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A classy duo
The violin recital of Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on December 19, 2014 was marked for vidwath and brilliance. The brother-sister duo combined elegantly to engage the enthusiastic audience. They were classy, and revealed the Lalgudi tradition in ample measure. The Hindolam shone in all splendor as Vijayalakshmi weaved nice little sangathis that eloquently showed up master artiste in her. Papanasam Sivan’s “Maa Ramanan” was melodious. “Meru Samana” (Mayamalavagaula) and Rama Nive (Narayani) of Thyagaraja were pleasing . Anyayamu Seyakura Rama (Kapi) of Thyagaraja was sublime. The concert gained elevation when Krishnan went into an expansive alapana in raga Sankarabharanam, beautifying it with rich sangatis. And, the bowing method was a visual treat. Melody- filled raga, it set off a sense of fulfilling feeling in listeners. “Shankaracharyam” of Subbarama Dikshitar was riveting. Trichy Sankaran on Mridangam let the violins do the talk. Yet, he displayed his laya prowess to the fullest extent. It was a synchronized convergence of classy artistes. Ghatam artiste Thirupoonithura Radhakrishnan measured up intelligently all through the concert. The ragam, tanam and pallavi (RTP) proved exciting as Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi took turns to explore raga “Dharmavathy” , mapping the beauty of the raga as they sketched the finest shades of the raga with effortless ease. “Isha Sabesha Jagadisha Thillai Natesha Katharul (set to tisra rupakam in mishra nadai) was the pallavi line. They took turns to play the pallavi, and glided nicely to shift to ragas such as Kedaram, Kuntalavarli, Ahir Bhairav and Desh. It was a good treat for the connoisseurs. Both then played with devotion “Chandrasekara” (Sindhubhairavi), a kriti on Kanchi sage Paramacharya. A Durga thillana of their guru Lalgudi Jayaraman brought the curtain down on a pleasant evening.

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