Rich tonal quality, coupled with exquisite vidwat, made the performance of the Trichur duo, Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan, featured by Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore, a wholesome aural treat. The distinctive fragrance of Surutti glided in the opening varnam, ‘Entho Prema.’ This was followed by ‘Gam Ganapathe’ (Hamsadhwani) and ‘Theliyaleru Rama’ (Dhenuka) with swaras steeped in raga bhava.
The alapanas of Amrithavarshini for the kriti, ‘Anandamrithakarshini’ and Kharaharapriya for the kriti, ‘Ramaneesamanamevaru’ were linear developments interspersed with swift flashes and majestic prayogas in the octaves. The niraval for the latter at ‘Paluku Paluku’ and the fluidity of the swaras, which were fluent, was enchanting. ‘Ranganayakam’ (Nayaki), ‘Bhaja Bhaja Manasa’ (Sindhubhairavi), ‘Ranjani Mridupankaja’ (Ranjani) and ‘Naan Oru Vilayaatu’ (Navarasakannada) were the other numbers on the agenda.
Swaminathan’s (violin) depth of manodharma in the raga essays and swaras matched the intensity of the vocalists. The playing of Mohan (mridangam) and Suresh (ghatam) bore testimony to their laya expertise. Their thani brought out the dignity and grace.