Sankranti Music Festival

Sankranti Music Festival

Sankranti Music Festival

Sri Rama Lalithakala Mandira is celebrating the Sankranti Music Festival, with flute, solo violin and percussion ensemble, apart from vocal concerts, which will conclude on Tuesday (January 10).

 M K Pranesh, who gave a flute recital, is a disciple of M R Doreswamy, a senior musician. He is an ‘A’ grade artiste of Akashavani and has participated in both AIR and DD National programmes and has also performed in several countries.

Kaanada varna set the pace for a tuneful fare. “Swaminatha Paripalaya” was a quiet familiar kruthi, a few decades back. “Echarikaga Ra Ra” is another evocative composition, followed by “Needucharana” and “Samajavaragama”, rendered neatly. He crowned his concert with a good pallavi in Adi tala.

Replete with stasis-ridden ‘sangatis’ Shankarabharana was impressive with spacious “swara prasthara” heightening the impact of the pallavi. The ragamalike swara was limited to  two ragas (Anandabhairavi and Vasanthi) and few devotionals (Rama mantrava, Visweswara Darushanako and Pillangoviya) – were also pleasing.

Seasoned instrumentalists B Vittal Rangan on violin, Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma on mridanga, M Gururaj on morsing and Somashekar Jois on Konakol also contributed to the success of the concert.

Evocative vocal

Shankari Krishnan, a disciple of Lalgudi Jayaraman and a senior musician of standing, started her vocal concert on Wednesday, with a varna in the raga Shanmukhapriya. She sang “Pahimamshri Rajarajeshwari” with brief raga and swara, followed by a familiar devaranama, “Smarane Onde Saalade.”

 Latangi glowed with some lilting phrasings and a dignified composition “Kamalamba” came next. Raga Madhyamavati belongs to Kharaharapriya varga and a ‘Audava’ class. It glowed with some lilting phrasings in the voice of Shankari Krishnan. In the composition “Rama Katha Sudharasa” saint Tyagaraja says – “The story  of Rama is a saga of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha and will confer all these qualities on those involved in it and will serve as a beacon light to guide men”. The interesting swara prasthara was also pleasing.

Shankari Krishnan then plunged into the climax of the evening’s programme in Saveri, with the raga, thana and pallavi. Impact of the Adi thala pallavi was further enhanced with the ragamalika swara in Varamu, Hamsanada and Vasanthi. She also impressed the audience with two Kannada devaranamas – ‘Naneke Badavanu’ and ‘Innu daye Barade’. Lalgudi’s thillana (Ragesri) was also attractive by its jaunty pace.

N N Ganesh Kumar, Ranjani Venkatesh and A S N Swamy – supported on violin, mridanga and khanjari, respectively.

Traditional music

The 890th programme of The Bangalore Lalitha Kala Parishat was a vocal concert by O S Tyagarajan (O S T). He took his initial training from his father, O V Subramaniyan, and advanced lessons from T M Tyagarajan and Lalgudi Jayaraman. He has performed in prominent Sabha and Sammelans, for five decades, in both India and abroad. Naturally, he has been awarded many titles and awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi award.

In the current concert, Tyagarajan was well accompanied by Mathur Srinidhi on violin, M T Rajakesari on mridanga and B N Chandramouli on khanjari. “Yela Nee,” the classic keertana, gave  a steady start. It was followed by ‘Ninna Neranammi’ and ‘Lavanya Rama’ is known for its lilting melody.

In the “Ekamresa Nayakim Isvarim” Dikshitar pleads – “Oh, Mind! Worship Goddess Kamakshi, the spouse of Lord Ekamresha …. She is benevolent to her devotees and bestows on them the desired  boons”.

What a classic imagery of Chamara as Dikshitar wove in “Ekamresa Nayakim.” It was classical and traditional throughout and he made a touching impression. The concluding piece “Sada Enna Hridayadalli” was also rendered with good “Bhava.”

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