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Haunting melody

Sri Rama Lalithakala Mandira celebrates Founder’s Day in memory of G Vedanta Iyengar under the leadership of G V Krishna Prasad. This year a grand music concert was organised at the Gayana Samaja Auditorium, last week.

U Srinivas casts a spell on music lovers with his immaculate mastery over the mandolin. After a brisk varna in Bhegade, Srinivas chose a infrequent krithy of Papanasam (Muladhara) instead of the routine invocatory pieces, setting a stately colour to the concert. “Ganamurthe” of Saint Tyagaraja added further validity to Srinivas’s musical acumen.

The tranquillity of Devagandhari, which he brought out in the ‘Ksheera Sagara’ was commendable. Two devaranamas – ‘Rama Rama’ and ‘Narayana’ – followed in quick succession. “Sripathe” – in Nagaswaravali was a fast-paced quickie.

His imagination was in full swing and melody flowed in gurgling streams in the presentation of Alapana, Thana and Pallavi. Shubha Pantuvarali glowed with resplendent glory and added lustre to the Pallavi.

The devotionals – Krishna Nee Begane Baro and Nanati  – enabled the audience to catch both the spirit of the text and music and left a lingering and haunting impression.
C N Chandrasekhar (violin), Bangalore V Praveen (mridanga) and Ullur Giridhar Udupa (ghatam) impressed the audience by their artistry.

Delectable vocal duet

The Academy of Music organised instrumental and vocal concerts in connection with the “Music Festival – 2010” at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. Ranjani and Gayathri, who performed here on Saturday proved once again that they are crowd pullers.

They were ably accompanied by Charulatha Ramanujam (violin), H S Sudhindra (mridanga) and Ranganatha Chakravarthy (ghatam).

“Samininne” the familiar varna provided the sisters a bright start.  Puchi Srinivas Iyengar’s composition in Sourashtra was rendered with brief swara. While presenting the stately composition “Dwaithamu Sukhama” in the raga Reethigowla, the nerval and the swara prasthara brought out the ragabhava in greater detail.

So also the Neelambari keerthane (Ponniah Pillai) had a vintage flavour, which was cherished by the connoisseurs with pleasure! The divine krithi “Shankari Shankuru” – was sung with all its glory, with the aesthetic experience in the nerval.

‘Nenarunchi nanu’ of Tyagaraja was in the raga Malavi. The highlight of the programme was Ranjani, the evocative raga. It was sparkling and the swara prasthara in different Ranjani ragas was attractive and impressive.

The post Pallavi compositions – Andavan darushana (Muthaiah Bhagawathar), Naaneke Badavanu (Purandara Dasaru) and a Abhang (Tukaram) – were also brilliant. The accompanists accompanied in an inspired mood.

Savi Gaana Yaana

The Federation of the Akhila Karnataka Sugama Sangeetha Organisations conducted the state level “Sugama Sangeethothsava” called “Savi Gaana Yaana”, last week. Besides demonstration and recitals a panel discussion was held on the “Sugama Sangeetha Yesterday and Today” under the chairmanship of Dr N S Lakshminarayana Bhatta, renowned poet and critic. A vocalist (Shankar Shanbhog), instrumentalist (Baali), composer (B V Srinivas) and organiser (H Phalguna) – answered questions on various aspects of the Sugama Sangeetha.

Earlier few well-known musicians presented Devaranama and Vachanas. Shankar Shanbogh chose ‘Nammamma Sharade’ and a devotional (Nee Daye Tharade) of an unknown composer, which was melodious. ‘Narayana Sannutho’ and ‘Jambu Dweepa’ – were the selection of Ravindra Soragavi. Kanakagiri Hussain Saheb sang – ‘Mukhya Pranadeva’ and ‘Manna Madake’ – with good feeling.

Students of Srujana Sangeetha Shale sang in unison a popular composition of Narayana Huyilagola.

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