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Articulating musical depth
CHENNAI, December 24: She is a talented artiste. She has rich knowledge in music. She has the ability to articulate her creativity in depth. Sowmya was fabulous, as she chose Chakravaham for an elaborate alap. She chiseled the beauty of the raga with melody even as she made a foray into breath-taking sancharas. A Tamil composition of Periasamy Thooran “Naan Oru Siru Veenai” with catchy lyrics was well rendered. The essence of the song was out in full. Thyagaraja’s “Vinave O Manasa”(Vivardhani) was racy, and delivered with aplomb. Rakthi raga Abheri got a silken treatment. It stood out as she decorated it with brighas and akarantha phrases, bringing the glory of the raga and its depth. Mysore Vasudevachar’s “Bhajare Re Manasa” was presented with effortless felicity. Her improvisations of the lyrics with adequate sangatis added luster, and it had a tranquilizing effect. Embar Kannan on the Violin was crafty. He matched the main artiste with his adequately adept responses. Dikshitar’s “Ardanariswaram” (Kumudakriya) was rendered gracefully. Sowmya’s manodharama sangeetham came out in style, as she chose raga Vardhani for RTP (ragam talam pallavi). The pallavi line was “Dharmartha Kama Vardhani Sada Mam Pahi” set to adi tala in erundu kalai. She tactfully embedded the raga name into the lyrics. This is one way to make even a lay audience appreciate Carnatic music. Her swara forays were absorbing. Taniavarthanam between Mridangist Poongulam Subramaniam and K.V. Gopalakrishnan on Kanjira were vibrant with impressive korvais. Sowmya encouraged the accompanying artistes with appreciative nods intermittently, and the whole team was a good combination for the evening. Subramania Bharathi’s “Kadalennum Tivinile Radhe Radhe” (Kamas) and “Bhumi Mechidum Annamalai”a Kavachi Chindu were pleasing to listen.

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