Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Refreshing, Appealing & Melodious

On Sunday evening, Gayathri mesmerized the gathered group of audience with the best of carnatic music with her majestic voice. The audience were treated to a variety of songs starting with Sarasijanabha Mampahi varnam in Naattai. Following that she sang, Naradhamuni vedalina in ragam Pantuvarali. "Ma Ramanan" was preceded by raga alapana in Hindolam.

Gayathri took for the centrepiece, Shankarabaranam (king of carnatic ragas) and rendered the song “Saroja Dalanetri” in grandeur.

The maestros, Akkarai Subbhalakshmi and mridangist Manoj Siva gave excellent accompaniments for Gayathri’s raga vistharas.

In the second half Gayathri quickly accommodated a few audience requests. She set the melody and richness in Annamacharya’s Bhaavayami in Yaman Kalyan. Gayathri treated us to a musical feast with 15-16 songs (includes Saaramaina in Behaag, Purandaradasar krithi – Srinivasa, Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s Rangapuravihaara in Brindaavana Saaranga, Sabapathikku in Abogi). The viruttam she sang -“Naalen Seyyum”, other Tamil songs – “Manadir Uganthathu Muruganin Roopam”, Subramanya Bharathi’s “Varuvai varuvai varuvai Kanna” were melodious. She concluded her brilliant concert with a tillana on Anjaneya Swami in ragam Vasantha and a mangalam on Aandal.

Gayathri, Akkarai & Manoj Siva truly left a musical mark on Wellingtonians.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

A voice to 'pine' for - an extract from Wellington Hutt News

Reminder!! Gayathri Venkatraghavan concert, this sunday, 8th of August, 5 pm at Adam Concert Hall.
Book your place for the concert now!