Expressive rendition

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Music Vocalist Santi managed to hold her audience’s attention at a recent concert.

Taste of beautyVocalist Santi performing.
Taste of beautyVocalist Santi performing.

Kartikeya Gana Sabha organised a vocal concert by Santi last week at the Gnana Saraswathi temple in Musheerabad. She was accompanied by Komanduri Ananantha Sowri Rajan on the violin and G. Omprakash on mridangam. Santhi opened her recital with Chalamela , Natakuranji varnam in Adi talam and presented it in two speeds displaying vigour and spontaneity. Siddhi Vinayakam in Shanmukhapriya, an invocative number of Dikshitar in Roopaka talam, was taken up and her rendition breathed of the kirtana’s serene appeal and the swarakalpana that she followed it with carried the melodic mood of the raga.

Sahana then came for delineation and Santi evolved the raga step by step in a disciplinary approach, revealing in the process her taste for beauty and perfection. Rama Ika Nannu Brova of Patnam set in Roopaka talam was her choice of number to present in this. Brovabharama in Bahudari a popular number by Thyagaraja figured next and Santi rendered with full concentration on sahitya import. The swarakalpna she presented was a display of her disciplined approach in displaying manodharma. After she presented Sujana Jeevana in Khamas, a straight kirtana, she came out with Saveri as her first elaborate raga essay that she presented with creative approach. The composition Santi chose in this was Yenta Nerchina in Saveri of Patnam. Kirtana and it was neat and expressive and had a neraval presentation too.

After rendering Bhogindra Sayinam of Swathi Tirunal in Kuntalavarali, Santi went for the main melody of the concert –Kalyani. She took good time to evolve the raga step by step and succeeded in building its mood. The kirtana she chose for this was Kamalambam Bhajare of Dikshitar in Adi- Chowka. Kalpana swaras she presented at the end brought into focus her creative skills. Tani avartnam by the mridangam player was pleasing at this stage. Santi concluded her show with a Ramadasu Bhajan Bhajare Sriramam in Kedaram and Madhava Mamava a Narayana Teertha Tarangam in Nilambari.

Incidentally, Santhi is a senior vocalist, working as a lecturer in Andhra Mahila Sabha College of Fine Arts and Media Education. She hails from a musical family, her father M. Venkata Rao being her first guru. She went on to learn music under the tutelage of Saraswathi Vidyarthi and later Indira Kameswara Rao for advanced training. Santhi has also won many awards and has given concerts for various sabhas.


The swarakalpna she presented was a display of her disciplined approach in projecting the manodharma.



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