N. Ramamurthy's classical Carnatic concert had everything going for him.
The South Indian Cultural Association (SICA) recently presented N. Ramamurthy, a young vocalist of great promise at the Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan.
The programme was organised in memory of the late Carnatic vocalist Kalyani Balakrishna Iyer, whose husband donated Rs 1 lakh to SICA, to promote young artistes by giving them a platform to perform. Ampolu Muralikrishna on the violin and Aravind on the mridangam accompanied Ramamurthy.The fact that Ramamurthy's concert was well attended filling the spacious Rajaji auditorium of Vidya Bhavan itself reflects how he wins his audience with promising recitals. On this occasion he appeared to have well prepared to sing in this major sabha SICA by coming out with two major raga essays Bhairavi, the highlight of concert and Shanmukhapriya, as Pallavi raga. Singing with traditional approach in chaste style, Ramamurthy opened up well in the rendition of Bhairavi and as he scaled the octaves with comfort. . The melody was built observing sense of proportion and discipline. To impress with the rendition of Bhairavi, which difficult to please with, is in itself a certificate for him. He chose Shyama Sastry's Sari Evaramma,
impressively packed with a meaningful nereval and interesting swara prasthara. The Ragam Tanam Pallavi too gained importance as he detailed the raga. The Tanam part too was well sung, before he began his pallavi in Khanda Triputa. The pallavi ran as Matangi Sriraja Rajeswari Dayasalini Mamava - All praise to the goddess with a plea to save us. The pallavi's natural and meaningful repetition gave it a devotive appeal. He began vigorously with Kalyani Ata Thala varnam. Sriganapathini in Sourashtram, a sweet Nadasudharasa in Aarabhi coupled with swaras in it gave enough build for neat essaying of Pantuvarali. Ninne Nera Namminanura was his choice in this with musical variations that continued in nereval and swara parts too. Muralikrishna on the violin did add his versions of raga play while Arvind sounded sounded intuitive on the mridangam. Thyagaraja's Badalika Teera pavvalimpa in Reethi Gowla proved to be a good cap for the concert. Earlier in the evening, awards were given away to winners in the recent Carnatic vocal music competitions held at the Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan.
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