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A classical concert

Young musicians Amrutha Venkatesh and Ashwin Anand received G V Ranganayakamma and Dr G V Vijayalakshmi Memorial awards respectively, instituted by Sri Rama Lalithakala Mandira.

The function was followed by a vocal trio – a combination of father and his two sons! This time quite the popular duo “Malladi Brothers” (Malladi Sreerama Prasad and Ravi Kumar) sang along with their father, Malladi Suri Babu.

In the current concert their chiselled style surfaced in the very opening varna (Lalgudi Jayaraman) itself.

Instead of a composition on invocatory God (Ganesha) they straight away took “Nenendu Vetukudura” of Saint Tyagaraja.

“Ranganathudai” of Ponnaiah Pillai, was also a fine selection. Ragalapana of Dhanyasi by the senior (Malladi Suri Babu) member was rendered with deep a Raga Bhava. Another fine krithi “Nee Chittamu” was presented with a brief but meaningful nerval.

“Bhajindehi” was elaborated with one or two slips but no short of “Bhava.” A composition of Mysore Sadashiva Rao (Ninuvina Gathi) – that too in the Balahamsa Raga – is most welcome. After a quick “Sri Narasimha,” the trio capped their efforts with an evocative exposition of the majestic Raga Kambodhi for the keertane “Mari Mari Vachuna,” sharing themselves both alapana and swara.

S Varadarajan on violin and Mannargudi Easwaran on mridanga shared the honours, while young Phanindra Bhaskara accompanied on ghata.

The sizeable audience that attended the concert listened with rapt attention than excitement.

Beautiful Bharatanatya

ICCR and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavana jointly presented a Bharatanatya recital by Rukmini Vijaykumar in the “Harizon” series.

Rukmini had her “Rangapravesha” (1998) under Padmini Rao and received higher training from Narmada and has been guided by Sundari Santhanam.

She also received training in Jazz and modern dance techniques and obtained a ‘BFA’ certificate and also became a Mat Power Pilates instructor. An active person in theatre, film and television, Rukmini Vijayakumar is a multifarious talented artiste.

In the current programme, Rukmini Vijayakumar presented a beautiful item on “Devi.” But the piece de’ resistance was a varna in Natakaranji Raga of Papanasam Sivan. Parvathi’s anguish, love, request, anxiety and worry – were well performed.

Well knitted jathies with precise Nritha and Nritya brought grandeur to the varna. With her sparkling eyes, the abhinaya was impactful with a good feeling. She concluded with a thillana of Dwaraki Krishnaswamy in the Raga Valachi.

Preethi Mahesh’s vocal throughout the recital was complementary to the dance, while Prasanna Kumar was incharge of the Natuvanga. Others who supported from the wings are: Gurumurthy on mridanga, Dayakar on violin and Mahesh Swamy on flute.

Mysore V Subramanya

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