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Friday, January 05, 2007
The Chennai December Festival
The twin attraction
BRAHMA GANA SABHA
Amazing control over instrument
The artistes' interpretation was of a quality fit for listening, not merely hearing.
Question of planning
Better format would go a long way in sustaining audience interest.
Need for variety
Subhashini Parthasarathi did not make a particularly strong impression initially. The varnam in raga Vasantha that she sang first was a welcome change from those in Saveri and Kedaragowla that we have heard more than twice in recent days. But ...
With unfettered enthusiasm
Raju and Nagamani displayed quite a measure of maturity in their raga development.
Many pleasant dimensions
The Dhanyasi exposition found R.K.Srikantan in his elements.
Palai C.K.Ramachandran is a disciple of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, who has kept percentage faith with the style of his Guru.
The audience lapped up whatever Aruna Sairam offered, M.S.Sheela's was an adequate presentation and the Hindustani recital of the Gundecha Brothers was a welcome change.
Fair account of Mohanam
Bhushani Kalyanaraman performed for Sri Maruthi Bhaktha Jana Samajam, at Nanganallur and gave alluring versions of Dharmavathi (`Bhajanaseya Radha,' Tyagaraja) and Vagadheeswari (`Paramathmudu,' Tyagaraja). She also gave a fine and fair ...
CHENNAI FINE ARTS
Cupfuls of melody
The artiste made sure that there was no deviation from perfection.
A musical voyage
Aiswarya's approach to raga alapana had a developer's outlook.
While Shane Warne has created a world record of a 700-wicket haul in test cricket, here in Chennai, this music season, young laya vidwan K.V.Gopalakrishnan has created a record of sorts at the Music Academy. He has played in all the five slots. ...
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Chastity was the keynote of T. V. Namasivayam's concert in the pandal. Accompanied neatly by Dindigul Sethuraman (violin) and Palghat Krishnamani he gave a pretty version of Kiravani ("Kalikiyunte") and bettered his effort in Varali ("Mamava ...
Mellifluous voice, graceful exposition
Savita Narasimhan's delivery attracted the lay listener and the connoisseur and V. Sumithra's concert was unusual.
RASIKA FINE ARTS
Despite being endowed with a flexible, metallic voice and genes inherited from a great lineage, Maharajapuram Srinivasan could give a performance that was only just about okay. His concert showed a complete lack of manodharma, sounding only like ...
It was like taking lessons in music
How can I forget those cold December days of the early 1950s when I would stay put at the P.S.High School pandal (that is where the Music Academy festival used to held before the building came up), from morning to night with my parents. ...
SRI KRISHNA GANA SABHA
Margam, Malavika style
Malavika Sarukkai's performance had its highs and lows but there was nothing new.
Bhakti becomes intimate
It was superb dancing by a group, well-aligned.
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