Vocalists-cum-violinists duo Ranjani and Gayathri donned both avatars at the Hanumath Jayanthi festival at the 32 ft Anjaneyar temple at Nanganallur.
After an invocation to Vinayaka, they plunged into Nattai kriti by Purandaradasar – Jaya Jaya - which speaks about Ramayana. The delineation of Sama for ‘Annapurne’ by Muthuswamy Dikshitar was mellow and subdued like the raga. They had to straddle between playing the violin and singing, and managed both with grace and poise.
They pledged allegiance to classicism in the fast-paced ‘Niravadhi Sukahtha’ in Ravichandrika by Tyagaraja.
Kamboji was their main piece. As expected, they rendered the famous Tyagaraja kriti ‘Evarimata’ which showcased their creativity, ingenuity, and sowkhya bhavam. The niraval and swaras were a mélange of melodic moments.
K Arunprakash on the mridangam lent unwavering support to the vocalists by his adroit strokes.
K V Gopalakrishnan on the kanjira was subtle. The tani of Arun and Gopalakrishnan had many avarthana rounds which was creativity at its best.