Come December, and it seems like entire world of Carnatic music moves to Chennai. But it is still possible to find top quality Carnatic music in Bangalore, perhaps even in your own neighbourhood, like Ranjani Fine Arts’ December program featuring a vocal concert by Vasuda Kesav at Sobha Lakeview Club, Bellandur.
Vasuda started with a varnam in the raga Sahana, and followed this with lively renditions of Tyagaraja’s “Ilalo Pranatarthi” (Atana) and Dikshitar’s “Siddhi Vinayakam” (Shanmukhapriya). An alapana in Nattakkurinji was prelude to Pallavi Gopala Iyer’s Needumurti. The brisk pace and liveliness of the music continued with Tyagaraja’s “Orajoopu” (Kannadagowla).
A well-elaborated alapana in Kalyani then enveloped the audience in a pleasant calm. This was followed by an enjoyable rendition of the main item – Shyama Shastri’s “Talli Nera Ninnu”. The neraval and swaras were well presented, and the accompanists – Nalina Mohan on violin and H.S.Sudhindra on mridangam - elevated the level of the concert with their excellent support. Sudhindra’s tani avartanam (mridangam solo) was memorable. A specially chosen shloka on Hanuman was used in the fabulous viruttam that came next, in the ragas Kapi and Behag. Vasuda’s imagination and mastery of Behag were evident in the numerous variations and glides in the viruttam, which was followed by Purandaradasa’s “Hanumatha mathave”. A ragamalika from the Tamil epic Silappadikaram (“Vadavaraiyai mathtakki”), a Kanada thillana and an Arunachala Kavi composition in Hindolam followed, to conclude a concert which was marked for its balanced song selection and pleasant ragas.
Earlier, in keeping with Ranjani Fine Arts’ practice of encouraging local music schools by providing a platform to perform at each monthly program, there was a group veena recital by students of Smt. Mythili Suresh. The students’ performance received praise from vidwan H.S.Sudhindra, as they rendered Abhogi, Amritavarshini, Bahudhari and other ragas with excellent synchronization.
- P. Venkataraghavan
Date: 14th December 2013, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Vidushi Vasuda Kesav
Violin: Vidushi Nalina Mohan
Mridangam: Vidwan H.S. Sudhindra