Music, dance reviews

Music, dance reviews

Soulful bansuri

Pandit Ronu Majumdar, internationally acclaimed flautist, has performed in many a prestigious venues and is also a recipient of several awards. Though commencement was prolonged for quiet some time, freshening up with the strains of a Miya Malhar, it was a propitious start for the concert. Skipping the vilambith, he took the drum and gave a soulful picture of the raga. Though upset with the continued disturbance of the sound system, he presented pahadi with good feeling. The concluding Bhairavi was also appealing. Ravindra Yavagal gave a competent support on tabla.

Promising vocalist
Earlier, Reshma R Bhat gave a vocal concert. She is a disciple of Dr Ashok Hugannavar and has won several prizes from many organisations, including Akashavani. She elaborated the Puryadhanashri with all the required elements. With her good voice she also sang a Marathi abhang. Reshma has a bright future in the years to come. Shashibhushan Gurjar on tabla and Aashwin Walawalkar on harmonium accompanied her.

Festival concert
Cultural and religious programmes were held in many parts of the city in connection with the Ganesha festival. One such organisation Devagiri Sri Venkateshwara Trust celebrated the Vinayaka Chathurthi with Harikathe, music (classical vocal, sugamma sangeetha, Hindustani) and puppet show for ten days.
Sukanya Prabhakar, who gave a vocal concert in this series, is reputed not only as a vocalist but also as a composer and teacher. She presented a number of compositions of great composers in different ragas, to make an impact. She gave a detailed airing of Shanmukhapriya evocatively. Dikshithar's well-known composition ‘Siddivinayakam,’ with nerval and Swara, was complementary to the raga. A number of devara namas that followed had a reverberating lilt in them. B Raghuram and B R Srinivas were incharge of violin and mridanga, respectively.

Srividya RamanathKrishnostsava performances
The Percussive Arts Centre conducted the Krishnotsava recently, in collaboration with the Sri Jarama Seva Mandali. Srividya Ramanath, who gave a vocal recital here, is a disciple of Neyveli Santhanagopalan, popular artiste. She has won prizes in many competitions and has performed in several sabhas both in and outside the country. An MCom graduate, Srividya is also teaching young aspirants at Maanava Seva Kendra, Bangalore. She presented compositions of Purandaradasa, Narayanna Theertha, Tyagaraja, Swathi Thirunal and a few others, in a pleasant manner. Both the ‘Paripalayamam’ and ‘Gana Murthe’ were pleasing. Though ‘Kshemam Kuru Gopala’ was on Krishna, it was a less known composition and a welcome change from the routine ones! The ragalapana was good. Devotional like - ‘Wale Manave’, ‘Nindathi Charanam’ - were rendered with lilting melody. All that she needed now is some more stage experience to reach great heights. Shankar Raman supported well on Violin while N Vasudeva and Bharadwaja Sathavalli provided the percussive support.

Dikshitar DVD released
Muthuswami Dikshitar (1775-1835) was a ‘Srividya Upasaka’. He was proficient in both vocal and veena. The Vanamala Foundation has brought out ‘Sri Chakra Darshana’, a DVD based on ‘Kamalamba Navavarana Kritis’. Vocal was by Sandhya Ram, Pavithra Giridhar and B R Thulasi, led by Dr Meera Rajaram Pranesh. The script and direction was by Dr Meera Rajaram Pranesh and Dr A Pranesh and technical direction by Katte Ramachandra.

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