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A wholesome concert reveals Yesudas, the
humble artiste
CHENNAI: K.J.Yesudas was at his expressive best as he gave a concert for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha on December 17, 2013. His voice was impacting, and had a comforting effect on the listeners. He treated the audience to an array of compositions. There was variety in terms of kritis, ragas and composers.

Yesudas began with a Sarasangi varnam of Patnam Subramaniya Iyer, and then took up a Ganesh kriti in raga Kanakangi “Sri Gananatham Bhajeham”. After a viruttam on Lord Ayappan, he chose to render a guru vandana kriti of Uthukadu Venkata Kavi, “Enna Punniyam Seideno” (in Reetigaula). As he finished this song, Yesudas turned emotional, and went down memory lane. He said he had come the hard way and that his guru’s blessings and God’s grace were responsible for all his fame and success. A sense of humility is what defines the success of the brand called Yesudas. After a brief peep into the past, Yesudas went on to render “Rakshamam Sharanagatham” (Natta), a composition of Mysore Nagaraj. It was made famous by his guru Chembai Vaidyantha Bhagavathar.

Shanmukhapriya alapana saw him embellish the raga with well-chiseled sancharas, making each and every note resplendent. A striking aspect of this alapana was his ability to traverse the lowest octave with effortless ease. Patnam Subramaniya Iyer’s “Marivera Dikevarayya” was pleasant. Thyagaraja’s “Evarito Ne Delpudu Rama”(Manavati) was presented with poise. Thyagaraja’s Saramati piece “Mokshamu Galada” was absorbing. “Parthasarathe Mam Pahi” of Laithadasar in Kapi and a Dikshitar kriti “Sarasijanaba Sodari” (Nagagandari) gave a rich listening experience. While did an alap in Suryakantam, the raga shone like a crest on the jewel.

“Mudumomu” of Thyagaraja was lovely to hear. Violinist Mahadeva Sarma measured up to the demands of Yesudas by giving a good support. The taniavarthanam between Mridangist Triuvarur Bhaktavatsalam and Ghatham artiste Vaikom Gopalakrishnan was electrifying. The tail-end piece such as “Kuzal Udum Guruuvayur Kannane”, Enna varam ketpen, Andal’s “Vaiyatthu Vazhvirkaal”(gaula), “En Nenjil Palli Kondavan Sri Ranganathan”(Yamuna Kalyani) and Harivarasanam on Ayyappan were received with claps from the audience.

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