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Nithyashree excels at Navarasam fete
‘Navarasam’, a cultural extravaganza organised by Lakshman Sruthi and Mega TV, featured a melodious Carnatic music concert by Nithyashree Mahadevan on Sunday May 9 at Kamarajar Hall.

The young and energetic music diva started her performance with a song by Papanasam Sivan in Sivaranjani – Tharunamidhayya. This is an invocation to Lord Ganapathy and she made it vibrant with her powerful voice.

The evergreen ‘Sriman Narayana’ in Bowlai by Annamacharya provided a vision of Lord Venkatachalapathy as this kriti is dedicated to him.

The popular Tyagaraja kriti ‘Theliyadhu Rama’ in Dhenuka followed ‘Sriman Narayana’.

Her abundant manodharma surfaced in her elaborate swara passages for the kriti.

Gifted with a rich voice that can traverse three octaves with élan, she wove an elegant Hindolam and draped it in ‘Samajavaraghamana’ by Tyagaraja. She added lustre to the recital with her brilliant swaras for this song which was suffused with creativity.

A rare raga – Madhyama Varali - was excellently handled by the vocalist. A Tarangam by Narayana Theerthar – Narayana Madhava - in this raga with crisp chittaswaras was brimming with aesthetics.

Nithyashree packed a powerful punch by showcasing her repertoire as the songs of different composers in different ragas unfolded sparklingly one by one.

A viruttam in Kapi - Malon Maruganai - was followed by Neelakanta Sivan’s ‘Shanmukane’. It was steeped in divinity with melodic quotient in abundance.

A brisk ‘Sarasamada’ in Kapi Narayani by Tyagaraja made the audience walk down memory lane and reminiscence Madurai Mani Iyer rendering this song with gusto.

Usha Rajagopalan, a seasoned violinist, followed the vocalist like her alter ego and her handling of Hindolam and Kapi was awesome.

I Sivakumar was on the mridangam and we are also aware that he is the father of the vocalist. He played with sobriety and grace.

Ramakrishnan on the ghatam bolstered the concert with his deft style.

The tani of Sivakumar and Ramakrishnan was peppered with creative solkattus.

Nithyashree’s musical downpour provided a refuge to the audience reeling under the oppressive Chennai summer.

Mira

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