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Melodious music festival

The Bangalore Gayana Samaja conducted the 45th music conference successfully. Music programmes, academic session, concerts by budding artistes and competitions for music students were held as part of the conference.

T V Shankaranarayan, who gave a vocal concert in the conference is a senior musician in the Carnatic music field and a recipient of Padmabhushana and ‘Sangeetha Kalanidhi’ from the Music Academy. T V S presented a variety of compositions in evocative ragas. His son Mahadev Shankaranarayan shared the limelight with his mentor in both raga delineation and swara prasthara and impressed the audience. Especially his presentation of ‘Sahasrakara Mandithe’ was enjoyable. Earlier, TVS sang ‘Enthanerchina’, another fine composition.

TVS came into his own in the unfolding of ‘Tanayuni Brova’, which was delectably rendered. In fact, Shankaranarayanan sang with good involvement establishing rapport with the connoisseurs like his illustrious uncle (Madhurai Mani Iyer). Even tail enders like “Govardhana Giri Dhare” pleased the gathering. Mysore Nagaraj on violin rose to great heights in his supporting role. Veteran Srimushnam Raja Rao with his powerful and variety of strokes on mridanga in the ‘Tani’ inspired Ranganatha Chakravarthi to respond well on Ghata.

Mohiniatta by Mudra

Dancer Sangeetha Iyer, is a disciple of Kalamandalam Hymavathi and Kalamandalam Soman and has established herself as a senior performer of Mohiniattam. She is also training young aspirants at her own dance school “Mudra”.
The school conducted the annual dance festival over the weekend at the Seva Sadana Hall.

Sangeetha Iyer opened her Mohiniatta recital with an invocatory piece “Sri Gananatham Bhajamyaham”. It was titled “Krishnarparnam”, based on a number of compositions on Krishna in different languages. The piece de resistance was that well known Charukeshi varna – “Innum Yen Manam”. Without overdoing anything, she performed with ease and assurance.

But the depiction fell short in its overall appeal. “Krishna Mooruthy Kanna Munde” was another popular Devaranama and Swati Tirunal’s Pada “Alarshara Parithapam” had beautiful narration.

After the familiar Omana Thingal, concluded with Mangala.

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