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Srinivas enthralls

U Srinivas

U Srinivas, most sought after instrumentalist of Karnatic music, proved once again, that he is a crowd puller, wherever he performs. In the serene atmosphere of the Sri Venugopalakrishnaswamy Temple, Malleswaram, music lovers thronged and occupied all over the temple premises to hear their favourite musician. No doubt, “Samaja Varagamana” is a commonly heard composition. But by impeccable mastery and virtuosity of Srinivas, the Keertana sparkled with melody! ‘Parama Pavana’ of Dikshithar was again charming. Swara for the ‘Sripathi’ of Saint Tyagaraja highlighted the beautiful contours of the raga – all in all an exhilarating effect! A detailed alapana of Thodi, a rhapsody of flowing melody, ensured a perfect delineation of the  raga. “Sri Krishnam Bhaje” was played with much aplomb, with all the embellishing sangathees. In the end a chain of devotionals followed – Krishna Nee Begane Baro, Jagadoddarana – as though the mandolin was singing those devaranamas.

There was no dull moment, but a delightful display of skill and virtuosity. H K Venkataram played with alacrity and tonal sobriety on the violin. Bangalore V Praveen’s Mridanga was lively and resounding. Ullur Giridhar Udupa on Ghata followed and added to the enjoyment.

Karnatica brothers

Karnatica Brothers – K N Shashikiran and Ganesh – gave a vocal duet on Wednesday in the Gokulashtami Festival series.

They hail from a musician’s family  and are familiar to connoisseurs with many laurels to their credit. The varna gave them an impressive start and ‘Kshanameva’ is a welcome change from the routine invocatory pieces.

The ‘Sadhinchane’, a pancharathna krithy, was also pleasing. Two compositions on Lord Krishna – Sri Santhana Gopalakrishnam and Swagatham Krishna – both were impressive. The Thana in different ragas, the Pallavi (Kalyana Vasantha) in Khanda Thriputa, were embellished with a flurry of alluring swara passages. The accompanists – C.N. Chandrasekhar on violin, H S Sudhindra on mridanga and M A Krishnamurthy on ghata – rose to admirable heights.

Impactful concert

Rama VarmaThe International Music and Arts Society is doing yeoman service in the field of culture from last 35 years. To commemorate the Founders Day the Society organised a special music concert at the Durbar Hall of Bangalore Palace.

Rama Varma, who hails from the Royal family of Travancore, gave a elegant recital. The majestic varna ‘Viriboni’ in Bhairavi gave him a flying start. “Gajavadana pahi” of M D Ramanathan (Varada Dasa) – is a less known, but a pleasing krithi. He decorated it with striking swara prasthara. After a long time connoisseurs heard ‘Raminchuva revarura” of Tyagaraja in the raga Suposhini. Then we were treated to “Ekkadi Manusha Janmamu” – a meaningful composition of Pedda Thirumalacharya, son of Annamacharya. It was followed by a devaranama of Purandaradasa ‘Hodi Nagaariya mele”, which is popularised by M Balamurali Krishna, Rama Varma’s guru. The alapana of Sarasangi was not overly elaborate but rendered with good feeling.

The imposing krithi ‘Jaya Jaya Padmanabha’ was embellished with a flurry of swara passages. There was sort of ‘dialogue’ between the vocalist and instrumentalist, which aroused interest in the beginning, but stretched a too long! Then the ‘Tani’ of percussionists – Harikumar and Ullur Giridhar Udupa – was short and impressive. In the second half, he presented a composition of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar (Shiva Shiva Bho), Ramanama Enarada (by the grand father of M Balamurali Krishna) and a Thillana. It was a divine music with lingering effects. Another pleasant surprise of the concert was a very impactful violin by S R Vinu, disciple of Mysore Nagaraj.

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