T he nine-day Navaratri festival of Music, held at Vanaprastha, Coimbatore, concluded on October 6 with the residents of the Senior Citizens' Complex rendering devotional songs at the Bhuvaneswari Hall in the Pyramid Complex.

The festival commenced with a Bharatanatyam recital of Karuna Sagari whose intelligent interpretation of emotions, classical dancing and subdued costume captivated the audience. Her brisk dance depicting the Kalabhairava in Kalabhairavashtakam, composed by Adi Sankaracharya, received wide acclaim.

Sruthi Balasubramanyam, to the accompaniment of Guru Subramaniam on the mridangam and Thailambal and party rendered soul-stirring bhajans. The dance recital by the members of the dance troupe from Patanjali Kalakshetra, with lots of innovative touches regaled the dance buffs. Their arresting artistry and abhinaya were evident in the item ‘Siva Thandavam' and Jayadeva's Ashtapadi.

Vibrant and creative

Preethi Gopalakrishnan's vocal recital with Sriranjani on the violin and Ramachandran on the mridangam was marked by creativity and expressive dynamism. Raji Parameswaran's concert with Sriranjani (violin) and Ramachandran (mridangam) was vibrant and enlivening. Venkatesh rendered captivating devotional hymns on the sixth day. Hema's veena recital was characterised by rhythm, melody and aesthetics. On the concluding day, Sarada Narayanan, Priya Ramaswami and Lalitha Subramaniam rendered compositions of Tyagaraja and Dikshitar, well-aligned to sruti.

T.K. Ganapathy