Music, dance reviews

Music, dance reviews

Music, dance fest

Dr Suma Sudhindra and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

A good number of art lovers have the privilege of enjoying music (vocal and instrumental, Carnatic, Hindustani, Western, Sufi and Folk), dance (Kathak, Odissi, Bharathanatyam, tap, contemporary) and drama, in the "Bengaluru International Arts Festival" being held in different venues of the City from September 9 to 19. On Thursday connoisseurs witnessed a variety of programmes at the Sheesh Mahal.

In the first programme, two stringed instruments - one in Carnatic and another in Hindustani - were presented. Mohan Veena by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and veena by Dr Suma Sudhindra - was a special attraction of the evening. Raga Dharmavathi was revealed in all its majesty and serenity. Few soft, mellow phrases and brisk sangathies some other times! Creative ideas blazed so resplendently.

With curves, glides and rolls the duo brought glamour to the raga and cast a spell on the audience. The spacious exposition highlighted the beautiful contours of the raga - all in all, an exhilarating effect. Another attraction of the concert was percussion support. Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma (mridanga), Ravindra Yavagal (tabla), Guruprasanna (khanjari), Narayanamurthy (ghata) and Arun Kumar (drums) followed with a sizzling 'Thani' with exciting exchanges.

Touch of glamour

The Jugalbandi was followed by two dance recitals. Reputed dancer Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh opened her programme with a Mangalacharan customarily. But what followed was entirely a different experience, much to the chagrin of some purists. The subject was the usual 'Navarasa', but songs were selected from the popular films! It was captioned as 'Krishna Shringar' based on the story of Krishna. For instance, "Tere mere" was chosen to depict 'Shringara' and another well known lyrics "Mardiya jaai ya chod diya jaai" for "Veer ras" and so on! With her vast experience, creativity and new ideas to explore various possibilities of dance, Sonal Mansingh performed with gay abandon and a touch of glamour, throughout.

East-West jugalbandi

The final programme of the evening was another dance recital - a jugalbandi of Bharathanatyam, Kathak and Tap dance. Anuradha Vikranth opened her Bharathanatyam recital with a well known devotional "Mahadeva Shiva Shambho", with Ravana lifting the mountain and 'Gangawatharan' - in the 'Sanchari' and her Abhinaya came to the fore in the "Chaliye". The Jugalbandi of Mithul and Roni - with brisk foot work and different gestures, was a different experience. They concluded performing together - Bharathanatya, Kathak and Top dance, which was also well received.

Impressive choir

Community singing and chorus played a very important role during the freedom movement. Choral music and community singing are both, no doubt interconnected, but they are performed at different levels. One of the reputed institutes of Karnataka, 'Bangalore Youth Choir' (BYC) which celebrated its silver jubilee last week, is serving the music field from last 25 years under the direction of Dr Kaveri Sridhar, the national award winner. In the special function to mark the occasion musicians - both men and woman, sang under the direction of Shyamala G Bhave, senior artiste. They sang 4 songs - lyrics of Dr K S Narasimha Swamy, Vishnudigambar Paluskar, and Namdev. With some more training and home work they can reach great heights.

Earlier, members of the BYC presented a dozen songs, in different languages. From Sharangadeva to Shailendra, Veda to Folk songs, a variety of compositions in different languages entertained the gathering. Dr Kaveri Sridhar has tuned simple but melodious music, with balanced harmonic arrangements of voices.

Concert by alumni

MES Kalavedi conducted the Prof MPL Sastry Memorial Music Festival in which all the participants were former students of the MES College. T V Ramaprasad who hails from Bangalore and now settled in Chennai, is a experienced musician and recipient of several awards, including title “Ganakalashree".

The Kambodhi Attathala varna gave Rama Prasad a bright start. "Siddivinayakam" was sung with swara followed by “Brova baramma", popular krithi of yester years. His essay for the demanding melody 'Pankaja Lochana' was dignified and 'Akhilandeswari' was in a majestic Vilamba Kaala'. Bhairavi was spacious and impressed with alluring sangathies and good voice. S Seshagiri Rao, Harinarayan and V R Chakravarthi gave good support on violin, mridanga and ghata, respectively.

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