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Violinist Narmadha concert a feast to ears
CHENNAI, August 1: The solo violin concert of Kalaimamani Dr. M. Narmadha at Ragasudha Hall, Mylapore, was a feast to the ears. The concert was organized by Nada Inbam recently.

Dr. Narmadha began her concert with a varnam, "Chalamela", in Shankarabharanam (Ata talam). It is a composition of Swati Tirunal. This was followed by "Gam Ganapathe’’ in Hamsadhwani (Adi talam in tisra nadai), "Ramabhakthi samrajyam’’ in Suddha Bagala (Adi talam), a Thyagaraja composition, and "Marivere’’ in Anandabhairavi (Misra Chapu talam), a composition of Syama Sastri.

She presented Patnam Subramniya Iyer’s `Raghuvamsha sudhambudhi’ in Kadanakuthuhalam (Adi talam). This fast number was delivered in a livelier way. She then moved on to present Hamsanadam and elaborated it very beautifully. There was touch of Hindusthani in her elaboration of Hamsanadam, much to the delight of the audience. This was followed by Thyagaraja’s `Bantu reethi kolu’’ (Adi talam).

She picked Thodi as the main raga for the evening. She brought out the full essence of the raga. She followed it with the krithi `Dasarathi’, set to Adi talam. It is a composition of Thyagaraja. This was followed by an interesting thani avarthanam by Shri Shertalai Ananthakrishnan on the mridangam and Shri Madipakkam Murali on the ghatam. The thani was enjoyed both by the artistes as well as rasikas.

Post-thani, Dr. Narmadha chose to play the famous hits of late M.S. Subbulakshmi from the movie Meera such as `He Hare’, `Maravene’ et al. A Dasara padam in Kannada, a famous composition of Kanaka Dasa, `Baro Krishnayya’, `Jagath Janani’ and a devotional number on Swamy Ayyappa, 'Harivarasam". She brought the concert to an end with mangalam.

There was melody in her recital. It went down very well with the audience.

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