concert V.R. Raghava Krishna's sound training stood him in good stead during his concert in Kochi. Harish Bal
V .R. Raghava Krishna has inherited a rich tradition of classical music from his father, V.V. Ravi, and his uncle V.V. Subramaniam, both veteran violinists in Indian music.
He opened his concert in Kochi with Pattanam Subramanya Iyer's Navaraga varnam. ‘Ananda Narthana Ganapathi' in Natta and ‘Ilalo pranadarthi' in Atana raga were sung with peppy swaras.
The vocalist was engaging right from the start and his concert was well planned.
He elaborated Vachaspati raga in three phases, giving emphasis to each one. Each essential phrase that he conveyed carried the rich emotion inherent in the raga. The Papanasam composition ‘Paratpara parameshwara' had niravel at ‘Ariayanu kaana ariya Jyothi.'
A highlight of the concert was that the vocalist gave due space to the songs of modern composers in addition to those of the Trinity. Thus the Maha Vaidyanathan composition ‘Sri Sankaraguruvaram' in Nagaswaravali, Roopaka tala, was contrasted with the majestic Dikshithar composition – ‘Renukadevi Samrakshithoham,' in Kannada Bangala raga, Khanda Chappu.
Raghav's approach to the alaapana of Nattakurinji raga was rather abrupt, but his father, Ravi, compensated for it with a rich interpretation on the violin. Swati Tirunal's ‘Mamavasadavarade' had supple swaras.
Raghava was once again in his element with an alapana of Sankarabharanam. ‘Swararagasudha rasa' with its numerous sangatis culminated in a tani by Sanoj on the mridangam. ‘Karpooram narumo' from Nachiyar Thirumozhi set to Khamas, and nama sankeerthana in Behag formed the concluding pieces of the concert .