Date: 9th February 2013
Vocal: T.M. Krishna
Violin: R.K. Shriramkumar
Mridangam: K. Arun Prakash
Khanjira: Anirudh Athreya
The atmosphere was charged with festive excitement when rasikas congregated at the New Horizon college of Engineering premises in Marathahalli on a beautiful Saturday evening for the first annual music festival of Ranjani fine arts.
The 700 capacity, comfortable a/c auditorium was already packed when the inaugural function started at 5 pm. It was a simple, brief and elegant function with the Chief guest Gen Mathew Mammen, Executive director of Sobha Developers, releasing the souvenir and Guest of honour, Sri K.L.Srinivasan, director of Shankara TV sharing some interesting thoughts.The stage was now all set for a very grand musical feast. Vidwan T.M.Krishna began his concert with a very slow and expansive rendering of Enthaveduko in Saraswathi manohari. He explored the length, breadth and depth of the raga in the creative neraval and swaraprastharas that followed the kriti. Krishna's Karaharapriya alapana was followed by another soulful expression of the raga by the violinist R.K.Shriramkumar. This was followed by the rendition of the majestic kriti Chakkaniraja. While doing neraval in the pallavi, Krishna explored unchartered territory in the lower octaves and this was indeed a deeply moving experience. Parulanamata in Kapi with some crisp swaras followed .Next came a string of raga alapanas. The ease and grace with which Krishna and Shriramkumar moved through the ragas Chenjutti, Nadanamakriya, Sindhubhairavi and Punnagavarali was amazing and delightful to the listener. The alapanas were complimented by the mellifluous rendition of the ragamalika Ninnyako in the same set of ragas. Next came a quick sketch of Bilahari and was followed by a graceful Mukhari. The masterly rendition of the ata thala varnam Nera nammithi in Kanada ragam was followed by the Thani avarthanam. Arunprakash on the mridangam excelled himself in the innovative and intricate rhythmic patterns complimented by Anirudh Athreya on the Khanjira. In the thukkada section, Krishna threw in gems like Parukulle nalla nadu in Jonpuri, ragamalika viruthams, Vagaladi bodhana in Behag and a nottuswaram before wrapping up the concert with the Mangalam. T.M.Krishna and his team moved many a heart with their forays into the heights and depths of manodharma music and received a standing ovation from the spell bound audience.The beautiful ambience, excellent acoustics and above all the overpowering music was indeed a soul stirring experience.
Date: 10th February 2013
Vocal: Ranjani and Gayatri
Violin: H.N. Bhaskar
Mridangam: H.S. Sudhindra
Ghatam: S.N. Narayana Murthy
The second day of the Ranjani fine arts festival dawned bright and beautiful with an air of anticipation and expectation of very high standards especially with another set of artistes of great repute due to perform at the festival that evening.
The hall was once again packed and a few rasikas had to even turn back disappointed.Vidushis Ranjani and Gayathri began their concert with a varnam in Begada. This was followed by a pristine rendition of Karpaga manohara in Malayamarutham. Next, Ranjani presented a very beautiful and graceful alapana in Arabhi raga and the sisters followed it with the Thyagaraja kriti Chalakallaladu. The beauty of Arabhi was further enhanced by elegant swaraprastharas. Next to come was a very chaste presentation of Ranganayakam in the ragam Nayaki. The majestic Thodi raga was handled with ease and finesse by Gayathri. Shyama Shastri's Ninne nammi naanu in Misra Chapu thala was sung in all its splendour with elaborate neraval and swaras in Kamakshi Kanchadalayadakshi. In the Thani avarthanam that followed, H.S.Sudhindra's ability to weave very elegant patterns into the rhythmic fold was apparent. S.N.Narayanamurthy was exceedingly supportive on the ghatam and together they carried the audience through the intricacies of rhythm. Next came a fast paced rendition of Sripathe in Nagaswarali. Ranjani and Gayathri sang a melodious ragam and thanam in Hamsanandi and embarked upon a pallavi set to thisra jathi triputa thalam in thisra gathi. The pallavi was executed to perfection and followed by beautiful ragamalika swarms in Kedaram, Reethigowlai, Chandrakauns and Dwajawanthi. H.N.Bhaskar supported them very well on the violin and complimented their efforts with embellishments of his own. While singing thukkadas, the artistes rolled out lilting melodies in Darbari Kanada and Pahadi. Catering to audience requests, they sang an abhangh before concluding the concert with the Mangalam. Yet another scintillating performance by the artistes !The excellent organising effort, the commitment and camaraderie amongst the organising team members, the beautiful setting, appreciative audience and uninterrupted flow of divine music made the weekend music festival a very fulfilling, wholesome and memorable experience.
'Samyoga' - Second Annual Festival
Date: 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th February 2014
Venue: New Horizon College of Engineering Auditorium , Marathhalli, Outer Ring Road, Bengaluru
The Magic of Music !