Kids enliven Yagnaraman fest
CHENNAI, July 10: The annual fest of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, dedicated to late Yagnaraman, was inaugurated on June 29.
The first performance was ‘Stories in Strings’, a collaborative effort by Anil Srinivasan on the Piano, Jayanthi Kumaresh on the Veena, K.V. Shekar on the Cello, Adithya on the Tabla, and Trichy Krishna on the Ghatam.
The performance was an amalgam of western classical and Indian Carnatic music, drawing parallels and meeting points between the two systems. The Kamas and Charukesi were like honey in the ears, with just the right balance of aesthetics and all aspects of Kalpitha and Manodharma woven in. The rare Cello performance was well received. The audience went into a tizzy when music was woven around ‘Kaatrinile Varum Geetham’.
Icing on the cake
The icing on the cake was the performance by the ‘Rhapsody Children’s Choir’, consisting of children from city schools. The first composition was ‘Thaamadham Thagaadhaiyya’, a rare piece by Lalgudi Gopala Iyer, in Mohanakalyani. The tail-ender by the children was the ‘Desh Thillana’ by Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. The performance by the Choir Children was well appreciated. The concert came to an end with ‘Vandhe Maatharam’. The chief guest of the evening was danseuse Anitha Rathnam, who spoke about the artistes on the stage and Yagnaraman’s yeoman service to the art and culture of Chennai.