The Directorate of Kannada and Culture and Ananya have jointly organised a vocal concert by S. Shankar as part of the Nada-Vaibhava series on Sunday. He will be accompanied by Vittal Rangan on the violin, V.S. Rajagopal on the mridanga and S.V. Balakrishna on the morsing. It will be held at 6.30 p.m. at Ananya, Malleswaram.

Shankar has been a classical Carnatic vocalist for the last four decades. He has also performed Jugalbandi concerts with artistes such as Vinayak Torvi in the past 20 years. “The mix of genres makes it diverse, but hardly alters the seriousness, as I stick to a traditional approach. My styling is based on the Tanjore baani from guru Vallabham Kalyana Sundaram, whose technique can be compared to M.D. Ramanathan or D.K. Pattammal,” Shankar said.

His solo-performances are succinct and concise in ‘raga’ and ‘swara’ delineations but packed with Kannada and Sanskrit ‘slokas’ and ‘ugabhogas’ to bring in meaningful lyrics in the said ‘raga’ scales.

Sankranti duet concerts

The music fest of Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira takes off on January 1 with a vocal recital by Vishnu Dev Namboothiri. “Our Sankranti special from January 2 to 9 is a pioneering initiative that will feature ‘vocal-duet concerts’ by familiar performers of the music world,” said G.V.Krishna Prasad, Secretary, Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira.

Carnatica Brothers will perform on January 2; Lakshmi Rangarajan and Subhiksha Rangarajan on January 3; Saralaya Sisters on January 4; Madhu Kashyap and A.K. Jagadeesh on January 5; Akkarai Sisters on January 6; Kanchana Sisters on January7; N.R. Harini and N.R. Sharada on January 8; and Sathur Sisters on January 9.