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Rajmahal Sabha music festival

Rajmahal Vilas Sangeetha Sabha held a two-day music festival in connection with its 18th anniversary. Apart from concerts, Sabha also paid tributes to Purandara Dasa and Tyagaraja by singing their compositions, both individually and in ensemble. 

Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya (Priya Sisters) gave the final concert of the festival on Sunday. They were well supported by M A Krishnaswamy on violin, Patri Satish Kumar on mridanga and B S Purushotham on khanjari.

Priya Sisters presented a number of fine compositions in attractive ragas. But the main item of the evening “Daachukovalena” was elaborated with alapana, nerval (Saumitri Tyagarajuni) and swara prasthara. In this composition, Saint Tyagaraja pleads with Lord Rama – “O son of Dasaratha! Why should you hide your abundant grace from me? Why this disregard towards me..? Should you still be stubborn?” 

Priya Sisters’ alap of Thodi was on a solid ground and helped them lend a well reasoned imagery to the raga. With their pleasant voice, the nerval was meaningful and the swara delightful. 

Earlier, ‘Namakusuma’ in a majestic “Vilamba Kaala” was rendered in a dignified way and the Rishabhapriya was a welcome change from the routine ragas and the sisters brought out the grandeur of the raga, in a pleasant manner. With the prelude of a ugabhoga (Jagava Suthihudu) the devaranama “Ele manave Murariya nene” – was delectable.
Vocal with good feeling

Sri Ramakrishna Bhajana Sabha Trust conducted the annual music festival in connection with Shivarathri celebrations. Neyveli Santhanagopalan, who gave the final music concert on Tuesday, is a familiar musician to connoisseurs and also an able teacher.

Though Pantuvarali is a familiar raga, when sung by talented Santanagopalan, it acquired a special colour and flavour. The “Shambho Mahadeva,” a popular composition of Tyagaraja, became delightful. Before that another vintage krithi, with nerval (Hithavu Maatalento) and lilting swara, caught the attention.

“Thelisi Rama” was little slow than the usual, but chitteswara was attractive. Papanasha Shivan’s “Paramukhavayya” was presented with full devotion. The “Chandra chuda Shiva Shankara” in “vilamba kaala” was sung with good feeling. Dr Narmada on violin, Shankara Narayanan on mridanga and Sukanya Ramgopal on ghata, accompanied with good understanding.

Theatre music

The MES Kalavedi had organised a different type of music programme, last week. R Paramashivan presented “Ranga Geethe”, which was well received by a sizeable audience.

Veteran theatre personality Paramashivan has not only sung in several dramas but has also composed music and played harmonium. He rendered a number of songs selected from the treasure chest of Kannada theatre (old drama companies).

Paramashivan opened the programme with a song (Sasira Lola), from the drama ‘Krishna Leela’, set to Kalyani raga. The second one was from Ramayana, from the Anjaneya character. It was extracted from the “Ashoka Vana” scene of Ramayana. Gubbi company is a legendary theatre and there were many musicians and instrumentalists in that company.

He chose a song from that company, which was taken from the famous play “Dashavathara”, under the music direction of P Kalinga Rao. The song “Enna Siriye Enna Doreye” was from “Bedara Kannapa, in which Dr Rajkumar played the lead role. He also sang songs based on Hindustani, Western and folk music.

Other prominent songs were from plays like ‘Sadarame’, ‘Samsara Nowke’ and ‘Rajasuya Yaga’. It is amazing to hear Paramashivan’s vocal at this old age (84), with good clarity and precise sruthi. But the instrumentalists were not matching his vocal.

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