Poornima Krishnan highlighted the nuances of kritis in her concert in Palakkad.
A concert by Poornima Krishnan at Vithunni Saneeswara Temple was a sumptuous treat for music buffs of Palakkad. The artiste tackled various octaves with ease as she sang both popular and rare ragas.
She was ably supported by Kodunthirappully Subbaraman on the violin and Palakkad A. Ganesan on the mridangam.
Poornima began the concert with ‘Amboruhapadame nammithi,' a rare Adi tala varnam of G.N.B in Ranjani. A virutham in praise of Lord Ganesa – ‘Vakkundam nalla manamundam' in Kanada – was a good prelude to Kodeeswarayyar's composition ‘Mahaganapathe.' An Arabhi raga kirtana of Tyagaraja's, ‘Nadasudharasa,' was laced with manodharmaswara passages. Poornima's portrayal of the pentatonic raga Mohanam illustrated every subtle nuances of the raga.
Arunachalakkavirayar's ‘En pallikondeerayya?' had the singer highlighting the sahiyta of the piece.
Swati's ‘Mamavasada Varade' in Nattakkurinji was followed by a melodious Malayamarutham. The kriti was ‘Dhanyudai,' a composition of Patnam Subrahmanyayyar.
The highlight of the evening was a complex ragam-thanam-pallavi in Shanmukhapriya, set to Ghandhajathithriputa tala – ‘Venuganaramana vitharan, gunanipuna,' in which Poornima displayed her musical prowess. Subbaraman's dexterous interpretation of ragas was rich in bhava.
Ganesan's tani had excellent phrases. Poornima concluded her recital with Papansam Sivan's ‘Jnansabhayil,' Narayana Theerthar's ‘Jayajaya Durge,' and a mangalam.
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