Date &Time: June 11th, 2016, 5pm
Vocal: Vidushi Amritha Murali
Violin: Vidwan B.K. Raghu
Mridanga: Vidwan B.C. Manjunath
Vocal Concert by Vidushi Amritha Murali
It was a pleasant Saturday evening and the audience was eager to hear this month’s RFA concert. The hall was bustling about with chatter about the artist who was going to perform, what songs she would render, which ragams were going to be sung today and what not?. Each person from the audience had their own set of problems but as soon as Vidushi Amritha Murali started the concert with a viruttham in the ragam Kedaram, all their problems flew out of their mind. The audience was glued to their chairs listening to the rendition of ‘Thyagaraja Gurumashraye’ (set in Kedaram) which was followed by ‘Sangeetha Gnyanamu’ in the ragam Dhanyasi and set to Adi tala.
She rendered it with an impactful alapana, and swarams. The audience was eager to listen to more songs and were nodding their head with enjoyment. She then went on to sing an elaborate alapana in Panthuvarali followed by ‘Ninne nera nammi’ composed by the great saint composer Thyagaraja. She sang neraval for the line ‘Rajillu thyagaraja’ in the song. Everyone was in their own musical bubble by now. No worries, no disturbance and absolutely no tension!
The next song performed was ‘Bhajare Bhaja Manasa’ in Kannada with alapana. By now, the audience was in awe of Vidushi Amritha’s melodic and very effortless renditions. Each and every song she sang gave a new feel to its ragam, and its essence. A viruttham on the goddess Kanchi Kamakshi in Hindola was sung next, after which ‘Neerajakshi kamakshi’ was sung. The audience was closing their eyes and absorbing the peaceful melody completely. Bringing the concert to a more energetic level, Vidushi Amritha sang the famous ‘Sarasa samadana’ in the ragam Kapi Narayani in which she sang a neraval for the line ‘Nigama maata’ beautifully. Then came the main item for the concert- Rakshabettare- in ragam Bhairavi. A scintillating alapana was sung for this song making the audience exclaiming ‘wah’ and ‘saabash’. If this wasn’t good enough, she started ‘Lakshmi ramanum’ along with alapana, swarams, and neraval . Then came the Tani avartanam! No words could describe the mindblowing rhythmic combinations played by Vidwan B C Manjunath! Vidwan B K Raghu was very adept at the violin and complemented the singer beautifully. Next was a song ‘Sharanu sharanu sharanu’ followed by a mind blowing rendition of a ragamalika viruttam and the devarnama ‘Neenya ko ninna’.
The audience was enjoying themselves thoroughly but much to their dismay, the concert had to eventually come to an end. Vidushi Amritha concluded with a soothing mangalam-Nee nama. As part of the concluding announcement, Shri Arvind Brahmakal beautifully described Vidushi Amritha’s performance in a single word as ‘sowkhya’ and the audience couldn’t have agreed more.
- Lakshmi Narayanan