Saketharaman began the evening on an auspicious note with a melodious and majestic rendition of the Sri ragam varnam. This was followed by a neat and tidy execution of Muttuswami Deekshitar's "Vallabhanayakasya" in Begada ragam. The artiste has a very natural way of blending melody and arithmetic in his music and this was apparent in the swaraprastharas that followed a wonderful rendition.
Next came a beautiful presentation of Ambujam Krishna's composition ' Azhaga azhaga ' in Shudha dhanyasi. The manodharma swaras were appealing and at the same time had intricate patterns. The sub main was Shanmukhapriya ragam followed by Swati Tirunal's "Mamava Karunaya". The alapana brought out the colours, moods and beauty of the raga in its entirety. H K Venkatram's return on the violin was mellifluous too. The kriti was rendered with a lot of passion and rounded off with some brilliant neraval and swaraprasthara patterns. Jayachandra Rao on the mridangam provided a rhythmically delightful experience in the thani avarthanam in Misra chapu talam.
The stage was now set for a grand Ragam Tanam Pallavi in ragas Vasantha and Kapi. The audience was spellbound when Saketharaman handled a very intricate pallavi set in Adi tala effortlessly and with a lot of finesse. The combination of Vasantha and Kapi ( two distinctly different ragas ) in an RTP is a challenge for an artiste to execute as also to switch between the two in short phrases. Both Saketharaman and H K Venkatram pulled this off quite effortlessly with good teamwork. The pallavi had ragamalika swaras in Vasantha, Kapi, Natakuranji and Neelamani ragas.
Catering to audience requests, he threw in some lilting melodies in kapi and darbari kanada and concluded the recital with Lalgudi Jayaraman's thillana in Yamunakalyani.
H K Venkataram on the violin and Jayachandra Rao on the mridangam played a very supportive role and contributed considerably to the musically memorable evening.
Saketharaman moved many a heart with his melodious music and it was indeed a fulfilling experience as a rasika to be able to listen to divine music !
Date: 14th July 2012, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal:Vidwan S Saketharaman
Violin:Vidwan H K Venkataram
Mridangam:Vidwan Jayachandra Rao