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It was an absorbing recital. Sangitha Kalanidhi Sudha Ragunathan was at her best when she gave a performance for Bharat Kalachar on December 13, 2014. Her voice had a magical touch. And, she treated the audience to some rakthi ragas. She chose kritis that are popular. Sudha lavishly improvised each and every number. Her experience and the MLV-style of singing were all in evidence. She was wonderful, as she took Amirthavarshini as the principal raga for RTP (ragam, tanam and pallavi). Her pallavi was focused on Utthukadu Kavi’s “Sri Krishna Ganam”. No sooner did Sudha Ragunathan sing the Amirthavarshini raga than there was a light shower. The pallavi line was “Sri Krishna Ganam Venu Ganam Madhura ganam Sabayorai Magizha vaikkum”( Tisra jathi ata talam). She decorated the pallavi with a garland of swaras in Amirthavarshini, and then slipped into Todi, Kanada, Natakurinji and Jayantashri with ease.

So much so, the ever energetic Mrs.YGP interjected to say that Sudha was born singing rather than crying! Sudha pointed to YGP’s positive vibe, and explained how that prodded her to prepare for the next year’s concert. Mridangist Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan also showered praise on Sudha. He pointed to the difficulty in taking a kriti after three beats. A class artiste, Sudha demonstrated this in her rendition of the kriti “Rama Nannu brovara” after a good alap in Harikamboji. “Katrinile varum Geetham”, made famous by M.S.Subbulakshmi , was melodious, and brought the memories of MS donning the Meera role. It was a nice rendering of the Purandara Dasa kriti “Innu Daya Barathe”(Kalyana Vasantha). Sudha was brilliant as she rendered Thyagaraja’s Ganamurthe(Ganamurthy) and a kriti of G.N.Balasubramaiam Sama Gana Lole(Hindolam). Her Devakriya alap was pleasing. It resembled Suddha Saveri to a large extent except for a few prayogas unique to the Dikshitar School, Sudha explained. She rendered a Dikshitar kriti “Sri Vatuka natha Shivasamjatha“. Violinist Ragavendra rao was impressive. Mridangist Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan and Raman on Morsing held the audience in sway during taniavarthanam.


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