Elegant Andholika from Gurucharan

Sikkil Gurucharan’s musical lineage and tutelage was evident in his concert at Kamarajar Arangam for ‘Chennayil Tiruvaiyaru’. An offshoot of the famed Sikkil musical tree, his sketch of ‘Andholika’ for raga Sudharasa was entrenched in tradition. His swara passages spoke of his creativity and fertile imagination.

He is gifted with a voice that can traverse three octaves effortlessly.

Gurucharan’s unique approach in handling a raga was showcased in his rendition of Neethimathi for ‘Mohana Krishnamuthu Kumara’ by Kavikunjara Bharathi.

‘Kanja Dhalayadakshi’ in Kamalamanohari by Muthuswamy Dikshitar reminded one of M S Subbulakshmi who often included this song in her concerts. A brief sketch of Hamsanandhi was followed by a thillana by Maharajapuram Santhanam dedicated to Kanchi Paramacharya. There was a smattering of Bagesri in the thillana.

Nagai Sriram on the violin was a class apart. One could discern the voice through the violin.

Parupalli Phalgun on the mridangam lent charm to the concert by his deft strokes.

The young Giridhar Uduppa on the ghatam played with finesse. The tani of Phalgun and Uduppa sent rapturous waves amongst the audience.


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