On the first day of India’s independence i.e. on 15th August 1947, the musical fraternity was treated tothe broadcast of the krithi “Jayati Jayati Bharata Mata” composed by Mayuram Vishwanatha Shastry andrendered by the Carnatic legend Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. 68 years later, on the same occasion, theaudience at Ranjani Fine Arts was treated to a lilting version of this song by yet another genius, eminentviolinist Vid Shri RK Shriramkumar. This song on Bharata Mata was an apt beginning to the concert. With patriotism having established its bond with pure melody, Vid Shriramkumar went on to unleash anevening filled with melodic ecstasy. His able accompanists were Vid Shri Arunprakash on themrudangam and Vid Shri Purushotam on the khanjira.
If Merusamana in Mayamalavagowlai was endearing , O Jagadamba in Ananda Bhairavi exemplifiedmusic of the highest order. Soundararajam Ashraye in Brindavana Saranga was rendered to perfectionand transported the audience to a musical high. The krithis Sarasasamadana in Kapi Narayani andPadavini in Salaga Bhairavi were apt madhyama kala additions. The kalpana swarams and thepercussion exchange in Sarasasamadana was enthralling. It has been quite a while since this kriti (whichreminds us of the legend Madurai Mani Iyer) has been heard in RFA, and it was an absolute treat!
The main krithi was Akshayalingavibho in Sankarabharanam and was very soulfully rendered. Therewas a never a moment during this krithi when the audience could disengage from the performer. Theragam, the neraval, the swarams, and the thani – everything was perfect. One could visualize thepersonification of Sankarabharanam by Dikshitar during this krithi . Shriramkumar’s violin playinglooked absolutely effortless . His smiling and lively stage presence automatically filled the air withenergy that complemented the happiness created by his soulful music. The accompanists aptlyelevated the entire performance with their percussion. The saintly involvement of the musicians onstage with the music did full justice to this musical and lyrical gem of Dikshitar. Vid. Arun Prakash was athis brilliant best, his soft and gentle style of mridangam playing, enhanced the concert. Vid.Purushottaman also played equally well, constituting a brilliant ensemble!
The main krithi was followed by a beautiful javali in Dwijawanti (Aliveni) . Patriotism ruled the dayalong with Shriramkumar’s genius ,as he rendered “Shanti Nilava Vendum” in Tilang – an apt tribute to the Father of the Nation.
The performance was so captivating that it was difficult to realize when three hours had passed by and it was time for the Mangalam. Vid Shriramkumar, you gave us an unforgettable experience and yourmusic will continue to enchant us forever. Vid.Shriramkumar’s style of violin playing, laying a lot ofemphasis on the melodic structure of the ragas, the judicious usage of vallinam-mellinam, the purity ofthe gamakas, just to mention a few, left the discerning audience in an exalted state. Arvind, in his voteof thanks, remarked that words are not necessary to convey the meaning or essence of the world. Howtrue regarding this concert! Kudos to the RFA team yet again for organizing the event!
-- Sri. Narayanan Iyer
JAYATI JAYATI BHARATA MATA – VIDWAN RK SHRIRAMKUMAR’s GRAND CONCERT @ RFA ON
Date &Time: August 15th, 5pm
Violin: Vidwan R.K.Shriramkumar
Mridanga: Vidwan Arun Prakash
Khanjira: Vidwan B.S.Purushotham
Venue: Sobha Lakeview Club