Ranjani Fine Arts (RFA) had a memorable first year, which was marked by 10 concerts, a Vaggeyakara Utsava and an Annual Festival. March 2013 marks the first anniversary of RFA, and it was a moment of pride for all the members, trustees and patrons of RFA.
It was indeed a pleasure to mark this special occasion with a concert by "Ganakalabhushana" Vidwan R.K. Padmanabha, who has been a patron and supporter of RFA from it's inception. It was R.K.Padmanabha, who had inaugurated RFA a year ago and set it on its golden run.
The concert started off with the Abogi varnam “Evvari bodhana”. The audience sat spellbound as they listened to the rendering of the varnam in eight kalapramanams. A soulful rendition of the popular kriti “Ganamoorthy” in Ganamoorthy, was the next one. R.K.Padmanabha explored the various dimensions and shades of the vivadi ragam Ganamoorthy, as he progressed through the krithi and a detailed swarakalpna. Endowed with a divinely rich and sonorous voice,
R.K.Padmanabha demonstrated his scholarship in various aspects of Carnatic music rendition. His ability to traverse three octaves with ease and his grip on laya and kalapramanam, at the same time emphasizing on bhava, was an absolute treat to the ears.
The Thyagaraja kritis “Nannupalimpaa” (Mohanam) and “Marugelara” (Jayanthasree) were rendered at their poignant best, as demanded by their lyrics. The concert progressed into the main piece, which was the Diskhitar kriti “Hiranmayeem Lakshmim Bhajami” in raga Lalitha. A diligent and detailed exposition of Lalitha ragam followed by neraval and swarakalpana, were highlights of the rendition. It was a literally a rain of soulful music, that enriched the heart and soul of everyone, and was far more valuable than the legendary “shower of gold coins”. Dikshitar’s brilliance in blending subtle shades of Hindustani music in Carnatic music, was delineated beautifully by Vidwan Padmanabha. The vadya ensemble, comprising of Mridangam, Khanjira and Tabla, complemented the singing in bringing out the shades of both systems of music.
The highlight of the concert was the tanam in Todi, where Sri. Padmabaha demonstrated the various forms of tanam like “Nabhi tanam”, “Sankha tanam”, “Ghanta tanam”, “Mayoora tanam” and “Ashwa tanam”. This was an education to many in the audience who were exposed to these tanam variants for the first time. Vidwan Padmanbaha paid glowing tributes to acharyas like Vasudevacharya, from whom he had learnt all these tanam variants. The lack of time prevented him exploring all the 13 “tanam” variants, but his rendition provided a glimpse on the magnificence of “tanam” singing. The Pallavi in the complicated Khanda Ata talam was rendered in trikalam, starting at the 49th Akshara. This was equally matched by the brilliant vadya ensemble (Vidwan Cheluvaraju (Mridangam), Vidwan Chandramouli (Khanjira) and Pandit Vishwanath Nakod), during their “tani avartanam”. The kalpana swarams progressed elegantly through a ragamalika consisting of ragas like Varali, Shubapantuvarali, Durbar, Nattakurinji, Arabhi, Devagandhari, and Kanada.
Viruttam singing was another memorable highlight of the concert. There were a couple of beautifully executed viruttams. The choice of ragas and the aesthetic blending of the ragas in the viruttams left an indelible impression on the listener. An ardent devotee of the saint Vadirajatirtha, he sang one of the Vadiraja kritis “Narayana Enniro” in Hamsdhwani . The rendition of “Parvathi Bhagavati” in Revathi, really elevated the audience to an ethereal plane of bhakti. This piece was one of the finest examples of the fact that music is the greatest form of bhakti. The concluding piece was a brisk and energetic tillana in Sindhubhairavi.
All through the concert R.K.Padmanabha was ably supported by the accompaniments. Vidwan Raghuram matched him note to note on the violin. The vadya ensemble of Vidwan Cheluvaraju, Vidwan Chandramouli and Pandit Vishwanath Nakod, created a wonderful confluence of tala and laya. The listeners were completely immersed in the ocean of music, and lost the passage of time.
- Santosh Narayanan
Date: 9th March 2013, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Ganakalabhushana Vidwan R K Padmanabha
Violin: Vidwan B Raghuram
Mridangam: Vidwan C Cheluvaraju
Khanjira: Vidwan B N Chandramouli
Tabla: Pandit Vishwanath Nakod