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Sukanya PrabhakarNavaratri cultural fest

Navaratri was observed by both religious and cultural organisations with religious fervour. The Aavani Sringeri Shankaracharya Samsthana conducted the Navaratri at the Sharada Peeta, Mahalakshmipura with rituals, and felicitation to senior citizens. The title “Asthan Vidwan” was conferred on Sudha Raghunathan (vocal), TAS Mani (mridanga), Jambunath Ganapati (Yajurveda), S V Shyama Bhat (Rigveda) and K V Srinivasa Murthy (social service) by Abhinava Vidyashankar Bharathi Swamiji.

Young vocalist Saketh Raman’s selection and presentation both pleased the gathering, here, last week, in the Navaratri Festival. While “Maara Vairi” was evocative, the “Amba Paradaivathe” with vintage flavour, brought nostalgic memories. His imagination was in full swing and melody flowed in the presentation of “Marakathavalli”. The choice of ‘Maanasa Sancharare’ and ‘Visweswar Darushana’ served the purpose highlighting his musical talent and devotional intensity. He also sang ‘Sri Jagadishwari’ and ‘Tirupati Venkataramana’ which was also delightful. H K Venkataram on violin, H S Sudhindra on Mridanga and S N Narayana Murthy on Ghata accompanied admirably.

Impressive vocal

All the three musicians who performed on the penultimate day of the Navaratri, are “Ganakala Shree” title holders! M S Sheela, the vocalist, Nalina Mohan, the violinst and C Cheluvaraj, the mridangist presented the concert, along with Dayananda Mohite on ghata. Sheela had selected compositions on Devi and Saraswati, which suited the occasion very well. “Saraseeruhanapriye” is a all time favourite composition, which was followed by a Abhayamba Navavarana Krithi. ‘Sarasamukhi’ of  L Muthaiah Bhagawathar was a familiar composition in old Mysore earlier. She exploited the glory of Kalyani in a spacious alap and the Tyagaraja’s krithi “Amma Ravamma”, with meaningful Nerval (Thamarasadala Nethra), effective swara prasthara and other musical embellishments.
With her resonant and melodious voice the “Dharmasamvardhini” was also enjoyable and impressed the audience. The accompanists handled the instruments with anticipation and intelligence.

Homage to Narasimachar

M A Narasimhachar was respected in the field as a veteran vocalist and an able teacher. He was a recipient of “Ganakalabhushana” title and author of many books. In his memory the M A Narasimhachar Music Foundation presents “Gana Varidhi” award every year, to a senior musician. This year’s award was presented to Sukanya Prabhakar, popular vocalist of the state, on Thursday.

Later Sukanya Prabhakar gave a vocal concert, accompanied by B Raghuram on violin, C Cheluvaraj on mridanga and S Srishyla on Ghata. ‘Inthachowka’, Mysore Sadashiva Rao’s varna (Kamavardhini raga) gave her a flying start. The invocatory piece was a infrequent krithi of Mahavaidyanatha Iyer, (Mahaganapathe) in the raga Hamsadhwani, which was rendered with brief swara. After ‘Neebhakthi Bhagyasudha’ (Jayamanohari) ‘Maanasa Guruguha’ with brief alapana, brought out the ragabhava in greater detail. The highlight of the concert was the delineation of that grand raga Keeravani in all its glory for the Pallavi (Radha Krishnam Bhaje) set to Adi Tala, Tisra Nade. What was noteworthy was the musical involvement and melodious voice, which made it a edifying concert and further enhanced the musical stature of  Sukanya Prabhakar.

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