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Yet to mature

Tanmayee Krishnamurthy, who gave a vocal recital at the Indian Institute of World Culture last week hails from a musicians’ family. She was initiated to music by her grand-
mother Krishnaveni and continued with mother Rajalakshmi and has been guided by Rajarajeswari Bhat and Vittal Ramamurthy and has also practiced sugam sangeeth under Yashawanth Halebandi. She has won prizes in AIR National Competition, Kishora Prathibhe and Nithyothsava of MSIL. She is a final year engineering student at Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology.

Tanmayee opened her concert with “Vathapi Ganapathim Bhaje”, the familiar invocatory piece. At once, her good voice caught the attention of the connoisseurs. “Nee Sari Sati” – was no doubt a good choice. But the swara was not without its shortfalls. Her rendition of the Tyagaraja’s familiar composition “Chesinadella” was tidy enough to sustain patient listening.

But she struggled hard in both alapana and swaraprasthara, which says that she has yet to mature. In the later half, she presented a devotional (Brahmanadame), devaranama (Idu Bhagya) and a Tillana (Lalgudi Jayaraman) – neatly.

Tanmayee is young enough to learn and take higher lessons, to reach great heights. Mandya Nagaraj and Prithvi Krishna accompanied in violin and mridanga, respectively.

Promising dancers

A Bharathanatya programme was held at the Yavanika Auditorium, as part of the “Every Friday Cultural Evening Programme”. The artistes Shruti and Smriti, twins, are currently studying at the Chithkala School of Dance. They have performed ‘Ranga Pravesha’ in 2005 and have actively participated in few dance productions of their school. They hold Masters degree in Biotechnology and working in an MNC.

Shruti and Smriti made an immediate impact in the opening piece itself. Their “Thattu-mettu” is equally steady as evidenced in the “Gambheera Gananayakam”. The Varna culled out from the “Sri Krishna Karnamritam” had few episodes like the birth of Krishna, Puthani Samhara, Govardhana giri, Geethopadesha. Their abhinaya came to fore in the Jawadi “Sundaranganu saari Baruvanu” (Behag raga). But the Devaranama (Kadagola Tharenna) was again on Krishna and the concluding Tillana was in the raga Thilang. Sisters Shruti and Smriti are almost of same height and complexion and performed with abandon and assurance. With some more higher training and stage experience, they can reach great heights. They had good musical support from the wings through Guru P Praveen Kumar (Natuvanga), Bala Subramanya Sharma (vocal), Lingaraju (mridanga) and Kartheek Sathavalli (flute).

Appealing Gamaka

B N PrabhaGamaka’ has a special place in Karnataka and Gamakies have played a significant role in propropagating Kannada classic works, from centuries. There are few organisations conducting Gamaka programmes, round the year. One such organisation “Kannada Sahrudaya Prathistana” conducts Gamaka recitals throughout the year  at the famous “Kumara Vyasa Mantapa”, Rajajinagar.

Last week, B N Prabha and Kamalamma Vittal Rao presented “Sri Rama Pattabhisheka” of Muddana.

Prabha in her recital, with her good voice, sang the verses in classic ragas like Mohana, Reethigowla, Attana, Behag and Amrithavarshini. Kamalamma in her ‘Vyakhyana’ explained in detail – the return of Sri Rama after ‘Vanavaasa’, anxiety of Bharatha and expectations of citizens. It was appealing and they deserve more encouragement from the connoisseurs.

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