Saturday, March 18, 2006

Mamangalam Concert

Bharatheeya Sangeetha Sabha in Mamangalam, on the outskirts of Kochi, was recently established by veteran musician Madhusudhana Menon and a handful of music lovers to encourage young talents who lacked the opportunity to prove their mettle. A vocal recital by Perumbavur Sreeranjini under the aegis of the Sabha, held recently at the SNDP hall made an impact on the capacity crowd assembled there. Sreeranjini, a native of Tripunithura, and a product of RLV College of Music and Fine Arts there, has also been trained by Tripunithura K. Lalitha and later by Madhusudhana Menon. She is now settled in Perumbavoor. The vocalist has a pleasing voice and it surfaced with the Abhogi Varnam, Evvari bodhana itself, composed by Pattanam Subrahmania Iyer After Pramamamiaham (Gaula) by Mysore Vasudavachar, she rendered Govardhana Gireesham (Deekshithar) in Hindolam, set to Roopakam. Katahankuthoohalam is a raga designed by Pattanam Subrahmania Iyer, improving upon Kuthoohalam, a derivative of Dheera Sankarabharanam. The name itself implies that the raga and the krithi Raghuvamsa, are to be handled with a certain amount of finesse on part of the singer. Sreeranjini aquitted herself well by not providing undue acceleration to it. Anandabhairavi was delineated with thoughtfulness and Kamalamba in triputa by Deekshithar was presented with its full musical effect. This is the first among the Navavarana krithis. Kalyani was etched without making any excessive forays into the melodic region and Unnaal allal vere gathi by Papanasam Sivan was neatly laced with niraval and swaras. She packed the latter part of the concert with tempo by Karunai Daivame (Sindhubhairavi by Madhura Sreenivasan), Paarukkullen (Jonpuri) by Subrahmania Bharathi and the popular thillana in Dhanasari by Swathi. The vocalist concluded the concert with Niranna Peelikal, a verse in Malayalam which had dainty shades of Madhuvanthi. Thiruvizha Ullas provided an agreeable accompaniment on the violin. Gopakumar, a trained vocalist, handled the mridangam fairly well with Balachandran, a disciple of of the doyen Nandikeswara Rao, on the ghatom.
By Courtesy The Hindu Aug 17 2001


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