It is said that being endowed with a good voice takes one through the first 50% of the musical journey, guidance by a knowledgeable guru the next 30% and last, but not the least, hard work (saathakam) the final 20%. K. Gayatri’s concert at Ranjani Fine Arts on August 10, 2013 would have made listeners realize the truth in this statement.
Gayatri chose to open her concert with Kothavasal Venkatrama Iyer’s Saveri varnam – Sarasuda Ninne Kori, sung in three kalams. Next came Tyagaraja’s Undethi Ramudu in Harikambodhi , which included a good niraval and set of swarams. A crisp alapana in Poorvikalyani was next, and the composition chosen was the lesser heard Satileni Guruguha by Ponniah Pillai. This also included a beautifully sung niraval and swarams. A fast paced rendition of Muthuswami Dikshitar’s Sri Swaminathaya Namaste in Khamas was well appreciated by the audience.
An elaborate and nuance-filled alapana in Sankarabharanam was the prelude to the main piece of the evening – the lesser heard, but beautiful Sankaracharyam of Subbarama Dikshitar. Gayathri ‘s rendering brought out the beautiful sahithyam describing the attributes of Adi Sankaracharya , and featured a good niraval and swarams. Next, Sriranjani was the ragam chosen for Ragam, Tanam, and Pallavi, set to a challenging Kantajathi Triputa talam in kanta nadai.The beautiful Pallavi was followed by a string of ragamalika swaras which saw her switch cleverly between Sriranjani, Sri and Ranjani , among other ragas, and also showed the remarkable mastery she has obtained in layam. Post RTP there were three light pieces, Bhavayami gopalabalam in Yamunakalyani (Annamacharya), Ramabaktha Hanuman in Jonpuri – a composition of her guru Suguna Purushothaman, and the Chenchuruti Thillana of Mysore Seshanna.
Overall, the concert by Gayatri was a memorable one. She made the best use of her melodious voice, the rigorous training that she has undergone and naturally gifted clear pronunciations of the compositions in any language. The excellent accompaniment throughout, by Charulatha Ramanujam on the violin and K.U.Jayachandra Rao on the mridangam, contributed in no small measure to the success of the concert.
-Dr. K. G. Shyam Krishnan
Date: 10th August 2013, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Vidushi K Gayatri
Violin: Vidushi Charulatha Ramanujam
Mridangam: Vidwan K U Jayachandra Rao