When three daughters of violin legends took the stage for a concert recently, the outcome was pure magic.

It was truly a momentous event when three violinists, daughters and sishyas of musical giants, came together for a concert titled ‘Confluence of Styles' recently at The Music Academy, Chennai. The musicians in question? Viji Krishnan, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi and Narmadha, who were representing the three baanis of Carnatic violin — T.N. Krishnan, Lalgudi Jayaraman and M.S. Gopalakrishnan.

The event, the brainchild of the YACM, was facilitated by T.V. Gopalakrishnan.

The concert was intelligently planned with the rendering of Dikshitar's ‘Mahaganapathim’, Tyagaraja's ‘Saadhinchane’, Swati Tirunal's thillana and the famous English note which was played with perfect synchronisation by the three artists.

The RTP in Shanmukhapriya was scintillating. The sounds moved from Parur's short sharp notes to Tripunithura's disciplined purity and Lalgudi's melodious enchantment. A noticeable feature of the concert was the camaraderie and mutual appreciation between the artists.

Masterful notes

Narmadha was compelling. Her solo in Pantuvarali showcased her prowess.

Viji Krishnan lent a harmonising effect to the concert. Her Thodi reflected her father's disciplined style, every classical note measured and mastered.

Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi's Madhyamavathi was gentle, melodious and crystal clear, an example of the Lalgudi style.

The artists were able supported by TVG on the mridangamandTripunithura Radhakrishnan on the ghatam. Their thani created magic.


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