Delightful violin recital

THE KSHIPRA Prasada Ganapathy Trust celebrated Vinayaka Chaturthi from August 18-23 with religious and cultural events at the Ayodhya Ashwamedha Maha Mantapam in West Mambalam.

A series of Carnatic music recitals was featured as part of the celebration.The violin recital of A. Kanyakumari was a refreshing experience. She delighted the audience with dexterous execution of the pieces, ``Vatapi'' (Hamsadhwani) and ``Siddhivinayakam'' (Shanmukhapriya) of Muthuswamy Dikshitar.

She drew a lucid sketch of Bhairavi and completed it with a moving depiction of the swarajathi, ``Kamakshi'' of Syama Sastri.

The artiste's account of Todi was admirable. It was succeeded by a deft diction of ``Sri Krishnam Bhaje''.

Young V. Sanjeev provided enthusiastic assistance on the violin. K.V. Prasad (mridangam) and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (ghatam) lent lively percussion support.

Classical grandeur

The recital of the Hyderabad Brothers (D. Seshachari and D. Raghavachari) featured by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in its Gokulashtami Sangeetha Utsavam was reflective of their adherence to a catchy style of vocal music.

The vocalists' rendition of the pieces, Pranamamyaham (Gowlai) and Mapala (Asaver) was impressive.

The duo's delivery of `Nijamarmamulenu' in Umabharanam was smart and succinct in a metrically accelerated form.

The vocalists' combined account of Poorvikalyani had fair emphasis on the features of its classical grandeur.

Naagai Muralidharan's violin accompaniment enhanced the performance.

Srimushnam V. Raja Rao provided pleasant percussion support on the mridangam.

S. Karthik enlivened the recital with his apt strokes on the ghatam. The percussionists played a neat thani in the rendition of Saveri.

Young T.V. Ramprasad gave a good account of his proficiency in Carnatic music singing for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha.

The robust rendition of the pieces, Chalamela (varnam in Nattakurinji) and Venugana (Kedaragowlai, Tyagaraja) spoke volumes of his practice in a disciplined school of vocal music.

The singer's planned description of Todi and his skilful demonstration of a pallavi (Adi tala) in the raga drew praise.

Vittala Ramamurthy (violin) and A.S. Ranganathan (mridangam) extended affable support to the recital.

- R.V.