S. GIRISH began his concert at the Ardhanareeswara temple in Nanganallur on March 28 with ``Gajananayutham" (Chakravakam, Dikshitar). It was sung well. ``Amba Paradevate" in Rudrapriya followed. The trouble with this krithi is too much of sahitya. It is difficult to bring out the full beauty of the song even for a veteran. The artiste, grandson of T. Brinda and a disciple of Brinda and Mukta, did his best. ``Ardhanareeswaram" (Kumuda, Dikshitar) was rendered very well after a brief outline of the raga.
The song though popular requires some expertise to do full justice to it and that was evident in the way the song was rendered. ``Chinnanadena" in Kalanidhi ragam by Thyagaraja followed and then a very good delineation of Natakuranji. ``Marugelara" (Jayantasri) of Thyagaraja was sung competently. Sankarabharanam was well-etched.
The ragas were well-conceived and the krithis well-presented, but the very low sruti (half a kattai?) in which the vocalist sang robbed much of the musical beauty of the items. The vocalist himself was not always able to adhere to the correct swarastharas - his tara sthayi perhaps was the middle sthayi for men and definitely the manthara sthayi for women. The violinist, Nagai Sriram, was completely at sea because the strings were so loose that they would not produce the right notes. Mridangists, T. K. Murthy and B. Sivaraman, faced the same problem but to a far less extent. G. D.
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