GUDIPOODI SRIHARIG. S
The 47th cultural festival of SICA got off to a good start with Sanjay Subramanyam's concert.The 47th Annual Cultural festival of the South Indian Cultural Association (SICA), was inaugurated at Ravindra Bharati on Saturday by the Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Government, J. Harinarayana. While congratulating the sabha for its progressive outlook in popularising carnatic music, he wondered what would have happened to Carnatic music had the Tamils not held Tyagaraja in high esteem and preserved his compositions. Advisor to the state government, N. Rangachari, lauded the sabha for featuring renowned musicians in the festival. SICA's president Dr. S. Chakravarti, said that the SICA is not just an organisation catering to the Tamil-speaking population but an organisation for India, as they were inviting stalwarts from Hindusthani music too. Sanjay Subramanyam of Chennai gave the inaugural concert in the company of Nagai Muralidharan on violin and veteran Vellori Ramabhadran on mridangamm. Sanjay made steady progress since the time he took part in youth festivals, and is now regarded as one among the leading South Indian talent in Carnatic music. His concert proved his mettle. Though a chartered accountant by profession, he is as much professional in Carnatic music too. He displayed a forceful style with good voice. His bold voice, however, sounded a bit strained in the beginning. Sanjay began with a Saveri varnam. His Yochana Kamala Lochana in Darbar was a pleasing rendition with free flowing swaras. The essay of Kannada for a composition of Swathi Tirunal, packed with imaginative swaras, was interesting. Sanjay then took up Bhairavi and delineated well. He rendered a Tamil composition and came up with well-packed nereval and swaras. Makelara Vicharamu in Ravinchandrika was another well-chosen popular number of Thyagaraja. After a rare piece in Madhyamavathi, Sanjay presented a Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi in Denuka with swaras done in a chain of Ananda Bhairavi, Varali, Begda, Kaapi and Behag. He then switched to a Purandara Dasa Kirtana, Kandu Dhanyana, Udipi Krishnana in the last mentioned raga Behag, continuing its melodic line. A Tamil virutham in Nadanamakriya and a Bagesri number closed his impressive show. Violinist Muralidharan followed him well adding his own nuances, while the veteran mridangam player lent a matching support, intuitively.