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DEXTEROUS PLAY Veerabhadra Rao and B. Karthik.
DEXTEROUS PLAY Veerabhadra Rao and B. Karthik.

Veerabhadra Rao chose to have keyboard as a support for his veena recital.

Keeping up with its objective of organising a music concert every second Sunday, Sangeetha Janakulam featured a veena recital by M. Veerabhadra Rao, former professor of Department of Music, BHU, M. Veerabhadra Rao in the prayer hall of Sri Raghavendraswamy Temple. A versatile artiste, Rao not only imparts training in vocal music, he plays flute, harmonium, keyboard, violin and veena and also gives carnatic music recitals on all the above instruments. He chose a rather strange and incompatible support on keyboard by his disciple Master B. Karthik. The rhythmic support was, of course, provided on the mridangam by G. Venkata Rao. After starting with Navaraagamalika varnam, he rendered Vaataapiganapathimbhaje (Hamsadwani) concluding it with swaram, Naadatanumanisam (Chittaranjani), Sarasasamadaana (Kaapi Narayani), brief elaborations of Samajavaragamana (Hindolam), Gnanamosagaradaa (Purvi Kalyani), Sringaaralahari (Neelambari) with swarakalpana as an extension of the inbuilt chittaswaram and O Jagadamba (Ananda Bhairavi) were his other songs. The dexterous play, with charming individual felicity , by both on their respective instruments was conspicuously a delightful feature of the concert. Veerabhadra Rao perhaps could impress better, sans the support on the keyboard as the contrasting tone of the instruments seemed to have got negatively modified by each other. Over and above this, continuity of the flow of gamaka and coherence in the expression of manodharma suffered a lot in the process. Overall, it rather turned out to be an event of wasted talent. Kulapathi and founder president of the Janakulam, IVL Sastry, introduced the artistes and proposed a vote of thanks.A. R. S.


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