Bhargavi Venkatram – Brahma Gana Sabha – Dec 25, 2018

Bhargavi Venkatram, a senior student of T M Krishna and daughter of senior Violinist H K Venkatram from Bengaluru, presented a fine concert with Shraddha Ravindran on Violin and Kapil Ramnarayan on Mridangam, at the Sivagami Petachi Auditorium under the auspices of Brahma Gana Sabha, in Chennai.

  1. Jaya jaya jaya janaki kantha – Naata
  2. Gnanamosaga raada – PoorviKalyani
  3. Neelayadakshi – Pharas
  4. Nadopasana – Begada
  5. Govardhana Giridhara – Darbari Kaanada

The kutcheri started with a brief outline of Naata followed by Purandara Dasa’s composition. The swaras at Dasarathatmaja.. were short and beautiful.

Bhargavi did a soulful aalapana of PoorviKalyani – although some shades of her Guru were seen, she demonstrated her individual style. Thyagaraja’s masterpiece Gnanamosaga raada was sung beautifully. Some exquisite round of swaras drew applause from the audience! Kapil was following her very closely. A very lilting Neelayadakshi, a composition of Syama Sastri was sung in a languid way. Bhavam has been the hallmark of her singing all the way.

BBB now! 🙂 Bhargavi did a brilliant Begada, which was a top class stuff. She highlighted the Madhyamam characteristic of Begada very well. Shraddha started slowly but played a very nice return! Yet another Thyagaraja’s masterpiece was sung extremely well. The kalpana swaras at Tantri Laya swara.. started in a very languid way and before moving on to the second speed. The muktayi was very well structured around Madhyamam and Kaisiki Nishadham subtly using the Ma-Ma Ni-Ni janta swaras nicely! Kapil played short and sweet Tani Avarthanam.

Bhargavi sang a slokam Vasudevasutam… in ragamalika, seamlessly transitioning from one to the other, in SuratiReetigowlaHamir Kalyani and finally ending in Darbari Kaanada. Narayana Teertha’s composition Govardhana Giridhara in Darbari Kaanada was soulful and it was indeed a great way to end the concert!

Bhargavi planned very well for a 90 minutes concert covering all the elements of a nice concert! Her Guru TMK was also in the audience and it must indeed have been a very happy moment for both Guru and Shishya!

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Kausal Malladi

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