Emphasis on sahitya

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Music Gayathri Sankaran’s concert was worth listening to for its emotional appeal.

Vocalists shineNagoor Babu and Gayathri Sankaran
Vocalists shineNagoor Babu and Gayathri Sankaran

As part of Vignana Samithi’s 36th annual festival, noted Carnatic vocalist Gayatri Sankaran of Chennai presented a recital on the second day. She was in the company of Mavuduri Satyanaraya Sarma of Vizianagaram on violin and Kapa Srinivasa Rao on mridangam.

Gayatri became a renowned vocalist defeating her visual handicap Shedeveloped ‘brail’ for music lessons. Incidentally she is also a violinist and has accompanied many vocalists. As a vocalist, she lays emphasis on sahitya, which was noticed in this programme, while rendering Nanuganna Taalli in Sindhu Kannada and Nadaloludai in Kalyana Vasantham.

Gayatri opened her concert with Sri Gananatham in Kanakangi and went for Nanu Ganna Talli . Then she rendered Kalyana Vasantham number Nadaloludai . Kalyani ( Amma Ravamma ) and Thodi ( Koluvamaregada) were the numbers she treated as sub-main and main melodies. Her way of expanding the raga and rendition of kriti sounded familiar and attractive because of her ‘Sahitya sudha’ rendition. Her swaraprasthara sounded emotionally bound to the melody of raga. Accompanists played a fine role in accentuating the beauty of her concert. It was a concert worth listening to for its emotional appeal.

Earlier noted flautist Nagoor Babu gave a recital in the company of S.V. Ramanamurthy on violin and S. Nageswara Rao on mridangam. The compositions one enjoyed in this concert were Raghunayka in Hamsadhwani and Ganamurte in Ganamurthi, Anuragamuleni in Saraswathi and Sarasara Samaraika Soora in Kuntalavarali – all displaying his technical skills with the instrument.




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