M S Sheela’s concert was an outstanding display of the grandeur of classical music. She commenced with the nalinakAnti varnam. The brilliant TyagarAja kriti “mEru samana” in rAga mayamalavagowla followed with well paced swarAs. Mysore Vasudevachar’s shuddha dhanyAsi kriti “sri hari vallabhe” was a pleasant continuation of the stellar concert.
The stage was now set for a wonderful delineation of rAga hemavati ( dEshisimhAravam in the Dikshitar school ). Violinist Nalina Mohan’s return was crisp and added to the colour of the rAga.
Sheela chose Muttuswamy Dikshitar’s “madhurAmbikayAm” with neraval and lilting swara prastAra. Three songs followed in quick succession : Tyagaraja’s “me valla guna dOsha” in kApi and “ atukAra dAni” in manOranjani and Veena Venkatagiriyappa’s “sharade” in rAga ratipatipriya. Rendition of all these songs brought out the evocative appeal of these rAgas.
Sheela launched into a detailed elaboration of the rAga shankarAbharana. The rAga bhAva was captured with so much clarity and crispness that won the rasikA’s appreciation. Nalina Mohan on the violin continued the majestic flow of the rAga. The royal kovur pancharatna kriti of Tyagaraja “sundareshwaruni” was the kriti to follow. Not often heard in concerts, Sheela presented an expansive view of the kriti with a well thought out neraval and swarAs. What followed was sheer ecstasy – an authoritative display of percussion magic. Anoor R Ananthakrishna Sharma on the mridangam and Sukkanya Ramgopal on the ghatam. Both the artistes teamed up very well to produce a breathtaking tani Avartanam that was melodious and at the same time had intricate patterns.
The final leg of the concert had interesting selection of songs : “venkataramanane bAro”, “shrungapurAdhEshwari”, “naanoru villayattu bommaya” and “nindati chandanam”. M S Sheela and team regaled the audience with a grand concert
Date: 8th Dec 2012, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Vidushi M S Sheela
Violin: Vidushi Nalina Mohan
Mridangam: Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
Ghatam: Vidushi Sukkanya Ramgopal