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Sangeetha Rasika Sangam - First Concert for September, 2000

The 13th Music concert of Sangeetha Rasika Sangam by Deepak Rajan and party was organised at Sri Hari Hara Temple, Chinmaya Nagar, Chennai 600 092 on 9/9/2001. Deepak Rajan, vocalist, had training both in Classical Carnatic and Hindustani music, in Carnatic under late Prof. S. Ramanathan and in Hindustani music under Prof. Ravindra Prabhakar Roy of Patiala Gharana.Sri Rajan is an NRI and a Business Analyst working in New Jersey, USA. He has an excellent voice which enables him to sing melodies faithfully and with creativity in rendition of Alaps and Compositions. Bhawmik Banerjee in the US continues to provide him appropriate higher level training in the classical Hindustani music. Deepak Rajan gives scheduled concert in US .

The Concert started with an Alap in Rag Yamen in which he sang a Khyal in teen Tal. It was followed by mellifluous singing of Malkunz. Both these ragas are closer to carnatic music ragas of Kalyani and Hindolam respectively, and were well received by the audience. Thereafter he sang a number of Hindi Bhajans all of which were replete with Bhakthi element. The bhajan in Desh and Meera bhajan produced an air of ecstasy among the audience.

Switching over to Carnatic music, he sang Sri Thyagaraja Kriti Varalanthu in Ragam Gurjari, janyam of Mayamalava Gowla . The Svara Prasthara brought forth the inner beauty and fineness of this aesthetically pleasing raga. Theliyaleru Rama of Thyagaraja in Dhenuka, 9th melakartha was rendered with sweet melody. Kanda Nal Mudhal in Madhuvanthi was neatly executed. In the end, the Chindhu, Villinai Otha Puruvam by Bharathiar reminded the audience of the artiste’s guru Prof. S. Ramanathan. The audience responded positively with a applause.

Deepak Rajan has a bright music career ahead, and his Hindustani style of singing will open up vistas of possibilities of reaching new heights of success in the years to come. He was accompanied by H. P. Ramamoorthy, Senior Tabla player and Viresh Madhuri on the violin. The Tabla maestro produced a great laya appeal, and drew applause. The violinist ably followed the recital. His performance on the instrument was soulful, enriching and keping up the momentum and interest of the audience throughout the programme.

R Sivasubramanian
M Subramanian

Sangeetha Rasika Sangam