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Beauty marks Sudha Ragunathan's presentation at Parthasarathy Temple
Sudha Ragunathan's concert at Sri Parthasarathy Temple at Triplicane on August 14 was full of bhakthi, vigour and bhavam. It was a grand Friday evening, as the temple was holding a festival for Vedavalli Thayar, the presiding Goddess. Sudha Ragunathan served the audience, comprising rasikas across the spectrum, with an excellent musical treat. Every bit of her music was relished by the audience. "Ni Iranga Enil Pugal Edu," an Atana kriti made popular by late M.S. Subbulakshmi, was rendered with poise. Sudha's song selection was appropriate for the occasion.

A Tiruppavi song "Azhi Mazhai Kanna" was preceded by a Tamil slokam ``Annavai Puduvai Andal'' in Varali raga. She improvised it by weaving swaras, making it richer. Her guru late M.L.Vasanathakumari, it may be mentioned, ranked top in Tiruppavai rendition. A Nattakurinji kriti, "Paal Vadiyum Mugam", of Uthukkadu Kavi and "Jagadodharana" of Purandara Dasa in Hindustani Kapi suited the occasion and one could spot lots of nodding heads in the audience. Folk song-based "Brahmam Okate" (Bowli) of Annamacharya, a definite item in her concerts, deals with the Advaita philosophy. It was rendered finely. Sudha sang "Chediyaya Valvinaykal" from Divyaprabandha before taking up the ragamalika song "Kurai Ondrum Illai" of Rajaji. "Tiruvallikeniyil Naan Parthasarathy" in Sumanesha Ranjani raga was sung with enthusiasm. This was one of the rare ragas handled by MLV and her guru GNB those days. Sudha often makes it a point to treat her rasikas with this song. The Chenchurutti piece "Vishamakkara Kannan" was absorbing. The piece de resistance of the concert was "Parkadal Alai Mele Pambanai Mele Pallikondai Ranganatha", a ragamalika kriti comprising ragas such as Shanmukhapriya, Kedaragaula, Sama, Atana, Mohanam, Bilahari, Kanada, Kapi, Ranjani and Vijayanagari. This was presented with effortless ease by Sudha, depicting the Dasavatharams of Lord Vishnu. This kriti is rarely sung in concerts these days. Sudha made the evening happier with this piece. She preceded this with a Tamil slokam "Tunilum Eruppan Turumbilum Erupan". Sudha chose to preface her kritis with Tamil pasurams. A novel idea, it went down well with the rasikas. She signed off the over two-hour concert with "Katrinile Varum Geetham". It was expressive and left the rasikas with a good evening to cherish.