Hyderabad: The third day of Kalasagaram’s 54th Annual Cultural Festival of Music and Drama saw a vocal concert rendered by Vidwan AS Murali. He was accompanied on the violin by Vidwan MA Sundareswaran, on the mrudangam by Vidwan B Sivaraman and on the morsing by Vidwan AS Krishnan – a team comprising seasoned artistes.
Vidwan Murali began the concert with a well-rendered ‘varnam’ composed by Karur Devinder Iyer in the ‘Sri’ raga. He sang the ‘varnam’ in two speeds. He moved on to Dikshitar’s ‘Ganarajena’ in ‘Aarabhi’ raga. After the good warm up, he went on to render a brief ‘alapana’ of ‘Asaveri’, singing ‘Dasaratha Nandana’, a composition of Thyagaraja. Both the ‘alapana’ and ‘kriti’ were soulful. He moved on to ‘Ennaganu Rama bhajana’, a Ramadasu composition in the raga ‘Panthuvarali’, rendering them with tremendous ‘bhava’ and was well-received by the audience.
He then moved on to a rare raga ‘Mahuri’ to render ‘Mamava Raghuvira’, a Dikshitar ‘kriti’. He moved on to Ramanthapuram Srinivasa Iyer’s ‘Neekela’ in ‘Devamanohari’ was a neat rendering. The main rendition of the evening was ‘Emi neramu’, a Thyagaraja composition in the raga ‘Sankarabharanam’. He dealt the raga in detail to give the essence of the majestic raga. He added a soul to the ‘niraval’ and ‘swaras’ of the ‘kriti’.
Violinist Sundareswaran matched the singer with his instrument. The ‘thani avarthanam’ by B Sivaraman and AS Krishnan were divine. AS Murali followed it with Ambujam Krishna’s ‘Aravinda Padamalar nogumo’ in ‘Kaapi’ raga and ended the thoroughly satisfying concert with Guru Surajananda’s ‘Muruganin maru peyar’ in ‘Behag’.