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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Carnatic Idol proves his mettle at Nadasurabhi concert

Young carnatic vocalist Raghavendra , winner of the Carnatic Music Idol competition - 2011, held by a TV channel in Chennai recently gave a brilliant performance in Bangalore on the 17th July 2011. Presenting his recital for the programme organized by Nadasurabhi under the joint auspices of mridangam vidwan Sri.HS Sudhindra's Suswaralaya College of Music, Raghavendra commenced the concert with the Sankarabharanam varnam Saami Ninne and Saint Thyagaraja's Oka Parijudaraada in Kalavathi followed.

The Neelambari kriti Anandavalli , a composition of Swati Tirunal was rendered in a bhava laden style. The sub main piece was Marivere dikkevvaru in Shanmugapriya. The standard of the alapanai was very impressive. The neraval at Sannuthanga sri followed by swaraprastharam was very well received by the packed audience. Sarasa Saama Daana in Kapi Naarayani unlike its usual filler status was treated with a few rounds of nice kalpana swaram at "ithavu maatelendu". A beautiful rendering of Naattakurinji for which Mysore Vasudevachar's composition Nachai Vidavaku ra was selected, was a good choice for a central piece.

The main item of the evening was an elaborate rendition of Keeravani with the popular Kaligiyunte of Thyagaraja as the krithi. The broad and precise manodharma of the artist was proven during the alapanai as well as the neraval and swaram at Bhaguga Sree Raghu. Thukkadas included Naaneka Bhadavano in Behag by Purandaradasa and a Tamil virutham followed by Thillana in Darbari Kanada.

The concert was very impressive, with the youngster doing his best. On the accompaniments were Smt. Charulatha Ramanujam who maintained her usual top class. Sri.BR Srinivas on Mridangam and Sri. M.Gururaj on Morsing gave enthusiastic support. Overall, it was a highly enjoyable programme.

Nadasurabhi will have Jayanthi Kumaresh's veena concert at the same venue on 21st August,2011. Interested art lovers can contact Nadasurabhi: nadasurabhi@yahoo.co.uk, Ph: 91-80-25539368