Flawless exposition and sense of beauty market the concert by U. Srinivas and Rajesh.
SIBLING POWER The brothers gave a memorable concert for an ecstatic audience.
U. Srinivas, the child prodigy, who created history with his playing Carnatic music on the Western musical instrument mandolin, which he tamed well to suit the Carnatic idiom, when he was nine years old, is now internationally acknowledged maestro. And now his younger brother Rajesh has also come up on the same lines. This pair of mandolin players thrilled the audience at the Sivam in the music fest, organised by Sri Satya Sai Seva Trust and Seva Samithi.
Srinivas'display of phenomenal speed, with flawless exposition and sense of beauty were remarkable. These were clearly on display in the concert, presented in the company of S.D. Sridharan on violin, Tanjavur K Muruga Bhoopathi (mridangam) and E.M. Subramaniam (ghatam). They started with Lalgudi's varnam in Charukesi. Then came the popular invocation, Mahaganapatim of Muthuswamy Dikshitar in Nata marked by beautiful swara decoration, in varying sequences.
Sadhinchene, Pancharatna kirtana of Thyagaraja in Arabhi was played in medium tempo in the Pallavi and Anupallavi parts and was accelerated into fast tempo in Charanam and Chitta Swaras part of the Sahitya, completing the whole piece in a few minutes.
After a melodious Marugelara in Jayantasri, the pair went for Tulasi Dalamulache in Mayamalavagowla, which gained importance for the way Srinivas came out with thrilling play of swaras displaying mastery over Laya.
Srinivas took up Kambhoji for O Rangasayi for the main piece and the brothers shaped it into a memorable rendition, going through all the technical and aesthetic aspects of the composition. The Tani by percussionists was interesting.
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