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Choice Dakshinamoorthy fare


SLIGHT IN figure, apparently frail of body, advancing in age, yet the owner of a great heart and an evergreen mellifluous and resonating voice _ Sri.V.Dakshinamoorthy. Undisputedly the patriarch of Carnatic music, it was a rare privilege of the music aficionados of Perumbavoor to listen to him rendering a Carnatic vocal recital on Thursday at the Fine Arts Society Auditorium.

Simplicity personified, Swami as he is affectionately referred to by his disciples and myriad fans, enthralled the audience for one and a half hours, casting a magical spell over them with the mastery of his divinely inspired music. His repertoire included gems of classical compositions as well as couple of film songs.

Commencing his recital with "Mangala laya vara Ganapathi" in natta raga and Adi thala, followed by "Chanthanechina", it was the maestro's rendering of "Nidhisala Sugama" that proved to the audience that he is a singer beyond compare and a master. The audience must surely have been transported beyond belief at the ease and felicity with which the master wove through the various intricate passages of the composition.

Dakshinamoorthy sang three compositions of his own. They were " Nanaro Niyaro", "Anpaam En Alayathil" and "Samaganapriye". Of these, "Samaganapriye", a kirtan in praise of Sri Mookambika Devi has the rare distinction of having all 24 "Swaraksharas" of the Carnatic music tradition within its composition.

A notable feature of the recital was that the master had the time and patience to explain the finer points of his music to the very receptive audience. On request he sang "Karunacheyvan Enthu Thamasam Krishna," but was unable to recall all the line of the composition and hence was unable to complete the song. True to his humble and simple nature the master apologised profusely to his audience.

The master, much to the delight of the audience, rendered "Swapnangal, swapnangale ningal swargakumarikal allo". Belying his age the master also sang the rollicking and once popular humorous song which he had both composed and sung _ Nagaradhi Enneyunte, Sahajaradhi Kuzhambumunde".

The audience which was truly aware of the fact that they were privileged to listen to a true maestro were very receptive to the renderings of the virtuoso. Each impeccable rendering of the master was received with thundering applause which in turn was acknowledged by the great soul with folded palms.

Dakshinamoorthy was accompanied by Dr.M.N.Moorthy on the violin. Dr.Moorthy proved to be the perfect foil for the master.

Thrissur.B. Jayaram, the preferred percussionist of the master, was on the mridangam and N.Gopalakrishnan was on the Ghatam. One slight jarring note was struck by the poor audio system at the venue, which seemed to trouble the master.

The recital was organised by the Perumbavoor Municipal Council, which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee and the Swathi Thirunal Sangeetha Sabha of Perumbavoor. The organisation needs special mention for the effort being put in for the promotion of good music at Perumbavoor. Earlier in the evening, Dakshinamurthy inaugurated the function at which noted cultural and artistic personalities like Jayaram, Perumbavoor Ravindranath, Sankaran Namboothiri and Dakshinamoorthy were felicitated. The chairman of the Perumbavoor Municipality, N. C. Mohan, vice-chairman Arun Kumar and various other prominent personalities offered felicitations.

K. BALAKRISHNAN

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