The Academy of Music (Chowdiah Memorial Hall) conducted Sri K K Murthy Memorial Annual Music Festival with music concerts (Carnatic, Hindustani, vocal, violin solo, Mohan Veena) and academic sessions. The Chowdiah awards were conferred on Ustad Rashid Khan and Vidushi M S Sheela in recognition of their services to the field of music.
M S Sheela, who gave a vocal concert in the Festival on Thursday, is a recipient of “Ganakalashree” title and a popular vocalist of the State. The opening Varna in Nalinakanthi was in itself a revelation of her repertoire and ethugade in “Drutha Kaala” enhanced the tempo further.
First few krithies like – Sri Shankara Guruvaram, Amba Vani Nannu, Sri Mathru Buham – brought out the old world flavour of the raga and krithi and charmed the connoisseurs. “Sharade Shubhradhare” of Veena Venkatagiriyappa in the raga “Sharada Priye” – is also a lesser known composition.
A well known keertane of Saint Tyagaraja “Yaduta Neelachithe” came as a fitting climax to a fine concert. With her long standing training under stalwart Dr R K Srikantan, she is able to invest his musical exposition with a high degree of authority and authenticity.
Charulatha Ramanujam shared the spotlight by her admirable violin support. Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma on mridanga and G Guru Prasanna on Khanjari, rose to the occasion creditably having extended excellent percussion support. Session on Mysore Baani
In the academic session, lecture demonstrations were held on raga (Athana), baani (Mysore) and rhythm (Hindustani) by different musicians.
Senior Veena player D Balakrishna said in his demonstration, “In the current situation, it is difficult to maintain any Baani (Gharana) exclusively. In Mysore School of Veena, special compositions are taught to train fingering of both left and right hands and to produce “Dashavidha Gamaka.”
After the Mohana Swarajathi, he presented a number of compositions of Veena Seshanna to demonstrate Mysore “Baani.”
Swarajathi in kamatch, jinjoti, varna in purvi kalyani keerthane (Yemani Delu Pudura, Bhajana Seya, Koluva Meru) - though it was useful and had authentic stamp of Mysore style, it will be much more impactful with some more editing.
The Lasya Academy of Dance felicitated Guru Dr Vasundhara Doreswamy - senior dancer.
Lakshmi Rekha Arun, principal of the Academy, presented a Bharathanatya recital. Though she presented half a dozen compositions, Charukeshi varna was the piece de resistance, which was a proof of her good training.
In the pada and devaranama, her abhinaya was pleasing and impressive. She concluded with a fine thillana (Thilang), with brisk foot work. No, doubt Lakshmi Rekha has a bright future in the years to come. While Guru Vasundhara Doreswamy’s Natuvanga was inspiring, Deepthi Srinath’s vocal was melodious. Janardhan, Narayan and Mahesh accompanied on mridanga, violin and flute, respectively.