In good company

Sushma Somasekar. Photo: K.V. Srinviasan  

What marked the concert of Sushma Somasekar was the rapport she shared with her accompanists M. Rajeev on the violin and Praveen Kumar on the mridangam. Endowed with a good voice, she exuded confidence, trademark of many youngsters of today.

Sushma began with ‘Sarasiruhaasana’ in Natta Raga, following which there was a brief but good essay of Khamas; the chosen kriti was the ever popular ‘Brochevarevarura’; here in the Chittaswaram she did variations of the Nadai of the Adi Tala. The alapana of Hindolam was rather impressive, but one should know when to stop because beyond a point repetitions enter. The same can be said about her kalpanaswaras too, using the note ‘ma’ as a Swaraakshara of the song ‘Maa Ramanan,’ though there were some good matrices.

Rajeev was quite effective in his turn in both raga and swaras. A quick ‘Vidajaladura’ in Janaranjani came before she launched on her main raga Kalyani, the elaboration of which was quite good. Rajeev’s rendering on the whole enhanced the quality of the concert.

‘Bhajare re chitha’ of Dikshitar was ornamented with niraval and swaras, the latter had some attractive suites, for ‘Devim Sakthi.’ Thani by Praveen Kumar was neat. An Ashtapadi song, ‘Kshanmaduna Narayana’ in Valaji was the final piece.

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