15 January, 2014
The only performing disciple of Prince Rama Varma, Amrutha Venkatesh sang for an hour and forty minutes. Though short, it had all the ingredients of a wholesome concert. Enriched with delectable krithis, she impressed the audience with a variety. The Bhavan's mini hall, full for a 5pm concert on a working day speaks for itself.
The main krithi was Aradhyami, a navavidha bhakthi krithi in Bilahari - a gem from Swati Tirunal, sung with total involvement. The alapana was vibrant and relaxed and the kalpanaswarams were a treat as well.
Earlier, Aadikkondar in MaayamaaLava gowlai gave the concert a majestic start, followed by a classic and solemn Budhamasrayami in Nattakurinji – a Dikshidar compositon. Enati nomu phalamo in Bhairavi was another enjoyable piece. A quick interlude Vara narada in Vijayashree raga was a good break.
The support she got from Karaikal S. Venkatasubramanian on the violin deserves praise. Arjun Ganesh on the mridangam added flavour.
She concluded her concert with a Thirupaavai in Sindhubhairavi. Ahir Bhairav Thillana of Dr BMK showed her prowess in singing and as well left an indelible effect on the rasikas.
Inputs: Bhaskaran Shivaraman
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