MUSIC CONCERT FOR A CAUSE
The Prathyarpana Foundation founded in memory of L.S. Narayana Swamy Bhagavathar and Prof. H.V. Krishna Murthy conducts cultural programmes in collaboration with the Vijaya College of Music every year and donates fund to the needy social organisations. On Friday as well, the Foundation presented donations for few institutions at the ADA Ranga Mandira.
It opened with a Choral music by the students of Vijaya College of Music. They had chosen 'Nottuswara' compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar, in different ragas of the Shankarabharana scale. A number of colourful ragas with Sanskrit lyrics on different Gods - were quite attractive. Though they were all tiny pieces,
pleased with the sweet melody. Little more than one hundred students, accompanied by flute, violin, mridanga and khanjari, sang in unison.
Kudos to Bhargavi H.K. Venkataram, the young vocalist, for conducting the choir successfully.
Gita Govinda of Jayadeva, is one of the most popular lyrics, both in music and dance. It is believed that Jayadeva himself sang the hymns, while his wife Padmavati danced to them in the Jagannath Temple of Puri. Saralaya Sisters - Kavitha and Triveni Saralaya, presented few selected verses of Geeta Govinda accompanied by violin, mridanga and ghata. They opened the programme with verses on Jayadeva in the raga Purvi Kalyani. Jaya Jagadeesha Hare (in the raga Naata), Lalitha Lavanya (Vasantha), the popular one 'Rathi Sukha Saare' in Sindhubhairavi etc.etc. The lyrics in the ragas Nadanamakriya, Kharaharapriya, Mukhari, Madhyamavathi and Shudha Saranga -pleased the gathering. With their expertise and pleasing raga and melodious tuning, Saralaya Sisters captured the audience. Colourful photos - slides in the background - also suited and added to the impact.
DANCE FROM THE ROYAL COURT
Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, a well-known dancer, presented her pet theme, slightly edited version of compositions of Mysore composers, from glimpses of Mysore Palace. A swarajathi in the raga Kambodhi gave her programme a pleasant start and was followed by well-woven jathies. The familiar Kamatch varna 'Mathe' of Dr L. Muthaiah Bhagavathar was visually pleasing with good footwork and expressive Abhinaya. A Kannada jawali in the raga Kalyani and the dignified thillana - both were lively and performed with grace.
Curtains came down on this year's 'K.K. Murthy Memorial Music Festival' with a flute recital on Sunday evening. After receiving the 'Chowdaiah Award of Academy of Music', Praveen Godkhindi, popular music composer and director, gave a Hindustani flute recital.
With a master like Praveen Godkhindi handling raga Shudda Kalyan the raga really sparkled and glistened on flute. Starting from the 'Mandra Sthayee' slowly, the raga came out with a haunting melody of infinite loveliness. Two compositions - vilambith eka thal and drut teen thal, swayed the entire audience, gathered in good number. A thumri dhun in Misra Kamach was also appealing. Again rag Bagesri was presented with great charm and finesse. Pandit Shubhankar Banerjee played tabla with good understanding, enhancing the impact of the flute.