AIR’s treat

Gudipoodi Srihari
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Event A flute and bhajan rendition marked the AIR concert programme. Gudipoodi Srihari

The artistes usually adopt different styles while performing for AIR recordings and for the public concerts. Sticking to the grammar and never taking a chance with manodharma are the features of a typical AIR concert. Therefore what the audience at Thyagaraya Gana sabha listened to in the Akasavani ‘Karnataka Sangeetha Sabha’ was the sole essence of artistes’ worth. These were AIR’s classified two top grade artistes — flautist Sasank Subramanyam and singer of devotionals, Udaiyalur K. Kalyanaraman.

Sasank’s repertoire was brief but good and he gave two important numbers of Thyagaraja that not only tested his virtuosi skills but also some spiritual element that drove the saint to pen them — monumental kriti Bagayenayya in Chandrajyothi and Paramatmudu Velige in Vagadheeswari. He started with Kanada varnam. Govardhana Gireesam of Dikshitar in Hindolam was another number that enriched his concert. The way he expanded the raga Vagadheeswari was a treat, using his normal and long flutes. The entire number was treated sensitively knowing their significance. He concluded his concert with a rare kirtana of Annamacharya Adideva Paramatma in Sindhu Bhairavi. This programme is scheduled to be broadcast on April 7, at 9 a.m.

Udayalur Kalayana Raman, a fine Carnatic singer, set such a repertoire of bhajans that brought colours of south and north, but Telugu and Sanskrit Bhajans earning greater share. The structure he set to render a bhajan was first a slokam related to the song and then composition and the third step was to chant the names of the Gods referred to in the song. The songs were set in Carnatic ragas, sometimes Kalyanaraman himself sounding as though he was rendering a Carnatic kirtana in concert. Such is his authenticity on musical element. This programme will be broadcast on May 5 at 10 p.m.



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