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Updated: December 30, 2009 14:52 IST

Short and sweet

Lakshmi Venkatraman
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Anusha Thyagarajan.
Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
The Hindu Anusha Thyagarajan. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Anusha presented the ragas at a leisurely pace.

What stood out in the vocal concert of Anusha Thyagarajan was the stamp of the Musiri School. Her raga elaboration of Shanmukhapriya and Bhairavi were quite appealing, particularly the latter which had depth. In the first one, she chose Patnam Subramaniya Iyer's ‘Marivere' with niraval and swaras.

In Bhairavi, it was ‘Ni Padamule', in which the niraval also was unhurried and had the essence of the raga well marked. The rendering of the song was impressive too. But in both the cases, the kalpanaswaras were rather disproportionately short. It later transpired that Anusha was asked to cut short her allotted time by ten minutes.

B. Ananthakrishnan on the violin seemed somewhat out of sorts; he impressed only with the Bhairavi niraval. The thani by Guru Raghavendra on the mridangam also was quite brief. The concert began with ‘Merusamana' in Mayamalavagowla; ‘Amba Neelambari' in Neelambari and ‘Aparadamula' in Lathangi also found place. It was nice to listen to the padam ‘Ninnujoochi' in Punnagavarali as hearing this musical form has become a rarity.


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