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Originally written by an unknown poet, ‘Gopikonmaada’, is transcripted into Kannada by K E Radhakrishna. Though the story is old one, it was presented now in a different form. As usual a love story: Gopika falls in love with Krishna and wants him all for herself and selfishly possessive of him. In Krishna’s absence Gopika suffers pains of separation, sorrow and depression. Finally Gopika meets Krishna and surrenders to him and becomes one.
It was a difficult venture, calling for rapport among artistes of different forms. Praveen Kumar (Krishna) and Sushma Rao (Gopika) performed with relaxed mood, without overdoing anything. Bringing out different moods pleasantly they performed with good understanding and aesthetic sense.
Sharmila Mukherji and Chitra Aravind performed neatly Odissi and Kathak, respectively.  Though Yakshagana (Karnataka Kala Darshini) was presented in a capsule form, it brought a lively touch! The choreography (B Bhanumathi) was attractive and the music (Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma) was melodious and suited the different occasions (episodes).
Though it was a first production, “Gopikonmaada” was a audio visual treat. Music direction of CD is by Ganesh Desai.

Impactful concert
Vidwan R K Padmanabh, popular vocalist, gave the inaugural concert of the music festival “Veeneya Bedagu” on Friday.
He was well supported by C N Chandrasekhar on violin, by C Cheluvaraj on mridanga and M A Krishna Murthy on ghata. The popular Hamsadwani varna in four speeds gave him a bright start. He sprang a surprise by selecting a Pillari Geethe by dropping the usual invocatory pieces. It was a refreshing experience to listen to that composition of Purandara Dasaru, in the beginning. ‘Guruvina Gulamanaguva Thanaka’ and ‘Yare Rangana’ – both are familiar Devaranamas. ‘Enthaveduko’ and ‘Evarani’ were rendered with vintage flavour. He lent dignity and weight to Kambodhi with his deep voice and brought a graceful impact. ‘Thamasambu’ of Veena Seshanna suited the occasion very well. He embellished the keerthana with measured swara prasthara, to rise the concert to a lingering mood. He concluded the concert with few more devotionals. On the whole it was a pleasant concert.
Mysore V Subramanya

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