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Rudrapattana brothers R N Tyagarajan and R N Taranathan.Impressive duet

R N Tyagarajan and R N Taranathan, known as Rudrapattana brothers, gave a vocal concert at the Malleswaram Branch of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt, last week, on the auspicious occasion of the birthday of Jayendra Teertha Swamiji. Their good and resonant voice was heard to advantage in the composition “Kanjadalayathakshee”. Though ragalapana was brief for “Sri Shankara Guruvaram”, attracted with lilting melody. Well known invocatory “Nada Thanumanisham” was also enjoyable. With a steady adherence to the “Ragabhava”, the duo brought nostalgic memories of a glorious tradition in the “Sri Kamakoti”. The ragalapana and Nerval (Kadambavana Nilaye) shared by the brothers in turns and the kritis were sung in unison and the swara prasthara was developed by each with tautness. ‘Narayana’ is a good addition to the concert repertoire and the ‘Govardhana giri’ was pleasing. After a detailed sloka the majestic kriti “Sri Kamalambike” was equally impressive. It was a classical, scholarly concert. C N Chandrashekhar and Sanjay Taranath accompanied on violin and mridanga, respectively.

Fair impression

Kinkini presented a Bharathanatya programme called ‘Parampara’, headed by Rangashree. She has been trained by stalwarts like V S S Kaushik, B Bhanumathi and Padmini Ramachandran and has performed in many places, in and outside India. She is the director of Kinkini Dance School, Kuwait and few of her students have performed Rangapravesha also.

In the current programme, Rangashree opened her recital with Pushpanjali, customarily. Alaripu was followed by the invocatory piece “Pahimam Umasutham”. Then they moved to the varna, the piece de resistance of the evening. “Velane Vara Sholladi” in Purvikalyani revealed the talent and experience of Rangashree. Her students – Rama Venugopal, Shantharaj, Priyanka Swaminathan, Ashadev, Aruna Bhargavi, Sucharitha Rumesh, Krishna Prami Prabhakar – performed with ease and assurance and made a fair impression of their training.

Pada and Jawadi are chosen for Abhinaya, usually. Here Rangashri had chosen from different Padas to present different Nayika Bhava. But the “Navarasa” in the Bharatham did not come upto expectation. With some more higher training and stage experience, these students can reach greater heights.

Srivathsa’s vocal was complementary to the performance, while Praveen Kumar (Natuvanga), Lingaraju (Mridanga) and Maheshswamy (Flute) – supported from the wings.

Sparkling Bhairavi

Ragas have a distinguish place in the Carnatic music, with glorious tradition. Each raga with its own lilting flavour, reveals its own exclusive colour, variety and sparkle. To understand the ragas, compositions of different composers help to a great extent. Realising the necessity of this, Sunaada Cultural Centre has organised a workshop called “Eka Raaga Ashta Krithi”. Director Mysore Nagamani Srinath has selected eight compositions in each raga, for the workshop.

In the inaugural session on Sunday, Nagamani had chosen Bhairavi, the evergreen raga. Dropping the off repeated compositions she had selected a swarajathi (Veena Seshanna), varna (Pattanam Subramanya Iyer, Aadi, Ninnukori yunanduku), krithi (Papanasham Shivan – Thaye Bhairaviye). She sang these compositions with a touch of grace, bringing out the Bhairavi ragabhava, impactfully. Indeed it is very useful and must be held all over the state.

It is being held in collaboration with the Mahathi Gana Mandira, Malleswaram on first and third Sundays of every month.

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