Like Father Like Son

Published: 16th December 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2014 06:00 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: What is admirable in the vocal recitals of the seasoned artiste Maharajapuram Ramachandran is his simple style of musical expressions, which is typical of the Maharajapuram hallmark of music. His recent performance at the Krishna Gana Sabha was well-delivered. The kutcheri began on a brisk note with a varnam (vanajacksha) of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar in mandhari raga (janyam of Kama vardhini) with abundant kalpana swaras. The rendition revealed his musical prowess and that the rest of the concert would be a feast to the rasikas. When Ramachandran transcended through Naatai raga kirtana of Subramaniya Bharathi (Enakku Vendum) in misra jampa talam, he showed the involvements of a traditionalist and then descended to an Attana raga piece of Thyagaraja (Narada Gana Lola). The rendition of Lalitha raga kirtana of Dikshitar (Hiranmayeam Lakshmi) in rupakam proved his mettle as a musician as he showcased his artistic brilliance throughout. While his rendition of (Nee Vaadnae Ganna) in Kanda chapu in the raga Saranga, and (Srikanthimathim) of Dikshitar in raga Hemavathy, reminded us of the expressive delivery of his father Maharajapuram Santhanam. The Ragam-thanam-pallavi that followed (Thisra Thirpuda) in Trikalam certainly broughtout his musical skills and penchant for flawless presentation. MA Sundaresan on violin was in perfect alignment with the vocalist and revealed his innate ‘Parur genius’. His extraordinary way of etching the beauty of ragas was evident as he was adept in exhibiting his virtuosity constantly. Mannargudi Eswaran on mridangam led the percussion part with elegance and grace and provided immense rhythmic spontaneity. A Shanker extended support on the ghatam.

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