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Event Flautist Uma Venkateswarlu gave a seasoned performance. Gudipoodi Srihari

Enchating tunesUma Vankateswarlu.
Enchating tunesUma Vankateswarlu.

Uma Venkateswarlu is one of our seasoned flautists. He gave an impressive concert for Sangeetha Ksheerasagaram, last week in its music festival held at Thyagaraja Ganasabha’s mini hall. He was accompanied by Kolanka Anilkumar on violin, Gunaranjan on mridangam and B. Janardan on ghatam.

Venkateswarlu opened with Saveri varnam Sarasuda of Kottavasi Venkatarama Iyer and played it in conventional two speeds, establishing his credentials giving hope that rest of his concert was worth to look up to. He then took up Hamsadhwani and played it with nuances here and there. Raghunayaka of Thyagaraja was his choice kriti in this and played it with sahitya intonation.

Paridanamichithe in Bilahari, he played next, was a straight number. This was of Patnam Subrahmanya Iyer. Vidajaladura in Janaranjani of Thyagaraja that he played later was speeded up a little.

Sriranjani was Venkateswarlu’s first raga essay in a detailed exposition. The raga play gave first taste of his measured presentation with control in giving fine touches here and there. Sogasuga Mridanga Talamu of Thyagaraja was presented with vocalist touch.

The kalpana swaras affixed to pallavi line were neat execution. Mariverey Gathi in Ananda Bhairavi of Syama Sastry in Misrachapu talam was another impressive presentation. Had it been a little slow, its raga bhava would have been enjoyed better. This was felt especially in raga essaying.

He then rightly chose Raghuvamsa in Kadanakuthoohalam of Patnam Subrahmanya Iyer as relief number before he took up Shanmukhapriya as his prime melody of the concert.

He developed it creating sense of beauty in each of its phrases and carried it impressive climax. His play of Saravanabhava of Papanasam Sivan in this raga created aura of devotional element. The essaying of raga was in detail and the kalpana swaras displayed attractive patterns accentuated appropriate support by accompanists. He concluded the concert with Paayoji Mainey Ram Ratan Dhana Payo a Meera bhajan.


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