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Ramakrishnan Murthy @ Unnati Centre, 10 Mar 2011

Vocal : Ramakrishnan Murthy

Violin : B U Ganesh Prasad

Mrudangam : K U Jayachandra Rao

List:

01  duDuku gala – gauLa – Thyagaraja ( O )

02  rAmA nI pai – kEdAram – Thyagaraja ( S )

03  manasA eTulO – malayamArutam – Thyagaraj ( A,N,S )

      neraval & swara @’ kaLilO rAjasa tAma sa guNa mulu gala vArichelimi’

04  eTi janmamitihA – varALi – Thyagaraja ( A )

05  tuNai purindaruL – varamu – Papanasam Sivan ( S )

06  kaligiyunTE gada – kIravAni – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

     neraval & swara @ ‘ bAgug srI raghuramuni padamula bhakti jEsina rIti thyagarajunikipatu’

07  iDatu padam tUki ADum – khamAs – Papanasam Sivan

08  dharma SravaNa – durga – Purandara Dasa ( A )

09 viruttam ( UrilE kANavillE) – surutti

    vanga kkaDal kadaindu – surutti – tirupugazh

10  mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja

      SLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvathi

Beautiful concert by Ramakrishnan Murthy at the Unnati Centre, concluding the week long festival. I am listening to him live for the first time and he impressed one and al with his very traditional, controlled yet poignant concert lasting just over 2.5 hrs.

Started with a pancharatna kriti ( @ the person who spoke during the felicitation –  No Sir, there was no Varnam ) in gauLa and he displayed his skills and capabilities at the very beginning. To me the best of the day was the serene malayamaruta alapana. He was astonishing with some of his well executed phrases. He continued this with a brilliant neraval and some fascinating swaras. Varali alapana that followed was good, but was just that. There was no real catchy moments in the alapana. However, he overcome that with a fabulous rendering of eTi janmamitiha, a krithi, I am not that fond of.  

Tunai purindarul with some brisk swaras came in before the main keeravani. Alapana was the traditional, predictable line but very well built and progressed. It was good to see him staying on to the classical style with out going all over the place with his imagination and energy. Kriti started at the anupallavi, which I thought caused a minor loss of focus (to me) and I thought that wasnt called for. But the neraval was good, so was the swaras at two speeds.

K U Jayachandra Rao was all supportive, especialy after a couple of songs. He shown a lot of anticipation and added to the flair with some brilliant percussion support. His tani-avartanam was also of top class. On the othe side, BU Ganeshprasad did not live upto the expectations. He was good at his turns, in alapana or during neraval or swara playing, but during the singing he left a lot to be desired. Let me hasten to add that he did a phenomenal job during the Durga kriti post the main. Post main were also very interesting. An outstanding durga stood out of the rest. Khamas and surutti were equaly god and emotive.

Ramakrishnan Murthy is one of the youngsters to watchout for. He has the knowledge and skill and is using them the a great effect. Very easy singing without violent gestures or facial contours. He voice is pleasing and diction clear. May be he was a bit fast ( a notch or so) in the early part of the concert, but on the whole he has done a commendable job.

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