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Eclectic choice

M K Pranesh, talented flautist, gave the inaugural concert of the "Deeposthsava” at Ananya Sabhangana, on Wednesday. He was well supported by Nalina Mohan on violin, H S Sudhindra (mridanga) and S N Narayana Murthy (ghata). It was clear from the opening Shankarabharana Varna that the artiste has a good grasp over the different facets of a concert. He presented the varna on a majestic gait and grandeur. "Jaya Jaya Janakeekantha" with brief Kannada swara was appealing. The lilting melody of the raga caught the attention in the presentation of "Sukhi Evaro". "Kanthamani" was another good selection and the Natakuranji Keerthana brought home the lingering effect, again, while "Anupama Gunambudhi" was a quickie. He revelled in the alap of Kambodhi and more so in the expansive presentation of the Pallavi 'Jagadeesha Parthasarathi" set to Adi thala.

Rare ragas

Raga "Kosalam" is a infrequent raga, which very few people have heard and is yet to catch the imagination of the average listener. It is the 71st Melakartha Raga and was known earlier as Kusumavali and Kusumakaram, also. Composers like Dikshithar, Mahavaidyanatha Ayyar and Kotiswara Ayyar have composed compositions in this raga. When Guru Charan presented this raga at Adwaitha on last Sunday, it was a pleasant surprise for the connoisseurs. He sang a Adi thala Pallavi (Va Guha Muruga Shanmukha) in that raga, with professional elan. Ragamalika Thana and Swara further enhanced the effect.

Earlier Sikkil Gurucharan, talented young artiste, opened his concert with another rare varna in the raga Kadanakuthuhala. Instead of the routine invocatory pieces, he sprang a surprise by choosing the "Lambodara Lakumikara", of Purandara Dasaru. The Swara prasthara for the geethe, caught the attention of the listeners on his musical potential with his vigour, involvement and enjoyment. Raga and Krithy of "Dwaithamusukhama" was also lively. In the concluding part - Mamava Pattabhi Rama, Sloka, Bhaja Govindam, Thillana and Sarvam Brahmamayam - were also pleasing. C N Chandra Shekhar's violin was impressive and Arjun Kumar and Ullur Giridhar Udupa extended excellent percussion support


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