The June 2014 monthly concert of RFA was a mesmerising performance of Vidushi Kalavathy Avadhoot. Well known for her fine sense of lyrics and laya, the concert had a great combination of bhavam, mathematics and patantharam.
Vidushi Kavathy started the concert with the Kaanada Ata Tala Varnam ‘Nera Nammithi’ followed by a brisk rendition of Tulasidala. The neraval at ‘Sarasiruha punnaga’ was very apt and bought out the nuance of Mayamalavagowla. This was followed by Annapoorne in Sama. Vidushi Kalavathy bought out the aesthetic appeal of Sama ragam through this rendition and maintained a slow tempo.
The next was an elaborate raga alapana in Reethigowla. Effortless in the tharastayis and with intricate patterns in her alapana, Vidhushi Kalavathy was ably supported by Vidushi Nalina Mohan.The violin rendition of Reethigowla was pleasing and sweet to listen. Keeping the audience guessing on the krithi, Vidushi Kalavathy chose ‘Nannu Vidachi’ in Misrachapu. The meaning of this song goes as “Dear Rama, Do not leave me or let me down. I cannot stand separation from you even for a second”. The audience also felt the same when song ended.
Purvikalyani was the next piece. Vidushi Kalavathy demonstrated great control over the ragam and talam in this piece. Every time she ended her swarams at ‘Summane dorakuvade’ reminded us of the IPL season and the sweet sound of ball meeting the bat. Vidwan Jayachandra Rao and Vidwan Guru Prasanna provided great support making this piece one of the highlights of the evening. ‘Sudha Madurya Bashana’ in ragam Sindhuramakriya was the next piece. Sindhuramakriya is a janya of Mayamalavagowla. Vidhushi Kalavathy presented this song in the rare ragam with great control over the sahityam and talam.
The main item of the evening was the Kalyani piece. With a lot of Dhatu prayogams, Vidushi Kalavathi bought the essence of the raga bhavam. Vidushi Nalina Mohan’s raga alapana was very melodious and felt as though the violin was singing. The Krithi was sung with a lot of elaboration and the Neraval at ‘Seetha Gowri Vageeshwari’ was enjoyable. Vidwan Jayachandra Rao played wonderfully on the Thani and the Korappu was like watching a football match between the Mridangam and Khanjira. Vidwan Guruprasanna was exceptional in his planning and thirmanams.
‘Ee vela nannu Brovara’ in Khamas by Badrachala Ramadasa was the next piece. This was followed by a rare Purandaradasa krithi “Binnahakke Bayila Vayya”. The percussionists reveled in the thillana in Kadanakuthuhala which was a fitting end to the excellent concert. The audience left the hall with a feeling of wanting more.
- Chandramouli Srinivasan
Date & Time: 14th June 2014, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake View Club
Vocal: Vidushi Kalavathy Avadhoot
Violin: Vidushi Nalina Mohan
Mridanga: Vidwan K U Jayachandra Rao
Khanjira: Vidwan Guruprasanna