Margazhi Music Durbar 2010

Violin and flute cast magic spell

It was a concert of a different sort at the Hanumath Jayanthi fest at the 32 ft Anjaneyar temple in Nanganallur with violin and flute vying to take centrestage. Ganesh, the elder of the Ganesh-Kumaresh violin duo, gave a colourful start to the concert along with young flautist Vijayagopal.

After an elaborate Sriragam Pancharatna by Tyagaraja, ‘Endharomahanubhavulu’, they dived into a melodious sketch of Kanada for ‘Veera Hanumathe’. The violinist and flautist played in unison each following the other’s sangatis with grace.

It was perhaps the festival of Karaharapriya as all musicians rendered the raga, every day, but according to their manodharma.

Ganesh and Vijayagopal offered a sumptuous fare of Karaharapriya for ‘Pakkala Nilabadi’ by Tyagaraja.

The diadem need not be an RTP (Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi) or the main piece of the concert it can also be something unique and innovative. It was a rare offering of ragas at one stroke.

They rendered about 20 desadhi ragas (compositions of Tyagaraja) at a stretch with pallavi, anu pallavi and charanam of different compositions which fit into the desadhi nomenclature.

It was like a cloudburst and rains pouring unabated, drenching the audience in a musical storm, which was educative, innovative and enjoyable. They were able to jump from one raga to another with felicity and sound strokes.

Thirupunithura Radhakrishnan on the ghatam laid accent on harmony, and creativity. The tani of Ramesh and Radhakrishnan was suffused with an array of rhythmic solkattus.

Jan 11, 2011
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