Young singers prove their mettle
Kalasagaram, a cultural organisation, has been conducting the Youth Festival of Music since the last three decades. Pantula Rama, N Rama Murthy, Sudha Raghunathan and Nityasree Mahadevan came to prominence after performing at this festival. The inaugural day had fifteen year old Sriranjani Darbha proving her mettle as the winner of Tambura Prize
Kalasagaram, a cultural organisation, has been conducting the Youth Festival of Music since the last three decades. Pantula Rama, N Rama Murthy, Sudha Raghunathan and Nityasree Mahadevan came to prominence after performing at this festival. The inaugural day had fifteen year old Sriranjani Darbha proving her mettle as the winner of Tambura Prize. She commenced her recital with “Vathapi Ganapathim Bhajey” (Hamsadhwani) and moved on to “Jankajaa Sametha” (Asaveri).
She took Thyagaraja’s “Pakkala Nilabadi” in Kharaharapriya raga as the main item. Her ragalapana and swarakalpana were good. Oruganti Rajasekhar on violin and Ch Rama Krishna on mridangam gave good instrumental support. On the second day it was Swathy Krishnamoorthy’s tender voice that stood testimony to her guru Seetharajan’s prudent training.
Seethrajan runs a gurukulam in Chennai to train young musicians and many students are Tambura Prize winners. Swathy, too, was a recipient of the Kalsagram Tambura Prize. She started her vocal recital with “Samy Dayajooda”, a Kedaragaula varnam, much to the satisfaction of the listeners. Then she moved on to “Manasu Karugada Emoh” (Hamsadhwani), “Kavava” (Varali),”Raga Ratnamalika Chey” (Reethigoula) with good swarakalpana and showed lyrical beauty while rendering the phrase “Bhagavatatottmulu Gudi”.
Giving straight renditions of Deekshitar, “Papanasam Sivan” in Bilahari and Nasikabhushani ragas she took Thyagaraja’s “Kaddanuvariki” as the main item in Thodi. She tried to showcase her swarakalpana trait to the possible extent. Mallella Tejaswi on violin and Burra Sriram on mridangam gave good instrumental support and made the recital enjoyable.
The final day had Amrith Narayan from Chennai presenting an enchanting vocal recital. He started with “Ninney Kori”, a Sriraga Varnam, much to the delight of the gathering. He took a familiar krithi of Periya Sami Thooran, “Gana Nathaney” and then Thyagaraja’s “Vidulaku Mrokkeda” (Mayamalavagoula). Both proved to be neat presentations. In Thyagaraja’s “Enthani Ney Varninthu” (Mukhari) and “Telisi Rama Chinthanatoh” (Poornachandrika), Naraynan gave good swarakalpana, rendering the krithi in all its vividness.
He then took “Meenakshi Mey Mudam Dehi” (Poorvi Kalyani) of Muthuswamy Deekshitulu and dealt with it with good ragalapana and detailed swarakalpana, touching ragamalika swaras in Reethigoula, Kalyani and Neelambari. He rendered keerthanas in Kapi and the last item of the day was “Seethakalyana Vaibhogamey” (Kuranji) of Thyagaraja.
Radhika Srinivasan on violin and TP Balasubramanian on mridangam gave good instrumental support. All in all, the three young musicians did their best. Further training from their gurus coupled with practice, it is for sure that they will gain prominence in music circles in the years to come.
By:Chivukula Rama Mohan