In Guru’s Footsteps, Literally!

Published: 30th December 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th December 2014 06:00 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: Vocalist Sandeep Narayan is one of those who presents a concert in such a way that it satisfies lovers of serious music. This is no easy job. When Sandeep sang for Brahma Gana Sabha recently, he revealed his appreciable level of artistic talent. Sandeep is the disciple of noted vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyam, who sings in a vocal style that would impress even the laity. Beginning with Viribhoni varnam (Bhairavi) of Pachimiriyam Adiappayya, the vocalist descended on Reethigowla Raga (Jannai Ninnuvina) of Subbaraya Sastri, sustaining the delicacies with abundant swaras. That rendition of his, which was delivered with a commendable grace, proved the ‘tutored’ approach. After a short stint at Panipathy Sayae in Raga Jangaradwani of Thyagaraja (19th melakarta), his brilliant exposition of Raga Khambodi (Sri Subramaniyaya Namasthae) of Dikshitar and lucid swara passages, revealed his musical vision of ornamenting the kriti. Sandeep was successful in bringing out those excellent ‘pidis’ and purposeful sangathis, reflecting the emotion of the composer. Towards the end, Sandeep delved into Raga Sindu Bhairavi composition (Ramanai) of Arunachalakavi, which truly reflected his absorption of the song’s texture and musical charm. Though the right aesthetics he displayed made the rendition wholesome, delivery of the songs, his mannerisms and style constantly kept reminding one of his guru. He can emulate his guru, but is it not time for him to be on his own? Avaneeswaram Vinu on violin provided liveliness with his sensitive touches, while KV Prasad on mridangam and KV Gopalakrishnan on kanjira added to the rhythmic cadences.

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