Music

Full of spirit and energy

Tiruchi Ramesh. Photo: M. Periasamy

Tiruchi Ramesh. Photo: M. Periasamy  

The rendition of kritis by Ramesh reflected his grooming under stalwarts.

The vocal concert by Tiruchi Ramesh, organised by Upasana, the cultural wing of Sri Kothandaramaswamy Devasthanam, Coimbatore, at Abhinava Vidyatheertha Pravachana Mandapam, reflected his good grooming under great teachers such as Musiri Gopalarathnam, Tiruchi Swaminatha Iyer and Thanjavur Sankara Iyer. His close association with Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer was evident in his alapana and swarakalpana.

Ramesh began with ‘Jai Jai Ganapathy Mangala Kaarin,' by Ganapathy Sachindananda of Mysore Dutta Peetam. The old favourites ‘Vara Naarada Naaraayana' in Vijayashree and ‘Nenarunchi Naanu' in Malavi followed. The briga-filled portrayal of Ritigowla gave a good sample of yesteryear music that filled the rasikas with nostalgia. This was followed by an emotional ‘Nannu Vidachi Kadhalakuraa,' by Saint Tyagaraja, who pleads with Rama not to leave him.

Cascading swaras

The refreshing kalpanaswaras for ‘Padavini Sadbhakti' in Salaka Bhairavi were enjoyable. The main piece was in Sriranjani. When people were expecting a pallavi after the elaborate ragam and tanam, Ramesh surprised everyone with ‘Marubalka,' another popular composition of Tyagaraja. The cascading swaras in rapid succession evoked admiration for his skill and hard work.

Mullaivasal Chandramouli's violin was smooth and delightful. The beauty of Ramesh's presentation appeared in a more pronounced manner in his violin. A disciple of Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Konerirajapuram Varadarajan wove interesting rhythmic patterns on his mridangam, while Tiruchi K. Shekhar (ganjira) and Malaikottai R.M. Deena Dayalan (morsing) joined him with joyous supplements. Their brilliant individual performance was as appealing as their combined outpouring. Though Ramesh took some time to gain momentum he was full of spirit and energy till he concluded his concert with the Thiruppugazh verse, ‘Apagaara Nindhai Pattuzhalaadhe'.

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