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Kanchi brothers keep the nagaswaram tradition alive

Kanchi S. Shanmugasundaram and Kanchi S. Sethuraman performing Nadaswaram concert at Raga Sudha Hall during December Festival, 2018, Chennai
Photo: R. Ragu / The Hindu

Kanchi S. Shanmugasundaram and Kanchi S. Sethuraman performing Nadaswaram concert at Raga Sudha Hall during December Festival, 2018, Chennai Photo: R. Ragu / The Hindu   | Photo Credit: R_Ragu

A great revival of the magnificent nagaswaram tradition may not be in sight. Yet, one can hear echoes of the past, the grand music of the stalwarts, at some places. One such was the morning concert of Kanchi S. Shanmugasundaram and Kanchi S. Sethuraman for Nada Inbam at Raga Sudha Hall.

The brothers have a strong foundation in the art. They learnt from their renowned father Desur Selvaratnam, who was trained by legend A.K.C. Natarajan.

Melodious notes filled the auditorium throughout the duration (two-and-a-half-hour) of the concert; crowning jewel being the Rishabhapriya elaboration.

It was an example of soulful, imaginative craftsmanship. From this unique raga’s inherent musical structure, the Kanchi brothers succeeded in weaving patterns, eliciting its essence through a single mood.

The musical exchanges between the two in the alapana and, later in the kalpanaswaras, were stimulating. Mysore Vasudevachar’s creation, ‘Mahatmule’ lent itself to the prevailing mood of improvisation.

Thavil accompaniment by Mylai S. Gajendiran and Kanchipuram P. Parasuraman added pep to the recital. Their technical virtuosity came to the fore in the outstanding thani.

The Begada that Shanmugasundaram elaborated for Tyagaraja’s ‘Neevera kuladhanamu’ (Misra Chapu) was a fine display of imagination. Their traditional moorings came through in the inspiring alapana of Harikhambodi that the duo shared before they took up Papanasam Sivan’s ‘Sankara Dayakara’ (Misra Chapu).

The Bhairavi alapana by the two benefited from their creativite touches. This impression was further strengthened when they played Tyagaraja’s ‘Chethulara Srungaramu’.

The Brothers opened the concert with ‘Rakta Ganapatim,’ Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s Mohana kriti, with its well-structured chittaiswara. They followed it up with Gopalakrishna Bharati’s Jaganmohini song, ‘Sivakamasundari’ (Rupakam). The kalpanaswaras at pallavi — ‘atheetha eduppu’ before samam, brought out the raga swaroopa. .

The rich fare included Dikshitar’s ‘Sri Venkata Gireesam’ (Surutti), ‘Arunachalanatham’ (Saranga), and Tyagaraja’s ‘Ninnaada nela’ (Kannada). The Dwijavanti tillana and a Malayamarutham Tiruppugazh in Misra Jhampa Tala created a divine ambience inside the auditorium.

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