Viinjamuri Memorial Concert 2016 organised by SICA has been delivered by Sri Sankaran Namboothiri. He commenced the concert with sloka Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Maheswara followed by Thyagaraja krithis Abhista Varada Sri Mahaganapathe (Click to listen) in Hamsadwani and Enduku Nirdaya (Click to listen) in Harikambhoji. Then he rendered a rare Thyagaraja krithi Narasimha Nanu brovave (Click here to Listen) in Bilahari ragam and Swathi Thirunal composition Parama Purusha in Vasantha ragam. Later he took to Ragam, Thanam Pallavi and concluded with a Tillana.
Gayatri Sriram from Singapore has been performing for about 15 years at many important centres in the world. She is a student of Smt. Minal Prabhu of Kalakshetra. She opened her performance with Kauthvam. For varnam she chose a composition in Sanskrit – Sringaralola Muralidhara Gopimanohara – in ragamalika choreographed by her guru Smt. Minal Prabhu. This was followed by Ashtapadi Sakhiye Keshi Madana – from Jayadeva’s Gita Govindam, Tillana in Suddha Dhanyasi and Padam in Sahana. The Orchestral Ensemble consisted of Smt. Minal Prabhu – Nattuvangam, Vocal support by Sri Balasubramanya Sharma, Sri Gurumurthy on Mridangam, Sri Jayaram Kikkeri on Flute and Sri Prasanna Kumar on Rhythm and Morsing.
On 6th day of our Annual Art Festival, Abhinaya Natyalaya, Chennai presented a dance ballet in Bharatnatyam style combined with a Multi Media projection of story telling about Venkatadri Vaibhavam choreographed by Natya Guru Smt. Krishna Kumari Narendran and about 30 of her young desciples participated. Their dance performance is well interwoven with Multi Media Projections narrating the divinity and greatness of the famous Seven Hills- Anjanadri, Garudadri, Neeladri, Vrushabadri, Seshadri, Simhadri and Narayanadri and the way Sri Venkatachalapathi has incoronated there. It also briefs the Annual celebrations like Dolotsavam and Brahmotsavams performed at Tirumala and their significance..
Famous violinist Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan provided the music direction incorporating keertanas in Hamsadhwani, Sindhubhairavi, Revathi, Sankarabharanam , Brindavanasarangi ragas and the young dancers have impressed the audience with their abhinaya. This programme happens to be the 93rd stage performance of Venkatadri Vaibhavam since its first performance in USA in 1990s.
On 5th day of 57th Annual Art Festival Sri Maharajapuram Srinivasan endowed with rich voice opened his concert with Neranammitinayya in Kanada ragam followed by Mahaganapathim in Nata ragam. He then rendered Dikshitar kriti Swaminadhene in Brindavanasaranga, Nee bhajana gana rasikula in Nayaki, Dudukugala nanne Dora in Gowli, Bhuvaneswariya nene in Mohanakalyani. He rendered Narayana in Sudha Danyasi and dedicated it to Bharat Ratna M. S. Subbulakshmi. Then he switched to the main item of the concert Sivakameswareem Chintayeham in Kalyani ragam. The violin support by Sri M.Sundaresan and taniavartanam by Sri Ananthakrishnan on mridangam and Sri Nemani Somayajulu on ghatam was well appreciated by the rasikas. He concluded the concert with Purandara Dasa keertana Govinda Ninna namame Chanda. His son Ganesh Viswanathan provided the vocal support to Sri Srinivasan.
On the 4th day of our Annual Art Festival Dr Nithyasree Mahadevan started her concert with Endaro Mahanubhavulu in Sri ragam. She then presented Namo namo Raghukula nayaka in Nata ragam, Sambho Mahadeva saranam in Bauli, Sitarama daya choodave in Dhanyasi, Akhilandeswari in Dwijavanthi etc. She rendered Dikshitar kriti Srikanthimatim in Dharmavati as main piece of the concert. On violin Sri Raghavendra Rao gave good spport to the vocalist. Taniavatranam by Sri Ananthakrishnan on mridangam and Krishnamurthy on ghatam is very impressive.
On the 3rd day of our 57th Annual Art Festival, the veteran Carnatic vocalist Sri O. S. Thygarajan chose to present only Saint Thyagaraja’s kritis for this concert. Also he started the concert with Dinamani Vamsa tilaka in Harikambhoji instead of conventional varnam and Ganapathi prayer , He then rendered Srikanta Neeyeda in Bhavapriya ragam, Nee Bhakti bhagya sudhanidhi in Jayamanohari, Kamalaptakula in Brindavana Saranga, Raga ratna malikache in Reethigowla and a rare krithi Paalintuvo palimpavo in Kantamani ragam. The accompanists Sri M. Chandramouli on violin, Sri Umayalapuram Mali on Mridngam and Sri Srinivasagopalan on Morsing supported well.
On the 2nd day of our 57th Annual Art Festival, Sri Rajhesh Vaidhya commencing his veena concert with a varnam in Mohana ragam, presented Vatapi ganapathim bhaje in Hamsadhwani. Then his ensemble enthralled the audience with Sudhamayi sudhanidhi in Amruthavarshini, Brochevarevarura in Khamas etc., On request he rendered his guru’s popular piece of Kukoo song. He is supported very well by Sri S. Mohan Rao on Mridangam, Sri Chandrajit on Tabla, Sri Paramasivam on Kanjari and Sri Saihari on Ghatam.
The inaugural concert of SICA 57th Annual Art Festival by SANGEETHA SARASWATHI A. Kanyakumari is a delightful violin concert. She started the programme with Mooladhara Moorthy in Hamsadhwani (click here to listen) with brief ragalapana and swara kalpana. Later she played Mysore Vasudevachari’s composition Brochevarevarura in Behag (click here to listen). She chose Chakkani Rajamargamu in Kharaharapriya ragam as the main piece of the concert. She enthralled the audience with compositions of Thyagaraja, Papanasam Siva, Mysore Vasudevachari, Purandaradasa etc. Kanyakumari played her own composition in Venkatadri ragam- one of the Saptagiri Ragas created by her and concluded with Lakshmi Rave maintiki. It is a very delightful, scintillating concert as a curtain raiser for our 57th Annual Art Festival.