The skies may have been dry and cloudless elsewhere in Bangalore on Saturday, April 13th , but rasikas in the remote suburb of Bellandur experienced showers of melody during Ranjani Fine Arts’ April 2013 monthly program. It was a very special occasion indeed, with Bangalore Gayana Samaja, the oldest institution in Bangalore, and Ranjani Fine Arts, one of the newest entrants into the field coming together in promoting the cause of Classical music in the suburbs of Bangalore. These two institutions partnered together in bringing a lovely musical feast to the rasikas.
With the festival of Sri Rama Navami approaching, the evening started on a melodious note with students from Vishesha Fine Arts treating the audience to a specially themed presentation of compositions on Rama in lilting ragas like Khamas, Hindolam, Hari kambhoji , Charukesi and so on. The budding musicians did their Guru Bellary Sri Raghavendra proud with their perfect adherence to shruthi and laya and a beautiful presentation.
The onset of the second year of RFA was also marked by a unique Violin Veena Venu concert featuring Sri H.K.Venkatram on the violin, Sri Ashwin Anand on the veena and Sri G.Ravikiran on the flute along with the percussionists Sri Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma ( mridangam ), Sri Raghavendra Prakash ( ghatam ) and Sri Pramath Kiran ( morsing ). The concert began with rendition of the pada varnam ' Chalame ' in Natakurinji. Next came Muthuswamy Dikshidhar's Mahaganapathim in Natai followed by some very elegant swaraprastharas. After a brief sketch of the soulful raga Ganamurthi by the flautist Ravikiran, the artistes played the Thyagaraja kriti ' Ganamurthe ' . Ashwin Anand then played a very melodious Suruti ragam on the veena and the artistes followed it with the rendition of Muthuswamy Dikshidhar's Sri Venkata Girisham . A lively presentation of the popular Thyagaraja kriti Bantureethikolu in Hamsanadham brought a lot of vibrant musical energy into the setting. H.K.Venkatram's majestic and graceful Mukhari on the violin was followed by the Thyagaraja composition Entaninne Varnintu.
The artistes then went on to treat the listeners to a tri-raga RTP in the ragas Ranjani, Sriranjani and Manoranjani. The seamless transition from one raga to another in combination with the tonal richness of the Violin, Veena and the flute made it an amazing listening experience for one and all. Ragamalika swaraprastharas in Kapi, Begada and Hamsanandi made the presentation even more colourful.
In the Thani avarthanam that followed the pallavi, the enthusiastic and highly skilled percussionists who had been very supportive through the entire concert came to the fore with intricate and interesting rhythmic patterns. In the thukkada section, the artistes folded in lilting melodies like GNB's Radhasametha Krishna, a soulful Revathi and Swathi Thirunal's Dhana Sree thillana before concluding with the Mangalam.
The Violin, Veena and Venu each with their unique, rich and beautiful tonal qualities blending together in unison cast a magical spell on the listeners and the wonderful music created by the artistes is bound to keep resonating in the hearts of many for a long time to come.
- Nandini Harish
Date: 13th April 2013, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Violin: Vidwan H.K. Venkatram
Veena: Vidwan Ashwin Anand
Flute: Vidwan G. Ravikiran
Mridangam: Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
Ghatam: Vidwan Raghavendra Prakash
Morsing: Vidwan Pramath Kiran