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Soul-soothing performances

STRING THING Veena recital by N. Krishnaveni at Kalabharati. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

STRING THING Veena recital by N. Krishnaveni at Kalabharati. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam  

The veena recital by N. Krishnaveni for the Visakha Music Academy in Kalabharathi right from start to finish was pleasing. Beginning with the Nalinikanthi varnam and ending with a thillana of Lalgudi G. Jayaraman in Desh, Krishnaveni was accompanied with �lan on the mridangam by D. Dharma Rao and on the ghatam by Y.P.S. Madhu Babu.

A winner of many prestigious awards, Krishnaveni learnt the veena from the well known Mallapragada Jogulamba, a retired staffer of the Akashvani Visakhapatnam. A post-graduate in Sanskrit and music from the Andhra University, she completed her Ph.D. on Ragataala Chintamani of Poluri Govinda Kavi under the guidance of N. Ramanathaman while working as lecturer in music at the B.V.K. College. Listed as an A grade artiste of Akashvani and Doordarshan, she was featured in the south zone hook-up and has performed for reputed sabhas all over the state.

Her treatment of Vaanchethonu of Muttaiah Bhagavataar (Karnaranjani) adorned with aalapana and swaram including traverses of Trisram in Paikaalam, elaboration of Pankajalochana of Swathi Tirunal (Kalyani) and ragam taanam pallavi in Madhyamavathi in Chaturasra Triputa in Khandagathi, were testimony to her mastery over the instrument and aesthetic display of knowledge. Dharma Rao and Madhu Babu executed knowledgeable and enjoyable tani.

As part of weekly cultural programmes, the management committee of Sri Shirdi Saibaba Temple in East Point Colony organised a vocal recital by up-coming artiste Chaganti Kalyana Vasantha in the temple premises. Gifted with a melodious voice, Kalyani acquitted herself very well with poise starting with Vaataapiganapathimbhaje. Sithapathe (Khamas), Bhajagopalam (Hindolam) adorned with aalaapana and swaram, Brovabharama (Bahudari), Srivalli Deva Senepathe (Natabhairavi) and elaboration of Vasudevayani (Kalyani) followed by a few devotionals were her choice. A fair amount of raga and saahityabhava with good control over sruthi and laya, held good promise. Young Ramacharan on the violin and Ananda Srihari on the mridangam provided sound accompaniment.

A.R.S

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