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Youngsters regale

In sync: Sriranjani Ramkumar and Sruthilaya Ramachandran.Photo" S. Siva Saravanan

In sync: Sriranjani Ramkumar and Sruthilaya Ramachandran.Photo" S. Siva Saravanan  

Each singer, in the junior slot, displayed commendable skill in presenting the kritis during the Bharathi Theertha Swamigal’s Vardhanti concerts.

Promising talents were noticed in the Bharathi Theertha Swamigal’s Vardhanthi concerts in the junior slot, during the 62nd Vardhanti celebrations held at Sri Saradambal Temple, Coimbatore.

Vishnupriya Krishnakumar, disciple of Sankari Krishnan, displayed her musical impulses showing commendable skill.

Vishnupriya rendered several songs and kritis such as ‘Samaganapriye’ (Anandhabhairavi), ‘Aarabhimaanam’ (Ragamalika) and ‘Naan Oru Vilaiyattu Bommaiya’ (Navaraskanada) were executed neatly. She had done her homework well and this was evident from a nod from the audience. Guruvayurappan (violin) and Radhakrishnan (mridangam) were her accompanists.

Telling musical phrases

Chitra Poornima Satish’s programme, that came up next, showed that she was a replica of her guru, Bombay Jayashri. With her facile voice gliding over the octaves, this worthy disciple of her guru presented her choice of the numbers with élan and it was awesome. After a brief sketch of Suddhasaveri for the kriti, ‘Thaye Thripurasundari,’ her Bhairavi raga vinyasam was underlined with telling musical phrases in the most exquisite way. The vocalist built up the niraval and swaras with great dignity. ‘Vellaithamarai’ (Abheri) and ‘Kanden Kanden Seethaiyai’ were the other items on her agenda.

Guruvayurappan (violin) and Radhakrishnan (mridangam) supported the vocalist suitably. Cheer up, Poornima, you are destined to go places.

Of a high order

The electronic organ kutcheri of the local maestro, S.V. Subramanian to the accompaniment of Guruvayurappan (violin) and Radhakrishnan (mridangam) was an engaging display of artistry of a high order. Well-known compositions such as ‘Gajananayutham’ (, Dikshitar, Chakaravaham), ‘Thelisirama’ (Tyagaraja, Purnachandrika) and ‘Panchashat Roopini’ (Devagandhari) followed by Radhakrishnan’s thani on the mridangam were widely applauded. Guruvayurappan, the violinist stood up to the challenges posed by S.V. Subramaniam.

Good range

Girija Hariharan has a clear voice with a good range that enables her to reach the octaves with ease. She gave neat rendition of select hymns from Arunagirinathar’s Thiruppugazh in different ragas with devotional fervour. Her prefatory remarks, on the significance of every song selected by her, was appreciated by the listeners.

Perfect coordination

Sriranjani Ramkumar and Sruthilaya Ramachandran presented their musical perceptions in perfect coordination with consummate ease making an impact on the audience. The raga alapana of Kiravani for the kriti, ‘Devi Neeye Thunai’ with rightly proportioned sangatis interspersed with brigha-oriented phrases showed the artist’s grip over the raga. ‘Karunai Deivame,’ ‘Kripasamudram’ and ‘Bho Shambo’ were the other numbers that were rendered by them with gusto. The incredible maturity of the voice of the siblings is their asset.

Members of the Sringeri Sree Sharada Suvasini Mandali, led by Radhamani Natarajan, rendered bhajans in praise of the presiding deity of Sharada Peetham of Sringeri. Lalithambal Navavarna kritis also were rendered to the accompaniment of Guruvayurappan on the violin and Radhakrishnan on the mridangam.

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