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Today evening Smt. Ranjani and Smt.Gayathri their concerts at Narada Gana Sabha
Today evening Smt. Ranjani and Smt. Gayathri started their concert at Narada Gana Sabha with Saveri Varnam Sarasuda and sung it briskly in 2 kalams and with swaras for the charanam for a fully packed audience.
The varnam was followed by Thiagaraja krithi Evarani in Devamruthavarshini ragam, where Thiagaraja asks rama.."For the Siva mantra – ‘ma’ is the soul; for the Vishnu mantra – ‘rA’ is the soul; I salute these great personages who understand this detail; O Munificient Lord, praised by this Tyagaraja! What did the most eminent people determine as to who You are? And, how did they worship You? " what a soulful krithi rendered soulfully by the duo.
This was followed by Ganamudha panam in Jyothiswaroopini ragam, (68th melakartha raga) a composition of Koteeswara iyer. (to my ears the raga sounded more like Nasikabhooshan which is the 70th melam). in misrachapu thalam followed by intricate swaras. to handle such a ragam needs lot of practice. well done sisters. Their voice blends so beautifuly while they sing.
The next krithi was Mamavasadha janani in kanada ragam a composition of Swathi Thirunal.
The main piece of the evening was in bilahari, Dorakuna of Saint Thiagaraja.Will it ever be possible to have the blessed privilege of such a Darshana? Even for ascetics involved in austerities, best among BHUSURAS or DEVAs, will it be possible? Sages like Narada and Tumburu sing His glory in mellifluous stains. Devotees of the caliber of Ambarisha chant your names in ecstasy, scattering choice flowers all over. ..cries Thiagaraja to Lord Rama. bilahari raga is handled by all composers but in different styles. its a raga which gives happiness to singer and to the listener. The amazing alapanai by the sisters gave happiness to all of us with the commendable support by the violinist. The thani was superb by Mrudhangist Sri. K V Prasad and the ghatam artiste.
The next one was a virutham or a sooladhi (in kannada) by Purandharadasa a ragamalikai. the same slokam was sung in 3 different ragas..kapi, hindholam and yamunakalyani.
They concluded the concert with an Abhang, the sisters are famous for..by Sant Tukaram in raag bairagi( the fav. raga of Lord Shiva), the carnatic version is Revathi.The sisters sing Abhangs so mellifluously. Truly a musical evening.