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 Violin solo, saxophone, classical and light classical vocal and a percussion ensemble – is also organised in the serene atmosphere of the temple and is sponsored by S N Kamalamma Narasimha Iyengar Charitable Trust.
Uma Kumar, who is a post graduate in music, gave a vocal concert here on Wednesday. For a detailed airing she chose the ‘Pankaja Lochana’, the unfailing composition. The alaap had a meditative approach to arrive at a soulful picture of the raga. Earlier she also elaborated briefly “Bhajare”, the familiar composition. She sang a number of compositions on Narashimha, which suited the occasion very well. Narasimha Mamava, Sri Narasimha jaya (Bilahari), Simharupanade,  Sri Hare (Purandara Dasa)– were pleasing. The impact was further enhanced in the rendering of devaranamas like – Hariya Neneyada, Narayana and Bhaja Govindam, in which lyrical appeal in the composition accented its instant likeability. Uma Kumar sang with melodic grace and has a bright future in the years to come. She was well supported by B R Ramya on violin and B S Anand on mridanga.

Lively ensemble
On Thursday devotees enjoyed a different experience in this temple. The “Laya Taranga” troupe presented a percussion ensemble with mridanga (K U Jayachandra Rao), ghata (Ullur Giridhara Udupa),
khanjari (Bhargava Halambi), dol (K Raja), djembe (Pramath Kiran) and drums (Arun Kumar). It was led by Amith Nadig (flute) and Solomon (keyboard). The flautist provided the requisite preamble through “Bhajare”. In the ‘Tani’, the percussionists played in Thishra. Chathushra, Khanda – titillating Layakari rising the melodic report to a crescendo. Though it was too loud at times, audience enjoyed it throughout. With some more rehearsals and restrain, the impact may become much more impressive.

Dasa gaana
Sri Raghavendra Sangeetha seva prathistana paid homage to Sri Sushameendra Teertha Swamiji last week, through a special programme. Music concerts, bhajan, talent promotion of disabled students – were held under the direction of Gowri Nagaraj, the principal. Suyatheendra Teertha Swamiji  presented ‘Prahlada Prashasthi’  to  A Rajachar (mridanga), S Seshagiri Rao (violin) and Aralumallige Parthasarathi (philosophy).
The felicitation was followed by a vocal concert by Vidya Bhushana, the popular vocalist. Few lines, from the ‘Harikathamritha sara’ gave his concert a head start. He presented a chain of Kannada devaranamas of great Haridasas like purandara, Sripadaraja, Jaganatha and Kanaka Dasaru. ‘Dangurava Sariraiah’ was rendered in Aarabhi and ‘Narayana Ninna Nambide’ with a prelude of a geethe (kereya neeranu). The ‘Pillangoviya Chelva Krishnana’ is a ever popular Devaranama. ‘Chanchalisadiru’ is a meaningful composition of prassanna Venkatesha Dasaru. Repeating the word ‘Govinda’ he sang ‘Kande Na’ evocatively. The vocal was appealing with melodious voice and sung with good feeling. Pradeshachar on violin, Sainath on mridanga and Chandra Sekhar on ghata, accompanied the vocalist.

Promising dancer
Shruti Singh, who gave a Bharathanatya recital last week at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, is a disciple of Mamatha Karanth and is studying at the Frank Anthony public school. Shruti opened her programme with the pushpanjali, customarily. It was followed by a Ganesha Stuti, which gave her a good start. Alaripu was attractive with three different Jathis. After a piece on Shiva (Shankara Shri Giri) she selected a varna as the piece de resistance of  the programme.
She performed the jathis with confidence and ease in the Simhendra Madyama Varna on Mahishasura Mardhini. Balakrishna’s mischievous was  brought out, dramatising the events in the devaranama ‘ Krishna Nee Begane Baro”. The other  face of the Abhinaya of Shruti came to fore in the ‘Valli Kanavan”. The brisk Thillana was also lively. With her expressive eyes and good foot work, shruti proved that she has a bright future in the years to come.

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