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Updated: January 29, 2010 09:15 IST

Spirited flute recital

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Shantala Subramaniam. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
The Hindu Shantala Subramaniam. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

The two concerts organised by Kalagararam were a delight.

Kalasagaram featured two concerts as part of its monthly programme, a flute recital by Chennai-based Shantala Subramanyam and a vocal concert by Sriram.

Shantala, who made a solo debut in Hyderabad, is the sister of flautist Shashank. This flautist showed all the qualities of a vidwans and her presentation was systematic and one could feel the soukhyam in her recital. Shantala began her recital with Natakuranji Varnam and presented the swara sahityam in tisram and tisramelkalam simultaneously. Natai was next to come for purandaradasa's r ‘s Jaya Jaya in adi with steady kalapramanam. The flautist did extremely well in bringing the expression of the ragam which also set the mood of the concert. Dinakar on the violin did well with his accompaniment and his ragam presentation was good. The concert was lifted with quality accompaniment by D.S.R. Murty on the mridangam. Nemani on ghatam was a treat to watch.

Sriram's Vocal

Master Sriram performed at Kalasagaram as part of its promotional activity. Sriram is the son of Eswara Prasad a dancer-cum-harikatha exponent. Sriram has been under the training of Akella Mallikarjuna Sharma a reputed violin Vidwan. Sriram showed a lot of promise in his recital and his fundamentals are good. He gave a good performance in the company of Rajashekar on the violin and Ramakrishna on the mridangam. The concert began with Bhairavi atatala Varnam Viribhoni in a steady tempo doing chaturasram and tisram together. Sharavabhavananda in pantuvarali of Mutthaiah Bhagavatar was rendered with swaram. The main attraction was Sankarabharnam.

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