Nadasurabhi Cultural Association located in Koramangala, Bangalore is in the forefront of promoting Classical Carnatic Music. Nadasurabhi conducts the highest quality music concerts every month and a week-long Annual Festival in November, free of charge to all rasikas. Our other events include a youth festival, Thyagaraja and Purandaradasa Aradhana, and music competitions for children.
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Aishwarya composes a special ‘pallavi’ on M.S.Subbulakshmi for the centenary concert at Nadasurabhi.
As world wide celebrations marked the birth centenary of the legendary musician Bharataratna, Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi, Nadasurabhi in its own way paid tribute to the first lady of carnatic music. September being the birth month of MS, this month’s concert was very aptly dedicated to Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi. Vidushi Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath, a young, highly talented musician was invited to present a vocal concert on this special occasion. Years of training and hours of practice have shaped Aishwarya into a highly skilful artist. She rightly chose to maintain her own style, not attempting in the least to mimic the legend. Of the very many songs of different composers in different languages popularised by MS, Aishwarya made a judicious selection, that were popular and special, yet not very regularly featured in the concerts of MS!
The popular ‘Viribhoni’ varnam in ‘Bhairavi’, in two speeds for the first half and the ‘madyama kala’ for the second half with enriched ‘sangathis’ for the ‘pallavi and charanam’ lines were refreshing. A brief sketch of raga ‘Goulipanthu’ for the song ‘Tera teeyagarada’, of Saint Thyagaraja followed by crisp swaras brought forth a satisfactory nod by the ‘MS fans’! A detailed rendition of raga ‘Harikambhoji’ was neat and flawless with the optimal use of her voice range. As the audience were making wild guesses about what the song would be, she shot a pleasant surprise, with the all time favourite song from the film Meera, ‘Vandadum Cholai..’ The joy of the audience knew no bounds! She nurtured the song with superb neraval at ‘Madhavan madurai maindan’, and vibrant swaras. She then traced the outline of raga ‘Chintamani’ for Shamasastri’s ‘Devi brova..’ She created a sublime mood by choosing a slow tempo which was very soothing. She restricted to a few phrases of swara for the pallavi line in the first speed which was felt appropriate. Her spirited youthful exuberance came out in the next song, a speedy ‘Bhogindra shayinam’ of Maharaja Swathitirunal in raga ‘Kuntalavarali’. She was bubbling with energy, particularly when she was at the ‘charanam’, ‘kalithanuti sanyasi…’ in ‘madyamakala’. Her over all control on the ‘talam’, ‘lyrics’ and ‘sruthi’ gave it a bouncy, exultant effect! As per the tradition since she started with a Bhairavi varnam, she took up ‘Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi’ in Bhairavi. Both the ragam and tanam were of high standard, full of creativity, with intricate ‘sancharas’ and novel passages. Ragamalika tanam in ‘Anandabhairavi’, ‘Natabhairavi’ and ‘Salagabhairavi’ were good. The artist herself had composed the pallavi, “ Shubha pradaam, Shubha lakshmeem, Shubha sangeetha priyaam smarami”, in Sanskrit, as a tribute to this great musician for whose birth centenary celebration she was singing! Her interest was to have the entire pallavi in Sanskrit. For that reason Subbulakshmi was made auspicious by making it Shubhalakshmi! Pallavi was set to ‘Khanda jati, Triputa tala in 2 kalais’. With the usual pattern of varying speeds she presented it accurately with good set of swaras that followed. The post ‘Tani avartanam’, request from the audience for the lengthy ‘ragamalika’ composition, ‘Bhavayamai raghuramam’ made her ponder for a while, then with the nod of the organisers, she came back with the original enthusiasm to sing it fully, with no compromise . ‘Jagadhodharana..’ in ‘Kapi’ bore the stamp of MS and she concluded with ‘Maitreem Bhajata…’of Kanchi Paramacharya. She is a confident, hard working, promising musician who will shine very well in the years to come.
As a senior violinist, Vidushi Nalina Mohan gave good support. Her Bhairavi was good. Vidwan Anoor Anathakrishna Sharma on mridangam proved his excellence and skill, playing melodiously, with good understanding and support. Vidwan S.N. Narayanamurthy on Ghatam was equally good, matching the challenges posed by AAK Sharma. Both of them displayed mastery over their respective instruments in the tani avartanam.
Nadasurabhi Cultural Association, (Regd.)
Cordially invites you for the monthly concert on
Sunday, 18th September 2016 at 4.15 PM
Venue: The Indian Heritage Academy Hall,
Near Police Station, 6th Block,
Koramangala, Bangalore. 560 095.
In memory of
Vidushi Indira Sreenivasan Vaidyanathan
Vidushi Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath -Vocal
Vidushi Nalina Mohan -Violin
Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma - Mridangam
Vidwan S.N.Narayanamurthy - Ghatam
The birth centenary of Bharat Ratna Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi is being celebrated all over the world. Nadasurabhi dedicates this centenary month concert to the immortal Carnatic legend.
Kum. Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath is a bright rising star of Carnatic music. Aishwarya is giving noteworthy concerts all over India and abroad, including the prestigious Cleveland Aradhana. Her music is loved by veterans and young, connoisseurs and novices alike. She has won several awards for outstanding performances, including the Best Concert prize from Madras Music Academy for the two successive years 2014 and 2015, during their December Season. She is an A Grade artist of AIR and Doordarshan.
Smt. Nalina Mohan is a seasoned senior violinist who has been accompanying senior artists for several decades.
Sri.AAK Sharma, affectionately called Shivu, is a gem among Karnataka artists. He comes from a family of renowned artists. He is a senior mridangam vidwan who excels as a performing artist, a guru and also a composer. His many innovations in percussion are well known.
Sri. Narayanamurthy is a much admired sophisticated Ghatam vidwan of Karnataka who has many years of experience in accompanying senior artists.
ALL ARE WELCOME
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