Music and dance reviews: Melodious flute

Music and dance reviews: Melodious flute
Melodious flute
Curtains came down on the Ramanavami music festival at Sree Seshadripuram Rama Seva Samithi on Sunday, with a solo violin concert of Kanya Kumari.

Chandan Kumar, who gave a flute recital here, hails from a great musicians family. Over the years he has established himself as a good flautist, through his hard practice and talent. Chandan Kumar proved his accomplishment in the opening “Vinayaka” itself, for which he added a brief ‘swara’ also.

“Ragasudharasa” was another evocative composition of Tyagaraja. Shanmukhapriya, the familiar raga was absorbing for the Swati Tirunal’s composition “Mamava Karunaye”. His breath control, blowing and fingering technique are free from strain and attractive. “Raghuvamsha Sudhambudhi Chandrasri” in Kadanakuthuhala, seems to be a inevitable choice in most of the instrumental concerts!

After that he moved to the main raga of the programme - Mohana. It is a “Audava raga” (pentatonic scale) and ‘janya’ of Harikambodhi. The interpretation of Mohana with lilting phrases and the well-knit ‘swara’ for “Mohana Rama” was more reposeful. Ajit Kumar on violin, Arjun Kumar on mridanga and G S Ramanujam on ghata - had a purposeful role to play.

Lively concert
Dr Suma Sudhindra, who gave a veena recital at Sree Seshadripuram Ramaseva Samithi, is a popular veena artiste and a recipient of several awards and titles, including “Ganakalabhushana” from the Ganakala Parishat.

Suma’s musical sensitivity was in full focus in the crisp opening strains of the ‘Durbar Varna’, which was in five speeds and was an impressive beginning. The aural beauty of “Sri Mahaganapathim” in ‘Gowla Raga’ was enhanced with crisp ‘swara’. While “Manasa Etulo” was briefly elaborated, the “Ninuvina” brought nostalgic memories.

Alap for “Mokshamugalada” was brief but pleasing and the ‘Mana Vyala’ was in jet speed, as expected. “Entha Muddo” attracted with its attractive ‘Bhava’. “Abheri” received a detailed treatment with a lively ‘thana’. Nalina Mohan gave good support on violin and the percussion duo - Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma (mridanga) and Sukanya Ramgopal (ghata) - lent effective support.

A promising vocalist
“Kaligiyunde” is a majestic composition of Saint Tyagaraja. The aesthetic articulation in “Kaligiyunde” at once registered the prowess and competence of Vinay Sharva’s vocalism.

Vinay Sharva is a disciple of S Shankar and Nedanuri Krishna Murthy and an MTech graduate. He is a recipient of Dr M S Subbulakshmi Fellowship of Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha and has won prizes from Sabhas, including Bangalore Gayana Samaja.

Keeravani is a “Rakti raga” and popular with both composers and connoisseurs. Through ‘alapana’, nerval and ‘swara’, it was lively and wholesome. He had selected a number of fine compositions. The fare constituted of a number of melodic compositions, including - ‘Saraseesuhasana Priye,’ ‘Rama Ninne Nammi (Huseni),’ ‘Mayamma,’ ‘Bhogendra Shayinam.’

Another haunting melody ‘Kedaragowla’ was redolent with lilting “Sangatis”, for “Venuganaloluni” of Thyagaraja. The ‘swara’ also bristled with some lively phrases. No doubt, Vinay Sharva has a bright future in the years to come. Mathur Srinidhi, C Cheluvaraj and R Kartheek accompanied with good understanding on violin, mridanga and khanjari, respectively.

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