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A soul-stirring concert by Bombay Jayashri
It is tough to reach the top. Tougher still is to remain atop. Having scaled newer peaks, Bombay Jayashri is alive to the arduous task ahead of her. Success has placed enormous responsibility on her shoulders. Not surprisingly, she has gone on to set new bench-marks. Indeed, she provided superior music for Sri Parthasarathy Sabha on the evening of December 17, 2009. Her delightful opener - “Saraseeruhasana Priye”, a varnam in Nattai, proved a good appetizer. “Sangeetha Jnanamu” (Danyasi) of Thyagaraja set the stage for a sumptuous course. Evarura (Mohanam) had a mesmerizing effect. Her Mohana alap was classic. As she glided the octaves with ease and efficiency, she explored the subtle nuances of the raga with her soul-stirring voice. Dikshitar’s “Hari Hara Putram” (Vasanta) was rendered with perfect involvement. As the lyrics flowed, there was plenty for people to reflect upon. Thyagaraja’s “Lalithe Sri Pravriddhe” (Bhairavi) was refreshing, as she improvised it with kalpana swaras and neraval at “Teliyani Baluda Gada Amba Telivi Ni Sommu Gada”. It was impressive. Like a pole-star in the night sky, her Bhairavi alap glistened. The delightful sancharas revealed the Jayashri brand. The Bhairavi alap gave an elevation to the whole concert. It was simply incredible. As always, her RTP (ragam, tanam and pallavi) made an impact. It was a Dvi-raga Pallavi comprising ragams Kedaram and Hamsanadam. The pallavi line was: “Anandha Natanam Adinar Tadimi Tadim Ena Kanaka Sabayil”. Her tanam and swara-rendering in these rakthi ragas was exquisite and drew rounds of ovations. Papanasam Sivan’s “Kanda Vandarul” in Abheri was arresting. Jayashri was all absorbed as she rendered “Alokaya Krishna’, a Tarangam of Narayana Teertha. She brought the three-hour concert to a close with a Tillana in Bagyashree. Violinist H.N. Bhaskar, mridangist Arun Prakash and kanjira artiste K.V.Gopalakrishnan gave just support.