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Updated: January 24, 2013 17:14 IST

Of a high calibre

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Subhashini Parthasarathy. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao
Subhashini Parthasarathy. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

Subhashini Parthasarathy’s Thodi in her concert for Kartik Fine Arts proved the vocalist’s calibre and grip over her art. There is not much that one can do differently with such a popular raga as Thodi, and therefore the alapana was not too innovative. But nevertheless, it was an enjoyable alapana, one that made for a very relaxed evening. Tyagaraja’s ‘Raju Vedala’ was the song chosen to follow the alapana and again, it was rendered beautifully.

Violinist A.G.A. Gnanasundaram did a pretty good job of following the vocalist. As expected, niraval and swaras appeared at the traditional point ‘Kaveri’. The other major element of the concert was again a pleasing Dharmavathi ragam-talam-pallavi. Subhashini’s style of singing — to focus more on aesthetics rather than gymnastics — could be noticed here too, for the alapana was neat and sans too much of briga effervescence.

A Chatusrajai Triputai pallavi was taken up and in the niraval, the singer took a small tour into Sahana. Swaras went into Malayamarutam and Nattakurinji. Ganapathiraman on the mridangam and Nanganallur Swaminathan on the ghatam provided percussive support to the concert.

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