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Raghu-Ravi flute concert - a delight to listen
The Brahmmoutsav for Lord Narasimha Swamy at Sri Parthasarathy temple at Triplicane in Chennai takes place during July every year. It is followed by three days vidayatri utsav. During these three days, music concerts are arranged within the temple premises. On the final day of the Vidayatri utsav this year on July 13, 2009, brothers S. Raghu and S. Ravi delighted the rasika-devotees with their energetic flute recital. The brothers began with the "Ninnu Kori" Adi tala varnam in Vasantha, a composition of Thachur Singaracharyulu on the presiding deity of the temple, Sri Parthasarathy Swamy. It was followed by Thyagaraja's "Entaro Mahanubavulu", a Pancharatna kriti in Sri raga set to Adi tala. They played it enchantingly well. The vocalizing of flute was done with so much ease. The sahityam came out clearly. Kalyani was given a fine treatment by the brothers. Raghu and Ravi were crisp, even as they explored the nuances of the raga. A Thyagaraja kriti "Nammi Vaachina" in Rupaka tala drew appreciation from the audience.

The brother duo then went on to play the popular fast-paced Raghuvamsasudha (Kathanakuthuhalam) in Adi talam of Patnam Subramania Iyer. The experienced flautists from Triplicane displayed their class as they played this number, a listeners' choice. "Kurai Ondrum Illai"of Rajaji, too, was a request item from the audience. Here too, the notes flowed so very well, bringing full expression to the lyrics. It was preceded by a simple alapana in Sivaranjani, enough to pep up the mood for the kriti. Next came the "English note" (Ga Ma Ri Ga Pa), made extremely popular by Madurai Mani Iyer.

This English note has a greater appeal, especially in temples. It is often played by the Nadaswaram vidwans while the deity of the temple is carried on a palanquin. The choice of Bharathiyar's "Chinnanchiru Kiliye Kannama" was appropriate. This was dedicated to the great poet (Bharathiyar), who used to visit this temple frequently. As Kapi, Maand, Vasanta and Nilamani flowed, the kriti ended with the sahityam "Un Kannil Neer Vazindal". A Madhyamavathi piece "Bhagyada Lakshmi" of Purandaradasa in Adi tala was presented with fineness. A Thillana in Danasri of Swati Tirunal, made popular by Bombay sisters, was played with verve. And, the hour-long evening concert ended by a mangalam in Saurastram. Tanjavur Kumar on mridangam displayed his prowess with energetic strokes to match the flautists, especially in fast-paced kritis such as Raghuvamsasudha. Violinist S. Sridhar provided the required support.
Thyagarajan -
Very nice to go through the article about the concert of Chennai brothers at Shri Parthasarathy
temple. Very nice to learn that they played Nammi Vachina in Kayani, a Kovur panchratna if I am not mistaken. After a long time. they played this Thyagaraja kirti. My best wishes to them.

S.Renuka -
I really enjoyed the concert. It brought utmost happiness and peace of mind. I have listened to so many concerts - vocal as well instrumental. The concerts given by Raghu and Ravi, known as Madras brothers, are usually unique. They have a magic power. I wish we get more opportunities to listen to their concerts in the coming days.

Archana -
The concert was divineful. And, very delightful to the ears.