Early December is a challenging time for most Bangloreans, with the cold weather creating havoc, children’s exams, work pressure due to impending Christmas break etc. However, all these challenges did not deter the serious rasikas in turning up for the December monthly concert.
The evening's concert at Sobha Lakeview Clubhouse, with its newly furnished interiors, was by Vidwan V.R. Dilipkumar and party. Vidwan Dilip started with a soulful rendition of the Dharu Varnam ‘Mathemalayadwaja’ in the raga Kamas, which was preceded by a short yet exhaustive alapana capturing the delicate nuances of the raga.
This was followed by a Thyagaraja kriti in Hamsadhwani- Sri Raghukula. The swarakalpana wonderfully portrayed the essence of Hamsadhwani as Vidwan Dileep Kumar explored the higher notes of the scale, reaching up to panchamam. There was a careful balance of raga bhava and timing. The swara patterns were quite innovative and delved deep into the raga. Vidwan Mattur Srinidhi complemented the swarams beautifully, its high pitched tone emulating the human voice.
Next was Sogasujudatharama in Kannada Gowla. The slow-paced rendering of the kriti brought out the beauty of the rare raga.
One of the memorable pieces of the evening was “KarunaVidehaiMayi Kamalanabha” in Malahari. Malahari is a challenging ragam to do Manodharmam, due to its proximity to Malamalavagolwai and Saveri. Vidwan Dileep Kumar introduced the ragam with an elaborate alapana which captivated the audience. The effortless ease of handling Malahari left the rasikas stunned. The intricate melodies showed his voice capabilities and his deep understanding of the raga. The final concluding melody brought the audience to their feet.
A short piece in another not often heard ragam Devamanohari was the prelude to the sub-main piece in Latangi. The famous Patnam Subramanya Iyer Kriti “Mariveradikkevvaro” was chosen. The raga alapana highlighted the speciality of the gandharam. Mattur Srinidhi demonstrated great skill as he exhibited different techniques on the violin.
The highlight of the concert was Saraguna Palimpa in raga Kedaragowla. The alapana preceding the kriti demonstrated excellent range and voice modulation. The phrase ‘mgr’ was included quite a few times, emphasizing the signature style of the raga. The kriti too, was sung very melodiously at a moderate pace, clearly rendering each sangati with precision. Once again, the swarakalpana ventured onto the upper octaves, doing justice to the vast scope of the raga.
The thaniyavarthanam was an electrifying performance. Vidwan Vadaga Anilkumar proved a perfect team mate for Dilip and Srinidhi. The audience was deeply involved and kept with the beat till the end.
An interesting piece was Kasturi Tilakam, which is a shloka in the name of Lord Krishna. This piece was rendered in the same raga as its successor- Dasaranindhi Sabhedha. A Purandaradasa kriti, the existence of both the nishadams was highlighted in this raga Thilang.
This was followed by Yeppo Varuvaro in Jonpuri which was rendered at quite a fast pace. A beautiful Swati Thirunal padam, Alarsara parithapam (Surutti) provided the sringara rasa aspect of the concert. The mangalam and a final shlokam in Madhyamavati concluded the concert.
Overall, the musician’s choice and sequence of kritis and was quite interesting. The performance exuded the deep knowledge of Carnatic music, and yet they provided ample variety to the scholar and layman alike. It was a unique experience that will be remembered for years to come. It was indeed a loss to many rasikas who had to miss out due to compelling reasons!
- Renuka Ramanathan
A Unique Blend of Scholarship & Verve
Date: 13th Dec 2014, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Vid Thrissur V.R. Dilip Kumar
Violin: Vid Mattur Srinidhi
Mridanga : Vid P.V Anil Kumar