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Neat sans frills

A SIMPLE and straight approach to performing technique marked the concert of Mambalam Sisters, R. Vijayalakshmi and R. Chitra, for the TTD Information Centre.

They brought a sense of proportion to their recital. With minimum phrasings they presented the alapanas of Latangi, Sahana and Madhyamavati. Although it was not in any way thrilling the performance was not dull either. The selection of songs, keeping the venue in mind, was such as to satisfy an evening's listening. The Bhairavi Ata tala varnam, ``Viribhoni,'' that is not frequently heard gave a decorous start to the recital. ``Sarasadala-Nayana'' (Kamas), ``Vandanamu-Raghunandana'' (Sahana), ``Venkatesa-Ninnu'' (Madhyamavati) provided solidity to the concert.

The approach to the aesthetics of Sahana was good, but Madhyamavati followed the formula pattern. The understanding in full between the violinist R. Hemalatha and the vocalists was only to be expected.

Brevity in raga elaboration by the Sisters as well as the violinist was a welcome feature. Thanjavur Subramaniam (mridangam) and K. S. Rangachari (ganjira) were equally moderate with muffled beats. — SVK

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