Music & dance reviews - Ramotsava is here again

Music & dance reviews - Ramotsava is here again
Malleswaram Sri Rama Mandira has organised music concerts as part of Ramotsava celebrations from March 29 to April 11. Seetha Satyanarayana, who gave the inaugural concert on the Ugadi day, is continuing her training under Vidushi R  Ramamani, the internationally acclaimed musician.

Seetha Satyanarayana started her concert with the right tone and presented a number of popular compositions. She saluted to invocatory God through “Mahaganapathe” and the bill of fare included “Karedare Barabarade”, “Devadi Deva”, “Alli Nodalu Rama,” “Yeno Hanumantha.”

“Bhavayami Raghuramam” is a legendary composition, known for its lyrics, "raga bhava" and beautiful chitteswara. It is a ‘ragamalika’ of melodious ragas including Saveri, Natakuranji, Dhanyasi, Mohana, Mukhari, Purvi Kalyani and Madhyamavati. The chitteswara is another special attraction. With brief alapana and swara she tried to elaborate “Ninne Nera” and Seetha Satynarayana sang with ease. C S Usha on violin and T N Ramesh on mridanga –­ accompanied the vocalist.

Vani Kala Kendra
Sri Vani Kala Kendra is conducting the Ramotsava from last 25 years, on its premises at Basaveshwaranagara. The event will be held till April 28.

The very culturing of the voice gives a hint of the school to which a singer belongs. In Saketha Raman's case it is unmistakably the Lalgudi style. Lalgudi Jayaraman’s rigorous training has moulded the music career of Saketha Raman very well. Saketha Raman is also a masters degree holder in computer engineering and a recipient of Bismillah Khan Memorial “Yuva Puraskar” from the Sangeet Natak Akademy.

After presenting many good compositions he chose Thodi as the piece de resistance of the evening. Saketha Raman sang the alapana of Thodi melodising with lilting tonalities. Even the "sruthi bheda" (Saramathi) was cleverly rendered with ease and assurance. His unhurried pace and matured modulation lent a dignified grace to the swara prasthara. Here the sruthi bheda brought Mohana Kalyani and the concert rose to its evocative heights in his alapana and swara prasthara. Earlier, he presented a few devotionals.

Seasoned instrumentalists Akkarai Subbalakshmi, H S Sudheendra and Pramath Kiran accompanied with aplomb on violin, mridanga and morching, respectively.

Lacking melodic finesse

It is the 51st Ramotsava celebrations of the Vyalikaval Extension Association, which will conclude on April 12th, with Sri Rama Pattabhisheka.

Dr Padma Sugavanam, who gave a vocal recital on Friday is not a frequent performer in the city. She is a MA PhD and an ‘A’ grade vocalist of All India Radio. She had the privilege of learning under two great musicians — Dr Seetha Rajan and Dr R Vedavalli. Dr Padma presented few gems from the treasure chest of Saint Tyagaraja.

“Karubaru” and “Hecharikaga Ra Ra” - both are evergreen ‘kruthies’ and favourites of both musicians and connoisseurs.

The familiar devaranama “Alli Nodalu Rama Illi Nodalu Rama” was chosen for a detailed elaboration. But neither alapana nor ‘nerval’ or swaraprasthara had the intensity to carry listeners to expected heights, though her good voice and neat rendering gave glimpses of her talent.

She lacks a melodic finesse, which she can gain by more experience. Adithi Prakash on violin, C Cheluvaraj on mridanga and Bhagyalakshmi on morching supported the vocalist.

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