VEENAVAADHINI Chamber Concert

We invited Shri Poorna Pragna Rao to present a chamber concert on May 14, 2007 with emphasis on Syama Sastri Compositions. His accompanying artists were, Shri Madurai Balasubramanian (Violin), Shri Manikantan (Mridangam), and Shri Papanasam Sethuraman (Ganjira).

The Song List:

1. Sree Ganapathini – Sourashtram – Thyagarajaswamy

2. Shankari Neeve – Begada – Subbaraya Sastri

3. Shankari Shankuru – Saveri – Syama Sastri

4. Marivere – Anandabhairavi – Syama Sastri

5. Kamakshi – Yadukulakambhoji – Syama Sastri

6. MeenaLochana – Dhanyasi – Syama Sastri

7. Sarojadala Netri – Shankarabharanam – Syama Sastri

8. Kanakasaila – Punnagavarali – Syama Sastri

9. Mayamma – Ahiri – Syama Sastri


What made the concert very special was that each and every song,
save the opening piece, was prefixed with expansive and pristine
raga alapanas (including those of Punnagavarali and Ahiri),
demonstrating the artist’s vidhwath in ample measure. The violinist
was equally sophisticated in his replies. Shri Manikantan, standing in
for his guru Kumbakonam Saravanan, who could not participate as he was
not well, acquitted himself very creditably. He accompanied
beautifully for all the songs and played a commendable thani for the
main piece Sarojadala netri, with competent support from Shri
Sethuraman.

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