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Priya sisters play perfect duo
CHENNAI: They are charming. They play the perfect duo. And, they have the ability to balance their singing and temperament to adjust their styles. Priya sisters gave a melodious concert for Kartik Fine Arts on December 9, 2011. Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya were accompanied by M.A. Krishnaswamy on the Violin. They were provided percussion support by P. Sathish Kumar (Mridangam) and by Purushottam (Kanjira). What is so impressive about them is their meticulous selection of kritis appropriate for the audience. Haripriya’s alapana in Darbar was pleasant. Their command over the language was evident in ``Yochana”of Thyagaraja. Chandrajyothi raga alapana was full of delightful sancharas by both sisters. Thyagaraja’si “Shashi Vadana” in raga Chandrajyothi was rendered with Ranjakatvam. They reflected the message of the Saint composer in this kriti ever so beautifully in an inspiring way. Kalpanswaras added lustre to the kriti.

The concert reached a crescendo when Haripriya took over the rakti raga Todi for a grand exposition. Her alapana was melodious. The multi-dimensional hues of Todi came to the fore in its splendor. She has a particularly pleasing voice. And, she impressed with her skillful presentation. It showed her intense passion and dedication for music. Thyagaraja’s “Kaddanu Variki” with rich lyrics was rendered with fineness by the sisters. A neraval at “Addampu cekkillache muudugaru momu juda” and swaras added value and beautified the kriti. Tani avarthanam session between Satish Kumar and Purushottam was inspiring. “Dikku Teriyada Kattil” (Hindustsani Todi/Ragamalika) of Subramanya Bharathi was enjoyable. Annamacharya kriti “Vadivo Kamtira Tare” (Hindolam) was sung in an absorbing way. It’s a description of Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati. This one is most beautifully sung and made popular by Balakrishnaprasad. A sloka, comprising “Bhavani Astakam” and tuned to different ragas, was sung expressively by the sisters. Shanmukhapriya had a telling effect on the listeners when she recited Bhavani astakam.

Priya sisters signed off with a Annamacharya kriti “Jagadappu Janavulu”.

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