A classical exposition
CHENNAI: The violin duet of Lalgudi siblings G.J.R.Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi was absorbing. Melody marked their concert for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on the evening of December 20, 2016. Each and every raga was presented with ease. There was elegance in presentation and subtlety in execution. Guru Lalgudi Jayaraman’s style was in view at their recital. Each and every kriti stood out for its improvised recital and grandeur in presentation with a uniqueness of its own. It was classy with contemporary touch. The nearly two-and-a-half hour exercise showcased a sense of dedication of the artistes. The longing for perfection was palpable and justified as well given their tutorship. Shanmukhapriya shone with splendour as an involved Vijayalakshmi decorated it with luxurious strokes. Krishnan’s alapana in Madhyamavati was splendid.
Ragas such as Shanmukhapriya, Behag, Kapi and Desh thillana formed the core of the evening concert, which was marked for melody. Mridangist Trichy Sankaran lent a silken touch to the concert. Rag Bihag was chosen for RTP (Ragam, Tanam and Pallavi). The Pallavi line was “Ramabhirama Nannu Brova ra Ramaniya Nama” set to Sankirna chapu talam. Dikshitar’s “Matrubhootam (Kannada)” and Thyagaraja’s Shanmukhapriya composition “Vaddane Varu” were impressive and soaked in melody. Desh Tillana of Lalgudi Jayaraman left a lasting impression. In all, it was an evening to cherish and a concert to remember especially for its classical rendition.
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