The veena concert of Geetha Krishnamurthy, disciple of maestro Chittibabu, featured by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Coimbatore Kendra, was a recital sans flashy journeys.
Geetha's Sahana varnam, ‘Karunimpa' in two speeds followed by ‘Maha Ganapathim in Nattai with swaras, was engaging. Her alapanans of Abhogi for the kriti, ‘Sabhapathikku' and of Kiravani for ‘Devi Neeye Thunai' with raga bhavam all the way and the RTP at the end of the raga vinyasam with relevant prayogams were artistically sketched. Nevertheless, despite her profound native musical sense as well as dedicated sadhakam, apaswarams now and then from her play on the frets deprived the rasikas of the sukhanubhavam of a kutcheri. Sunaaadham, an intrinsic quality of a good veena session was missing.
‘Paahi Maam Rajarajeswari' (Janaranjani), ‘Manavyala' (Nalinakanti), ‘Endraikku Siva Kripai Varumo' (Mukhari) and ‘Krishna Nee Begane' (Yaman Kalyani) were the other items that she presented. Ramakrishnan (mridangam), Sivaramakrishnan (ghatam) and Sethuraman (ganjira) ensured a sober partnership on the percussion wing. Their exuberant thani was well-balanced with multiple segments of vibrant and subtle rhythmic layers.