Vocalist G.V. Prabhakar's musical concert had melody and variety.
The recently launched organisation ‘Ramani Arts Academy' appears to concentrating more on presenting compositions of a single Vaggeyakara. In the previous function, held sometime back, the focus was on Annamacharya kirtnas, the present one by noted teacher and vocalist G.V. Prabhakar was on Thyagaraya kirtanas. It was rightly called ‘Thyagaraja Ganamrutham.'
Prabhakar is a vocalist known for sticking to text book style of presentation with a bit of the style adopted down South. He has also evolved the techniques in compositions like the varnam Pranava Omkara Nada Swaroopa in Gayakapriya. He penned this as a eulogy to Thyagaraja and there was a line Namostute Gayakapriya Sri Thyagaraja to confirm it, as it combines the raga name with salutations to the Vaggeyakara. However, being a Telugu, he has to keenly follow phrasing the text of the language. Prabhakar, then went for a number in that order that says sans bhakti, the knowledge in music is a waste. Sangeetha Gjnanamu Bhakti VinabhaktiSobhillu Saptaswara
Khamas was the first raga of his concert that had interesting delineation. Though brief, the raga left its indelible mark on the concert. Sitapate was the chosen number he sang with care. DurmargacharadhamulaPrakkalanilabadi
The main melody of the concert was Abheri, which he used to demonstrate his creative skills in various phrasings of the raga. He took good time for it to evolve, which was steady, keeping with the tempo. Nagumomu, a known number he chose to present in it was rendered with care. The nereval presented at the line Jagamele Paramatma was in line with sahitya import. The swarakalpana that he opened at the line Nagumomu was set in leisurely grace in the crescendo pattern. The tani avartanam by mridangam artiste Kapa Srinivasa Rao was impressive and elevated the total impact of the number. Pawan Singh's violin support was uniformly good and gave the ragas and swaras a synergetic effect.
The final part had two ‘Utsavasampradaya kirtanas' of Thyagaraja – Ksheerasagara Vihara and Nagumomu Galavani.
Keywords: G. V. Prabhakar