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An inspirational artiste
CHENNAI, December 27: He is a no-nonsense artiste. He gets a secular audience.

An inspiration to young and old, Sanjay Subrahmanyan draws respect from learned critics. Giving a concert for Narada Gana Sabha on the evening of December 20, 2012, he held a complete sway over the capacity audience. If his music was enchanting, he was in total command of the environment. He began his concert with Dikshitar’s “Sri Varalakshmi” (Sri). Thyagaraja’s “Manavyalakim” (Nalinakanti) was absorbing. He enriched the racy kriti with classy swara prayogas. An enthusiastic violinist M.R.Gopinath added further pep to the concert. “Tanikaivalar Sharavana Bhava” (Todi) of Papanasam Sivan was melodious, and he presented it aesthetically. Sanjay improvised on the lyrics “Tulli Vilayadi Varum Togai Mele Valliyudan Deivanai”, and brought vitality by decorating it with pleasing swaras. Swathi Tirunal’s “Sara Sama Mridu” in Gowri Manohari pushed the concert to a fresh height. He gave the kriti an expansive treatment. Taniavarthanam between K.V. Gopalakrishnan on Kanjira and senior Mridangist Mannargudi A.Easwaran was vibrant. Sanjay interspersed with a Tamil composition, “Avan Seyal Andri” (Hamir Kalyani), which was rendered with poise. The creative part of the concert in raga Ravichandrika was interesting. A good alap with fascinating sancharas was followed by a tanam, which was marked for fineness. For RTP (Ragam Tanam Pallavi), the chosen pallavi line was: “Muruga Tirumaal Magal Maruga Shivakumara”, which was set to Misra chapu talam. Swara prayogas were fascinating in ragas Priyadarshini, Hamsanandi etc. Sanjay chose to render Tamil stanzas from Divya Prabandam of Goddess Andal “Karpuram Naarumo” from Nachiyar Tirumozhi. `Ehi Mudam Dehi Krishna’, set to a folk tune, was riveting.

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