A. RAMALINGA SASTRY
J.S. Sriram and two young percussionists gave a creditable performance.
Young vocalist of the carnatic tradition of music, 16- year-old, J.S. Sriram of Hyderabad, whose mother Chidrupalakshmi is a post graduate of carnatic vocal and father Eswara Prasad is a reputed singer cum dancer of Bhajanasampradayam, creditably rendered a full concert of carnatic vocal for Visakha Music and Dance Academy at its auditorium Kalabharathi, last Sunday.
He was accompanied by the young graded artiste of Akashavani, Hyderabad, O.Rajasekhar on the violin and a lad little younger than him, Ch. Ramakrishna, on the mridangam. While the vocalist and violinist are students of the renowned violinist Akella Mallikarjuna Sarma, mridangam player Ramakrishna is a disciple of Akashavani Vijayawada staffer M.L.N. Raju.
Sriram knowledgeably rendered the concert with soulful involvement and the accompanists helped him sustain the tenor with fervour. After starting with the Atataalavarnam in Bhairavi, he evocatively sang Vandeham of Annamacharya (Hamsadhwani) and Sree Harivallabhe (Suddhadhanyasi) of Mysore Vasudevachar.
His rendering Sambhomahadeva of Tyagaraja (Pantuvarali) was prefixed with extensive alapana of ragam, he elaborated it with neravu and swaram. Then, he sang Evarani in Devamrithavarshini and Annapoorna of Dikshitar (Sama) next he extensively dealt upon Sarasijanabha Murare of Swathi Tirunal (Todi).
Sriram proved his mettle by his expression of manodharma in the form of ragaalapana, neravu and swarakalpana. After singing Bantureethi (Hamsanadam), he came out with yet another exercise, Mohana ragam, thanam and pallavi set in Aaditalam. Sriram also sung the pallavi in Hindolam and Madhyamavathi adopting the technique of grahabedham and swarakalpana in ragamalika comprised of Subhapantuvarali, Valaji and Abheri before he concluded his concert with a composition of Sadasivabrahmendra in Sivaranjani. The accompanists contributed to the grandeur achieved by the vocalist.