MUSIC REVIEWS

MAESTRO IN CONCERT: Mysore V  Doraiswamy Iyengar Sagar MusicRefined and gentle music

The two CDs of Mysore V Doraiswamy Iyengar comprises of hitherto unreleased recordings of the maestro. In fact, very few commercial recordings of Doraiswamy exists. Iyengar (1920-1997) ranks among the greatest veena artistes of his time. His first guru was his father Venkatesh Iyengar. He later became a disciple of Venkatagiriyappa. He thus inherited the Mysore style of veena playing pioneered by Veena Seshanna and popularised by Venkatagiriyappa. By the time he was 12, Doreswamy Iyengar was playing at the Mysore royal court. His gentle touch won his such admirers as the famous novelist R K Narayan, whom he also taught music. Many see in his music the restraint and refinement of Mysore’s pricely days.

Volume 1 comprises three kritis of Thyagaraja — ‘Rama Neepai’ (raga Kedaram, adi tala), ‘Ragaratnamalikaye’ ( Reetigowla), ‘Sarasiruhanana’ (Mukahari). The other two tracks are Subramanya Iyer’s ‘Intakante’ (raga Kanada) and Dikshitar’s ‘Balakanakamaya’ (Bhairavi).
Volume 2 begins with Thyagaraja’s ‘Varanarada’ in raga Vijayashree, adi tala followed by Ragam Taanam Pallavi (Sahana) and are Swathi Thirunal’s ‘Vihara Manasa Rame’ (Kapi). It concludes with ‘Mangalam’.

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