When the Prince charms with music …
Prince Rama Varma gave a delightful recital for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, on the evening of November 27, 2012. He brought the finer aspects of Shanmukhapriya raga with his dedicated rendering of Dikshitar’s “Siddhivinayakam Anisham”. The Behag alap was absorbing, and kept the audience glued. The Prince was crafty as he took up Neelakanta Sivan’s “Shankara nin Karunai”. It was an apt song, especially on a Karthigai Deepam day. It’s a racy kriti.
And, Rama Varma did justice to Sivan piece with quality rendition. His music, often times, bears the style of his guru Dr. Balamuralikrishna. His rich voice, easy manners and nice countenance make Varma the Price Charming!
Violinist Varadarajan, Mridangist B. Hari Kumar and Ghatam artiste S.Karthick proved a perfect foil for the Prince, whose music was unalloyed.
Prince Rama Varma took the audience by surprise, when he said would sing Bengali composition “Aguni Purush” on the request of a listener. This was set in Alhaiya Bilawal raga. It was melodious, and soothing to listen. Prayaga Rangadasa’s (grandfather of Dr. Balamuralikrishna) “Bala Tripura Sundari” has catchy lyrics. It was tuned by the same composer. A sense of dedication was visible as he dwelled into this composition.
Thyagaraja’s “Gandhamu Puyyaruga”(Punnagavarali) and Swathi Tirunal Maharaja’s kriti “Jaya Jaya Devi Saraswathi” set to Vallabhi raga by Dr.Balamuralikrishna were inspiring. Prince Rama Varma concluded the concert with a Kathanakuthuhalam thillana of Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna. It was a striking presentation, and his guru’s dynamic style was palpable throughout the concert.
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