Sumitra Nitin chose the royal darbar varna "chalamela" that set the tone of the concert. Vinayaka Ninnuvina in Hamsadhwani was rendered in madhyama kAla and was rounded off with brisk swaras. Muttuswami Deekshitar's "pavanAtmaja Agachha" in Natta was rended with finesse which was a nice prelude to the sub main Khamas. Some lovely phrases of the melodious rAga were followed by the eternal Thyagaraja krithi "seethapathe". Nereval at "prema chuchi" was rendered with aplomb followed by some melodiously rendered intricate swara patterns.
Kalyani's rAga bhAva was profoundly presented in the viruttam "ninnantha thandeyu" of Purandara Dasa .This was followed by a depthy rendition of "nimma bhagya doddado". Thyagaraja's "vinarAda na manavi" in DevagAndhari was presented with good sense of lyrical clarity.
Sumitra chose madhyamavathi for deliniaiton. It was an evocative presentation of the rAga with some beautiful phrases in different octaves. Shyama Shastri's "pAlinchu kAmakshi" was rendered at a desirable pace that lent colour to the composition. An intense nereval at "kAntamaku" was followed by some innovative swara patterns. TaniAvarthanam by Sudarsan enhanced the overall appeal of the concert.
The concert was concluded with couple of beautiful songs in behAg (Periyasami Thooran's composition), hindola bhajan ( Shyam aaye, Arasi's composition ) and Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar's purvi tillana.
Vittal Rangan, the young violinist, lent nice support and shows good promise. Sudarsan Chakravarthy on the mridangam played with verve and finesse.
Overall, an enjoyable concert !
Date: 9th June 2012, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal : Vidushi Sumitra Nitin
Violin: Vidwan Vittal Rangan
Mridangam: Vidwan Sudarsan Chakravarthy