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Narasimha Jayanthi  concerts

Narasimha Jayanthi was celebrated in the city by a number of temples and organisations. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Malleswaram, has organised cultural programmes including classical vocal, devotional music, violin duet, saxophone and Harikatha till May 25.

Popular artiste Vidyabhushana attracted a large gathering here on Tuesday. He presented compositions of different Haridasas. Blending his voice with Sruti and rendition his "Madhukaravruthi Nannadu" stood out for its aesthetic charm.

Hindola was embellished with good sangathees, rendering the devaranama impressively. With his melodious voice, he presented Kannada devaranamas of different Haridasas, bringing out the lyrical beauty also. 'Kande na Govindana', "Istu dina Ea Vaikunta' and many others - pleased the large gathering.  'Thanu Ninnadu Mana Ninnadu' - was another meaningful devaranama.

B Raghuram, H S Sudheendra and Narayana Murthy accompanied him on violin, mridanga and ghata, respectively.

Uplifting experience

Bragha Bessell is a senior dancer and an able teacher of Bharathanatya. Being a student of Adyar K Lakshman and Kalanidhi Narayanan, her repertoire is also vast and currently she is also teaching at the Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. She conducted a workshop last week in the city, under the auspices of the Nadam and guided the young aspirants.
She also performed on Thursday based mostly on Pada and Javadies.

It was a different programme, on several counts. Bragha Bessel's recital was mostly 'Abhinaya' oriented almost free from 'Nritta'. Though it was not woven on any particular theme, different 'Sringara Nayikas' were portrayed through well known pada and javadies of different languages.

The 'Pushpanjali' was followed by a sloka on Ganesha. In the pada "Varatum Swami" the Nayika says "Let him (Lord) come, I shall teach him a lesson!" Where as a 'Mugdha' Nayika (innocent) was well portrayed in the "Itu Sahasamu" of Swatitirunal Maharaja. In the Kshetragna Pada, the Nayika feels "Alas! He (the Lord) seems to have tired of me!?". The music (raga Nadanamakriya) and the slow movement, were matching and complimentary to the composition. The Dharampuri Subbaraya Sastri's 'Era Ra Ra' in Kamach raga is a familiar Jawadi.

She performed for a Astapadi, devaranama and a piece from Nandanar Charitram. Bragha's Abhinaya was restrained but impactful and it was an uplifting experience and a guiding lesson for the young artistes. Melodious and in depth music was equally responsible for the success of the performance.

Hari Prasad (vocal), Rakesh (Natuvanga), Anil Kumar (mridanga) and Padmanabhan (violin) - shared the honours with the dancer.

Sangathi festival

In the "Sangati - youth Music Festival" Ananya conducted veena and flute recitals, apart from vocal. M  Selvanarayan (Puraskara),  R N Srilatha (Shastra Kausthubha) and Kasaravalli sisters (Yuva Puraskara) - received the annual awards in a special function.Deepa Anand and Roopa Kiran who gave the inaugural concert of the festival, are known as "Kasaravalli Sisters" in the field. 'Vanajaksha' the well knit varna gave them a bright start. "Shiva Sutham" in Sudda Dhanyasi is a good composition of Y K Srikantaiah (Shimoga). The keerthanas of Tyagaraja (Chaalakallala) and uthakadu Venkatasubba Iyer (Padmavathi Ramanam) - were also well received.

The piece de resistance was a Pallavi in Shankarabharana set to Adi thala. Building phrase by phrase, they reached a crescendo. They concluded with few more devotionals like 'Parama Purusha' and ‘Kailasawasa.’ Mathur Srinidhi on violin, B S Anand on mridanga and Phanindra Bhaskar on ghata - fulfilled the needs of the occasion.

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