THE LONDON-BASED veteran disciple of Alattoor Venkatesa Aiyar, Sarojini Sundaresan, gave an enlivening concert under the auspices of Sri Ragam Fine Arts at Raga Sudha Hall. The programme included several kritis. Mention may be made of Meesu Krishna Aiyar's "Karunarasa Jalaji" (Abhogi) and "Arivudayur" (Chakravakam - Gopalakrishna Bharathi). Dikshitar's "Venkatachalapati" (Manipravalam) was another not frequently heard song. "Atukaradani" (Manaranjani - Tyagaraja), "Palinchu Kamatchi" (Madhyamavati - Syama Sastry) Swati Tirunal's "Visweswara" (Sindhu Bhairavi) and a Hamsanandi tillana (Venkatesa Aiyar) were noteworthy.
Detailed, full-throated alapanas in several ragas and precise swaras spoke of the artiste's hard training and commitment to the art. Leela Rammohan gave voice support.
Mullaivasal Chandramouli (violin) and Melakkaveri Balaji (mridangam) and Swaminathan (ghatam) were the accompanists.
In methodical style
With a massive percussive support from Umayalpuram Sivaraman (mridangam) and E. M. Subramanian (ghatam) and inspirational assistance from violinist V. V. Ravi, young flautist B. Vijayagopal gave a pleasing recital.
The Saveri and Bhairavi alapanas were rendered in methodical style and the kritis, Periasami Thooran's "Muruga Muruga" and Dikshitar's "Balagopala" were played without gimmicks or superficial sangathis. The neraval and swaras in Dikshitar's kriti spoke of the youngster's musical sense and potential. The Kanada varnam, "Nere Nammi" in Ata talam gave a good start, followed by "Siddhivinayakam" with swaras of various shades.
A quick ragamalika RTP, which was neither here nor there, figured in the closing session. Earlier, a tani avartanam enlivened the proceedings.
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