The greatness of our rich tradition of classical music is the infinite dimensions of practice andappreciation that it provides. It is thus a fathomless ocean in which both the performer and rasikacan immerse themselves and bring out exquisite pearls. The phrase “Svanubhava” in our dictionepitomises this aspect. The September month concert by Vidushis Mambalam sisters was a verygood example of “Svanubhava”. The famous Mambalam sisters duo, were accompanied by Shri H.S.Sudhindra on the mrudangam, Smt Nalina Mohan on the violin and Shri Omkar Rao on the ghatam.
The Mambalam sisters started with a well-disciplined rendition of the popular Saveri VarnamSarasuda, composed by Shri Kothavasal Venkataramaiyyar, in two speeds. The Karuna and ShantiBhavas were well portrayed. These were reinforced further by a perfect rendition of the krithiMaravakave O Manasa, a composition by Shri Patnam Subramaniam Iyer in the Ragam Sama. Theswarakalpana at ‘Parahamsa’ was apt and very well rendered. Smt. Nalina Mohan on the violincomplimented the artists superbly. This was followed by a very skilful rendition of the Khamas Krithi‘Brochevaravarura’ composed by Shri Mysore Vausdevacharya. A few minutes into the concert andtheir music had already won over the audience.
Brochevaravarura was followed by Janani Ninnuvina, composed by Shri Subbaraya Shastri in theRaga Reethigowlai. The raga alapana was handled with dexterity. A brisk rendering ofAnandamruthakarshini followed. The swarakalpana at ‘Sananda Hrudaya’ was a treat to the ears.Not only divine music, but enjoyment and enthusiasm were also flowing across from the stage tothe audiences. ‘Manasu Swadheena’ in Sankarabharanam, a Thyagaraja Krithi, followed next. TheRaga alapana was endearing. The violin was simply superb and the well-executed Thani by thepercussionists took the experience of rhythm itself to new highs. The soft and gentle style ofpercussion in fact enhanced the musical experience.
The main item for the evening was a real gift for the audiences. Mamabalam sisters rendered aRagamalika RTP. The pallavi had having the following lines : ‘Kamakshi Karunakataksshi Neepadamule Gathi’. The above was set to Misra Triputa Tala in Tisra gathi, with eduppu in the 3rd beat.The hallmark of the RTP was the choice of Ragamalika swarams ending in compositions based on thedeity Kamakshi. The RTP proved the amazing vidwat of the Mambalam sisters.
‘Rangabaro’, a Dasar Padam in Sindhubhairavi followed next. Swaye Shri Ramaprabhu Aikati, thefirst few lines of Valmiki Ramayanam, in Mohanakalyani filled the hall with an amazing spiritualresonance. A Kavadi Chindhu by Shri Muisiri Subramania Iyer was rendered with intense bhava. ThePurvi Thillana composed by T Vaidyanatha Iyer was a fitting finale to the concert. The concertconcluded with the Mangalam.
The music of the Mambalam sisters still rings in my ears and it was a wonderful balance of Vidwat,aesthetics, the musical emotions and the all-encompassing Gana Rasa. The concert provided rasikasa rich variety and let their minds dwell on their choicest aspect of the concert. The post-concertprasadam of delicious “Kadalai sundal” was the icing on the cake!this. It was yet another evening of eternal bliss at the RFA concert.
-- Narayanan Iyer
Gana Rasa Sandhya
Date &Time: September 12th, 5pm
Vocal :Vidushis R. Vijayalakshmi & R.Chithra
Violin :Vidushi Nalina Mohan
Mridanga :Vidwan H.S.Sudhindra
Ghata: Vidwan Omkar Rao