The concert by Vidwan Sherthallay Dr. Renganatha Sharma at Ranjani Fine Arts on March 8th was a complete fulfilling experience for the melodic, emotional and intellectual aspects. The success of the concert was due to three aspects. Firstly, he used his deep and rich endowed voice in the most appropriate way to get the required effect. Secondly, there was judicious amount of melody and virtuosity in his manodharma sangeetham. Thirdly, he had packed the list of songs chosen beautifully to include a lot of lesser heard compositions and the ragas chosen beautifully complimented each other, covering a gamut of talams and composers. Overall it was a rich experience, the nuances lingering in the mind for long time after it was over.
Coming to the specifics
He started the concert with a lesser heard varnam in Hamirkalyani, a composition of T.R.Subramaniam. Next was Ganarajena Rakshitoham - an invocation to Lord Ganesha in the raga Aarabhi, a composition of Dikshithar in Tisra triputa bringing out the lilts and nuances of Aarabhi. A brief but melodic alapana of the Vivadhi swarams melakartha Neethimathi followed. The very first phrase sung gave the full picture of the raga.(60th melakartha-R2G1M2D3N2). The composition taken was " Mohanakara muthukumara"-by Koteeswara Iyer.in Rupakam. A breezy Sri Sankaraguruvaram in Nagaswarali, a composition of Mahavaidhyanatha Iyer was sung with verve. A detailed alapana of Kharaharapriya filled with exquisite nuances came next, with a lesser heard composition of Purandaradasa. There was a good exposition of niraval and swarams. A short but lilting composition in Yadukulakambodhi-(G.N.B) -Paramakripasagari was sung before the main piece of the concert.
A beautiful exhaustive alapana of Saveri-the main raga left one with the feeling of a sumptuous meal. Sri Kamakoti Peetasthithe-(composition of Mysore Sadasiva Rao, made famous by M.S S) was beautifully sung bringing out the bhakthi bhava. Niraval at "Kadambhavana Nilaye" with swarams spoke volumes of the manodharma sangeetham of the artist. A quick Ramanannu brovara in Harikambhodhi-Thyagaraja followed. A soulful rendering of "Innudhaya baarathe" in Kalyanavasantham, a composition of Purandaradasa, left one speechless. "Irakkam varamal ponathenna karanam" a javali in Behag was lilting. "Alasara parithapam" a padam in Suruti raga (Swati Tirunal) bringing the sringara rasa well was followed by a virutham in ragamalika. A Tillana in raga Desh - a composition of Lalgudi Jayaraman - brought the concert to fulfilling end.
Vidushi H.M. Smitha gave good support on the violin showcasing her individuality in the alapanas, niraval and swarams. Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma on the Mridangam and Vidwan Nandagopal on Kanjira gave good support, showcasing their grip on the laya in their tani avartanam.
- Dr. K.G. Shyam Krishnan
Date: 8th Mar 2014, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Vidwan Dr. Shertallay Dr. K.N.Renganatha SharmaViolin: Vidushi H.M.SmithaMridanga: Vidwan Anoor Anathakrishna SharmaKhanjira: Vidwan Nandagopal