Music and dance reviews

Music and dance reviews

Margali utsava
Margali Utsava – a week long music festival was held at the Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt, under the guidance of H H Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Narayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swami, the new pontiff of the Mutt.

R A Ramamani, who gave a vocal concert in the Margali Utsava on Wednesday, is an internationally acclaimed artiste. She is well-versed in not only Karnatic classical, but also in jazz and fusion music. She is a recipient of the ‘Ganakalabhushana’ title and also an able teacher.

For a welcome change, Ramamani opened her concert with “Sri Raghukula Mandu” – a composition of Saint Tyagaraja, in the raga Hamsadwani, which was rendered with brief Nerval (Parama Bhakthulanu) and swara. Even the Devaranama (Mahadadi Devanamo) of Purandara Dasa was different than the usual one. Delineation of the raga Kalyanavasantha set the mood for the evening, with Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar’s “Sri Ranganatha Pahimam”. Raga Brindavana Saranga glowed with sweet sangathies for Sri Venkatesha Natham. The “Rama Ramanna Narayanna” was a quickie in the raga Nagaswaravali.

A time honoured krithy “Rama Nee Samaanamevaru” – was the highlight of her recital.
In this Keerthane, Saint Tyagaraja pleads “Peerless Rama! Your beloved Sita is like a tender and fragrant creeper on your bosom… We are privileged to have you, as our family deity”. The alapana brought out the ragabhava in greater detail of Kharaharapriya.

The nerval (Paluku Paluku Teneloluku Mataladu) with accent on both ‘Sahitya’ and ‘Sangeetha’ was aesthetically sung and it was time for the ‘Thani’ (T N Ramesh on mridanga and S Srishyla on ghata). And J K Sridhar accompanied on violin. It was a scholarly concert presented with good feeling.

Nritya kuteera
Nrithya Kuteera conducted a special programme to celebrate its 10th anniversary last week. The institute trains youngsters in dance under the direction of Deepa Bhat, a talented artiste. They presented a special programme on Ramayana, based on the compositions of C Rangaiah. Young students of Nritya Kuteera performed different episodes like Rama Janana, Ahalya Shaapa, Seetha Swayamvara, Paaduka Pradana, Lanka Dahana, war and caronation of Seetha Rama. Students changing their roles in quick succession performed with ease and assurance. It was proof of their good training and they have bright future in the years to come. Mala Venkatesh – vocal, Deepa Bhat – Natuvanga, Nagaraj – mridanga, Mahesh Swamy – flute and Madhusudhan – violin – supported from the wings.

A sincere music student
Malleswaram Sangeetha Sabha celebrates Hanuman Jayanthi every year with a music festival. This year, Bhumika Madhusudhan gave the inaugural concert on Thursday. The four-day music festival was held in collaboration with the Malleswaram Rama Mandira.
Bhumika is a student of S Yashasvi, senior violinist. She is also learning light music and has won prizes in some competitions, including the “Kalashri” State award.

In the current concert, Bhumika opened her programme with a varna (Kambodhi) customarily and saluted to Vighnaraja through “Siddivinayakam”. She chose “Parama Pavana Rama” as the main composition of the concert and sang “Tharakka Bindige”, the ever popular devaranama and concluded with a thillana of Dr M Balamurali Krishna in Brindavani. Bhumika, at the age of 14, has a good voice and her presentation is neat.

With some more years of training and practice she can definitely reach great heights.
Three senior instrumentalists – S Yashasvi, C Cheluvaraj and Dayanand Mohithe – supported the young artiste.

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