The exalted state after RFA’s successful 3rd Annual Festival last month had hardly died down, and it was time again for another memorable event in Ranjani Fine Arts. The March month concert is quite close to the hearts of all RFA members, being the birthday of RFA. The third birthday of RFA was celebrated in grand style with a liberal dose of the divine elixir of music (Sangeethamrutham), as the highly accomplished Vidwans Rudrapatanam brothers (Sri R.N. Thyagarajan and Sri R.N. Taranathan) and team presented a superlative concert.
Rudrapatanam brothers started off with the Saranga varnam in right traditional style. The famous Mysore Vasudevacharya composition Pranamamyaham Sri Gaurisutam in Gowla followed. The brief essay of kalpana swarams showed a glimpse of their prowess and what was to follow! A soulful rendition of the Dikshitar kriti Diwakara Tanujam in Yadukula Kamhoji followed, after a nice sketch of the beautiful ragam. Their rendition was so devotional that it emancipated the listeners of all Shani Dosha. These were just the studied batting in the opening overs, the magnificent strokeplay was to follow!
RFA rasikas were treated to a rare treat, as Vidwan R.N Tyagarajan did an elaborate alapana of the not too often heard Neethimati. It was a musical learning experience, as he explored the various elements of the raga, and presented it beautifully. Vidushi Nalina Mohan was equally brilliant in the violin return. The musicians introduced the ragam to the less experienced rasikas who were trying to decode the ragam, which they haven’t heard before! A Kotiswara Iyer composition was chosen – Mohanakara muthukumara. After doing justice to the beautiful lyrics, a detailed set of kalpana swarams followed. The rasikas were swept off their feet, as they experienced the aesthetically crafted kalapana swarams.
One of the highlights of the concert was the Devamanohari piece that followed. Devamanohari also has not been heard in RFA for quite a while. It was the turn of Vidwan R.N. Taranathan, to take the audience through the various shades of Devamanohari in his well-structured alapana. The brothers rendered the popular Tyagaraja kriti Evvarikai Avatarame in Misra Capu talam. The flood of kalpana swarams was a revelation as to what all patterns are possible in Devamanohari. The singers did justice to the name of the ragam – it was divine and beautiful!
A short piece by Syama sastri Parvati Ninnu Ne in ragam Kalgada (another rare ragam to many) was taken up. The emotional appeal and lyrical beauty of Syama Sastri’s kriti was delineated well. The main piece of the evening was in Sankarabharanam. The infinite possibilities of manodharmam in this ragam were presented as the brothers took turns and unleashed their creative genius. The violin return further embellished the alapana, as Nalina Mohan did a well-balanced rendition. A detailed tanam followed that kept the audience glued to their seats. As all were expecting the Pallavi line to commence, the musicians surprised the audience with the famous kriti “Swararaga Sudha”. The audience were craving for a neraval, and the musicians presented a brilliant one. The line Paramanandtmane Kamalamupai was chosen. The neraval was quite breathtaking as the brothers demonstrated their virtuosity with kalapramanam, without compromising on the melody. The kalapana swaras reached a crescendo and then proceeded to a Ranjani mala (Ranjani, Janaranjani, Manoranjani) before concluding with Revathi. It was now the turn of Vidwan Cheluvaraju and Vidushi Sukanya Ramgopal to show their brilliance. It was a sublime as they explored their mastery on layam, with their brilliant korvais! Each artist on the stage was equally brilliant, what a treat to the rasikas!
The concert concluded with a devarnama in Kapi and a tillana in Khanda Capu in Anandabhairavi. The highlight of the concert was the unique convergence of creativity, melody and classical purity. Music from the heart and the brain! The musical partnership on the stage was another highlight – the way the brothers distributed the singing between themselves, the communication and anticipation that the accompanying artists demonstrated, the list is endless!
- Santosh Narayanan
Special 3rd Anniversary Concert on March 14th 2015, 5pm
by Rudrapatnam Brothers
Date: 14th Mar 2015, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Vidwan R.N.Thyagarajan & Vidwan R.N.Tharanathan
Violin: Vidushi Nalina Mohan
Mridanga: Vidwan C. Cheluvaraju
Ghata: Vidushi Sukanya Ramgopal