Ranjani Fine Arts hosted to its rasikas another scintillating Hindustani Classical Music concert in the tradiational Agra Gharana style, earlier this week. A very soothing and melodius vocal performance by Shri Vyasamurthi Katti and his accompanists. A very well known and highly scholarly, Katti ji is often seen on all prestigious sangeeth sabha podiums in India and abroad as an acclaimed Harmonium accompanist. But RFA and its rasikas had the fortune of listening to his vocal performance with some great accompaning artists complementing his great performance that showcased a overall grand concert.
Katti ji rendered his concert based on a very interesting theme of presenting komal nishad based raagas.
He started with a bada khyaal in Raag Bhimpalasi where the unfolding of raga took place in a very tradiational manner bringing out the deep essence of this magnificent late afternoon raaga. The alaap was followed by the medium paced nom-tom patterns a uniqueness of Agra gharana concert to showcase the layakaari, followed by a vilambit and druth khayal.
Later he introduced Ranjani Kalyan another komal nishad based raaga. He explained the concept of Morchana in hindustani paddhati where different raagas can be conceived by shifting the "Shadaj".
The concert was concluded with a beautifully presented Raag Jog. The highlight was the rendering of a traditional bandish Sajana Kase Kahoon in madhyalaya Ek Taal (12 beats) where the mukhda began on the 10th matra which is usually hard to negotiate, but Kattiji made it look so easy both in bol alaap and sargam taans
Tanpura and Vocal support was rendered by his students Kiranmayee and Ratindra - who captured the hearts of the rasikas while singing in places as indicated by their guru. Kiranmayee's ability to sing in different stayees to match her guru's pitch was very commendable. Gifted with a great voice and musical abilities, we will sure see her in many more solo concerts.
Tabla accompanient was provided by a very talented youngster Shri Sagar Bharatraj. Sagar demonstrated as to how tabla has to be accompanied to a vocalist. Without much harkat, he played complex laya patterens with ease yet playing simple thekas with utmost beauty. His tihais at appropriate places added to the over all presentation.
Harmonium accompaniment was provided by Shri Satish Kolli who played with great passion bringing out the gayaki ang as coached by his guru Shri Katti ji himself. It was good to see guru-sishya perform together.
Overall a very masterful, blissful and soothing concert.
-- Chandramouli Rao