Music Review


Thaala vadyotsava

S Soumya

The Percussive Arts Centre conducted the annual ‘Thaala vadyotsava’ last week with concerts (vocal, jugalbandi, clarionet, Vishwa Vaadya Sammilana, Laya Vinyasa), lectures, demonstrations award presentation (to Dr A R Munirathnam, Mysore S Mahadevappa, Dr B M Sundaram, S Shrishyla and S G Pramathkiran).

In the festival there was a vocal recital also by S Soumya, who figures more frequently on the sabha stages of Bangalore. After a bright start, she sang a number of compositions which was like proof of her seniority and expertise. She mainly concentrated on two majestic ragas.

She gave a colourful picture of the raga Bhegade, whith a cascading variety of phrases.  Another soulful raga she chose was Mukhari, which is not a rare raga, but not being heard frequently, these days.

After an impressive alapana Soumya rendered ‘Yelawathara’ of Saint Tyagaraja, which left an indelible impact on the audience. The nerval (Ragarathna Malika) and Swara Prasthara were complimentary to both the raga composition.

The devotionals- Rama mantrava japiso and Nanda nandana- were also pleasing. Charulatha Ramanujam on violin, V Krishna on mridanga and S Shreeshyla on ghata supported well.

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