Paying tribute to a legend

CLASSICAL TREAT

Paying tribute to a legend

GIFTED S Aishwarya

The youthful and extremely gifted S Aishwarya, great grand daughter of the celebrated musician M S Subbulakshmi and grand daughter of Radha Viswanathan, charmed the
audience with a flawless presentation of the classics of MS Subbulakshmi.

Commencing melodiously with the ever-popular Annamacharya composition Sriman Narayana in Bowli, Aishwarya impressed everyone with her rendition of Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s Rangapura Vihara in Brindavan Saranga.

This perfomance left the listeners awestruck. Her adherence to shruti was remarkable even as her mellifluous voice traversed the higher octaves effortlessly.

Aishwarya sang a soul-stirring Viruttam Petra Thai Thanai in Nadhanamkriya followed by Shiva Shiva Shiva Bo, a composition of the late Maharaja of Mysore,
Jayachamaraja Wodeyar. 

The other popular songs of MS Subbulakshmi, that were presented, were Bhavayami Gopalabalam by Annamacharya, Jagadhodharana by Purandaradasa, Dhano Dhanya Pushpe Bora, a patriotic song in Bengali by Dwijendra Lal Roy, and evergreen melodies
Katrinilay Varum Geetham by Kalki Krishnamurthy and Kurai Onrum Illai by Rajaji.

Old-timers amongst the audience stated that Aishwarya reminded them of the days when MS Subbulakshmi accompanied by her daughter Radha entranced the world
of music.

Supporting Aishwarya were C N Thyagaraju on violin, C Cheluvaraju on mridangam, Vyasa Vittala on kanjari and Dayanand Mohite on ghatam.

Aishwarya, aged 15, is a student of Class 10 at The Brigade School, Bangalore.
She trains under Karnataka Kalashree Jambu Kannan and also learns the veena from A Shankar Raman.

Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2010’was jointly organised by Carnatica and SVN Music Academy.

The event was held in association with the Deccan Herald.

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