas constituted the delightful tailpiece. While the Matham's secretary, Susarla Suryanarayana Murthy, welcomed the gathering, his counterpart from Vijaya Thyagaraja Sangeetha Sabha, Doorvaasula Bhaskara Murthy, proposed a vote of thanks.

A. R. S

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