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The 108th Music Program of Sangeetha Rasika Sangam, Chennai 92 was held at Sri Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple, Chinmayanagar (Central Chinmaya Mission Trust) on 8th June 2008.

While Kum. Brinda Manickavasagam, disciple of Neyveli Santhana Gopalan featured as vocalist, she was supported by Kum Nandini on the violin, and Thanjavur Gowri Shankar on the Mridangam.

Kum Brinda Manickavasagam is endowed with a sweet voice and is well groomed to express from classical stand point. She is on the track of growth and the Sangam wishes her success in her dedication to the cause of enriching classical music further in future.

The event unfolded with Varnam 'Sami Ninnu Kori' in the Raga 'Sri' set to the scale 'Aadi Thala'. 'Siddhi Vinayakam Sevehem' of Sri Harikesanallur Muthiah Bagavathar in Mohana Kalyani marked the auspicious beginning of the concert. Stream of melody flowed like nector while dwelling in the Sahitya Text. Kum Nandini paid bestowing attention to the reproduction of finer characteristics of the raga.

'Manavyala Kincha of St Thiagarajar in Raga 'Nalina Kanthy' was sung with a brief alapana in lucid way and was well received by audience.

This was followed by 'Ramapi Rama' of St Thiagaraja in Raga 'Dhanyasi' came in for great praise by the rasikas as both Ragam and Sahitya are rendered with rich melody.

Brinda took up 'Thanjavur Sankar Iyer's song in the Raga Hari Kamboji 'Muruga Thirumal Maruga' and rendered ably and generated enthusiasm among the rasikas. 'Nadanamadinar' was sung mellufluously in the Raga 'Kannada' shoring the devotion and dedication of the Krithi by Gopalakrishna Bharathy.

The main raga taken up for elaboration was 'Kalyani'. Brinda fully explored the deep recesses of this raga by innovative style. 'Kumbeswaraya Namaste' of Muthuswamy Dikshidhar was the Sahitya sung with its lyrical beauty and devogtion showing up in good measure. The Neraval and swara prasthara were good in expressing the raga's contour to a desirable level of popular appeal and appreciation.

Kum Nandini used her best bowing techniques to produce high quality of instrumental response to the main raga. Sri Gowri Sankar engaged in a 'Thani' with highly Rythmatic beats, bringing the louder applause. Kum Brinda concluded the programme with a song from Thirupugazh.

With Mangalam, the programme ended happily.

S Ganesan, Sangeetha Rasika Sangam.