Professional Shows (Evening)
Students of eAmbalam & Dhwani
Trained in a disciplined manner by their teachers Renjith and Vijna, the students of eAmbalam and Dhwani performed the Dhashavatharam concept to live orchestra on Friday evening. They began the program with a Saraswathi Shloka. The huge chess square being the stage, they were able to move around executing the techniques and expressions to their best as the evening set in. Rashmi Udupa, Srinidhi Ravishankar, Sahana Sridhar, Vaanmadhi Jagan & Sruthi Nallappa also performed a Thillana in Shanmukhapriya and received the applause and appreciation from those gathered.
Eager fans awaited the Neil Mukherjee ensemble as he took stage with Krishna Kishore (multi percussion) and AalapRaju (Bass), both talented performers in their own right. He played his own compositions. They were an aesthetic blend of Flamenco, Jazz & Indian classical music. Sophisticated harmonies & lingering melodies with the sensitive accompaniment of his co-artists made Neil’s fusion music concert a thoroughly enjoyable one. The last piece “Kolkata Constantinople” which traced sounds from east to west was gripping and enthralled the audience.
Grace, expression, rhythm sensibility and pure techniques of Bharatanatyam were on display as the dancing duo Renjith & Vijna took centre stage in SaMaaGaMa’s evening performance schedule on Friday. As most of the audience exclaimed later that they never took their eyes off stage through the entire performance, it was indeed a proud moment for the artists and the organizers. Their invocatory piece was on Ganesha, followed by an Alarippu. The popular Teluguvarnam “Chalamela’’ dedicated to Lord Ranganathha of Shrirangam by Rangasamy Nattuvanar was the main item. The padham by Vijna and Bhajan on Shiva by Renjith about the Rudhrarupa kept the viewers spellbound. Renjith and Vijna concluded with verses from the Yajurveda emphasizing on the relationship between man and nature.
Jugalbandhi – Balasai & Sivaramakrishna Rao
Brothers and co-artists in the Jugalbandhi program, Balasai on the flute and SivaramakrishnaRao on the sithar had everyone hooked on to their melodies every minute in the one and half hour concert. As the breeze swayed the trees in the early night, we all sat still soaking in the musicwith both the artists playing rare ragas like Sarasangi (in which they took up a SwaraPallavi for exposition) for the audience. A popular Thayagarajakruthi “DhandamuPetteruga” and a couple of Bhajans added to the beauty of the concert on Friday evening.
Mastery of technique, delivery and aesthetics governed both Balasai’s and Sivaramakrishna Rao’s renditions.
Dr. Prameela Gurumurthy
The art of storytelling and those from Indian mythology at that requires special expertise. Dr. Prameela has such a distinguished background and she regaled those of us present with many formats of the Harikathha tradition. Interspersing her talk with compositions in Tamil, Kannada, Marathi and Sanskrit she presented a variety of mythological storytelling patterns. It was indeed a great learning experience for both the aware and not so aware audience.
K B Madhusudhanan & Athma Academy of Dance
Crisp footwork, relevant expressions, newness in every presentation, engaging choreography – all these characterized the contemporary Bharathanatyam recital of the artists from Athma Academy of Dance. Lead by their multi talented director K B Madhusudhanan, the troupe impressed everyone present on Sunday evening at the park. Youth truly take the arts and culture baton forward! Especially the last piece was a standout example of creative choreography where modern sounds were fused to bring out the age oldbhedhas in Bharathanatyam tastefully.
With TV Ramanujacharyulu, Prapancham Ravindran and A S Krishnan accompanying him on the Violin, Mrudhangam and Morsing respectively, eAmbalam’s founder and Karnatic vocalist T V Ramprasadh gave a superb performance befitting the conclusion of his company’s signature event, SaMaaGaMa on 22 nd December, 2013 in nature’s arena at Nageswara Rao park, Mylapore. His delineation of two ragas Kalyani and Kaapi stood out for mastery, taste, balance between the various aspects of Manodhharma and the very important aspect of the artist internalizing the music before presenting it, thus creating rippling effects on the audience.
He was able to hold the audience engaged for two hours interspersing some popular songs like Brochevarevarura, Muruga Muruga and Thamburimeetidhava.