The navarAtri festival season was ushered in in style at Ranjani Fine Arts with students of Natyasruti ( a school of classical music and dance ) presenting a very spirited rendition of dEvi kritis.
The quality of the music performance by students of Natyasruti spoke volumes of the dedication and commitment of their Guru Smt Sumitra Nitin, the founder of Natyasruti. The children's enthusiasm and spirit leading to a passionate rendition of the dEvi kritis indeed invoked the blessings of dEvi and charged the atmosphere with a festive mood.The tone had been set, the mood had been created and the musical treat further extended to some very deep and chaste music presented by exponents of Mysore veena bAni. Vidwan D.Balakrishna, son and disciple of Mysore Doreswamy Iyengar along with his students Vidushi Manjula Surendra and Vidushi Vani Yadunandan supported by Vidwan Jayachandra Rao on the mridangam and Vidwan Dayanda Mohite on the ghatam enthralled the audience with their music.
The concert began with the commanding tones of Puliyur Doraiswami Iyer’s “sarasiruhanana” in nata rAga. What followed was sheer brilliance - a graceful AlApana of kAnada rAga by Sri Balakrishna followed by “mAmava sada janani” with some classy swara patterns. Smt Manjula Surendra played a melodious sketch of hindOla rAga and all the artistes came together to present the Mysore Vasudevacharya kriti “mAmavatu sri saraswati”. The rAga varAli was handled with a lot of finesse by Sri Balakrishna and stirred deep chords in the listeners. Muthuswamy Deekshitar's “mAmava meenakshi” was concluded with flowing kalpana swarAs where the veena and percussion artistes excelled in a very interesting kuraipu in Misra chapu tAla. The brisk AlApana of bilahari rAga by Vidushi Vani Yadunandan and the rendition of “sri chAmundEshwari” indeed altered the pace of the concert. A very lilting presentation of rAga dwijAvanti by Sri Balakrishna was followed by Muttuswamy Deekshitar's popular composition “akhilAndeshwari”. Sri Balakrishna further enriched the listening experience by playing some very creative kalpana swaras in this rAga. The fast paced TyagAraja kriti “tatva merugatarama” in garudadhwani rAga was played before the artistes embarked upon the majestic and graceful rAga bhairavi for elaboration. The graceful alapana and rhythmic tAna were followed by TyagarAja’s song “tanayuni brOva” in which some exquisite swaraprastAras were played.
The percussionists Sri Jayachandra Rao on the mridangam and Sri Dayand Mohite on the ghatam who had been embellishing the music with their percussion support came to the fore in the tani Avartanam which was indeed a feast of rhythm for the rasikAs.“bhavayami gOpalabAlam” in yamuna kalyani, “bhajare yadunadam” in pilu and a tillana in chenchurutti were soothing to the listeners. The pristine tone of the veena and the moving music lingers on in the hearts of the rasikas...
Date: 13th Oct 2012, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Veena trio by Vidwan D. Balakrishna, Vidushi Manjula Surendra &
Vidushi Vani Yadunandan
Mridangam: Vidwan K U Jayachandra Rao
Ghatam: Vidwan Dayanand Mohite