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When Kala takes the bow ...
It was a fascinating violin recital. And, the evening was enjoyable as Kala Ramnath evoked myriad moods –soothing sometimes, exhilarating in phases and melancholic on occasions. Her Hindustani violin concert on December 11, 2014, for R.R.Sabha at the Dakshinamurthy Auditorium was classy in terms of articulation. She was accompanied on Tabala by Aditya Kalyanpur. She seemed a totally involved artiste. And, the music that flowed showed up the command she held over her instrument.

And, she treated the audience to rich repertoire of Hindustani music.

Hailing from a musical family of T.N. Krishnan and Rajam, Kala must have imbibed the finer nuances of violin playing very early. Trained by Pandit Jasraj, she plays the vocalized Hindustani music on violin.

For more than two hours, she held the listeners in captivity. Before commencing her recital, she, now settled in the U.S., expressed her gratitude to the sabha organizers for giving her an opportunity to perform in her native place.

She started the evening concert in Purya Danashri with a vilambit ektaal bandish “Dhoondana Jaoon, kith rahe chupa Gaye Krishna”. It is a sandhi prakash rag, rendered in the evening. The vilambit part of the bandish absorbed quite a time. Kala went about it unhurriedly, and presented with great felicity. She brought the subtleties of this beautiful raga with quite fineness. She slipped into the madhyalaya in teental as “Albeli ghoonghat kholo”. And then she played the fast tempo denoting the druth kaal Tarana, and sprinkled it with inspiring rhythmic patterns .It was a scintillating solo performance, marked for its precision delivery. Kala presented a trivet composition in rag Bihag with tarana bol words which also had plain notes in madhyalaya ektaal. She then played “Aaliri albeli” in drut teentaal. She lavished it with rich strokes, and Aditya Kalyanpur on Tabala was vibrant and enthusiastic. He played a very positive role in making the concert a complete success. They formed a seamless combination to produce a timeless music which brought ecstasy. Kala then played a kacchi hori in rag Kafi in deepchaandi tal as “Aaj jale chahe kaal jale hori”, capturing the mood and joy of Lord Krishna playing holy with gopis. She had a magical effect with fast tans, and the instrument seemed to sound uniquely rich, which could only be experienced rather than expressed. At the request of a listener, she presented a pleasant song on rivers Ganga and Yamuna as “Chalo man Ganga jamuna teer” a bhajan in Manj Kamaj. Finally the concert came to a finish with a Bhairavi composition “Mayi Saanvare rang raachi”. It was indeed an evening to cherish.


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