Ramakrishnan Murthy's concert was a grand showcase of the musical flow the artiste has achieved. Commencing with the ata tAla varna in kalyAni, it just kept coming effortlessly !! The gowla masterpiece of Muttuswami Deekshitar “tyagarAja pAlaya” was rendered at a lilting pace followed by some teasing swarAs. A rarely heard mukhAri kriti of TyagarAja “sarasEruhAnana” took off at a fair clip which was followed by some inspired swarAs.
Ramakrishnan eased into a wonderful dileniation of nAtakuranji. A combination of different paced rhythmical patterns brought out the different nuances of the rAga. Nalina Mohan's return was crisp and 'to the point'.
The predominantly mandara stayi kriti of Gopalakrishna Bharati “vazhi maraittirukkude” was well rendered with nereval and authoritative swara prastAra in mishra chapu tAla. The Ahiri masterpiece “mAyamma” was neatly rendered and this was the prelude to an expansive keeravAni presentation. The keeravAni rAga presentation was profound with the madhyama holding the rAga on either side of the development. Different laya patterns of the rAga came to the fore as music kept gushing forth. The tAra stayi sanchAras were simply scintillating with good violin accompaniment by Nalina Mohan. Her return touched all the right notes of the rAga. The royal kriti of TyagarAja “kaligiyunte kada” was rendered in it's pristine beauty with nereval at 'bAguga sriraghurAmuni'. Swara prastarAs were largely in the slower tempo before a tri-stAyi round up led up to the tani Avartanam. Tumkur Ravishankar and Omkar Rao paired up very well to produce an excellent tani. Some very interesting patterns were demonstrated with aplomb by both the artistes.
The stage was set now to pace down the concert with a lilting bEhag followed by Kamalesha Vittala's “kandu dhanyanAde”. A soulful rendition of a rAgamAlika viruttam ( bAgeshree, darbAri kAnada, sucharitra and kApi) was followed by PApanAsam Sivan's “sOdanai sumaikku” in kApi. Purandara DAsa's “neenyako” was rendered as a rAgamAlika before Bhadrachala Ramadas's mangalam “rAmachandraya”.
Many people decided to enjoy Deepavali with family and friends as it was a festive weekend. And those who attended the concert, regaled in the cracker of a concert !!
Date: 10th Nov 2012, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Vidwan Ramakrishnan Murthy
Violin: Vidushi Nalina Mohan
Mridangam: Vidwan Tumkur B Ravishankar
Ghatam: Vidwan G Omkar Rao