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Manoranjitham’s Gokulashtami-Navaratri concerts add to the festive cheer

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Young and senior musicians performed at the Gokulashtami-Navaratri music festival organised by Manoranjitham

The vocal recital of A.S. Murali featured by Sree Ayyappan Puja Sangham on the opening day had all the ingredients that make a concert lively and brisk. A disciple of P.S. Narayanaswami, Murali’s renditions were steeped in tradition.

A.S. Murali

A.S. Murali  

‘Gajavadana maampaahi’ (Hamsadhwani) set the session on a confident note. His alapanas of Kharaharapriya for the kriti, ‘Appan avadharitha kathamrutham’ and Thodi for ‘Sree Krishnam bhaja maanasa’ were mature renditions strengthened by traditional pidis. Thyagarajan’s (violin) repartees in raga portrayals and swara sallies were enjoyable. Ranganathan (mridangam) and Krishnan (morsing) lent dignity to the session with a brilliant thani.

Aiswarya and Soundarya began their music session with a brisk Saveri varnam ‘Sarasooda’ rendered in two speeds. ‘Sreeman Narayana’ and ‘Ganamurthe’ that followed next were appealing.

Aishwarya and Soundarya

Aishwarya and Soundarya  

Aiswarya’s raga alapanas of Purvikalyani for the kriti, ‘Anandanatamaaduvar thillai’ with swaras and Jaganmohini for ‘Sobillu sapthaswara’ with swaras were explored at a soothing pace. Her voice was laced with vadi-samvadi poruthams and the sangathis in the kritis – ‘Sobillu’ and ‘Sankaracharyam’ — were mellow with sensitive structuring. Vaibhav Ramani’s (violin) solo versions were racy with a crisp combination of sensitivity and style including swara repartees. Harinarayanan (mridangam), Deepu (ghatam) and Venkataramanan (ganjira) proved their mettle with complete competence.

Sikkil Gurucharan’s concert brought forth his creativity. He traversed the mantara and tara sthayi regions with ease.

Sikkil Gurucharan

Sikkil Gurucharan  

Commencing his session with ‘Vanajakshi’ varnam in vilamba and durita kalams, the following ‘Narayana’ in Suddhadhanyasi with swaras was a heart-warming and mellifluously embellished version. In his Dwijavanti raga vinyasam he negotiated the sangatis and octaves with ease for the kriti, ‘Akilandeswari.’ After a crisp presentation of ‘Paralokamu’ (Mandaari) with a volley of swaras, his grammatically flawless Kharaharapriya raga elaboration for the Oothukkadu composition ‘Rajakesari vilasa prakasa’ was racy, packed with set akaaras leaving no room for repose or contemplative pauses. The rendition was rich in lyrical beauty. His tail-enders included some engaging numbers. Gurucharan concluded his concert on a philosophical note by rendering ‘Naalai varum enru nambalaama’ in Chandrakauns. Sanjeev (violin) was in his elements contributing his best in the raga versions and swara sallies. Balu (mridangam) and Rajaganesh (ganjira) with their energetic rhythmic patterns offered able support.

Despite heavy rain, there was a huge turnout of rasikas for the mandolin recital of U. Rajesh.

Mandolin U. Rajesh

Mandolin U. Rajesh  

His choice of songs from the music Trinity to Bharathiar - from ‘Vatapi Ganapathim’ and ‘Endaro mahanubhavulu’ to Bharathiar’s ‘Chinnanchirukiliye’ kept the audience spellbound. The accompanists — Sundarrajan (violin), Arul (mridangam) and Pravin Narayanan (tabla) enhanced the appeal of the recital.

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