Graceful flute

Graceful flute

Graceful flute

There are many talented flautists in Karnataka, now. One among them N Rajkamal, young flautist from Bengaluru, is a disciple of S A Sashidhar and N Ramani and is receiving guidance from Neela Ramgopal also. He is a recipient of prize and awards from Karnataka Ganakala Parishat, Sri Rama Lalithakala Mandira and few other organisations.

Rajkamal has a reputation for consistency and ‘Marivere,” the familiar composition in Shanmukhapriya, gave him a sound beginning, in the first half of the concert. Jhenkaradhwani is not  a too familiar raga and there are not many compositions in that raga. It is the 19 mela and is known more through the Tyagaraja composition “Phanipatisayi,” which Rajkamal played neatly. Mohana acquired a special delight at the improvisational flashes. In the composition “Kadambari Priyayai” Muthuswami Dikshitar says – “I offer my respects again and again to Goddess Meenakshi …. She inspires people to follow righteous path”. Popular devotional “Govarldhana Gireesham” was also pleasing. But a thillana would have been a fitting finale to  the instrumental concert. It was melodious and lively. Mathur Srinidhi on violin, Arjun Kumar on mridanga and Ranganath Chakravarthi on ghata – accompanied well.

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Melodious duetThe melodic grace that is the forte of duets, is unmistakable in the singing of Ashok and Hariharan, popularly known as “Bangalore Brothers”. The very opening piece “Karunajudu Ninnu” of Syama Sastry, caught the attention of the connoisseurs. ‘Thulasamma’ in Devagandhari was another welcome change from the routine compositions. Dharmavathi emerged gracefully with all the salient ‘sangathies’. Notuswara (Anjaneyam – Shankarabharana) of Dikshitar – was another refreshing piece. Few Kannada compositions like – Echarike (Purandara Dasaru), Ramanamava Nudi Nudi (Naadanama Kriye) and Shiriye (Jinjoti) – stressing lyrical beauty pleased the gathering. Bangalore Brothers’ career is worth watching. Aditya M P, Adamya R and Chidananda supported on violin, mridanga and morching respectively.


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Dancers from ChintamaniThere was a drama and a dance recital last week at the Nayana Auditorium under the joint auspices of  the Samana Manaskaru and the Hosabaru Ranga Thanda.  Two significant books – Padma Vibhushana D K Pattammal by Dr S C Sharma and Pathithoddharaka Basaveshwara by Prof M S Nagaraj – were released on the occasion. It was followed by a dance recital by the students of Nupura Nritya Academy of Chintamani. They opened the programme with “Gajavadana Beduve” customarily. They performed the well known sloka “Mudakarathnam” with ease and confidence. “Jagadoddarana” is a most sought after devaranama among all the dancers. In the current programme they performed it, dramatizing with good abhinaya. Standing on the brass plate they performed the “Marakathamani,” with a number of permutation and combinations. No  doubt there is scope to improve and with some more training and experience the performance can become better impactful. T G Narasimha Murthy, Registrar of the Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy who is going to retire on Tuesday (March 1), was felicitated on the occasion.


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Krishna Kala KendraThe Krishna Kala Kendra presented two music concerts last week, at the Sri Purandara Mantapa, Vasanthapura.Shubha Santosh is a disciple of Sudha Vadiraj and being guided by H S Sudhindra also. She has completed Vidwath examination and is studying for M (Mus) final year of the Bangalore University. She has been awarded prizes by the prestigious organisations like Bangalore Gayana Samaja and Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.In the divine atmosphere of the Purandara Mantapa, Shubha’s veena recital blossomed like a sacred flower. The Bhegade varna “Sachidanand,” gave Shubha a sound beginning.  With the invocatory piece “Gajavadana” in Hamsadhwani, the ‘Rama ninnu’ of Veena Seshanna and a infrequent raga Prabhupriya – were also welcomed by the connoisseurs. Purvi Kalyani was rendered with good feeling. The concluding piece was the familiar thillana in the raga Behag. It was tuneful with lively ‘meetu’ and striking presentation. Adamya R and B S Raghunandan on mridanga and ghata, combined effectively to add to  the enjoyment. 


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