Crisp swaras and fine ragas

Different tunes (Top) Gowrinath and Gayatri and (above) Vageesh.

Different tunes (Top) Gowrinath and Gayatri and (above) Vageesh.  


The five-day extravaganza was a treat for music lovers.

The 15th anniversary of Sri Sadguru Sangeeta Sabha of Vijayawada was celebrated for five days at Sri Sivaramakrishna Kshetram. The inaugural function was chaired by B. V. S. Prakash, prominent chartered accountant. The chief guest was Mangalagiri Aditya Prasad, Station Director of All India Radio.

Memorable rendition

K. Vageesh delivered the first concert of the festival. He was accompanied by V. Krishnaveni on the violin, M. L. N. Raju on the mridangam, M. Haribabu on the ghatam and Raghuram Hari on the morsing. Vageesh, a New Delhi-based official of All India Radio, has a vibrant voice. The concert started with a varnam – his own composition – in Malayamarutam and followed it with Narayana, a Devara Nama in Sudha Dhanyasi. This composition was preceded by an erudite alapana of the raga. Vageesh took up Muthaiah Bhagavatar’s Nee Mahimalu in raga Melakarta, Rasikapriya adorning it with fine raga delineation and crisp swaras. Violinist Krishnaveni played admirable raga versions. M.L.N. Raju’s mridangam following and his tani along with Haribabu and Raghuram Hari were the highlights of the concert.

Veteran violinist A. Kanyakumari of Chennai was felicitated by the Sabha and the title Sangeeta Vidwanmani was conferred on her. The felicitation was followed by a scintillating violin duet by Kanyakumari and Embar S. Kannan. They played Vatapi in Hamsadhvani and Maravairi Ramani (Nasikabhushani), producing a stream of melody. The main item was Kaligiyunte in Keeravani. The raga was superbly delineated by both and also there were exquisite kalpana swaras. After the keertana, there was a thrilling rhythmic treat by Patri Satishkumar (mridangam) and M. Haribabu (ghatam). Kanyakumari and Kannan finished their concert with an Annamayya keertana and Krishna ni Begane in Kafi.

On the third day, Popuri Gowrinath, atuneful singer, and his wife Gayatri rendered keertanas of Tumu Narasimhadas, a great vaggeyakara of the 18th century. The couple showed good co-ordination and sang the keertanas with devotional fervour. They rendered Meluko Sugunalavala (Bowli), Nidra Mudrankita(Anandabhairavi), Chebooni (Surati) Doravale (Darbar), Aparadhini (Mukhari) and Sri Rama Jaya Rama, a raga malika. Gowrinath and Gayatri had good instrumental support from P. Nageswara Rao and Popuri Charumathi Pallavi (violins), P. Indrakeeladri Sarma (flute), T. V. Padmavathi (veena), K. Sai Giridhar (mridangam) and Raghuram Hari (morsing). The programme was compered efficiently by P. Kameswara Sarma.

Madurai T. N. S. Krishnan, son of T. N. Seshagopalan, gave a superb vocal concert on the fourth day. Krishnan imbibed the bani of his illustrious father. He sang Raghunayaka in Hamsadhvani and followed with Ninnu vina of Shyama Sastri composed in viloma chapu talam. The main item, Kaddanuvariki, in Todi was superbly treated by Krishna with exhaustive raga and scholarly swaras. P. Nandakumar extended good support on the violin while P. S. Phalgun followed well on the mridangam. Phalgun’s tani was an added attraction. The best concert of the three-day feast was the melodious vocal duet by sisters Ranjani and Gayatri of Chennai. Well-blended voices, tuneful and pleasing melody and fine co-ordination marked their concert. Their items in Bhairavi and Mohana, Koluvai Yunnade and Indira Namamu of Annamacharya, respectively, were presented with excellent alapanas and kalpana swaras. However, the highlight of the concert was the ragamalika consisting of mitra ragas Ranjani, Sriranjani, Sivaranjani and Janaranjani. An Abhang of Tulasidas was rendered as a fitting climax to the fine concert. M. S. N. Murthy’s violin, K. Sadgurucharan’s mridangam and M. Haribabu’s ghatam also elevated the concert in no small measure .

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