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K.C. ASOK

Several distinguished artistes participated in the music concerts held in connection with the Navaratri festival. K.C. ASOK



PAYING OBEISANCE: T.N. Sesagopalan were among the senior artiste who performed at the Navaratri Mandapom.

The first phase of the Navarathri music festival ensured the participation of several distinguished Carnatic musicians from South India. In his inimitable style, Madurai T.N. Sesagopalan impressed rasikas on the fifth day of the festival.

Scintillating concert

His stupendous brigha-laden sangatis that zigzag within the framework of a raga have always amazed rasikas, and this time too it was no different. After attempting a brief sanchara of the Kanada raga, he started off with the popular `Mamavasada jananee... ' Alapana of Sarasangi (Jaya jaya padmananabha... ), Hindolam (Padmanabha pahi... ), and Devagandhari (Ramarama pahi..) was a real treat for the ears. But even more thrilling was bhavapriya elaboration, which was followed by the composition, `Mamava sritha... '

The main `Janani mamava... ' in Bhairavi was preceded by stimulating delineations of Mohanam (`Paripahi... '), Nayaki (`Palayamam sree... '), and Hamsanandhi (`Pahi jagajanani... '), which were characteristic of his unique style.

He was accompanied by the octogenarian mridangam player T. K. Moorthy and the young violinist S. R. Mahadeva Sarma.



PAYING OBEISANCE: Thrissur V.R. Ramachandran were among the senior artiste who performed at the Navaratri Mandapom.

Noted vocalist, Sanjay Subramaniam's concert the previous day had `Bharathi mamava... ' in Todi as the main piece. Adhering to his puritan Carnatic tradition, he brought out the raga lakshanas of Reetigoula (`Paripalayamam... '), Sarasangi (`Jaya jaya padmanabha... ') Natakurunji (`Jagadeesha sarva... '), besides the main raga of the day. The accompaniment was provided by S. Varadarajan (violin) and K. Arun Prakash (mridangam) and Uduppi S. Sreedhar (ghatom).

New kriti every year

Thrissur V.R. Ramachandran performed on the third day of the festival to the accompaniment of M.A. Sundareshan on the violin , V. Raja Rao on the mridangam and R. Gopalakrishnan on the ghatom. `Devi Pavane... ' (Saveri) was the main piece for the evening. Some time before that, the vocalist sang the alapana of Shankabharam (`Bhaktaparayana') for an unexpectedly long duration. The kriti `Sreepada varamu in Kappi was a new piece sung by Ramachandran.

"Every year, I include a kriti that I haven't sung at the mandapom before," said the vocalist who has been singing at the annual Navarathri festival since 1971. M.A. Sundareshan on the violin was outstanding and he pepped up the sonorous, fast recital by the singer.

With devotion

Malladi brothers (seniors), the musicians came all the way from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh to participate in the second day of the festival.

The duo has been coming here for the Navarathri music festival for the past three years. The day was for Kalyani (Pahimam Sree Vageeswari... ) and the brothers, Suri Babu and Naryana Sarma, together gave an exhaustive elaboration of the raga. S. R. Mahadeva Sarma in violin and R. Ananthakrishnan in mridangam admirably accompanied the singers.

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