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Tributes to MS

The Bangalore Gayana Samaj in collaboration with the Suswaralakshmi Foundation for Classical Music and Performing Arts celebrated the 93rd birth anniversaty of M S Subbulakshmi, the legendary musician, in a befitting manner, last Wednesday.

A book titled, “MS and Radha - Saga of steadfast devotion” was also released on the occasion. As a tribute to her mother (MS), Radha Viswanathan gave a vocal concert. After the invocatory sloka, the familiar varna “Ernapai” gave her a steady start. S Aishwarya, great grand daughter of M S Subbulakshmi, the co-singer, was the special attraction of the concert. They saluted to the invocatory god through the composition, “Sri Mahaganapathiravathumam.” Popularised by M S Sriman Narayana, it is a favourite of connoisseurs, always.

For elaboration, they chose  “Meenakshi me mudam” and “Sri Shankaracharyam.” With brief alapana and very brief nerval they made a neat presentation. Though Radha’s krithies reminded one of her good old days, her age and health have affected her vocal chords.  Thirteen-year-old Aishwarya’s talent came to the fore and her career is worth watching. ‘Seethamma Mayamma’ and ‘Rave Himagiri Kumari’ were also pleasurable. C N Chandrashekhar, H S Sudhindra and Dayananda Mohite gave good support on the violin, mridanga and ghata, respectively.

Melodious mandolin

Kharaharapriya is one of the most commonly heard ragas on the Carnatic music concert stage. Hence it is not easy to make an instant appeal. But when a seasoned and exceptionally talented artiste like U Srinivas renders it, the raga attains a bright colour and flavour.

In his concert on Thursday for the Bangalore International Arts Festival, Srinivas regaled the music enthusiasts gathered in large number, at the R V Dental College Auditorium.

The alapana was delightful and the swara exciting. Earlier he opened the programme with a composition of Purandaradasa and followed with a krithi on Devi (Meenakshi me).

The post ‘tani’ compositions consists of ‘Jagadoddarana’, a Sai bhajan and tillana in Mand. His impeccable mastery and virtuosity in maintaining sruthi and laya and extraordinary control over the instrument constituted the weft and warp of the musical fabric woven by Srinivas.  While the violin (Sridhar) and morching (Kannan) were sober, the mridangist (Ramakrishna) responded well.

Talented dancer

Satyanaraya Raju, a familiar dancer, opened his Bharatanatya with Pushpanjali (Aarabhi raga) customarily. The varna spoke for his earnest approach to the art.  The artiste blended the nritya and abhinaya with ease, testifying to hard practice and talent.

Several episodes from Ramayana were performed in the Devaranama ‘Hanumantha Deva namo’, with mature abhinaya.  D S Srivatsa’s vocal was inspiring while Shakuntala R Prabhath (natuvanga), Gurumurthy (mridanga) and Dr Nataraja Murthy, supported from the wings.

KGP’s music conference

Curtains came down on the 40th music conference of the Karnataka Ganakala Parishat last Sunday, with the vocal concert of Sanjay Subramanya. Neelambari varna gave a fine start, followed by Paraloka. ‘Lalitha Parameshwari’ was another fine selection.

Though Bhairavi is a common raga, Sanjay’s alapana at one acquired a special delight, different phrases creating a variety of musical figures. He sang ‘Nannuvidacchi’ with good feeling.

When he started the main raga, it was not easy to identify for the music lovers! It was ‘Gangeya Bhushini’ which he sang with graceful impact, providing a springboard for the ‘Sarievvare Ramaiah’ of Tyagaraja.

The packed house also enjoyed the devotionals ‘Harivasarada’, ‘Chidambaram’, and the Thillana. H K Venkataram (violin), H S Sudhindra (Mridanga) and B Rajasekhar (Morsing) rose to great heights in their supporting roles.

Pleasant nagaswara

As usual, president of the music conference M Kodandaram gave the inaugural concert. M Kodandaram in this ‘Mangalavadya’ (Nagaswara) started with Hamsadhwani (Gajavadana Beduve). ‘Kamalapthakula’ is a less-known keerthana in the raga Brindavana Saranga. A blissful feeling swept the listeners as he aired Abhogi for ‘Sri Lakshmi’.

Harikambodhi gave him enough scope to weave instrumental arabesques of rich variety. M Lakshman (co-player), T R Subramanyam and T G Balu (Dol) supported him.

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