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Mangalam Shankar serves a quality concert
It was a quality concert. In terms of content, Mangalam Shankar served a rich fair as she gave a vocal concert for Sri Parthasarathy Sabha on the evening of December 22, 2009.

It was an impressive beginning. She opened her concert with “Sarasijanabha” (Nattai) of Parameshwara Bhagavathar. A kriti on Sri Vinayaka “Sharanu Siddhi Vinayaka” (Sauratram) raised the expectations of the discerning audience. A focused Mangalam Shankar never looked back. She provided quality music and treated the audience to assorted popular numbers such as Ganamurthe (Ganamurthy) of Thyagaraja, Sharavana Bhava Guhane (Kanada) of Papanasam Sivan and Muruga Muruga (Saveri) of Periasami Thooran. “Parthasarathy Na” (Suddha Dhanyasi) was, perhaps, the best that evening. Her alapana in Suddha Dhanyasi was soaked in utmost bhavam. A seasoned artiste, she explored the raga with great felicity. The way Mangalam Shankar, a student of late T.M.Thyagarajan, handled the ragas and kritis demonstrated her profound musical knowledge. Kalyani was given a lovely treatment, as she etched the complete picture of the raga with delectable sancharas. “Nijadasa Varada” of Patnam Subramania Iyer was sung well. She improvised at “Bhujagadhipa Shayana Bhumijaramana”. She did well to manage this phase. Akilandeshwari (Dvijavanti) of Dikshitar and the ragamalika piece “Vadavarayai Mattai” (Hamsanandi, Kamas, Hindolam, Shanmukhapriya, Mayamalavagaula and Kapi) were invigorating. This piece of Ilango Adigal was made famous by late M.S. Subbulakshmi. Percussion artiste Tanjavur Kumar played with quite enthusiasm. Kalyani Shankar gave a good violin support.