Vocalist Srividya gave a confident and promising recital.

Sangeetha Ksheerasagaram organised a Carnatic vocal concert by young singer, Srividya last week at Thyagaraya Ganasabha. Her repertoire included some rarely heard numbers. And she did display good vocal verve and melody, sense for sahitya expression and command on musical element of each of the numbers she sang. She excelled in all the phases of raga and swara build revealing creative skills. Accompanying instrumentalists O. Rajasekhar on violin, P. Srinivasa Gopalan on mridangam and B. Janardan on ghatam added their own mite in accentuating her effort.

Srividya gave a traditional opening to her concert with Kambhoji atatala varnam Sarasijanabha of Swathi Tirunal, done in two speeds. Jaya Jaya Jaya Janaki Kantha in Nata, a rare number of Purandaradasa in Nata, Khandachapu talam was opened with a brief alapana but ended with extensive swarakalpana. Swathi Tirunal’s another composition Deva Deva Kalayamithe in Mayamalavagowla was rendered with care and clarity. The nereval at Jatarupa Nibha Teja was neat execution that ended with precise swarakalpana. Shyama Sastry’s number Brovavamma Taamasa that figured next was set in rare raga Manji in Misrchapu talam. Srividya then took up GNB‘s popular number Nee Samanamevaru in Subhapanthuvarali preceded by an extensive alapana practically scanning through its beauties. Ramambhaje in Saveri of Thyagaraja a rarely heard number later, Srividya sang Saraguna Palimpa in Kedaragowla of Ramnad Srinivasa Iyengar. This number was quite consummate in its presentation of various kacheri elements including neraval at Srinivasa Needu Satkathalanu Vini. Raga and swarakalpana were delightful executions. The tani avartanam by Srinivasan and Janardan was a well-planned execution. Violinist Rajasekhar’s support throughout was quite balanced. The concert closed with two light classical numbers.