Date &Time: June 13th, 5pm
Vocal : Vidushi Sriranjani Santhanagopalan
Violin : Vidwan Vittal Rangan
Mridanga : Vidwan K U Jayachandra Rao
Venue: Sobha Lakeview Club
The monsoon had finally set in and the season of indoor habitats had arrived. But this particular evening of 13th June 2015 was not to be in the company of chai and pakodas , enjoying the rains. There was a different beckoning- that of the mellifluous music of Sriranjani Santhanagopalan, a budding Carnatic vocalist, who was going to perform at Ranjani Fine Arts.
After battling the typical traffic virus, I arrived, heaving a sigh of relief that the concert had only just started. Hurrah! I was not going to miss a moment of this! Vid Sriranjani along with violinist Vid Vittal Rangan and Mrudangist K U Jayachandra Rao, were looking all poised and perfect. Vid Sriranjani began the concert with the popular Thodi Varnam Eranapai composed by Shri Patnam Subramania Iyer. It was rendered to perfection. This was followed by a rare krithi in the ragam Kannada - Palayamam Parvateesha , a rare Dikshitar Krithi, was rendered very well and the crisp alapana and swarakalpana were the right starters for the main courses to follow. Marubalka – a Thyagaraja Krithi was rendered very well. The alapana and swara kalpana were amazing and transported the audience to an elated level of rasanubhava. Kudos to the accompanists for elevating the enriching performance of Vid Sriranjani every moment.
Javalis are generally rendered towards the end of the concert, but ‘Ivar Yaaro’, a Javali in Kamboji by Kavi Kunjara Bharati followed next. This was a welcome innovation by the artist. She explained the essence of the Javali, and rendered it replete with Bhava. One could visualize the grandeur of Perumal riding the chariot on the street , mesmerizing the lady tempting her to express the lyrics in this song . A Thyagaraja krithi, AparadhamulaNorva, in the Raga Rasali followed next. Then came the main course, Nidhichala Sukhama. There was an enthralling alapana, carved to majesty. The neraval at Mamatabandhana, and the swarakalpana had melody and mathematics merge into an aesthetic beauty. The violinist and mrudangist helped translate this majesty into a heavenly experience with their solos as well as apt accompaniment to the vocalist.
After the exquisite main course, it was time for a Thillana. The Thillana in Kapi by composed by Shri MD Ramanathan shone like a diamond in the lilting voice of Vidushi Sriranjani. A Devarnamam ‘Mandagamane’ by Shri Purandaradasa followed next. This was rendered very well in the Raga Khamas. A Swati Tirunal bhajan, ‘Aaaj Aayo Shyam Mohan’ was rendered in the Raga Shyam Kalyani. With every song, Vid Sriranjani proved her mastery over music. The switch to the Hindustani style in this Bhajan seemed effortless.
Sadly, though, the concert was coming to an end, but this was done in style. A Ragamalika Tirupugazh was rendered, which had the lines set to Hindolam, Kuntalavarali, Begada, Lalita, Kathanakuthuhalam, Bagesree, Atana and Surutti. This was a treat to the ears. The concert was concluded with the mangalam.
This concert could not be summarized better than the following words from Arvind Bramhakal. When he asked someone about the essence of good music, he was told that the essence of good music is contained in the word MUSIC itself. M-Melody, U-Universality, S-Sincerity, I-Individuality, C-Creativity, and further, for great music, one of these stands apart , and that is ‘Melody’- and he said that Vidushi Sriranjani’s music had this greatness. None can agree less with Arvind on this. It was yet another evening of eternal bliss at the RFA concert.
-- Narayanan Iyer