'Varistha' meaning 'Excellence which cannot be excelled', presents a series of concerts to be remembered and cherished, with utmost dedication and sincerity. This concert features two legends of carnatic music known for their strict adherence to tradition and aesthetic presentation. Sangita Kalanidhi Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy is the true representative and torch bearer of the legendary Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar tradition. Imbibing the best qualities from his illustrious Guru, KVN created a very fine bani of his own which became famous for Sruthi Suddha, rhythmical excellence, Bhava laden music steeped in tradition. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman evolved his own style that is a display of clarity, deployment of fast paced prayogas, combined with unique 'sollus' that are characterized by the naadam that one experiences from his mridangam. V.V.Ravi on the violin and T.V.Vasan on the Ghatam provide excellent support to add colour in combing with the legends to complete the team work that make this a very memorable concert.
TThis concert held under the auspices of Sri Thyagaraja Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam, Mylapore is a fitting homage to the illustrious disciples of Saint Thyagaraja, Umayalpuram Krishna Bhagavathar and Sundara Bhagavathar, which KVN sang with utmost devotion and dedication. The soul stirring Hecharika in Yadukula kambhoji and an outstanding Mohanam are something to cherish. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman embellishes the songs with amazing varieties and creative laya interpretations that further enhances the concert performance. Aptly, KVN sings ' Sogasuga ' where both legends excel to translate the emotion packed krithi to the audience that draws accolades from both musicians and rasikas.