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The 114th Music Program of Sangeetha Rasika Sangam, Chennai 92 was held at Sri Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple, Chinmayanagar (Central Chinmaya Mission Trust) on 26th January 2009, the Republic Day.

Ms Kalpana Venkat gave a scintilating vocal recital with instrumental support provided by Bombay V Anand on the violin, Kallidaikurichi Shivakumar on the Mrudhangam and Ms Latha on the Thambura.

Kalpana Venkat has honed skills in the expression of melody driven traditional music through her well modulated and pleasing voice.

The event unfolded with Aadhi Thaala Varnam 'Sarasuda Ninnae' in the raaga Saaveri composed by Kothavasal Venkataramiah which was executed crisply.

Shri Dhikshidhar's 'Siddhi Vinayagam' was presented well in the Raaga 'Shanmugapriya' (56th Melam). The next Krithi 'Paramathmudu Velige', in the Raaga Vagatheeswari (34th Melam) set to Aadhi Thaala, was rendered with clear expression of Shadsruthi Rishabam, Sathusruthi Deivatham, Kaisiki Nishaadam ensured Raaga's identity in its true colours.

The artiste delineated Raagha 'Reethigowlai' with Bhava and devotion and it was ably portrayed by Sri Anand in his violin. The Krithi 'Malaradi Thunaye' of Papanasam Sivan was well sung and it was well received by the audience.

The next to follow was 'Sri Sathyanarayanam' of Dhikshithar in the Raaga 'Subha Pantuvarali' (45th Melam) and it was skillfully rendered and its devotional theme merging into the consciousness of the Rasikas.

The main Raaga taken up for elaboration was Charukesi (26th Melam). The rendition took a smooth curve and the artiste's delineation of the Raaga was superb. She brought in contour of the raaga in a sweet form by dwelling on its attractive phrases. Kalpana Venkat rendered the krithi 'Kripayabalaya Sowre' of Swathi Thirunaal, set to Misrachapu Thaala with melody and ferver. She ably handled this Krithi with Neraval and Swaraprasthara done in a very pleasing mood and won the appreciation of the audience.

Bombay V Anand picturised the raaga in a vivid form by using the strings on the violin in a technically competitive manner. He handled the notes so accurately that won the hearts of the Rasikas.

Kallidaikurichi Shivakumar, who is widely claimed as an able percussionist gave a very good support with his 'Sunatham' in Mrudhangam and made 'Thani' a memorable with smooth rhythmatic beats recharging the hall with devine atmosphere. He had a positve feed back from the Rasikas through thunderous applause.

'Narahari Deva' in Yamunakalyani and Bharatha Punya Boomi' in Kunthalavarali were sung beautifully which added further grace to the musical event.

Kalpana Venkat concluded the programme with 'Thillana' in Raaga 'Suruti' followed by Mangalam.

M Ganesan, 2nd Main Road, Natesan Nagar

Sangeetha Rasika Sangam.