December 28, 2015

A vintage treat at veteran Rama Ravi's concert

Rarely one gets to listen to the old-world music in Chennai. Many senior musicians are performing a very few concerts, especially during the season. Naada Inbam organises the concerts of such veterans giving an opportunity for the rasikas to listen to a vintage music as well the young performers to learn a few tips on chaste music.

Senior vidushi Rama Ravi performed only at Naada Inbam this season and that turned out to be a treat for those who attended. A tempo that was set in a pace that can be described as 'sowkhya kalam' flowed through the concert. Whether it was the Saveri Varnam or the grand Kambodhi kriti 'Koniyadi' or the padam, the presentation was just enjoyable. The simple and systematic development elaboration of Kambhodi, the chittaswaram in a relaxed pace adorned the number.

There were requests from the rasikas and the violinist R.K. Sriramkumar. The padam 'Ela radayane' in Bhairavi and a Nadanamakriya composition, which Rama Ravi remembered having rendered it during one of the Bharatanatyam recitals of T. Balasaraswati at The Music Academy and that the piece was taught by none other than Prof. T. Viswanathan.

A concert that the rasikas will cherish for long, no doubt.

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