Sriram painted a vivid picture of Ritigowla.
Singing at the Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, Sriram Parthasarathy attracted a good turnout. His niraval for ‘Mayatita' (Mayamalavagowla-Rupakam-Thanjai Ponniah Pillai) was replete with phrases oozing the raga. The voice, perfectly aligned with the adhaara sruti, had a positive effect that permeated the hall. Again the swaras, though brief, were meaningful. Next came ‘Appan Avadaritha' (Kharaharapriya-Adi-Sivan) at high speed, pepping up the proceedings.
The brigas just fell in place. Swaraprastharam in short lengths at that speed made it special.
An inspired Sriram delved deep into the raga. Srikanth matched him appropriately. The sub main was Kumudhakriya with ‘Ardhanariswaram' (Rupakam-Dikshitar). ‘Yarukkuthaan Theriyum' (Devamanohari-Adi-Gopalakrishna Bharathi) was fast paced.
J. Vaidyanathan (mridangam) played zestfully with interesting patterns. K.V. Gopalakrishnan (ganjira) was subdued. Next came the toast of the morning -- Ritigowla. Developing the raga at a slow tempo, Sriram took time to dish out as many phrases as possible to paint a vivid picture. A judicious use of akaaram and makaaram made it more captivating.
Srikanth (violin) developed it further in the same mood. Subbraya Sastry's ‘Janani Ninnuvina' at an excellent tempo evoked spiritualistic feelings. Niraval at ‘Manasija Maanasa' again brought forth the natural musician in Sriram and it continued in the kalpanaswaras too. Strangely the rhythm duo decided to skip the thani.