Shankar's raga delineations proved his considerable training under stalwarts.
Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore, organised Kolkata V.N. Shankar's vocal concert at G.K.D. Auditorium.
A disciple of great masters such as D.K. Jayaraman and P.S. Narayanaswamy, Shankar began with ‘Sami Nee Thodi' in Pantuvarali by Nagapattinam Veeraswamy Pillai and followed it with another rare composition by Mazhavai Chidambara Bharati in Hamsadhwani, ‘Paahi Paahi Baala Ganapathe.'
His rendering of ‘Jagadaanandakaaraka' was majestic.
He depicted Gowri Manohari in considerable detail and presented Tyagaraja's ‘Gurulekha Etuvanti Guniki,' praising the efficacy of Guru's grace.
‘Biranabrova Idhi Manchi Samayamura' in Kalyani (Tarangambadi Panchanatha Iyer) and ‘Manasu Vishaya' in Nattakurinji by Tyagaraja received elaborate treatment with niraval and swaraprastharas. Shankar has obviously got his basics right. His raga delineations and manodharma swaras proved it beyond doubt.
The trouble he has taken to sing some of the rarely heard compositions deserves appreciation.
He could also have planned his concert better bringing in more variety.
Anayampatti Venkatasubramanian on the violin followed Shankar closely and added melodious support. Kumbakonam Swaminathan accompanied him enthusiastically throughout and gave a sprightly thani on the mridangam.
Keywords: Kolkata V.N. Shankar