Diligent execution of RTP by Pantula Rama

Pantula Rama at the annual Indira Sivasailam Endowment concert at The Music Academy. J. Vaidyanathan on the mridangam and R.K. Shriram Kumar on the violin.   | Photo Credit: R. Ragu

The tenth edition of Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert was presented by Pantula Rama, the recipient of the medal and citation for the year 2019, at the Music Academy, to the delight of the connoisseurs of classical music.

Pantula Rama’s concerts always carry a gentle tone of authority coupled with melody. In this special concert her complex and scholarly ragam-tanam-pallavi in Kalyani was the pièce de résistance. It was composed to an intricate rhythm which was, indeed, Pantula Rama’s forte. The pallavi was an ode to the Music Trinity — Tyagaraja, Syama Sastri and Muthuswami Dikshitar — set to Ata talam followed by chatusram, tisram and khandam in tandem. Pantula executed it with élan. The pallavi went as ‘Ramaanugraha patra Tyagabrahma Kamakshi palita Syama Shanmugaptha Muthukumara namaste’ embedding the names of the Trinity and also their preferred deities.

The concert began a bit languidly. Swati Tirunal’s ‘Gopalaka pahimam’ in raga Bhoopalam was the opening kriti with a few strands of swaras. Dikshitar’s slow and sedate Dwijavanti composition ‘Akhilandeswari’ further lessened the tempo. Pantula Rama quickly brightened up the proceedings with the brisk ‘Sarasamukhi’ in raga Gowda Malhar by Muthiah Bhagavatar. Kiravani raga treatise had the vocalist marginally touching the poignant passages and working more on the dynamics of the raga. The selection here was Papanasam Sivan’s ‘Devi neeye thunai’; she infused ample energy in her niraval and swaras on the charanam line ‘Alaimagal kalaimagal.’

The filler ‘Nannu kannatalli’ in Kesari (Sindhu Kannada) by Tyagaraja was the harbinger for the magnificent RTP. The grand finale carried three beautiful numbers ‘Jagadoddharana’ in Kapi by Purandaradasa, ‘Navaneetha chora’ a rare composition of Tyagaraja in the raga Navroj and the popular thillana ‘Dhirana tana dheemtha’ in Chenjurutti by Veena Seshanna.

This year, the foundation conferred the accompanying artistes also with Indira Sivasailam Foundation Tenth Anniversary Special Awards. Violinist R.K. Shriramkumar being a veteran followed Pantula Rama’s intellectual exercises with equal poise and so also the percussionists — J. Vaidyanathan on the mridangam and Bhagyalakshmi M. Krishna on the morsing.

The stage décor was conspicuous with a lot of real and artificial flowers in vivid hues and soothing illumination.

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