Aradhana concerts

Aradhana concerts

Music reviews

Aradhana concerts

Aradhana concerts

Sri Raghavendra Swamy Aradhana provided another opportunity for connoisseurs to listen to their favourite musicians. In fact, Aradhana was celebrated by many mutts and organisations with not only religious rituals but also cultural programmes. One such institution Sri Raghavendra Seva Samithi conducted Bhajan, discourse and music concerts apart from religious programmes at its own premises at Sudhindra Nagar, Malleswaram, during the 12-day celebrations.

Roopa and Deepa, known as Kasaravalli Sisters, gave a vocal duet on Sunday evening. They presented exclusively Kannada devotionals, which were well appreciated by the listeners. The satirical devaranama of "Aacharavillada Naalige" attracted with its lyrics. A rare pada on Rayaru “Guru Raghavendraru Smarisutha" of Gopala Dasaru was tuned melodiously in the raga Brindavani.

Raga Kharaharapriya was well elaborated for “Kayabekenna Gopala” and sustained with a flurry of lovely swara passages. Purvi Kalyani (Hanumantha Deva Namo), Sindhubhairavi (Sharanagatha Vatsala), “Dasanendennisu Enna” of Pranesha Dasaru and “Gopi Gopeesuthage” of Purandara Dasaru (Surati) - were also pleasing.  Their cultivated voice and the facile way the words blended with the melody was proof of their craftsmanship. Seasoned instrumentalists J K Sridhar on violin and K Harinarayan on mridanga accompanied with good understanding.

Devotional songs

Another young vocalist Srinidhi is well versed not only in music, but also in Sanskrit and making clay Ganesha. Stalwarts of Karnatic music  - Gudibande Kumaraswamy, B N Guduth and Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma - have moulded his music career and he has passed ‘Vidwath’ examination also. He has founded Sri Guru Sarvabhouma Music Academy in 2004 and has been teaching young aspirants. He has performed in several avenues and has been made the “Asthan Vidwan” of the TTD also.

With this background, the audience expected a good concert from Srinidhi, which he presented. After a varna, he saluted to invocatory God through “Vandisuvudu Aadiyali”. “Rama Rama Rama Seetha” - is another popular devarnama.

“Harinama Jihveyolu Irabeku” was briskly rendered, followed by the familiar ugabhoga (Dhyanavu Kruthayugadi). With his good voice, which was traversing in all the three octaves easily, the Haridasa compositions brimmed with confidence to emerge as a solid piece.

“Indu Enage Govinda” is a favourite of connoisseurs always. “Nandathanaya Govinda” was also lively. With some more higher training he can polish his nerval and ragalapana and improve the classic imagery. M N Satyanarayana, Aswathnarayan and Chidananda - accompanied on violin, mridanga and morching respectively.

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