Young performers regale

Command over niraval: Sowmya. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam

Command over niraval: Sowmya. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam  


Concerts by leading musicians marked the three day centenary celebrations of Tiruchi S. Swaminatha Iyer, and the 12th anniversary of Nadhadweepam Trust held at the Sri Sringeri Vidya Bharathi Bhavanam at Srirangam recently.

The highlight of the celebrations is the concerts by young musicians from California, United States of America, who had come all the way to take part in the festival.

The festival commenced with the vocal concert by Pallavi Sriram of California, disciple of P. S. Narayanaswamy. Her ‘Siddhivinayakam’ in Shanmukhapriya of Dikshitar was followed by ‘Kaddhanavariki’ in Thodi of Tyagaraja.

Melodious recital

N. Ramani, flute maestro, rendered an enchanting concert for about two hours. He commenced with Khambodi ata tala varnam, which was followed by ‘Sri Mahaganapatim’ in Gowlai of Muthuswamy Dikshitar. His main piece was ‘Intha Sowkya’ in Kapi ragam. He concluded the concert with Purandaradasar’s ‘Bagyadha Lakshmi.’ He was ably accompanied by T. K. V. Ramanujacharly on the violin, Guruvayur Dorai on the mridangam and Kovai Mohanram on the ghatam.

Dr. Ramani had undergone throat surgery recently and this was his first concert after recovery. However, no strain was felt and much to the delight of his rasikas he was in his usual self throughout his concert.

On the second day, Master Siddharth Sriram of California gave a pleasant concert by rendering ‘Gananathane Rakshithoham’ in Arabhi, ‘Sri Ramachandra Rakshathumam’ in Sriranjani and ‘Bhajanaseyaradha’ in Dharmavathi. This was followed by S. Sowmya’s vocal concert. She began her concert with Tyagaraja’s ‘Karunajutavaiya’ in Saranga followed by ‘Samanamevaru’ of Tyagaraja in Kharaharapriya. ‘Akilandeswari’ in Dwijavanti was filled with melody.

Avaneeshwaram S. R. Vinu and Poongulam Subramaniam rendered able support on the violin and the mridangam respectively.

In the brisk ‘Varanaradha’ in Vijayasri , Sowmya’s command over niraval and swaras were beautiful. The main piece ‘Ninnuvina’ in Purvikalyani was enjoyed by one and all. She concluded the concert with Dhanasri Thillana.

Music performance

On the final day, the students of Lalitha Gana Vidhyalaya of California gave individual music performance and group singing. They presented kritis such as ‘Vathapi,’ ‘Arakimpave,’ ‘Chinthayamam,’ ‘Srivaidyanatham,’ ‘Palinchu Kamakshi’ and ‘Maithreem Bhajatha.’

The day’s concert schedule concluded with the veena recital of B. Sivakumar, an All India Radio staff artist. He began with Sahana varnam, followed by Tyagaraja’s ‘Brocheva’ in Sriranjani and Syama Sastri’s ‘Mayamma’ in Ahiri. Nattakurinji and ‘Kalikiyunde’ in Kiravani were his main pieces.

N.C. Madhav ably supported him on the violin. K. Srinivasan on the mridangam and Tiruchi S. Krishna on the ghatam.

Srirangam S. Lakshminarayanan and Andhanallur S. Ranganathan accompanied the young performers from California on the violin and the mridangam respectively on all the three days.

Mridangam maestros Guruvayur Dorai and Tiruchi R. Thayumanavan were honoured during the inauguration of the festival with Nadhadweepa Kalanidhi title, gold coin and purse.

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