Two concerts by women were pleasing to the ear.

Snehita, a social and cultural organisation held a program of Music and Drama at Ravindra Bharathi on Saturday. The major attraction of the evening was a Carnatic classical recital by Kakinada-based Devarakonda Vijayalakshmi. The vocalist gave more time to devotionals. Even the light classical devotionals sounded well. She is the disciple of Kakaraparthi Veerabhadra Rao, a Nadaswara Vidwan. Snehita, who was once a child prodigy, was accompanied by R. Dinakar on violin and Palakurthi Sarma on mridangam.Varavallabha Ramana Vighna in Hamsadhwani of GNB with many sancharies and probing swaraprasthara opened her show. The swaram was full fledged and was in varigated rhythmic patterns. Bhavayami Gopalabalam in Yaman Kalyan in Khanda Talam, was a pleasant devotional. Sreerama Neenamamenta Ruchira in Kharaharapriya of Ramadasu, Kalige Nede in Sindhu Bhairavi also of Annamacharya were other pleasing renditions.

Sowmya’s vocals

Sowmya Srinivasan gave a vocal concert for Hyderabad Music circle at Thyagaraya Gana Sabha’s mini Hall. She sang in the company of Peri Thyagaraju on violin and Vidyasagar on mridangam. Soumya belongs to Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar’s tradition. She started with Saveri raaga Varnam Sarasuda in vilamba and dhrut kalas. Then she went for the invocation Sri Mahaganapathi Ravathumam of Deekshitar in Gowla. The swarakalpana was interesting. Telisi Ramachintana in Poorna Chandrika was expressive. Kalala Nerchina of Thyagaraja in Deepika, a rare raaga of Thygaraja was followed by Kondakonalalo, of Annamayya in Athana. Later she presented Dharmavathi essay for Dikshitar’s composition, Parandhama. She did nerevu and swarakalpana adding to the tempo. Janani Ninu Vina in Reetigowla of Shyama Sastry was another impressive number before she took up a rare raaga Jyothi Swaroopini in which she presented a composition of Valajipeta Venkataramana Bhagavatar. This was highly devotional and impressed the audience. Then appeared the main attraction of the concert, Sankarabharanam essay, for the choice kriti Sarojadalanetri of Shyama Sastry. The nerevu and swarakalpana carried the melodic line of the kirtana. The concert concluded with Papanasam Sivan’s Karpagame in Madhyamavati.

GS