Madurai

Gayatri gives life to ancient raga

Gayathri Venkatraghavan performs in Madurai.

Gayathri Venkatraghavan performs in Madurai.   | Photo Credit: G. Moorthy

The second day’s music concert at the 66th anniversary celebration of Sri Sathguru Samajam in Madurai on Friday was that of Gayathri Venkatraghavan, who began her performance with Avvaiyar’s Moothurai, ‘Vakkundam, Nalla Manamundam.’ Following this, to mark the Tyagaraja Aradhana at Tiruvaiyaru, she energetically sang a Pancharatna Kriti, ‘Jagadaananda Kaarakaa,’ in Nattai, set to Adi tala. The song prepared the audience for the rest of the concert.

She then sang ‘Maakelara Vichaaramu’ in Ravichandrika, another Tyagaraja kriti, in which the composer praises Lord Rama saying, “What should we worry about? As long as you rule us, we need not worry about anything, as you hold the strings with which you control and direct the activities and destinies of all with unerring dexterity.”

‘Arulvai Angayarkkanniye’ in Dharmavati, by Dandapani Desikar, was Gayathri’s choice in seeking the blessings of Meenakshi for good citizenship, the need of the hour. She went on to sing ‘Kadambaripriyayai’ in Mohanam, by Muthuswamy Dikshitar, in full melody.

During the raga alapana in Bhairavi, Gayatri displayed her skill in singing intricate patterns of the raga in all its three sthayis and gave full life to this ancient raga and delighted the listeners in the song ‘Upacharamulanu’ by Tyagaraja, in which the saint requests Lord Rama to accept the offerings that he makes to him. She gave a scintillating swara prastharam in bringing out all the nuances of the raga. The percussionist on the violin, Mysore V. Srikanth, performed with uniform involvement in bringing out the beauty of the lyrics as well as swaras and won the admiration of rasikas.The reverberating thani by Neyveli Skanda Subramaniam on mrudangam and Trichy Murali on the ghatam, though lengthy, was enjoyed by the audience.

The final songs included an Alwar Pasuram on the presiding deity of Tirumalirunjolai, Lord Kallalagar, ‘SrInivasa Tiruvenkata’ in Hamsanandi , by Papanasam Sivan ; ‘Avaltan Anaittaiyum’in ragamalika, by Ulundurpet Shanmukham, and

‘Nenjukku Needhiyum,’ a patriotic song by Bharathi. The concert concluded with a thillana.

S. Padmanabhan

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