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Govind D. Belgaumkar
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Hamsini Nagendra impresses with her use of higher octave

JOY OF MUSIC: Hamsini Nagendra giving a concert at Ravindra Bhavan in Mangalore on Sunday. — PHOTO: R. ESWARRAJ
JOY OF MUSIC: Hamsini Nagendra giving a concert at Ravindra Bhavan in Mangalore on Sunday. — PHOTO: R. ESWARRAJ

Music lovers got more than what they bargained for as Bangalore's Hamsini Nagendra gave a three-hour Carnatic vocal performance at Ravindra Kalabhavan here on Sunday.

The Sangeetha Parishat Mangalore, the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and the University College had jointly organised the programme.

Overcoming initial hiccups, the visually challenged artiste, who works as an associate professor in a music college attached to Bangalore University, gradually progressed to a deeply satisfying and energetic show of her prowess.

Giving a taste of her ability to produce some fine modulations of voice in the opening piece itself, she impressed by enlivening the compositions with the required feel in right measure.

Although the Athana piece Shimahaganapathim Bhajeham suffered a bit with artiste apparently being unhappy with the tuning of the violin, the three on stage were in full control when they were rendering the slow meditative composition Vanchito nano… Many who closed their eyes seemed to be getting a more complete feel of it.

The Purandaradasa's composition Anjikinyathakayya Sajjanarige in Kalyani Raga had a well-structured progression and was thoroughly enjoyable.

The whole of the audience nodded as she employed a great variety in presenting the line Purandara vithalarayana. A fine crescendo with the highly imaginative kalpana swaras (uttering notes) and smooth conclusion could bring calmness to your mind. Though the artiste hardly employed the lower octave, her experiments in the upper octave were particularly impressive.

Swara prastharas or alaaps of a couple of ragas won many hearts in the audience. The fast number in Kathanakuthuhala Ragam had the audience lilting to the tune throughout.

The main piece that began with the meditative composition Balagopala Palaya… in Kalyani moved on to another composition in Bharavi. By now some in the audience, who were listening for well over two-and-a-half hours were beginning to lose interest but the ardent lovers of music stayed on.

Ms. Nagendra, an A grade artiste with AIR Bangalore, was honestly appreciative of her compatriots on the stage – Venugopal Shanubhog of Mangalore on the violin and B. Ravishankar of Tumkur on the mridanga.

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