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D BalakrishnaMusic season is here again

Ugadi is the forerunner for a spate of music festivals in the City, marking the onset of  a long spell till the Ramanavami season, next week. Many sabhas start the Ramotsava Music festival on Ugadi day and conclude on Ramanavami, which is known as ‘Garbha Navami’. This year is no different with the Vyalikaval Extension Association, Sri Rama Mandiram Association, Basavanagudi, Sri Rama Bhaktha Sabha, Malleswaram Rama Mandira, Sri Rama Mandali, Jayanagar, vying with each another to invite popular artistes.

Instrumental duet

The Vyalikaval Extension Association is conducting the 44th annual Ramothsava  celebrations at its Sri Rama Temple, till Thursday (March 25). D Balakrishna on Veena had an instrumental duet here along with young V Vamshidhar on flute. They were well supported by H S Sudhindra on mridanga and Krishnaprasad on ghata.

“Rama Nannubrovara”, the familiar keerthana of saint Tyagaraja gave them a pleasant start and “Marubalka” (Sreeranjini) with brief swara was evocative. Vamshidhar chose Mohana and elaborated the “Bhavanutha”, with swara, while  Balakrishna’s choice was Durbar, which had the authentic stamp of “Mysore Baani’’. After a quick ‘Thatwamerulga’ Kambodhi alapana was more convincing and the thana was delineated with authentic charm. The lyrical grandeur in the celebrated krithi “O! Rangashayee” was unmistakable. Though Vamshidhar appeared a wee bit hesitant, He appears to have a good future.

Sri Rama Mandiram concerts

Sri Rama Mandiram Association has organised music concerts (classical, Daasavani, veena, nagaswara), dance and other rituals, and will conclude on Friday (March 26).
Vinay Sharva, an engineering student is no a stranger to music lovers in Bangalore. He is a disciple of Vidwan S Shankar, senior vocalist and has already performed in few sabha and sammelans in the State.

Both selection and presentation of Vinay Sharva was appreciated on Friday at the Association. “Evarura”, the majestic Krithi, was pleasant, while “Rama dayachudave” was a welcome change from the routine. “Thelasi Rama” was a quickie. “Rama Rama Guna” was rendered with the customary relish and it was a reassuring concert of Vinay Sharva. Mathur Srinidhi on violin, N Vasudeva on Mridanga and Bharadwaj sathavalli on Morching, supported the young vocalist.

Sangeet Samaroh

The Rajguru Smruti conducted the ‘Sangeet Samaroh” last  week, in collaboration with the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal, Pune.

Partho Sarathy gave a sarod recital on Sunday evening  at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s auditorium. Partho had his initial training under Ustad Dhyanesh Khan and advanced lessons from Pandit Ravi Shankar. Partho Sarathy opened his concert with rag Patdeep.
Starting slowly in Mandra sthayee, he developed the raga gradually. Though he has good control over the instrument it was short of emotion. Senior percussionist Ravindra Yavagal accompanied him on tabla.

Belied  expectations

The final programme of the “Sangeeth Samaroh” was  a  vocal recital by Srikanth Deshpande, who hails from an illustrious family of musicians. He sang Durga thumri and concluded with Bhairavi, customarily. No doubt he is an experienced artiste.

But the form fell short in meeting the requirements and belied expectations.

Vyasamurthy Katti on harmonium and Hanumath Phadtale on Tabla supported him.

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