Saturday, March 18, 2006

Sudha Raghunathan at Ekm Shiva Temple.

Courtesy THE HINDU (KOCHI) (Feb.16, 2001)

Whenever Sudha Raghunathan sings, the respective organisers can be assured of a packed house. Her concert that took place at the Ernakulam Siva temple during the festival had lilting raga delineations and lush swara settings. Although an unexpected downpour on the fifth day caused the concert to be shifted to the newly constructed auditorium from the templeyard, it did not diminish the enthusiasm of the huge crowd. A garland of swaras with which she beautified Varavallabha by GNB in Hamsadhwani earned a thunderous ovation. After Evarini by Tyagaraja in Devamrithavarshini, she rendered a virutham on Siva in Tamil and quickly sang Sreejalandhara in Gambhiranatta by the Maharaja of Mysore, that was supple in diction and with a melting melody. The delineation of Poorvikalyani was grand with the composition Anandanatamaadu by Neelakantasivan (roopakam) which has Jathi patterns adroitly attached to its Varnamettu. The most fascinating piece of the concert was the Deekshithar composition Sree Viswanatham woven into 14 rags with the raga mudra shown in them. Shankarabharanam was majestic and Sudha displayed her technical skill by pigmenting the raga with elements of Kalyani by virtue of Shruthibhedam. The concert attained its crescendo with Swara Raga Sudha Rasa by Tyagaraja. Edappally Ajth gava a tolerably good performance with the violin. Thrissur Jayaram played a few gripping ‘Theerumaanams’ on the mridangam. Adichanalloor Anilkumar kept good company with the ghatom.


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