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Touch of class

Music & dance reviews

 It was held under the banner “Nirantara Narmada Festival”, in memory of Narmada, popular dance teacher, who passed  away 3 years back.

Radha opened the programme customarily with a Chokkesar Kauthvam, with the stamp of “Vazhavoor Baani”. It was dignified and matured, attracting the attention of the whole house, at once! But the impact was more pronounced in the Varna (Huseni- Ae Maya). With a variety of Jathis it was full of life and with full involvement, it was spirited even in this age! The Kannada devaranama ‘Jagadoddarana’ was also pleasing. With unmistakable grace and maturity and a touch of class, Radha’s dance was like a guiding lamp to the young aspirants. Nandini Anand (vocal), Jayashri (natuvanga), Dhananjayan (mridanga) and Muruganandan (violin) – gave able support.

Enjoyable concert    
Ramanavami concerts are continuing without any hindrance in several pandals of the City, in both scorching sun and occasional rain!
Sikkil Gurucharan, who gave a vocal recital for Sri Rama Seva Mandali, Chamarajpet, is climbing the ladder of success, gradually. He proved from the beginning that he has a commendable grasp over the different facets of a concert and can deliver the goods. For instance ‘yemeni dichevo’” may be examined. He sang with good ‘ragabhava’ and was enjoyable. He uses his rich voice to advantage and thus the swara prasthara which went up to ‘tarapanchama’- was also attractive. The Tamil krithi was also evocative. The highlight of the evening was the delineation of that grand mode Mukhari, in all its glory. The aesthetic quality of the krithi “Ksheenamai” was well expressed, enhancing the musical stature of the musician. Gurucharan was well supported by Ramanujacharyulu on violin, Bangalore V Praveen on mridanga and N Amrith on khanjari.

N R Colony Rama Mandira
Sri Rama Mandira Trust, N R Colony, conducted the Rama Navami festival in the special pandal with lecture, dance and harikatha, apart from music concerts. On Thursday evening a different type of programme was held here. Highlighting the different types of compositions through music and words – from tripadi to bhavageethe, devaranama, keerthane, shatpadi etc. - were presented in a unique way. K N Venkatanarayana, well known social worker and philanthropist, adorned a new role as a ‘pravachaka’. He narrated in a nut shell, different varieties of compositions and the background behind the krithies, which was interesting and informative. K V Krishna Prasad rendered compositions of different composers in different ragas. “Taluvikegintha Thapavilla” - is a well known pada of Vadiraja and ‘Jnanavonde Saaku’- highlights the knowledge. He highlighted the lyrical and musical beauty of the composition ‘senu sukhavo sntha sukhavo”, enough to whet the appetite of the connoisseurs.

Fusion of Bhavageethe (B M Sri) and Gamaka (Kumaravyasa) - suited the theme and occasion very well. Deepak Murthy, S Ashok and Bhargava Halambi accompanied on violin, mridanga and khanjari respectively.

Casting a spell
Kadri Gopalanath, always attracts a large gathering to his saxophone recital, which was once again proved at the Sree Seshadripuram Rama Seva Samithi on last Tuesday. He was well supported by a band of instrumentalists: Kanya Kumari – violin, Satish Kumar – mridanga, Rajendra Nakod – tabla and B Rajasekhar – morching. After playing a number of popular compositions, the climax came with “intha soukhyamu”.The evocative composition of saint Tyagaraja captivated the listeners. With curves, glides and rolls Kadri lent his programme a glamour. Earlier ‘Raghuvamsha’ in Kadanakuthuhal was a sizzler. A number of devotionals followed, which the audience enjoyed immensely. The ever popular ‘Baro Krishnaiah’, Govindaninna’ , Sri Ramachandra Kripalu with his command over the instrument and melody Kadri Gopalnath cast a spell on the connoisseurs.
Mysore V Subramanya

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