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Music in the 5 elements

Kanyakumari . Photo S.Thanthoni.  

Violin exponent A. Kanyakumari, known for her innovative concepts and ensembles, has come up with another new theme for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. “The organisers wanted me to do something different and hence this offering,” says Kanyakumari referring to ‘Panchajanya.’

The concept relates to Panchabootha, the five natural elements. So will the presentation have compositions on them? “No. It is not that simple. It is more a tribute to stalwart musicians, who have been pioneers and path breakers. But there is a link.” Kanyakumari wants the audience to learn the rest from her concert.

How did she arrive at this concept?

Akasa – space is all-pervading and limitless. It is the basis for all sounds. The presiding deity is Devi.

Vaayu (Siva) – wind emerges from space and is the carrier of sound and sustains life.

Agni (Surya) - Fire generates energy, purifies and engulfs everything that comes into contact.

Jalam (Vishnu) – water nurtures life. It refreshes and energises. Continuous in movement, it takes the shape of the container and thus adapts itself.

Pritvi (Ganesa) - the Earth stands for everything firm and solid, patient and stable.

“Carnatic music has assimilated the styles and changes certain musicians have brought about at certain points of time and emerged richer and stronger. With the result there has been no stagnation and instead the music shines with so many dimensions,” observes Kanyakumari.

“I have tried to capture their specialities, spirit of adventure and love for the art within the five categories. It is simply an attempt to visualise their uniqueness in different forms. It is in no way comprehensive but a humble homage of sorts,” she adds.

Kanyakumari will be supported on the violin by Dr. Hemalatha, Charulatha Ramanujam, Vishnubhatla Krishnaveni and Manjula Rajesh, on the mridangam by Patri Satishkumar and on the rhythmpad by Pramod Kiran.

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