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GREAT ABHINAYA Shwetha Nagaraj

Well-built and blessed with dancerly abilities, Shwetha Nagaraj dazzled in her Bharatanatya recital held at the Yavanika under the EFCEP series. As daughter of the famous sugama sangeetha singer M.K. Jayashree and Vivekananda Kala Kendra's V. Nagaraj, she inherits music and dance by birth. This prize-disciple of Narmada began with Pushpanjali (Valachi) and saluted the Lord of Obstacles (Vyasaraja's "Gajamukhane"). Some interesting adavus were on view in her nritta.

Her padaarthaabhinaya for "Nanda Nandini" (in which the dancer brings out the benevolent forms of the Devi) and Basavanna vachanas ("Neera kandalli", "Ullavaru Shivaalayava") were convincing with neat abhinaya. In the exposition of a navaragamalika pada varna in Kannada, Shwetha became one with the virahothkhanthita nayaki. The nritta and nrithya produced by covering the entire stage glowed with clarity and artistry. The abhinaya was excellent. The dancer dwelt upon Draupadi maana samrakshana and other episodes of mythology in the Purandaradasa pada "Neene anaatha bandhu" (Shubhapantuvarali). The successful musical ensemble comprised KRV Pulikeshi (nattuvanga), Jayaram (flute) and Harsha Samaga (mridanga). Mohan's singing could have been more forceful.

Annual conference

The 37th music conference of the Bangalore Gayana Samaja began with a vibrant vocal recital by the conference president and brilliant vocalist T.N. Seshagopalan. Ably supported by Mysore Nagaraj (violin), Dr.T.K. Murthy (mridanga) and B.S. Purushottam (khanjari), TNS was in his elements.

The Bhairavi attatala varna gave the concert an uplifting start. Unfathomable manodharma, vast concert experience and skills, refined scholarship and a remarkable voice culture made his Poorvikalyani ("Meenakshi me mudam dehi"), Sowrashtra ("Sri Mahaganapathini"), Brindavana Saranga ("Soundara Rajam") and Kalyani ("Talli ninnu neranammi") flow with great artistry. The singing of the neraval at "Veenagaana dashavidhagamakakriya" was timely. In the Kalyani alapana, he resorted to an astonishing graha bedha bringing in the ragaswaroopa of Shuddha Dhanyasi by eschewing shadja and panchama. The pallavi was set to four-kalai triputatala.

On the second day, there was a calm and soothing veena recital by E. Gayatri.

With Madiramangalam Swaminathan (mridanga) and G.S. Ramanujam (ghata) imparting support, Gayatri displayed her hold over the veena. Kalyani ("Dayamado Ranga"), Kapinarayani ("Sarasa"), Shuddha Dhanyasi ("Narayana ninna"), and Brindavana Saranga (with a tana maalika) were the notable items. Natakapriya ("Idi samayamugadura") accounted for a wonderful experience.

Vocal duet by Rudrapatanam Brothers, R.N. Thyagarajan and R.N. Taranathan stuck to the tenets of traditional Carnatic music and presented, as usual, a few quaint krithis.

The musicians regaled the rasikas by singing Mayamalavagowla ("Vidulaku"), Ahiri ("Samayamu telisiko"), Begade ("Thyagarajaya Namasthe") and Darbar ("Narada Guruswamy").

The raga, tana and pallavi was in Kalyani and two kalai aditala was profound. S. Varadarajan (violin), Mannargudi Eshwaran (mridanga) and N. Amrith excelled as accompanists.

M. SURYA PRASAD

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