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Voices with the veena

G.S.
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Event A veena recital with perfect accompaniment made the concert worthwhile.

The third annual festival of Kartikeya Gana Sabha featured D. Srinivas, in a veena recital. He was accompanied by Suryadeepti on violin, Nemani Somayajulu on mridangam and P.V. Ramanamurthy on ghatam. Srinivas is an All India Radio, Hyderabad staffer and an A-grade artiste. A descendant of a vainika family, he is well known for his breezy spells where he never loses sight of the kirtana quality and technical excellence. He shot to fame as a child prodigy and won many competitions including those of AIR. Srinivas opened the first half of the recital with Sahanaraga varnam. In case of kritis one found varieties of gamakas of different intensities, conveying expected emotions in his flow of movements. His gentle and stronger meetus left melodic spaces for the resonance of notes.

After that varnam, he went for a traditional opening with Nataraga kirtana Sri Mahaganapatim of Mayuram Viswanatha Sastry in Adi Talam with detailed swarakalpana revealing his virtuosity. Vara Naarada in Vijayasri, Adi talam of Thyagaraja was absorbing though it was a mere kriti presentation. He followed this with another kirtana Marugelara in Jayantisri, Adi talam of Thyagaraja.

The artiste’s astounding imagination was revealed when he played Vachaspati for Kantajoodumi of Thyagaraja, the first major number which he presented in detail. The kirtana part was treated with a vocalist touch. He presented neraval at the line Alanaadu Saumithri taking the charanam part and followed it with a very lengthy swarakalpana.

Ninuvina Naamadendu in Navarasa Kannada of Thyagaraja served as a curtain raiser for his main essay of Saveri for Sankari Sankuru of Shyama Sastry in Tisragati Adi taalam. The raga was in great detail with blooming manodharma which was complemented by fine gamakas connecting the swaras, enriching raga and the text of the kirtana. The kriti part had a neraval presentation at the line Syama krishna sodari followed by inspiring Swarakalpana.

Both the percussionists, being aware of the delicate tonal qualities of the instrument and the style of the lead artiste, strengthened the general rhythm structure and proved their mettle in their following. Violinist Suryadeepti too was a big draw.

The later part of the concert had Alaipayude in Kanada of Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaiyer, Uyyalaloogavayya in Neelambari, a Divyanama Sankeertana of Thyagaraja and concluded with Ramadasu kirtana Ramachandraya Janaka .

G.S.


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