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A fascinating RaGa casts a spell
CHENNAI, December 26: Sisters Ranjani and Gayatri gave a fascinating recital at the Mecca of Carnatic Music, the Music Academy, on Christmas evening (December 25, 2013). Their music is always vibrant, and they sing each and every item of the concert - be it a tough Dikshithar kriti or the miscellaneous compositions at fag-end of the concert – with equal felicity. Ranjani and Gayatri display their talent in a delightful confluence. They make way for each other. Yet, they converge into one. Not surprisingly, their concert for The Music Academy saw full- house audience. The evening concert was remarkable for the way three kritis were presented brilliantly by the sisters. Gayatri made a fine alap in Bhairavi. She brought the intricate structure of the raga with the fine timbre of her voice. The raga glowed with the skillful handling technique of the artiste.”Upacharamu Jeseva,” of Tyagaraja composition, was sung by Ranjani and Gayatri gracefully, decorating it with swaras as they made a neraval at “Vakitane Patilamuga Vatatmaju Dunnadani..”. They were at their expressive best while rendering the swaras. Taniavarthanam between Anirudh Athreya on the Kanjira and Manoj Shiva on Ghatam was impressive. What followed was a kriti of Garbapuri Vasar after an inspiring alap by Ranjani in raga Chakravaham. “Yadukula Tilaka” was sung with poise by the sisters. “Sri Matrubutham” of Dikshitar in raga Kannada was rendered with devotion. The diction was clear, and the lyrics got deeper into the mind. Earlier, Eranapai” (Todi) and ``Karpagambikaiyudan” (Suddha Saveri) set the tone for an energetic evening recital. As the concert was gaining its momentum, the sisters slipped in a speedy kriti of Tyagaraja “Nenarunchara na pai” (Simhavahini). Ranjani sang the Hamir Kalyani raga for the RTP (ragam, tanam and pallavi). The Hindustani raga was melodious, as the sisters brought to fore its different shades.

The Pallavi line was “Viraha Hamira Kalyani guna Shalini Sada Nannu Brovave” (set to chatusra triputa tala in Trimuki tala). The lyrics and pallavi were quite a challenge. It was fascinating, as the sisters shifted to assorted ragas such as Nattakurinji, Vasanti and Jonpuri etc. Violinist Charumathi Raghuram gave a good account of herself in bringing the raga bhava with charming efficiency. The evening concert came to an end with a virutam in ragamalika, and “Theruvadeppo Nenje” of Neelakanta Sivan in Kamas. Gayatri brought the concert to a close with a brief alap in Madhyamavathi, and the audience marveled at the sisters with a thunderous claps.

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