Rendered with elan
The concert by Sanal Kumar Varma held at Parammal Sreekrishna temple in Mankavu as part of Ekadashi Sangeetholsavam was a delight to connoisseurs.
The serene ambience of the temple aided in enriching the appeal of the concert.
Commencing the concert with the Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer’s Mahaganapathe Namo Namo in raga Hamsadhwani , Sanal Kumar Varma sang Maharaja Swathi Thirunal’s Devadeva Kalayamite in Raga Mayamalavagowla as the next item.
Varma brought out all the facets of the raga in his alapana. The neraval at Jatharupa Nibhachela and the cascading swaraprastharas that followed were classy.
Nellai K Viswanathan’s delienation of the raga was nothing but sublime. Varma then moved on to Swathi Thirunal’s Paripalayamam in Raga Reethigowla before taking up Thyagaraja’s Melukovayya Mammeluko in Raga Bowli. In this krithi, Saint Thyagaraja asks Lord Rama to wake up from his sleep at dawn and bless him.
Thyagaraja’s Nagumomu ganaleni in Raga Abheri followed suit.
The creme de la creme of the concert was Swathi Thirunal’s Vasundhara Tanaya in the weighty Bhairavi Raga.
Varma’s alapana of Bharavi was noted for its adherence to sampradaya. The neraval and swara prastharas effectively brought out the raga bhava.
Nellai K Viswanathan’s tremendous experience was evident in his delineation. His treatment of the raga was soaked in bhava. Viswanathan’s retorts to the swara prastharas sung by Varma were melodious.
In the tukkadas section, the ragamalika Thiruvabharanam Charthiya Mohana on Lord Ayyappa seemed perfect as it is the Mandalam season.
Varma rendered Pahimohana Krithe in Raga Khamas and Sapasya Kausalya Vishnu in Raga Jaunpuri before ending the concert with a shloka on Lord Vishnu in Madhyamavathi.
Arjun Varma provided skilful accompaniment on the mridangam. His Thaniyavarthanam was noteworthy.