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SANGEETHA RASIKA SANGAM - May 2010

The 128th Program of Sangeetha Rasika Sangam, Chennai 92 was held at Sri Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple, Chinmayanagar (Central Chinmaya Mission Trust) on Sunday the 9th May 2010 - between 6.30 and 9.15 in the evening.

The artistes who featured in the concert were Sri Kasturi Rangan, disciple of Sri T N Seshagopalan, as vocalist, Sri Anayampatti G Venkatasubramanian, on the violin and Sri M S Varadhan (disciple of Sri Rajappa Iyer, on the Mridangam.

The programme started with a Varnam 'Sarasijanaba' in the Raga 'Kambodhi' set to Kandajaathi Ata Tala and was rendered with crispness and bhava.

This was followed by 'Chalamelara' of St Thiagaraja, in the raga Maarga Hindolam set to Adi Tal and was executed with profuse melody.

The next to follow was 'Aparatha mule' of Sri Patnam Subramania Iyer in the Raga Lathangi set to Adi Tal. The raga was handled elaborately exhibiting the sweetness of the raga. It drew the applause of audience.

Evere Ramaiah, a Krithi of again St Thiagaraja, in the raga Kangeya Booshani was sung soulfully and he brought out the nicety of the raga to the fore.

Sri Kasturirangan chose Everikai Avatharam of St Thiagaraja set to Misra chapu Tala in the raga Devamanohari. He rendered this piece of Krithi with full involvement in bringing out the contours of the Raga. The packed appreciative audience enjoyed the performance.

The main raga taken up for elaboration was Dwijavanthi, a Hindustani-based Raga conceived by Sri Dikshitar. The artiste brought out the nuances of the Raga in attractive phrases and was well enjoyed by the audience. Akilandeswari was the Krithi by Sri Dikshitar which was rendered so well that the artistes' skill was exhibited in a profound manner.

Sancharam in lower octave produced a steam of melody, unique to the interpretation of the Raga's beauty and put the listerners in a state of pleasant excitement.

Sri Venkatasubramanian's performance on the violin was graceful. He magnificently displayed his skill through out the programme and reproduced the vocalist's notes in his own style.

Sri M S Varadhan, senior Mridangist played on his percussion, producing vibrant beats. His Thani was excellent and was well applauded by the audience.

An abhang 'Ratna Jaditha' on Lord Rama was soul touching. This was followed by 'Satha Enne Hirudaya Thalli' of St Purandara Das set to Rupaka Tal was appealing.

The programme was concluded with Mangalam.

M Ganesan


Sangeetha Rasika Sangam.