Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Ravi and Ranjani's Bhairavi

For his chitravina concert for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha on Dec. 16, N. Ravikiran chose many songs with 'Parthasarathy' in the lyrics. Right from the varnam in Vasantha, 'Ninne kori' which has 'Pannagashayanudou Sri Parthasaradhi Deva' in the anupallavi.

Ravikiran makes the audience enjoy the concert as much as he does. Sometimes it is a short info about the songs and some other times it is mild pun with a sense of humour.

After an elaborate Bhairavi raga alapana followed by the violinist Ranjani Ramakrishnan's version of the raga, Ravikiran said, "As you all might have guessed, it is raga Bhairavi. You heard two Bhairavis today. One Bhai'ravi' by Ravi and another by Ranjani," bringing smile on the faces of the audience.

Prof. Trichy Sankaran played a bright and sparkling Tani with B.S. Purushotham on the Kanjira and there was a thunderous applause when it was over. Ravikiran asked the audience, "Can you believe that Prof. Sankaran was a little indisposed before the concert? And Ranjani has just recovered from Typhoid?"

He concluded with a Bhadrachala Ramadasa's composition 'O Rama nee namam' in Purvi Kalyani bringing memories of the yesteryear singer Madurai Somu and a 'dwigati' tillana in Atana.

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