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Packed with Melodic Highs

Nithyasri Mahadevan’s recent vocal concert for Bharath Kalachar was an amalgam of perfect sruti, pleasing presentation and soulful aesthetics

Published: 23rd December 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd December 2014 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: When vocalist Nithyasri Mahadevan gave a recital for Bharath Kalachar, the display of her musical skills was profound and it proved that she was a seasoned artiste. No doubt, the concert revealed her musical prowess in probing the depth of music, bringing out the aesthetic excellence and integrating into the texture of compositions. One has to mention about her vidwat in the presentation of Kalyani raga alapana, and her inclination towards Thara Sthai. Her pleasing portrayal of the raga had both depth and a subtle coating of bhava to make it sound good, tune wise. When she brought out the rendition of Thyagaraja kriti Nithi Saala Sugama, her artistic excellence was evident of the way the composer had espoused the inspirational potentiality of the number. She initially commenced with a Darbar Varnam Chelamelara of Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya and delved into a composition of Bharathi in Reethigowla raga Pandava Darshanam. On the whole, she executed the sancharas with ease and traversed the entire gamut of the raga and octaves.

A mellifluous Atana raga kriti Mathura-Mathura of Oothukadu reflected her earnestness to the art, which was followed by Cheta Sri Balakrishnam, the raga Dwajavanti kriti of Dikshitar, identifying the soothing cadences of melody. It was heartening to note that the vicissitude in the life of the performer did not effect her recital and the audiences thoroughly enjoyed it when she reflected her earnestness to perfect her artistic excellence as usual. Srinivasa Rao on violin revealed his acumen while Udupi Ravi on mridangam and Ghiridhar on ghatam gave an apt rhythmic support.

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