Echoes of great compositions

Enthralling Strains

in sync N Ravikiran and Guru Prasad.

The event saw some of the most distinguished stalwarts of music presenting their talents. Legendary Carnatic musicians including Sangeetha Kalanidhi N Ramani and Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran performed on the first day. The concert began with Sharanu Siddhi Vinayaka, a salute to lord Ganesha.

N Ramani, being one of the most distinguished flautists, enthralled the audience with his mellifluous tunes. Some of the compositions of Tyagaraja and Purandaradasa were also played. Yendaro Mahanubhavulu, one of the famous verses of Tyagaraja, was presented. Ravikiran displayed his acumen with great compositions in different ragas.

 Varali, a Tyagaraja composition in Kambodhi raga, was yet another moving piece. Next came the Kalyani and Keeravani raga in Adi Taalam. This was one of the most awaited pieces which left the audience completely in a state of trance. Accompanying N Ramani and Ravikiran were Subbalakshmi on the violin, K V Prasad on the mrudangam, Guru Prasanna on the ganjira and Guru Prasad on the ghatam.

The following day saw Sanjay Subrahmanyan, yet another distinguished Carnatic singer, perform. He began with Everemi Bodhana and later sang Purandara Dasa kriti. This was a beautiful rendition.The Bilahari Alapana, which lasted for a long time, captivated the hearts of the audience. He also gave a beautiful rendition of the Ragamalika Swaras.

He then sang a pallavi of Sindhubhairavi Raagam and Dasarnama. He was accompanied by S Varadarajan on violin, Manargudi Easwaran on mrudangam, and Trichy Murali on ghatam. He sang some of the beautiful numbers Deva Deva Jagadisa in Purvikalyani raga; Soundararajam Ashraye, a Dikshitar composition, and Sri Chamundeshwari Palayamam in Bilahari Raagam composed by Mysore Vasudevacharya. These songs left the audience awestruck.

Meenakshi Venkatesh, an octogenarian who was at the concert, was elated. “I have come all the way from the other end of the City. I feel so speechless watching and hearing them sing. This is one of the most memorable days of my life,” she said.

“I think it was an amazing performance. Ravikiran played the veena in all its splendour.
It’s a great stress-buster and music heals the bruises of the mind. That is the magic of music,” said H N Narayan, an advocate.

The last day saw Bombay Jayashri ending the concert with some of her beautiful numbers.

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