Shreyas Bharadwaj, a budding artiste from the City, captivated the audience with his flawless flute recital at the Friday Cultural Evening Programme organised jointly by the Indian Cultural Relations, Directorate of Kannada Culture and Directorate of Youth Services and Art Guild.
Disciple of Vidwan H S Venugopal, Shreyas exhibited a great confidence while performing in front of the audience which comprised many veteran artistes. His concert was in Carnatic style and was characterised by tonal beauty and technical precision.
The event was organised at Yavanika Auditorium and because of the rains there were very few people at the beginning of the concert. As the programme progressed, people kept coming in and soon there was a large audience.
Shreyas began his recital with a Ganesha stuthi in Natakuranji varna. It was a brief presentation and filled the atmosphere with divine music.
The second piece was Durmargachara, a Thyagaraja kruti in Raag Ranjini and Shreyas did extremely well in bringing the expression of the raga which also set the mood of the concert.
A composition called Brova Bharama in Raag Bahudari was also enchanting. “As it is raining today, I have included Raag Amritavarshini, which is apt for the rainy atmosphere in my recital. I got a very good response from the audience after the concert and got offers to perform at other places,” said Shreyas after the concert.
Shreyas also played Raag Shankarabharanam and a devotional song Bhagyada Laxmi Baramma with a gusto. The one-and-a-half hour concert went on very well and Shreyas was accompanied by Nataraja Murthy on violin, Balakrishna on mridangam and Karthik on morsing. Shreyas is pursuing engineering in Medical Electronics at BMS College of Engineering.