A classic touch

Saraswati Vasudev  

Saraswathi Vasudev, an associate professor in the department of Music, Padmavati Mahila University, Tirupathi, was invited by Kartikeya Ganasabha to give a concert at Sri Saraswathy Temple, Musheerabad. She was accompanied by Karra Srinivasa Rao on mridangam and Phanibhushan on ghatam. This was her maiden performance in the city.

Saraswathi opened her concert with Saranga varnam playing in two speeds and then went for Sarasiruhasana Priye in Nata of Puliyur Doraiswamy Iyengar. She gave a sketch of the raga and the swarakalpana she presented was interesting. Padavi Nee Sadbhaktiyu of Thyagaraja in Salagabhairavi and another composition of Thyagaraja Maravairi in Nasikabhushani prefaced with fine raga essay well expanded and with well knitted gamakas. She explored the raga well. The kriti rendition was neat and the kalpanaswaras mirrored her captivating enthusiastic style, set in sarvalaghu pattern.

After playing Vidajaladura in Janaranjani, Saraswathi went for her first expansive raga of the evening, Charukesi for Thyagaraja’s composition Adamodigalada. She played the raga in detail displaying skilful play on the instrument with impressive sancharis. The kriti play was with expressionist touch of sahitya. The swarakalpana was a captivating exercise weaving interesting patterns.

The main attraction of the Saraswathi’s concert was Needucharanamule in Simhendramadhyamam, Misrachapu talam. The raga was built steadily with composure and classic touch. The sangatis were melodiously played displaying her command on the instrument, gamakas adding beauty. She then played tanam that veena is known for it, excelling in that part too. In the kriti part she came out with a neraval at the pallavi line and followed by kalpanaswaras, presented with sarvalaghu sancharis.

The concluding part of Saraswati’s concert had Bhavayami in Yamuna Kalyani and a kirtana of Annamacharya.

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