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The 125th Music Program of Sangeetha Rasika Sangam, Chennai 92 was held at Sri Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple, Chinmayanagar (Central Chinmaya Mission Trust) on 26th Dec 2009.

Shri Ramakrishnan Murthy, (from California), desciple of Delhi Sundararajan, gave a scintilating vocal recital with instrumental support provided by Villivakkam S Reguraman on the violin and Sri Harsha Kanumalla (from Philedelphia) on the Mrudhangam.

The programme started with Varnam 'Valaji' in Ragamalika which was executed neatly. This was followed by Krithi of Puliyoor Shree Duraiswaami Aiyyar 'saraseeruhaasana' in the Raga Nattai. The Swaraprasthara for the song was a good combination of melody and rhythm.

Pahimam Sri Raja Rajeswari in the Raga 'Janaranjani' was preceded by short Alapana and was sung in a moving manner and was well received by audience.

Ramanukku Mannan of Arunachala Kavi in the Raga 'Hindolam' - an owdava owdava Raga, was well executed and was sung soulfully with its melody content increasing the Raga Bhava and stretching it to its outer most limits of expansion.

The next song was Podhendra Sayinam in the Raga Kuntavarali which was welcomed by the audience for its sheer beauty of its lyrical and crispy ragha bhava.

The main raga taken up for elaboration to its full scale was Mohanam. The delineation was done with concern shown to its Raga Swarupa in all its deapth and glory. Sahityam was given to the choice of Rasikas and it was the Krithi of Papanasam Sivan viz., Kapali. It was rendered with its melody and devotional content. The Swaraprasthara enriched it further and revealed the artistic scales of the vocalist. The rasikas were taken to newer heights of aesthetic enjoyment.

Villivakkam Raghuraman proved his mettle by his highlighting contours of the concert ably in his Violin. Sri Harsha Kanumalla, disciple of veteran percussionist Sri Palanikumar, showed his sincere involvement from the very beginning of the concert. He displayed his talent in Thani with his laya beats co-ordinated and synchronised fully with the forward momentum of the concert.

Ramakrishnan Murthy came out with a melodious Vritham followed by a popular Krithi viz., Govardhana Giri in the raga Dharbari Kanada, the devine melody of which moved the audience to a transcendental state.

The programme came to a happy ending with Mangalam.

Sangeetha Rasika Sangam.