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The Saptha Giris, Lec Dem by Kumari Kanyakumari
26 December, 2013

- Janaki Lakshman

Music Academy is the spot to be at during December season! It is not the same at other places.The place throbs with life... the lounge is buzzing with activities... celebrities spotted exchanging pleasantries... the book store and other stalls in business... The lec-dems here so well presented and attended... the experts committee giving their views after each session and bringing up topics for debate... again no other place like the Academy particularly for the academic sessions in the mornings.

Kumari Kanyakumari in her lec-dem presented Saptha Ragas a set of seven Ragas she has derived from already existing ones, each named after the seven hills at Sapthagiri, the abode of Sri Venkateswara. She has set to tune seven Krithis of Annamayya in these Ragas. She was assisted in this by her disciples Tejaswy Mallela rendering the Krithis vocally and Rajeev supporting her in Violin.

The Ragas were Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. 

Seshadri, named after Adi Sesha, with SGMPNS/SNDPMGS sounds a lot like Madhuvanthi. Emani Thalacha vachhu was rendered so exquisitely by Tejaswy Mallela. Neeladri, a Janya of Jhankara dhwani (19 th Melam) denotes Neela Devi. This has SRGPNS/SNDPGRS as the scale. This remins us very much of Sivaranjani, with the Chathusruthi Dhaivatham sounding like Sudhha Nishadam. Natiki Naadu was the Krithi.

Garudadri with the Arohanam of Chakravakam and Avarohana of Nagaswarali SRGMPDNS/SDPMGS, sounds easy but a bit catchy to sing probably. Kalasapuramu was well sung by Tejaswy. KanyaKumari who played along the composition sometimes drowned the voice of the singer, though not intentionally. 

Anjanadri, a Janyam of Rasikapriya (72) has SGMPDNS/ SNPMGRS. Kalidoshamula was the song in this. Vrishabhadri, a Janyam of Kanakangi had SRMRMPDNS/ SNDPMRS. Narayanadri, a Dhira Shankarabharanam Janyam with SRMPNS/ SNDPMRS, was thre Ragam for Melu ledhu. The 7th Ragam Venkatadri another Janyam of Jhankara Dhwani went SRMDS/SDMRS. 

Summing up Kanyakumari said that these Ragams though different should not be sung together in the same concert because some were Vivadis and some shared the same parent Ragam. She attributed her success to the blessings of her Gurus parents and musicians like M L V who helped her bloom into a fine musician. In her own characteristic simple style she said there was nothing much to be asked as questions since they were formed by her and that is all to it...! But the Secretary Pappu Venugopala Rao insisted the Experts committee may at least want to commend her efforts. And he acknowledged the spirituality in her endeavor, and that the selection of names were apt. He made a special mention of the singing by Tejaswy mallela who also is a promising Violinist. Sangitha Kala Nidhi PS Narayanaswami congratulated Kanyakumari on her amazing work. He felt the tunes were fairly easy to learn and sing, though the Ragams were a bit hard to handle, with the shades of other Ragams likely to come in the way. The Sangitha Kala Nidhi designate Smt Sudha Raghunathan offered to learn the songs and present them in her concerts. Other musicians like P Vasanth Kumar, Sri Ramanathan etc too gave their views and appreciated the singing by the youngster Tejaswy! May be it is in the water that Andhraites drink or the spicy food they eat.... such a melody and sweetness in their voices! 

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