Gayatri Girish (Carnatic) and Lakshmi Sriram (Hindustani) ... their jugalbandhi won the audience appreciation.
THE JUGALBANDHI recital by Gayatri Girish (Carnatic) and Lakshmi Sriram (Hindustani), organised by the Sarvani Sangeetha Sabha at the Music Academy Mini Hall, on October 14, offered a pleasant evening to a packed audience. The concert began with a slokam on Lord Ganesha in `Aabhogi' by both the artists individually in their respective styles and Gayatri continued it with "Sri Maha Ganapathim", Shri N.S. Ramachandran's composition. Lakshmi intercepted the kriti with her short alaaps in between, attempting a new style of convergence. Following, Lakshmi's presentation of Puriya Dhanashree, "Payaliyan"... ..a bandesh in TeenTaal and Gayatri's Pantuvarali (Thyagaraja's "Shiva Shiva") were rendered very well. The Carnatic Pantuvarali is a sampoorna raga with the appropriate mingling of all the swaras. Hindustani Puriya Dhanashri, even though a sampoorna raga, sounds quite different. The use of `ga' as the Nyasa Swara (halting note), the frequent repetition of `ma ga ri sa' in the avarohan, and the omission of `sa' and `pa' in the arohan `ni ri ga ma dha ni sa', all add to the beauty of the rag. The same raag, adorned in different styles, expressed itself differently - so melodious in Hindustani style, yet majestic in Carnatic style. The magnitude of the impact on the presentation, by the varied interpretations and bhava of each note, was there to see and enjoy.
After a brief bandesh in Rag Durga by Lakshmi and a Shudhasaveri kriti (Kalaharana) by Gayatri, the duo proceeded to an elaborate presentation of Bhimplas (Hindustani) - Karnataka Deva Gandhi (Carnatic) in Ragam Tanam Pallavi (RTP) format. The Dhrupad style of singing in Hindustani System is akin to RTP format and Lakshmi made an earnest effort. The beauty and charm in this style of singing lies in the slow build up of the raga, dwelling on each note and gradually bringing out the `roop' of the raag. The scope for Lakshmi seemed restrained because of the time constraint. Nevertheless, it was a good attempt and both the artists excelled in their portrayal, much to the delight of the audience. The short `thani' by R. Ganapathiraman or Mridangam and R. Suresh on table was crisp. M.A. Krishnaswami on violin and Kuldip Pai on Harmonium gave good support.
Gayatri and Lakshmi etched a brief but beautiful alaap of Hamsanandhi (Carnatic) - Sohani (Hindustani), continued to sing a Tillana - Tarana to conclude the concert. The brisk tillana by Gayatri was a composition by Muthiah Bhagavathar which Lakshmi complimented with en equally energetic Tarana. The duo are to be congratulated on their first attempt at Jugalbandhi singing, for, while they were both enjoying themselves, they also won the appreciation of the audience.
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