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A right mix of tradition, novelty

The 67th anniversary celebrations of Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Samajam started off in the musically decorated stage at the Lakshmi Sundaram Hall, which provided an aesthetic setting for the first day’s Carnatic concert of Sikkil Gurucharan, who sang to the accompaniment of V. Sanjeev on the violin, R. Sankaranarayanan on the mrudangam and Alathur T. Rajaganesh on the kanjira.

Gurucharan began his concert with a Ghana Panchaka Ragamalika varnam ‘Calam ela,’ Which was followed by a Tamil krithi ‘Siddhi Vinayakane’ by Kavi Kunjara Bharati. In quick succession, he went on to sing ‘Nee dayaraadaa’ in Vasantabhairavi by saint composer Thyagaraja.

To coincide with the 19th day of Tamil month Margazhi, Gurucharan then sang the 19th paasuram of Andal’s Tiruppavai, ‘Kuthuvilakkeriya,’ in Sahana, in which ‘kuthuvilakku’ denotes the light of jnana, which destroys the external darkness. His next selection was ‘Bantu Reetikolu’ in Hamsanaadam, again by Thyagaraja.

The best raga of the evening, Sankarabharanam, was taken up by the singer to bring out his creative rendering of Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi and Swara Prasthara for Dikshidar’s ‘Sundareswaraya namaste.’ The listeners enjoyed the participation of Sankaranarayanan on the mridangam during the tana prasthana. Alathur Rajaganesh on the ganjira joined him for a satisfying tani. Throughout the concert excellent support from Sanjiv on the violin was received by the vocalist.

The final songs included ‘Shyamale Meenakshi’ by Mutthuswami Dhikshithar in Sankaraabharanam and ‘Vennilaavum vaanum poelae’ from Tamil film Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari, a Bharatidasan song popularised by Radha Jayalakshmi and M. M. Dhandapani Desikar. The concert was thus a right mix of tradition and novelty.

Earlier in the day, Ganapathi Sharma, vice-president of the Samajam , welcomed the audience and prizes for winners of various music competitions were distributed by Sikkil Gurucharan. L. Rajaram proposed a vote of thanks.

S. Padmanabhan

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