FRIDAY REVIEW

Inimitable style

THOUGH THE blowing is not as strong and sustained as it used to be in his vintage days, flute N. Ramani's style continues to be sweet and charming. He does not resort to gimmicks maintaining a fast pace when the occasion demands, particularly in swara renderings. All these qualities were evident when the maestro performed in the company of S. D. Sridhar (violin), Vellore G. Ramabhadran (mridangam) and E. M. Subramnian (ghatam) for the Maharajapuram Santhanam Rasikas Trust at the Mylapore Fine Arts.

Mohanam took the pride of place for Tyagaraja's "Nannupalimpa". It was an inspiring rendition in which the flautist covered all the alankaras of the raga in a scholarly alapana. Sridhar faithfully followed the maestro. Ramabhadran, as usual, was subdued with his beats, showing his prowess in a brief (brevity is Vellore's hallmark) tani avarthanam, in which Subramaniam had a meaningful part. At a function held earlier, rich tributes were paid to Maharajapuram Santhanam by several speakers including musicians N. Ramani, Vellore Ramabhadran and K. Vaidyalingam, Zonal Manager, Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Cash awards were given to Swamimalai Janakirama Iyer (vocal), L. Ranga Rao (vocal) K. S. Raghunathan (HMV Raghu, vocal and audio engineering) Pallathur Lakshmanan (mridangam) and Nagaraja Rao (ghatam). Guhashri Kamakshi Sundaresa Swamigal (Vadasennimalai) spoke of music as a cure for tension and stress. Dr. R. Ganesh, a disciple of Maharajapuram Santhanam, and founder trustee, welcomed the gathering and compered the programme.

The Trust had arranged concerts at Ongole, Ranipet, Thanjavur and Tiruchi in memory of Maharajapuram Santhanam. — KSR

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