Shashikiran and Ganesh Concert

    The prodigious duo of K.N. Shashikiran and P. Ganesh mesmerized the knowledgeable rasikas of Detroit with an impeccable four hours of excellent carnatic music.

    Commencing the recital with a classy ada tala varnam in thodi, the brothers continued with vinatha suta in jayantha sena followed by varuvayo in sama. If the exposition of Etula Brovu Theliya in chakravaham of thyagaraja was very melodious, the rendering of padavini in salaga bhairavi was enjoyable.The elaborate begada alapanai was lovely. There were a lot of sancarams in which every svaram could show the complete form of begada.

    The Subbaraya Shastri’s masterpiece “shankari neeve” was rendered beautifully with a structured neraval and svarams. A brisk paced amba para devathe in rudrapriya of krishnaswami was welcoming .
    Brief intros to the kritis helped the audience to appreciate better. Sasikiran, with a voluble sariram, sang in the lower stayi with Ganesh in the higher stayi. Their voices complement each other.

    The main item of the concert by the duo was the Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi in varali set to chaturasra triputa in 2 kalai. The alapana by Shashikiran was quite impressive , thanam in ghanapanchaka i.e. nata,gowla,varali,arabhi and sri was neat and crisp. The pallavi in varali followed by ragamalika swarams in kundalavarali, pantuvarali and punnagavarali were rendered with plenty of verve.

    The recital extended a little over time due to requests for songs like Bho Shambho (Revati) kanda naal (madhuvanthi) and vishweshwara in sindubhairavi. The artists concluded the concert with maithreem bhajata to symbolize world peace and Purandhara Dasar’s Dasavatar mangalam.

    Nagai Shriram in violin accompanied the singers like a shadow and showed his brilliance many a time. Especially he expounded the intricacies of Begada in his alapana and pantuvarali in RTP swara prasthara.
    Murugabhoopati in mridangam enhanced the performance of the concert by his deft and silken touch. His tani was really enjoyable. His accompaniment to the Bho Shamboo is memorable.

    In short it was a very fulfilling concert, with a traditional touch, exhibiting quite a few rare kritis.


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