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A sublime recital by Gayathri Girish
CHENNAI: Gayathri Girish’s concert for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha on December 23, 2014 was an enriching experience. She was simple and unassuming. And, her rendering was sublime.

Her selection of two major ragas- Pantuvarali and Kamboji - for exposition was a blend of classical and contemporary aesthetics. “Paramapavana Gunashali” of Thyagaraja was presented with enthusiasm. This is an `Utsava Sampradaya’ kriti composed by Thyagaraja for his Ram idol. Gayathri chiseled the Pantuvarali kriti with absorbing sangatis and swaras. Her style of rendering Suki Evvaro (Kanada ) of Thyagaraja revealed her studentship under T.N. Seshagopalan..Her Kamboji alapana was exquisite and the concert gained elevation as she sang “Sri Subramanya Namasthe” This was well presented with a niraval at “Manasija Kotikoti Lavanyaya Dinasharanyaya” interspersing with swaraprastaras. Gayathri created a classic image of the kriti. Violinist Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan was impressive. Taniavarthanam between B.Sivaraman on Mridangam and K.V.Gopalakrishnan on Kanjira was quite exhilarating.

Thyagaraja’s “Sri Kantha Niyada Balati Bala” in Bhavapriya was sung nicely. The kriti, containing mantra “Bala Atibala”, was taught by Sage Vishwamitra to Sri Ram and Lakshmna while he took them to forest. Chanting of this mantra, it is said, will not make one hungry. This was a good selection and a rare one. Gayathri Girish selected a Sanskrit sloka “Shantakaram Bhujaga Shayanam” for a ragamailka rendering in ragas such as Kedaragaula, Behag etc. and she rendered “Sri Madhava Vasudeva” (Behag). She brought the curtain down with a Sindhubhairavi Thillana.

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