Two day Musical Feast
On 24th and 25th December 2012, Sri Shankara Adhyayana Kendra organized a two-day music festival featuring artists Rajkamal Nagaraj and Vani Sateesh, which ensured and gave music lovers an absolute treat. The event was held at and with the joint auspices of Rasadhwani Kala Kendra, Rajajinagar - Bangalore.
On 24th flautist Rajkamal raptured the audience every minute of the concert. He began with a Varnam in Shree raga, followed by Purandara dasa’s Jaya Janakikanta in Nattai. Thyagaraja’s beautiful composition Geethartamu Sangeethartamu in raga Suruti was the next item where the artist displayed the nuances of the raga with intricate laya patterns. The main item of the concert was Pankaja Lochana in raga Kalyani where his mastery over the flute was highly evident. The Raga, Neraval and Kalpana Swaras were extremely intelligent and gave the audience sheer joy, as always when Kalyani is presented. Following this were very soulful renditions in Kaapi and Sindhubhairavi. Tillana in Dhanashri was a fitting end to the musical evening.
The accompanying artists raised the concert standard. Vidushi Nalina Mohan on the violin, a veteran, effortlessly complemented the flautist and they made the entire experience enjoyable. Vidwan B.C. Manjunath on the Mridangam and Vidwan Shashishankar on Ghatam played with good understanding.
25th morning proved to be just a continuation of the musical treat that the previous evening was. Smt. Gayathri Prakash and Kum. Divya Balasubrahmanium first presented a set of Purandaradasa Kritis, before Vidushi Vani Sateesh enthralled the audience.
A powerful rendition of Maharaja Swathi Tirunal’s composition Deva Deva Kalayamite set the tone for the rest of the concert. This was followed by a melodious Ee` Vasudha in raga Sahana. Composition of Vid Bellary Sheshagiriachar - Chandrashekharam Bhaje in raga Chandrakauns was entrancing with a lilting alapana and intelligent Swaraprastara. Ratnakanchuka Dharini in raga Kamboji was the main piece of the concert. The artist explored the myriad hues of beauty of the raga in her Alapana, Neraval and Kalpana Swara. This was followed by two beautifully sung devaranamas. With a thillana in Kuntalavarali, the concert ended in a crescendo, the audience wanting more.
The violist, Vidwan Mathur Srinidhi, was at his best, following every sangati with a swirl of melodies. Playing intricate rhythm patterns, percussionists Vidwan H. S. Sudhindra on the Mridangam and Vidwan Ranganatha Chakravarthy on the Ghatam displayed their in depth understanding of the art. For instance the manner in which they played while sahityam was ‘mandagamanollasini’ was highly appealing.
The yearly program by Sri Shankara Adhyayana Kendra is in its 10th year and this endeavor is with the aim to spread the joy of this art and reach out to as many rasikas as possible.