Concert Chandrasekharendra Society’s music festival got off to a good start.
Kanchi Paramacharya’s 120th Jayanthi was celebrated by a music sabha Chandrasekharaendra Sangeetha Eductional Society, at Keys High School recently.
The festival’s opening concert was of Madhumita Sridharan, a young new face to the city audience as she is based in New Jersey, US. She was accompanied by N.C. Ramanujam on violin Mallikarjunan on mridangam.
Madhumita opened with Sami Dayajoodu in Kedaragowla of Tiruvattiyur Thyagaier and went for Vallabhanayakasya of Dikshitar in Begada. This number was notable for the swarakalpana she presented maintaining the melodic line. Neevada Negana a Thyagaraja kirtana in Saranga paved way for the first raga essay of Arabhi for Sundari Ninnu in Misrachapu talam of Harikesanallur Muttiah. The raga essay meandered through sensible moves that built tempo. The kirtana presentation was neat and pleasant.
The main piece of the concert was Gopalakrishna Bharati’s Innamum Sandheka Padalamo in Keeravani, in Misrachapu talam. The raga built followed a pattern that was imposing at every stage. This also revealed her wide vocal span and as it reached the top octave it earned beauty too.
In the later part of the concert, Madhumita chose to present Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer’s Sri Sankara Guruvaram in Nagaswaravali, Karunarasapoorna in Behag, a slokam of Maha Periyava and Maithrim Bhajata a ragamalika number of Kanchi Mahaswamigal.