Pure traditional style
ABLY ASSISTED by Umayalpuram Mali (mridangam) and Nanganallur Swaminathan (ghatam), David Reck, a U.S. based veena player gave a pleasing recital at Hamsadhwani. With no gimmicks or ostentatious showmanship his performance won all round praise for its purity and traditional Karaikudi style.
After a satisfying Kalyani alapana and tanam the artiste played Tyagaraja's "Rama Neevaadukonduve" with neraval and chic swaras. Veena Kuppaiyar's Sahana varnam gave a sober start to the dignified concert. "Sarasiruha" (Nattai) Puliyur Doreswamy Aiyer, Muthiah Bhagavatar's "Sudhamayi" (Amritavarshini) and a brief and reposeful Ritigowla alapana for Subbaraya Sastry's "Janani Ninnuvina" won wholesome acclaim as also his limited sangatis in Tyagaraja's "Sarasasamadana" (Kapi Narayani). Swati Tirunal's Dhanasri tillana was a fitting finale.
Preceded by a well-phased and phrased alapana in Kalyani, T. Lokanatha Sarma sang Bhadrachala Ramadas's "Nannu Brovamanu" bringing out the spiritual fervour, at Vidwat Samajam, which celebrated the Jayanti of the poet. Correct diction, traditional musical idioms and correct kalapramanam marked the vidwan's devotional recital befitting the occasion. "Bajare Manasa Sriramam"(Nattai) in Sanskrit, "Tarakamantram" (Dhanyasi), "Takkuvemimanaku" (Saveri), the very popular "Srirama Neenama Emiruchira" (Purvikalyani) and "Paluke Bangaramaye" (Ananda Bhairavi) were sung in the traditional style. The artiste frequently referred to the script in his hand, unsure of the lines obviously.
Mullaivasal M.Chandramouli (violin) and Madirimangalam Swaminathan (mridangam) were the accompanists. KSR
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