Maestro M. Balamuralikrishna’s concert at Aluva displayed his musical acumen and scholarship, as he treated the audience to a memorable evening.
M. Balamuralikrishna, the doyen of Carnatic music, enchanted the huge audience at Poikkattussery, near Aluva, with his two-hour-long recital.
Right from the very first number – ‘Amma anandadayini’, an Adi tala varnam in Gambheeranatta, he created an extraordinary musical ambience with the enlivening support of Edappally Ajith Kumar on the violin, Trichi B. Harikumar on the mridangam and Perukavu Sudheer on the ghatam.
Flashes of sancharas illuminated various facets of Hamsadhwani raga, as the maestro voyaged through the raga on the famous Dikshitar kriti ‘Vatapi…’ It was embellished with an artistic niraval on ‘Karambuja pasa’, followed by cascading manodharma swaras. Clear diction and strict adherence to sruti and tala made it a pleasure to listen to the kriti. The consummate vocalist handled unusual and intricate rhythmic cycles with ease.
‘Thulasi jagadjanani’, a Tyagaraja composition in Saveri raga, followed. The short piece was greeted with applause.
Balamuralikrishna then moved on to ‘Ka va ve Kanyakumari’ in Shahana. His powerful voice and clarity of phrasing provided an alluring individual identity to his own composition. Then it was the glorious alapana of ‘Omkara rupini’ in Lavangi. The ease with which he moved from the higher to the lower stayis showcased his vocal prowess and virtuosity. The raga was chosen for a detailed exposition and it was filled with moments of innovative movements. The taniavartanam was well rendered.
A rendition of ‘Kamalamba bhajare’, a Dikshitar navavarana kriti in Kalyani, was a brief item that followed.
Then he sang ‘Hanuma O manama’, his own composition in raga Sarasangi. The alapana threw light on his artistry, both as a musician and composer.
‘Sreekarunya rupini’, a kriti composed by him in Punnagavarali raga, was soaked in devotion. His evocative rendering of the number underscored the melting feel of the composition.
The acclaimed musician concluded the concert with a thillana composed by him in raga Hindolam. His disciple Veeraraghava provided him vocal support. The veteran then announced that he concluded the concert without a mangalam only because of his desire to come again.
The programme was organised under the aegis of Sri Kurumba Sangeetha Sabha, Poikkattussery, at its Sangeetha Mandapam, as part of the inaugural ceremony of Navaratri Sangeethotsav.