Concert Lalgudi Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi presented an enchanting musical concert in memory of their father. GUDIPOODI SRIHARI
It was a musical tribute by son and daughter — Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi — to their father Lalgudi Jayaraman who passed away recently. This memorial violin duet was held at Ravindra Bharati under the aegis of South Indian Cultural Association. It was a moving show with seasoned percussionists D.S.R. Murthy on mridangam and Nemani Somayajulu on ghatam, supporting them.
This duo specialised in presenting kirtanas in vocal style enabling the audience to make out what they were playing.
Another notable feature was not using contact mike that kills the melody and purity of sounds of violin.
The duo opened their concert with a varnam Neeve Gatiyani in Nalinakanthi set to Adi talam, a composition of their father.
The duo presented this number systematically going through swaras in two speeds.
A composition of Thyagaraja’s Janaki Ramana in Sudha Seemanthini, displayed their skills in presenting it with good expression.
Swarakalpana was shared by both, complementing each other’s spells.
Mokshamu Galada in Saramathi, set to Adi talam and popularised by Jayaraman, was played next, with Krishnan giving a brief picture of the raga. The kriti presentation was pleasant with vocalist expression.
The pallavi presentation with variations set the tone and spirit to the number bringing out its spiritual mood as if appealing to the Almighty.
Their performance was well synchronised as if they were playing on one violin and two strings.
Then they went for Mohana for Bhavanutha also a neat presentation and followed it with Nee Dayarada in Vasanthabhairavi, both simple kirtana presentations paving the way for the main melody Madhyamavathi for one of Lalgudi Panchartna Kirtanas ‘Devasri Tapaskeerti’.
Krishnan then explained how Thyagaraja visited the house of their fore father Lalgudi Ramaiyer, direct disciple of Thyagaraja and on his request Thyagaraja visited the temple of the presiding deity and penned the Lalgudi Pancharatnas. ‘Devasree Tapaskeerti’ was one of the compositions in Madhyamavati and misrachapu talam.
The raga was shared by the duo with Jayalakshmi launching the raga first and then rendering the pallavi line vocally.
The kalpanaswaras they presented were heartening. The tani avartanam by Murthy and Somayajulu was a beauty in itself, each playing the cycles as if competing with each other.
In the later part of the concert they chose one of Annamacharya kirtanas Itara Devatala in Bahudhari and followed it with Ennatavam Saidane in Kapi of Papanasam Sivan.
Venkatachala Nilyam in Sindhubhairavi of Purandaradasa and a Lalgudi tillana in Desh concluded the show.