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Lalgudi siblings on a new discovery path
CHENNAI, December 27: Lalgudi siblings - Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi - have long been under the shadows of their illustrious guru and father Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. This violinist duo is now evolving into an independent sub-brand within the larger Lalgudi clan. They were on stage for Bharat Kalachar on the evening of Christmas to present a theme-based two-and-a-half hour concert titled `Raga Rasam'. They brought out the beauty of myriad rasams (moods) in their own inimitable style by picking up some of the best compositions of the Trinity in appropriate ragas.

At the outset, Vijayalakshmi indicated that the day’s concert would be exclusive and different from the usual ones which generally comprise varnams, kritis, RTP (ragam, tanam and pallavi), tukkadas et al. Their creative talent came to the fore as they progressed deeply into the music. They wove different shades of ragas and sangathis craftily. Krishna traversed the highest and lowest octaves with effortless ease, giving the whole exercise an elevation. Each and every sangathi they played spoke volume for their enormous work, and signified their sincerity and dedication.

The Mallari in Gambeera Nattai was classy. Mallari is played when the deity is taken in procession. It injects a sense of vigour and energy. This raga is related to the Veera rasa. `Saramaina Matalando’ is a kriti embeded with Shrigara rasa. The divine kriti of Dikshitar “Meenankshi Meemudam” (Gamakakriya/Purvikalyani) is based on the Bhakthi rasa. This was preceded by an elaborate alapana by the duo, who sketched out the beauty of the raga in all its splendour. `Chinanchiru Killiye’ of Bharathiyar deals with the Vatsalya rasa, and finally, a thillana in raga Revati is endowed with the Viraha Tapa rasa.

The fineness in their presentation was punctuated with elegance as they mixed ever so seamlessly to reveal the subtleties of assorted emotions in a concert setting. The composition of the audience is reassuring for the proponents of this classical art form as it comprised young and old alike with an inquisitive mind to appreciate this highly aesthetic presentation by the Lalgudi duo.

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