Ranjani Fine Arts witnessed a scintillating concert by Vidwan Prasanna Venkatraman and team. Prasanna chose to start the concert with Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar’s brisk and melodious Kanada varnam - Nera Nammiti, followed by Patnam Subramania Iyer’s Aparadhamula in Lathangi. A good delineation of Chakravaham was followed by Thyagaraja’s Etula Brotuvo. A short and beautiful alapana in Shri came next, and the audience was guessing that maybe a Sri Varalakshmi was coming up. Much to their surprise and delight, Prasanna launched into Pranatharthihara Prabho Purare, the pallavi of Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer’s 72-Melakarta ragamalika.
While many in the audience were wondering how many of the 72 melakartas they would get to hear, he proceeded to cover the 12 ragas of the first 2 chakras. This was a novel idea indeed. Next came an elaborate and nuance-packed alapana in Bhairavi, followed by Dikshithar's Balagopala with niraval and swaras, which was very well received. In a bold experiment, Prasanna followed this with an unusual choice of raga - Papanasam Sivan’s Sivakama Sundari in Mukhari.
The Ragam, Tanam, and Pallavi in Suruti was the highlight of the concert, with a very beautiful alapana bringing out all the nuances of the raga. The Pallavi in Misra jampa in tisra gati was well sung. Post RTP, there were two more melodious compositions. Accompanying Prasanna on the violin, Rajeev Mukundan gave good support on the songs and exhibited his individuality in raga alapana as well as kalpana swarms. R.Sankaranarayanan's mridangam support was very good with a well played tani avartanam.
-Dr. K. G. Shyam Krishnan
Date: 13th July 2013, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Vidwan Prasanna Venkatraman
Violin: Vidwan M. Rajiv
Mridangam: Vidwan Sankaranarayanan