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Sandeep Narayan, a new star on the horizon
Young Sandeep Narayan was quite impressive as he gave a vocal recital for R.R.Sabha on December 11, 2014, at Dakshinamoorthi Auditorium. His selection of kritis matched his style. He brought out the subtle nuances of the raga and the brilliance of the treatises ably. Clarity of diction marked his rendition of Koteeshwara Iyer’s “Va Va Shika va” (Nattai). One could notice his teacher Sanjay Subramanian’s influence in his singing style. Yet, Sandeep slips into his own as he adds extra flavor to the kritis with his passionate approach to Carnatic music. Looking very much composed, Sandeep has a mission-like attitude to the job on hand, and produced quality music. His Dvijanvati alap was graceful. ”Akilandeshwari” of Dikshitar was striking. ”Padavani” (Salagabhairavi) of Thyagaraja was rendered with poise. His Purvikalyani alap was expansive, as he employed his skill in weaving a brilliant sancharas at the madhyama and tara sthayai. Swathi Tirunal’s “Deva Deva Jagadisha” was followed by a bhajan “Ramanai Bajithal” (Mand) of Papanasam Sivan. Violinist M.Rajeev and Mridangist R.Sankaranarayan played the hand-holding part admirably, and let the focus remain on the young vocalist throughout the concert. He left the U.S., his birth country, to discover and immerse himself in the limitless joy music. Under Sanjay’s tutelage, Sandeep has come a long way. A promising youngster with right attitude, Sandeep is an artiste to watch.

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