‘We need to preserve Mysuru compositions’

‘Mysore Asthana Sangeethotsava’, hosted by Bharatiya Samagana Sabha, began on January 30 and comes to an end tomorrow. Artists Heramba-Hemantha and Ranjani-Gayatri share their thoughts on the music festival.
 


Heramba-Hemantha

Heramba-Hemantha
‘It is sad that many Mysuru compositons have gone unnoticed’

First timers at the Sangeethotsava, the duo will be performing only Mysuru composers’ compositions. “We usually include their compositions in our concerts. This concert is special as we are performing only Muthiah Bhagavatar’s compositions,” they share. “ Our parama guru’s parama guru was Muthiah Bhagavatar,” they add. Though he did not gain much fame, Muthiah Bhagavatar has contributed a lot to Carnatic music. “If you take rag Nirostha for instance, the lyrics are composed in such a way that you don’t close your lips at all throughout the composition. The song ‘Raja Raja Radithe’ is an example,” they say. ‘Mathe Malayadhwaja’, ‘Bhuvaneshwariya’, ‘Sudhamayi’, ‘Siddhi Vinayakam’, ‘Jalandhara Supeetasthe’ and ‘English notes’ are some of Muthiah Bhagavatar compositions. “It is sad that many of his other compositions went unnoticed,” they add.

*Heramba-Hemantha perform today at 11 am.

Ranjani from Ranjani-Gayatri
‘Artists have to bring not-so-famous compositions back to life’


Ranjani-Gayatri

Saying that it is a good initiative by Bharatiya Samagana Sabha to put the spotlight on Mysuru composers’ contributions to Carnatic music, Ranjani says, “There are a lot of Mysuru compositions which need to be preserved.” A few compositions of famous Mysuru composers, who were by and large inspired by the Trinity, have already faded from public imagination.Ranjani says, “Artistes have to take up the not-so-famous compositions and bring them back to life. Some of the compositions deserve to be performed on a concert stage.”When asked about their upcoming concert, Ranjani says, “Ours is the last performance. We are yet to decide on what we will be presenting. We need to

make sure we avoid repetitions.”

*Ranjani and Gayatri perform tomorrow at 6.30 pm, at the end of ‘Sangeethotsava- 2019.

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