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Vocal virtuosity on display

The vocal concert of Malladi Brothers was featured by the Amrithavarshini Fine Arts, recently, at the packed auditorium of the Midland residency on the Coimbatore-Perur main road. Opening their concert with ‘Chalamela’ in Nattakurinji, the duo brought to the fore the speciality of the raga.

Their performance displayed their vocal virtuosity underscored by a panoramic sweep in the tara sthayis in their raga vinyasams. Sreeram Prasad’s raga alapana of Bilahari for Dikshitar’s ‘Sri Balasubramanya’ with swaras and Ravi Kumar’s elaboration of Kumudakriya for ‘Ardhanareeswaram’ were marked by majestic pidis of striking karvais softened by melodic graces. The raga contours of Kharaharapriya by the siblings was a colourful mosaic piecing together minute embellishments for the kriti, ‘Ramaneeyeda’ sending the rasikas into raptures.

‘Om Saravanabhava’ (Shanmukhapria) as the tail-ender was enjoyable. Bhaskar on the violin brought out the beauty of the raga in his solo versions and swara repartees. Delhi Sairam (mridangam) and Krishnasamy (ghatam) provided perfect rhythm at the right decibels.

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