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The violin recital was different in many aspects. It was a violin quartet. Four members of the same family and artistes of three generations performed together. Prof N Rajam, who led the troupe, hails from a well known musicians family of South and has served the Banaras Hindu University as Head of the Music Department and a recipient of several national awards, including ‘Padmabhushan’.

Her daughter Dr Sangeetha Shankar is a well established musician who has performed for several prestigious organisations.
Her two daughters – Ragini Shankar and Nandini Shankar - joined their elders to give a pleasant concert.

Rag Yaman gave the violinists, a steady start and took off on a bright note. The raga bristled well gradually, in the familiar mode. Naturally, Dr Rajam played the major role in all the raga and compositions. Desh was brief and Thumri was pleasing with lilting melody. After a Bhajan and Dadra, they concluded with the Bhairavi, customarily. Though seasoned connoisseurs expected at least one more raga in detail, they pleased the gathering with melodious ‘Naada’ and good ‘Bhava’. Young artistes Ragini and Shankar had limited role to play in this concert, but proved they are in the right path. Pandit Ravindra Yavagal gave lively support on Tabla.

Popular appeal
The Palimar Mutt had arranged a vocal concert of Yesudas, last week. K J Yesudas is popular in both film and classical music and has created a record by singing for 40,000 CDs.

 He is the only artiste to receive the National Award seven times. Naturally he has received several titles and honours including Padmabhushana.
Yesudas opened his concert with a varna, briskly. The invocatory piece “Vatapi Ganapathim Bhaje” lent fresh air, casting the shadow of coming musical experience. A brief Nerval (Pranava Swarapa) and sparkling swaraprasthara to heighten its aura. At that juncture he sprang a surprise by presenting a less known raga called ‘Kamoda Khadgadharini’. It was followed by popular krithi ‘Manavyala’ in a fast tempo.
Kannada Devaranamas acquired a special delight to rise the concert to a lingering mood. Thus his fans heard ‘Yarige yaruntu’ with rapt attention. Again Swati Tirunal’s ‘Kripaya Palaya’ was full of emotion, rendered with raga and swara.

 Another devaramana ‘Indu ninna mareya’ was more pleasing coaxing very crux of the soulful melody. On request he also sang a number of devotionals like ‘Swagatham
Mahadeva Sharma on violin, K V Prasad on mridanga and Radhakrishna on ghata, rose to great heights in their supporting roles.

Dignified charm
The World Dance Alliance, Karnataka Chapter observed “World Dance Day” with an interesting “Walkathon” by dancers on Thursday. In the evening Priyadarshini Govind, gave a Bharathanatya recital to a packed house.
The Kauthvam on Murugha (Shanmukhapriya) proved ideally suited to give a good start to the programme. It was impressive enhancing her sleek dancerly movements. Her keen sense of rhythm was notable in the Varna (Natakuranji), executing the Jathis with dignified charm. But she restricted the wholesomeness of the portrayal, as she dropped the charana part of the varna, for the reason best known to her. In the Tamil composition, mother-child love and mother’s proud feeling on the bravery of her son – were portrayed with telling effect. In the folk type song conversation between Yashoda and Krishna; movement of bees, calf, peacock; Jawadi, Thillana and Abhang – were performed with gay abandon.

Vocal duet
The Sharada Kala Kendra had arranged a vocal duet on the occasion of Vadiraja Aradhana. K V Krishna Prasad and S R Vinay who gave a vocal duet, are the disciples of R K Padmanabha, senior musician. “Viriboni”, celebrated varna lent a rollicking start to them. A pleasing composition “Deva Deva’ was redolent with the fine Neraval. Vinay elaborated raga for ‘Marubalka’ while Krishna chose ‘Sri Krishna’. They made the ‘Palu kadala’ delightful listening, with attractive sangathies.
The duo sang with good feeling and was a lively concert.
Three senior instrumentalists – B Raghuram, Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma and Vyasa Vittala – gave very good support.
Prof Mysore V Subramanya

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