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Young flautists

Two young flautists who are making their mark in recent times, joined force in a significant way last week to impress a sizeable audience at the Indian Institute of World Culture.

The programme was organised jointly by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Infosys Foundation.

Heramba Ambale and Hemantha Ambale – are twins and grandsons of Late Ambale Subba Rao, veteran artiste.

They are being trained by A V  Prakash, senior flautist and also being guided by Neyveli Santhana Gopalan in vocal.

They have won prizes in the National Competition of Akashavani, too. Another two young instrumentalists who are slightly more experienced, accompanied them in the current concert.

Vittala Rangan, recipient of ‘Kalavantha’ Award (2014) and AIR Competition prize in 2012, now pursuing CA supported on violin. Seventeen- year-old Akshay Anand, a disciple of M T Rajakesari and Kalidas, senior percussionists supported on mridanga.

Ambale brothers opened their concert with a infrequent composition in the raga Mayamalavagowla. It was further buttressed by a detailed swara prasthara.

“Bantureethi”, the familiar krithi was followed by “Bhogendra Shayinam”.

Anyhow, main item of the evening was “Meenakshi Me Mudam”, with alapana and swara in different permutation and combinations.

The swara rendered by turns by the brothers, was lively.

Their music was melodious sans gimmicks. All they need to reach great heights is some more training and concert experience.

Violinist Vittalrangan and mridangist Akshay Anand accompanied maintaining the tempo with certitude and adding pep to the recital. Heramba Ambale and Hemantha Ambale concluded their concert with a well known devaranama, “Jagadoddarana”.

Amazing instruments

The Percussive Arts Centre conducted the annual “Thaalavadyotsava” with music concerts (vocal, flute and percussion ensemble), demonstrations and competitions.

Curtains came down on the 33rd Percussive Arts Festival on Sunday with a percussion ensemble called “Naada Vaibhava”.

Eight percussion students joined together to play different percussion instruments, under the direction of Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma.

In the first presentation, youngsters performed in Dhruva, Tisra Triputa, Misra Chapu thalas on Nagaari, Dikki Taranga, Chande, Shudda Maddala, Udukke and Base Dolak.

In the second part, they played frame drums like Thamate, Khanjari, Damdi along with Morching. It was in Mat thal of nine beats.

The last part drew the attention of every one present.

These youngsters played music literally on everything available.

They played on kitchen utensils -vessels – steel, copper, brass; metal glasses, plastic buckets, metal boxes, plates; bamboo sticks; grating equipments; so on and on – They performed on all these materials, producing sound in different Thalas for a thunderous applause.

They concluded with a brisk “Thani Avarthana” in Chatusra Eka Thala, Thisra Nade and with lively Mohara and Mukthaya. M K Pranesh and Praveen Godkhindi led the troupe through their flutes.

Exceptionally talented Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma proved that we can produce sound in every material, even from those which we see but ignore in our daily life!

In the valedictory function, awards were presented to Vankayala Narasimham (Palghat Mani Iyer Memorial Award), Bellary M Venkateshachar (Palani Subramanya Pillai Award), Prof  S R  Janakiraman (Bangalore K. Venkataram Memorial Award),and B R  Somashekhar Jois (PAC-CMana Endowment).

Homage to a great v­ainika

The Kalapremi Foundation paid homage to Veena Subbanna through music on last Saturday. Subbanna (1854-1929) was known as ‘Bhakshi’ Subbanna and is respected as one of the chief architect of Mysore Baani (Mysore School of Veena).

He was not only a great performer, but also a reputed Guru and a patron.

He was a recipient of several titles like Vainika Praveena (from Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV) and Vainika Varakesari (Ramnad Maharaja).

As a composer, Subbanna has composed not many compositions. Swarajathi, varna, keerthana and a ragamalika – are some of his creations.

Few selected compositions of Bhakshi Subbanna were presented in both vocal and veena, in the current programme.

The programme opened with a attractive Pancha Veena.

The Kambodhi swarajathi set to Adi thala, had five charanas. ‘Pari Pahimam’, a composition in the raga Dharmavathi and Adi thala, followed.

Pancha Veena by Geetha Shyamprakash, R K  Shankar, R K  Raghavan, Meena Murthy and Geetha Navale – was well synchronised and neatly presented. Reputed vocalist Dr Sukanya Prabhakar sang two krithies of Veena Subbanna.

The ‘Dasharathe’ set to Rupaka thala was in the raga Dhenuka. Rishabhapriya is the 62nd Janaka raga which is not frequently heard, though not a rare raga.

Subbanna has composed a keerthana in this raga set to Adi thala which Sukanya sang melodiously.

Veteran Veena player Rajalakshmi Tirunarayanan with her sister Rathnaprabha Krishnan gave a fine Veena recital.

The Athana varna in Adi thala (Srinivasanannu brovarada) gave them a flying start and concluded their veena with “Sri Venkateshwara Pahimam”.

It was simple but tuneful. C S Usha on violin and B S Prashanth on mridanga accompanied the artistes with good understanding.

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