Mrudangam - Dr.Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman | Vocal - K. Bharat Sundar | Violin - Nagai R. Sriram
Padma Vibhushan awardee, Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. Umayalpuram Sivaraman in his continued efforts to promote bright young talent introduces Sri Bharat Sundar, a disciple of Sangeetha Kala Acharya Sri P.S.Narayanaswami of the Semmangudi School of music. He is accompanied on the violin by yet another talented artiste, Sri Nagai Sriram who has carved a niche for himself.The concert, structured in the traditional kutcheri paddhadhi has Sri Bharat Sundar presenting the Karaharapriya krithi in a gripping kalapramanam with deep exploration of the colourful raga. The crisp exchanges during the nereval and swaras and the sarva lagu swaras that are a signature of the Semmangudi school are amply displayed. Both Sri Bharat Sundar and Sri Nagai Sriram explore the Todi raga in its entirety with scintillating interpretations, the highlight being a sruthi bedam by both in different places and a smooth slide back to the parent raga with utmost ease thus demonstrating the tonic shift distinctively.
Dr. Sivaraman provides ample evidence of his attractive, creative and appealing bani in every item thus elevating the concert. The gap filling technique employed with melkalam phrases that sparkle with absolute clarity, the signature arai chappu and the tremendous varieties of gumki that merges with the chapu nadam signify the style of play. Dr. Sivaraman provides the crowning glory, where the dictionary of percussion unfolds is the thani in which unique interpretations are provided all over. This includes tri gathi and pancha gathi korvais that demonstrate the supreme grip on the laya while retaining the sweet nadam that reverberates from the wide varieties of phrases employed. To match the sruthi bedam, Dr.Sivaraman presents gathi bedam and introduces a rare novelty to the percussion world in the penultimate phase of the thani. The legend displays his wizardry when he traverses like a trapeze while interpreting the kanda phrase in tisram and with the same kanda base switches to kanda gathi instantly with ease thus revealing his mastery over the art.