37th year Art festival 2011
This evening had a variety with three recitals.
To start with, 'Natya Chudar' Anwesha Das gave a enjoyable Bharathanatyam performance. She is the disciple of the renowned danseuse, Urmila Sathyanarayana.
Anwesha looked beautiful in the bright coloured costume.
The 75 minute recital featured krithis in praise of Lord Padmanabha, as the religious month of Margazhi had just set in. And hence all the chosen krithis were the compositions of Maharaja Swathi Thirunaal.
Anwesha presented a pushpanjali in Vasantha ragam, followed by a krithi, Parama Purusham in the same Vasantha ragam.
Then was the main item - varnam in the ragam Kapi. The footwork and grace with which she danced, all were amazingly beautiful.
The final piece was the famous thillana - 'Geeth guniku' in Dhanasree ragam, after a javali in Behag. The music and the accompanying team did a great job; Urmila Sathyanarayana compered the presentation.
The hall had a good audience and all were appreciative of Anwesha's performance.
Ashok Ramani gave a short vocal concert next. Starting with 'Vallabha Nayakasya' in Begada, he sang, 'Gana Moorthe' in Ganamoorthy ragam.
'Ninnarul Iyambalaguma', the Pantuvarali raga krithi was the next piece taken up by Ashok Ramani. This one and 'Kapali' in Mohanam were from the family's rich treasures of his grandfather Papanasam Sivan's compositions.
'Chakkaneeraja' was the main item - with Karaharapriya alapana. Neraval and swarams were at 'Kantiki...'.
V V Ravi accompanied him on the Violin. A short thani avarthanam was rendered by Kolkatta Aravind on the Mridangam and Raman on the Morsing. Ashok Ramani ended the concert with a virutham in Behag and Sindhu Bhairavi and rendered 'Chandrasekara Easha' in Sindhu Bhairavi.
A variety mix of krithis made the concert interesting and appealing.
As the third concert for the day's evening, Dr N Ramani presented a Flute recital. It was an opportunity for the many rasikas who are passionate about listening to veterans' music. M Chandrasekar gave a wholesome support on the Violin. This is one more treat by another veteran.
Starting with the varnam in Sri ragam, 'Vallaba Nayakasya' in Begada was the next krithi. Now, it is the vintage krithi 'Marivere Gadhi' of Shyama Sastri in Anandha Bhairavi.
What followed was 'Bajana seya radha' in Dharmavathi ragam. Whoever missed the 'Nannupa limpa' in the blissful Mohanam out of Dr Ramani's Flute are losers.
'Baro Krishnaiya' (Raga malika) and a Thillana in Behag ended the concert. Chidambram S Balashankar on the Mridangam and Guruprasad on the Ghatam rendered the percussion support.