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Effortless rendition

IMPERCEPTIBLE VIRTUOSITY, sans aggressive phrases, tonal quality of a high order and precision in tala, highlighted Jayanthi Kumaresh's veena recital at Hamsadhwani before a good and discerning audience, which repeatedly cheered the cascade of fascinating idioms rendered with effortless ease. And the artiste with her characteristic half smile, acknowledged.

The concert got into stride right from the start of Vina Kuppair's Sahana varnam, which was followed in quick succession by Tyagaraja's "Kanukonti" (after a brief round of striking swaras), and "Durmargachara" (Ranjani). Dikshitar's "Srivenkatagirisa" (Surati) gave pep. Then came an expansive alapana in Saveri. The artiste covered all the facets of this majestic raga, dwelling at some length in mandra.

Syama Sastry's "Sankarisankuru" is one of the most favoured kirits among the musicians. Jayanthi rendered it satisfyingly with chic swaras.

Dikshitar's "Ramachandram Bhavayami" in Vasanta was the launching pad for the Kharaharapriya RTP. As expected, Jayanthi rendered the alapana wholesomely with gamakas and brigas.

The percussion artistes Neyveli Narayanan (mridangam) and S. V. Ramani (ghatam) did an extremely fine job.

Apart from a show of their individual prowess in the tani avarthanam, they were most cooperative, especially during Jayanthi's swara essays. In fact, at the end of concert, she wholesomely acknowledged this inspirational support.

Musical discourse

Aradhana to Sadasiva Brahmendrar (18th century - a contemporary of Pudukkottai's Vijaya Raghunatha Tondaiman) will be held at Nerur (where he attained jeeva samadhi), on May 11 and in that connection, by way of introducing this great avadhoot to the audience, Dr. Prameela Gurumurthy, Professor and Head of the Music Department, University of Chennai, gave a musical discourse on "Compositions of Sadasiva Brahmendrar". She was assisted by Mala Mohan, Guest Lecturer, and Rahul Ravindran, student.

Dr. Prameela gave several interesting facts about the life and spiritual outpourings of Sadasiva Brahmendrar.

In all, nine songs including "Bruhimukundeti" (Sadasiva Brahmendrar's first song) were rendered that evening. All the songs were rendered as prayer offerings without any kind of gimmick or manodharma sancahras. _ KSR

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