It was the second Saturday of June and it was time for another downpour of soulful music at Ranjani Fine Arts. As the usual practice, there was a mini concert by music school students followed by the main kutcheri. This month’s program featured the students of Kukke Sri School of Music, who put up an enthusiastic performance, with a good rendering of the kritis Ninne Nammithi Nayya (Simhendra Madhyamam), Paripaalaya (Reetigowlai), and Sarasaksha (Pantuvarali). The kalpana swarams for Sarasaksha showed a lot of promise. The little mridangist was the cynosure of everyone in the audience. The talent and dedication of all these students was praiseworthy.
Vidushi Vani Sateesh started her concert with the Navaragamalika varnam Valachi Vachi, rendered in the right traditional way. This was followed by a Mysore Vasudevachar’s Hamsadhwani piece, Vande anisham aham. Vani did a well studied exposition of Hamsadhwani and proceeded with the kriti. Her melodious voice and singing style delineating all the characteristics of the raga, enchanted the listeners.
After a short Sourashtram piece, Vani took up a bhava laden Mukhari. The detailed exposition of Mukhari was an absolute treat, which portrayed all the subtle nuances of Mukhari with effortless ease. The alapana was followed by the kriti Siva Kama Sundari, at its poignant best. The popular Patnam Subramania Iyer kriti Marivere was one of the highlights of the evening. The raga alapana of Latangi was appealing to connoisseurs and laymen listeners alike. A brisk paced Dasara pada in Vasantha (Rama Rama Rama Seetha) ensued, which added variety and vigour to the concert.
The main piece of the concert was the Harikesanallur Mutthiah Bhagavatar’s Ratna Kanchuka Dharini (Kambhoji) . The rendition explored the length and breadth of Kambhoji, with neraval and kalpana swarams. The accompanying artistes excelled too, elevating the level of the concert. Vidwan Mysore Sateesh excelled on the violin and provided able support to the vocalist. Vidwan Jayachandra Rao on the mridangam and Vidwan Srishyla on the ghatam, created a scintillating display, in their taniavarttanam.
The tukkadas section comprised of Tarake Bindige (Tillang) , the romantic Swati Thirunal padam Kanthanodu Chennu Melle (Neelambari), a Viruttam and a composition (Kula Kula Kula Vendu) in Desh. All of these renditions exuded melody and bhava.
The highlight of Vidushi Vani’s performance was her melodious voice and scholarly rendering of all the kritis. She paid a lot of attention in bringing out all the subtle characteristics in her raga alapanas. The vocalization and emotional appeal were very pleasing to the ears. One interesting aspect of the kutcheri was that there was not a single kriti by the Trinity. There was a great deal of creativity, without deviating from tradition.
- Santosh Narayanan
Date: 8th June 2013, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Vidushi Vani Sateesh
Violin: Vidwan Mysore Sateesh
Mridangam: Vidwan K.U.Jayachandra Rao
Ghatam: Vidwan S.Srishyla