Solemn on traditional times
THE TIRUMALA Tirupati Devasthanams Information Centre celebrated the 155th Aradhana Mahotsavam of Sri Tyagaraja at its auditorium in T. Nagar on February 10. The aradhana included a group rendition of the great composer's Pancharatna Kirtanas by musicians. The participants deserve praise for their disciplined and synchronised presentation.
In the evening, the centre featured the recital of the violin virtuoso, T. N. Krishnan. Playing with solemnity true to the tradition of chaste Carnatic instrumental music, T. N. Krishnan enthralled the gathering with his reposeful presentation of the pieces, "Therathiyaka" (Gowlipanthu), "Evareni" (Devamruthavarshini), "Raghuvara" (Panthuvarali), "Giripai" (Sahana), "Swararaga" (Sankarabharanam) and "Vinayakuni" (Madhyamavathi) of Tyagaraja. The Sahana delineated by the violinist was full of sedate phrases.
Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam (mridangam) and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (ghatam) accompanied the recital with an awareness of its classiness.
Sponsored by P. Obul Reddy and Gnanamba Endowment, the Music Trinity Jayanthi of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha comprised a series of recitals and group singing of the `pancharathna' pieces of Tyagaraja and of the navavarana kritis of Muthuswamy Dikshitar.
The recital of P. Unnikrishnan featured in the festival was impressive with enjoyable ingredients. The vocalist delighted the audience with his delineation of the pieces, "Srinadadi" (Mayamalavagowlai, Muthuswamy Dikshitar), "Kandajudumi" (Vachaspathi, Tyagaraja) and "Janani" (Ritigowlai, Subbaraya Sastri of Syama Sastri's family).
Ritigowlai was portrayed with a sharp focus on some of its significantly subtle features. Following a fair portrayal of Thodi, Unnikrishnan rendered the piece, ``Koluva'' of Tyagaraja neatly. The vocalist had agreeable support from Delhi Sundarajan (violin), Mannargudi Eswaran (mridangam) and V. Suresh (ghatam).
Sri Tyagaraja Sangita Samajam of Nanganallur celebrated Tyagaraja Aradhana festival with a series of music and dance recitals for 10 days.
Rajkumar Bharathi's vocal recital in this series was of a satisfying standard. His description of Chakravakam in the different sthayis was felicitous in close coordination with sruthi.
The piece, "Sugunamule" of Tyagaraja in it was rendered with a grasp of its distinctly entrancing musical contents. The vocalist sought to project a palatable profile of Kalyani with powerful prayogas. His execution of the piece, "Ninnanavalasina," in it was in a convincing musical version.
Embar Kannan (violin), Prapancham Ravindran (mridangam) and A. S. Krishnan (morsing) enlivened the recital with their energetic performance. R.V.
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