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SANGEETHA RASIKA SANGAM - August 2008

The 109th Music Program of Sangeetha Rasika Sangam, Chennai 92 was held at Sri Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple, Chinmayanagar (Central Chinmaya Mission Trust) on 30 August 2008.

While Thirukarugavur Sri Srinivasa Raghavan, featured as vocalist, he was supported by, Sri V L Sundarsan on the violin, and Mannarkoil Sri J Balaji on the Mridangam.

The concert commenced with singing of Varnam 'Surasudai' in Saveri. The same was executed crisply and melodiously.

'Vinayaka' in Hamsadhwani, owdava-owdava janya raga of 29th Melam was presented mellufluously. The thivra swaras of the raga (R2GaN2) were handled brilliantly and its colourful presentation impressed the audience immensely.

The song 'Siva Siva Ena Radha' in Pantuvarali brought the nuances of the raga to the fore. Rasikas were delighted at the melodious recital of Gopalakrishna Bharathi 'Sabapathiku Veru Samanamaguma' in 'Abhoghi', an owdava-owdava janya raga of Karaharapriya. The notes Sa R1 ga ma Dha Sa and Sa Dha ma ga R1 Sa on Arohanam and Avarohanam scales respectively imparted a momentum of continuous melody and sweetness, the inherent characteristics of this bewitching raga.

'Vandanamu Ragha Nandanu' in Sahana was rendered in a lively and enchanting manner. The artiste took up 'Shanmugha Priya' (Chamaram in Dhikshithar's parlance) for delineation and captured its vital phrases vividly.

'Sidhi Vinayakam' stirred the listeners' hearts. Another popular song of M S Subbulakshmi of yester years 'Sri Rangapura Vihara' in Brindavana Saranga' left a deep imprint in the minds of the audience.

The improvisation of 'Karahara Priya' was aesthetically pleasing. A Tamil song was sung with great bhava and its swara exposition brought the contours of the raga in a clear focus.

Sri V L Sudarsan followed it up in his instrument with his honed skills in the violin artistry. Sri J Balaji's beats on Mridangam were symmetrical and his Thani was loudly applauded.

The artistes' Guru Swamimalai Janakiraman's composition 'Kandanai Kana' was rendered devotionally, which drew the praise of the rasikas.

Another sahitya of his Guru in Raga Bageswari was rendered with profuse melody.

The programme ended happily after singing Mangalam.


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