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SANGEETHA RASIKA SANGAM - August 2011

The 139th Program of Sangeetha Rasika Sangam, Chennai 92 was held at Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Natesa Nagar, Virugambakkam P.O., Chennai 600092 on Sunday the 14th August 2011 - between 6.30 and 9.30 in the evening.

The artistes who featured in the concert were Sri Deepak Rajan, as vocalist, Sri Veereshwar Madri, on Harmonium, Sri N Sundar, on Tabla, Sri Prapancham Shylendren on Mrudhangam, Kum B Sudha on Violin and Ms Kinomo on Morsing. Deepak Rajan, beloved son of Sri C S Rajan, President of our Sangeetha Rasika Sangam, does not need an introduction. Our Sangam had an opportunity in 2001 to organise his programme in Chinmayanagar. Besides, he has given a number of programmes in All India Radio, Chennai. Deepak Rajan, started learning Carnatic Music from Dr S Ramanathan and later took advanced lessons from Smt Palani Vijayalakshmi, who was also Deepak's paternal aunt. As his focus turned to academics, Deepak went to the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan and post graduated with honours in Biology in 1994. During this time at BITS, Pilani, Deepak got inspired by Hindustani Classical Music and learnt the basics from Dr Ravindra Prabhakar Roy, the then head of music department of the University.

Deepak continued his passion for classical music after moving to USA in 1998. For the past 3 years Deepak has been learning Hindustani Music from Smt Swagata Chakraboty who is the founder of "DHRUPADI KALA KENDRA", an Indian Music and Dance School in New Jersey. In 2010 Deepak won the first prize in Hindustani classical vocal music category at "Swaradhara" music competition conducted by "Marathi Vishwa" an association of Maharastrians in New Jersey.

The Tabla artist Sri N Sundar is a famous player for classical Hindustani Music in Chennai. The Hamonium artist Sri Veeresshwar Madri is a senior vidwan in classical Hindustani music. They did an excellent job in supporting Deepak. The highlight. of course. was the Japanese national Ms. AYANO who played exemplarily well on Morsing. She is a disciple of Trichy Raman, a leading morsing player. Prapancham Shylendren,, the young engineering student on Mrudhagam is the son of the famous Prapancham Ravindran, mrudhangist.

Deepak's heavenly voice started with a beautiful Varnam, Pagavari by Patnam Subramanya Iyer in Ragam Hamsadhwani Talam: Adi

Then he chose a traditional Kriti, Dikshidhar's 'Mahaganapathim' in the Raaga 'Nattai' set to Eka Taala.  That created a spring in the minds of the audience. To listen to this song again, please click: here

Then he took up the melodious Raaga Hindolam and sang a popular Thyagaraja's Gem ' Saamaja Varagamana'.  He rendered this Krithi with all it's simplicity and devotion.

His next one Kandanaal mudhalai by N.S. Chidambaram in Ragam Madhuvanti Talam: Adi, was again an excellent piece of song.

Being well versed and formally trained in Hindustani, the multi talented Deepak exhibited his skills through a number of Hindustani Raagas, such as Raga Yaman Kalyan (Bandish in Vilambit Ektaal, Bandish in Japtaal and Chota Khayal in Drut Teentaal followed by Ram Bhajan), Raga Patdeep (Bandish in Teentaal followed by Krishna Bhajan), Raga Bhoopali, a Bhajan(also called Mohanam in carnatic),  Raag Hameer (Bandhish in Teentaal) and   Raag Bhairavi, again an impressive Bhajan(also called Sindhu Bhairavi in carnatic music)

 The local audience had a rare opportunity to enjoy the taste of both the flavors of Carnatic and Hindustani and this was an unprecedented and a wholesome experience.

The programme was concluded with Mangalam.

The felicitations were done by Sri Prapancham Ravindran, well known Mrudangist followed by Sri Narasimhan, (TV Actor, popularly known as LIC Narasimhan) and Sri Thiruvidaimaruthur Radhakrishhnan, Vidhwan.


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