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Short of experience

M A Madhuvanthi, who gave a vocal recital for the Kalapremi Art Foundation, hails from a musicians' family of Bangalore. She is the daughter and disciple of Vidushi Roopa Sridhar and has passed the proficiency examination and has won prizes too in a few competitions.

Madhuvanthi opened her programme with "Sangeetha Jnanamu", a meaningful composition of Saint Tyagaraja. She made it a different but an interesting programme, based on "Navavidha Bhakthi". She explained the Navavidha Bhakthi in detail, quoting extensively from the epics and from the compositions of Haridasas, Annamachar, Tyagaraja, Deekshitar, Shyama Sastry and Swathi Thirunal. She gave the example of Bali Chakravarthi and Vibheeshana for 'Aathma Nivedanam'; Arjuna and Sugreeva for 'Sakhya' - and so on.

Madhuvanthi sang 'Parama Purusham' of Swathi Tirunal (Lalitha Panchamam) for 'Smaranam' and 'Puraya Mama' of Narayana Teertha (Bilahari) for 'Vandanam'. She chose Gourimanohari for ragalapana and elaborated the composition 'Sarasa Sama' with Nerval and Swara. Though the young vocalist has a pleasant voice, the concert fell short in its overall impact. With some more intensified training and stage experience, Madhuvanthi can reach great heights. Nagaraj Mandya (violin) and Raghu Bhagavath (mridanga) accompanied her. She concluded her concert with more devotionals like 'Sompaina' and 'Narayana Ninna Namada', rendering them neatly.

Lilting phrases

Two instrumental concerts attracted a large gathering in the last leg of the Cultural Festival at the Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple, Malleswaram, which was sponsored by S N Ranganath in memory of his parents.

Mysore Nagaraj and Mysore Manjunath, reputed violinists chose an interesting Pallavi, as the piece de resistance of their concert. It was a 'Dwiraga Pallavi' in Hameer Kalyani and Shubha Panthuvarali ragas. The duo let themselves flowing to unleash a plethora of lilting 'sangathis'. The impact was further enhanced with ragamalika swaras. The 'Thani of the Percussionists' (Arjun Kumar and Vyasa Vittala) was sparkling, though bit louder at times. Earlier, Nagaraj in Kunthalavarali and Manjunath in Dwijavanthi - handled them most convincingly. Compositions in Saraswathi and Asaveri were also melodious.

Kadri GopalanathEnlivening concert

Raga Abheri being more pleasing, coaxing the very crux of the familiar melody. The ragalapana acquired a special delight and the keertana received an elaborate swaraprasthara with different permutation and combinations, to rise the concert to an enlivening mood. Earlier, inspite of the frequent disturbances of the mike, he played several well known compositions. 'Raghuvamsha' has become a common krithi in any instrumental concert and the Mokshamugalada was slightly in slow gait.

Listeners also enjoyed Devaranamas like ‘Krishna nee begane baro’, ‘Jagadoddarana’, ‘Thamburi Meetidava’.      

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