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Ravikiran, Venkatram and Ashwin performing at Thaala Vadyotsava.
Belied expectation

Nagaswara, (also Nadaswara), the ancient music instrument, is considered auspicious (‘Mangalavaadya’). However, unlike most other musical instruments, it is not often that independent concerts of Nagaswara are held.

Sri Krishna Sangeetha Sabha organised a Nagaswara concert for its monthly programme series, last Sunday. It was sponsored by vidwan L Bhimachar in memory of Lingachar.
Artiste of the day V Manjunath, hails from a family of Nagaswara players since generations. He was initiated  into music by his father K Venugopal and continued training under Anoor Ramakrishna at Ayyanar College of Music and has performed in a few sabhas of Bangalore. In the current concert Manjunath presented many familiar compositions in ragas like Hindola, Bilahari etc.

He rendered some of the Krithies with short Alap and shortish swara prasthara! But Khara Hara Priya, the major item, was not on a solid ground and appeared pedestrian, with slips in swaraprasthara.

He concluded with a popular devaranama "Rama Mantrava Japiso'. But he had good support from the accompanists - shankara Rajan on Violin, S Prashanth on Mridanga and SN Narayana Murthy on Ghata.

Thaala Vadyotsava

The 29th "Thaala Vadyotsav" was held last week under the aegis of the Percussive Arts Centre, with concerts, demonstrations and presentation of awards.

H K Venkataram on violin, G Ravikiran on flute and A Ashwin on Veena performed the “instrumental trio" on Wednesday . The programme opened with "Pranamamyaham", which was in the right Tempo. Ashwin in Bhegade, Venkataram in Varali and Ravikiran in Reetigowla - made the ragas shimmer in their delineation through their respective instruments. Madhyamavathi received appealing airing. The popular composition "Ramakatha Sudha" was another instance of their good Training. In between they also presented - Bhogeendra shayee, Venkatachala nilayam and Jinjoti Thillana - very pleasing. Mannargudi Easwaran capped it all with his wonderful and appropriate stroke play on Mridanga and young G Guru Prasanna on Khanjari followed suite.

Good Classicism

On Thursday Rudrapattana Ramakanth gave a vocal concert in the "Thaala Vadyothsava". He was well supported by B Raghuram, Kamalakar Rao and B R  Ravi Kumar on Violin, Mridanga and Ghata, respectively.

Ramakanth, being a son and disciple of Dr  R K Srikantan, is an heir to a great lineage of music and is also known for his good repertoire. For instance "Brihasphathe" of Dikshithar suited the occasion, as it was, Thursday. Varali the evocative raga, set the mood for the evening and "Nepogadakuntina" broughtout its impactfull majesty. The chitteswara of "Samayamide" was also attractive. He  crowned the concert with an Pandith Pallabh Dasevocative exposition of Keeravani for the Pallavi set to Tisra Thriputa. His performance was a display of good classical expertise  establishing his own musical stature.
Drupad and Dhammar workshop

The Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Akademy is conducting a workshop on Drupad and Dhammar, in collaboration with Ananya, which will conclude on wednesday July 14. Pandith Pallabha Das, from Varanasi, son of Gorakhnath Das,  trained under Ustad Rahim Ziauddin Khan and Zia Uddinkhan Dagar and has performed in many places of India. Pandith Pallaba Das, in his demonstration explained the history of Dhrupad, its evolution and development in different Gharanas. He followed it with a detailed presentation of rag Purya.  The alap in Vilambith, starting from lower register, gradually developed and reached Thara shadja, giving a wholesome experience. Vijaya Rama Das lent  percussion support on Tabala.  It is a useful workshop, but organisers need to put special efforts to gather good number of participants.

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