Melodious soiree of swaras

It not unusual for Neyveli Santhanagopalan to indulge into swara passages for every composition In his concert at Kamarajar arangam for Chennayil Thiruvaiyaru the vocalist displayed his musical acumen by rendering swaras for all the songs.

His invocation to Lord Ganesha –varanamukha vaa in Hamsadhwani by kavikunjara bharathi was loaded with swaras which was electrifying.He explained the in brief about the composer and the composition which was educative.

Santahanagopalan s rendition of hindola raga had a special glamour and the famous Rammunukku mannan mudi by Arunachala kavirayar was brimming with erudition. He spaced out Patta katta ethavan di and the array of accompanists bolstered it by playing deftly.

The serene Orajupuju in Kannada gowali by thyagaraja was mesmeric.The richness of shanmukapriya unfolded in his amazing alapana for Parvathinayakane by Papanasam sivan,The vocalist made it monumental with his scholarly rendition of swaras.

There was a team which accompanied him.Pakkala Ramdas on the violin .played with exuberance and a prefect foil to santhanagopalan.Chennai Thyagarajan on mridangam was full of joie de vivre.Srirangam Kanna on morsingh had amazing originality.

PS Venkataraman on kanjira was a class apart . VV S Manian on konnakol had a creative synergry.

The tani of the quartet was a percussive fest and every sollkattu was in place.It was an educative musical experience.

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