The sheer magic of strings

The sheer magic of strings

Soulful recital

A lovely musical tribute to the late K V Ramachandra Rao and D V Padmavatamma was held recently at the Indian Institute of World Culture.

Talented : S N Narayana Murthy, M T Tajakesari, Suma Sudhindra, Divya Avinash and N N Ganesh Kumar.

The programme was a veena recital by Suma Sudhindra, possibly the foremost exponent of the art of classical music in the City.  The event was the first memorial programme held to honour the dedication of K V Ramachandra Rao and D V Padmavatamma.

 The troupe comprised S N Narayana Murthy and vidwan M T Tajakesari, both on the mridangam, with N N Ganesh Kumar on violin, Divya Avinash as well as the exceptionally talented Suma Sudhindra on veena. They started off the show with a brief and lovely keerthana. 

Following this, there was an introduction by Arvin, the nephew of K V Ramachandra Rao or as he put it, a ‘by-product’ of his aunt’s and uncle’s good work.

“The efforts of my uncle and aunt towards promoting culture, music and their commitment to the uplifting of N R Colony, where they lived almost 70 years ago, is highly commendable. And that is what we are here to celebrate and honour,” he said.

Bhavana, a student of classical music, then gave a soothing invocation before the troupe began their performance led by Suma.

The main composition was in Shanamukha Priya which is composed by Patnam Subramanya Iyer.

The thillana was in raaga dhanashri.  And it was clear that not even halfway through the recital, the audience was already spell bound.

Continuing to delight the crowd of supporters both for the cause and the music, Suma also played Samajavaragamana, a Thyagaraja composition in hindola raaga and adi taala.

And encouraged by the appreciative applause from the audience, she followed it up by Manavyaala kinchara in raaga nalinakanthi, another Thyagaraja composition.

But the highlight of the melodious evening was, without doubt, the Varna in raaga mohana which showcased beautifully the sheer skill of Suma and of course, her tremendously talented troupe.

“It was beautiful. There are no other words to describe this. It is really phenomenal how Sudhindra manages to take her performances to a new high every time.

Just wonderful,” said audience member and sitar player, Mohini Kumar.

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