S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Pioneering effort by Neyveli

Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego Festival 2017

5 - 7 April 2017

By Sukanya Sankar

Continuing with the guru-sishya theme and tribute to Tyagaraja, the fourth day of the festival featured, students of senior music teacher Revathi Subramanian, disciples of flautists Radhakrishnan Ramachandran, Amshu Murthy and percussion by disciples of Ramkumar Balamurthy.

Carefully chosen compositions from Tyagaraja’s repertoire, the children presented Manasa etulo (Malayamarutham), Hecharika (Yadukulakambhoji), Telisirama (Purnachandrika), Marubalka (Sriranjani) and other notable kritis. The highlight of the evening was the ‘Desadi mala’ presented by Revathi’s choir. Innovatively created by Revathi’s guru Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Desadi mala encompassed the first line of forty-one songs of Tyagaraja in Desadi tala strung together beautifully and presented as a garland of melody to the Sathguru. 

The seamless flow of Manasuloni, Buvinidasudane to Entabhagyamu and the chain continued; a pioneering effort by Santhanagopalan.

Day 5 commenced with Dr. Venugopala Rao comparing and contrasting four dance forms (Odissi, Bharata Natyam, Kathak and Kuchipudi). The panellists Sujata Mohapatra, Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar, Saswati Sen and Kishore Mosalikanti demonstrated the characteristic features inherent to their styles with regard to stance, gait, and ‘bramhari’ (spin). Each of the doyens also performed an Ashtapadi, the common thread between all these dance forms. While visual differences may exist, all these dance forms adhere to the core philosophy of Bharata’s Natya Sastra concluded Venugopala Rao.

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