Aditi Anand (student of Sri. Hari Devanath) Aditya Satyadeep (student of Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi) Akshara Sridhar (student of Smt. Sankari Senthilkumar) Alaap Rag (student of Smt. Ananya Ashok) Amruta Turlapati (student of Smt. Kasthuri Shivakumar) Oviya Srinivasan (student of Smt. Lavanya Kaushik) Rohit Seshadri (student of Smt. Nandini Ramamurthi) Sanika Pande-veena solo (student of Sri. Srikanth Chary) Sumanth Mahalingam (student of Sri. Hari Devanath)
Ananya Devanath (veena) (student of Sri. Srikanth Chary) Deeksha Venkateswaran (student of Smt HM Smitha) Prahlad Saravanapriyan (student of Sri Saravanapriyan Sriraman) Sahas Ramesh (student of Sri Vittal Ramamurthy) Tanisha Srivatsa (student of Smt Charumathi Raghuraman) Tejas Bharadwaj (student of Sri B V Raghavendra Rao) Thejeswini Sai Swaminathan (student of Sri Saravanapriyan Sriraman)
Akshay Suresh (student of Sri Gopi Lakshminarayanan) Amogh Kuchibhotla (student of Sri Patri Satishkumar) Arush Gopal (student of Sri Tiruchur Narendran) Lalit Narayan Kovvuri (student of Sri Ramesh Srinivasan) Rishi Kodungallur (student of Sri Ravindrabharathy Sridharan) Srihari Srinivasan (student of Sri Trivandrum Balaji) Sriram Subramanian (student of Sri Tiruchur Narendran) Umesh Gopi (student of Sri Gopi Lakshminarayanan) Varchas Bharadwaj (student of Sri Trivandrum Balaji)
Even though we may seem like a big organization, we are actually an intimate group of parents who come together at a time of need as one family, to make things happen. This was evident in our October event when many of our parents in addition to our dedicated core team came together to pull a successful event at a brand new venue! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
In order to minimize anxiety at the new venue, we did not schedule any intro performers this month so all were returning performers, and every single one of them did an excellent job entertaining the folks who made an effort to be there. Do share any feedback you had/felt at the new venue.
Oviya’s outstanding performance started us off followed by Rohit’s beautiful Bilahari, Akshara’s superb Simhendramadhyamam, Aditi’s striking Saveri, Sanika’s vibrant Varali, Amruta’s sublime Sriranjani, Sumanth’s noteworthy Nagaswarali, Alaap’s praiseworthy PurviKalyani and Aditya’s brilliant Bhairavi, all of which kept the audience engaged throughout! Our accompanists are getting better with each opportunity and the practice that it involves, confidence and maturity was in full display, at their respective levels. Kudos to our children, their gurus and parents for pursuing, teaching and supporting music so passionately.
Hearty thanks to our CCC core team who embraced the new venue instantly to make things go smoothly. Audio team led by Namdev Nayak had a clear plan and the audio setup / clean up happened in record time. Latha handled the attendance desk efficiently and thanks to Srini Bala for pitching in as she was short on hands this month. Ram Athreya stepped up to do photos this month, and sent these brilliant captures from our event last night itself, thank you very much Ram! Thank you Suresh for covering the video and we look forward to your excerpts! Powerpoint team led by Srikanth made a seamless presentation of bios with his team’s support. Thanks to Prasanna Narayanan and Priya Hari for loaning us their banner stand and projector screen respectively.
I’d like to also acknowledge & thank the parents of the performers, Anand Santhanakrishnan, Anitha Murthy, Anitha Srinivasan, Aruna Srinivasan, Gomathy Gopi, Jayshree Narasimhan, Mamatha K., Santhi Subramanian, Sesha Srinivasachari, Shreeranjani Anand, Sija Krishnan, Srini Krishnamurthy, Subha Ramesh, Subramanian Parameswaran, Sumithra Mani, Vaishnav Kovvuri, Vidhya Sesha, & Vidya Raj for their help with various logistics that stemmed as a result of the new venue.
It's heart warming when our young performers themselves come early to help out. Sriram Subramanian with his sister Swathi and Srihari Srinivasan pitched in a lot yesterday and my heartfelt thanks to them.
Please save November 10th Sunday from 2-5 pm for our next event at our usual SSP venue.
Wishing you and your family a very happy Deepavali!
Carnatic Chamber Concerts – 13th October 2019 CCC Event
Authored By: Anirudh Ramadurai, Pranav Satyadeep, Shreya Virunchipuram, Mahathi Shankarram, and Prahlad Saravanapriyan
The October CCC event which was held in the
new venue at Warm Springs Community Center commenced with an outstanding 10 minute repeat performance by Oviya Srinivasan, accompanied by Deeksha Venkateswaran on violin and Amogh Kuchibhotla on mridangam. She started with a song on Lord Vinayaka, Panchamathangamukha
in the ragam Malahari, set to Rupaka thalam, composed by Sri. Muthuswamy Dikshithar. This composition is on the deity in Thiruvarur, the birth place of Diskhitar. Thiruvarur’s ancient name Kamalapuram has been cleverly introduced in the charanam of the song.
Oviya rendered this kriti very beautifully with apt support from her accompanists. Next, she presented Pavanathmajagaccha on Lord Hanuman, yet another kriti of Mutthuswamy Dikshitar, composed in ragam Naattai, and set to Khanda Chapu thalam. Amogh played a
short but neat Thani Aavarthanam including a Mora and Korvai. Oviya’s melodious singing, with Deeksha’s synchronized bowing, and Amogh’s rhythmic beats were very nice to hear.
Subsequent to Oviya was a vocal performance
by Rohit Seshadri, accompanied by Tanisha Srivatsa on the violin and by Umesh Gopi on the mridangam. Rohit began with a bright alapana in the ragam Bilahari, a janyam of the popular 29th melakarta, Shankarabharanam. Following Tanisha’s crisp and melodious
alapana on the violin, Rohit took up Saint Tyagaraja’s krithi ‘Kanukontini’ set to Adi talam. Rohit did justice to this vibrant krithi with his rich voice and energetic singing. Rohit then sang kizh kalam and mel kalam swarams in the pallavi line and concluded
with a samam-to-edam korvai. Umesha’s energetic playing throughout as well as the mora-korvai in the end totally brightened this concert.
Following Rohit was a vocal performance by
Akshara Sridhar, accompanied by Prahlad Saravanapriyan on the violin and Arush Gopal on the mridangam. Akshara began with a melodious alapana in the ragam Simhendramadhyamam, the 57th melakarta ragam. Her alapana included many important sancharas of this well-known
ragam. Following Prahlad’s equally beautiful alapana, Akshara sang Rama Rama Gunaseema, a composition of Maharaja Swathi Tirunal, set to Adi Talam. Her kalpanaswarams in the anu-charanam, Muni Manasa Dama, were very captivating and had both sarvalaghu and
kanakku swarams. The koraippu exchange between Akshara and Prahlad on the thara sthayi Shadjam were impressive. Arush’s vibrant support throughout the krithi and swarams added to the energy of this concert and enhanced the performance thoroughly.
Following Akshara was a 15-minute vocal performance
by Aditi Anand, accompanied by Lalit Kovvuri on mridangam and Ananya Devanath on Veena. Aditi began with an imaginative sketch of Saveri, a popular janyam of the 15th melakarta ragam, Mayamowlavagowlai. Aditi was closely followed by Ananya, who produced her
own creative ragam phrases. They both highlighted and elaborated on jeevaswarams with akaram phrases. Aditi followed up with the krithi, Sri Kamakoti Peetasthithe, in Ratta-Kalai Adhi thalam, composed by Mysore Sadashiva Rao. Throughout the song, all the sangatis
flowed and developed beautifully, Lalit’s compelling mridangam accompaniment complementing the various gamakams. Aditi chose the charanam line, “Kadambhavana Nilaye” to present kalpanaswarams. She started with a few kizh kalam rounds, then transitioned to
mel kalam sarvalaghu and kanakku swarams. She concluded with an ornate samam-to-samam korvai, followed by singing the krithi’s melodious chittaiswaram, effortlessly executed in both kizh kalam and mel kalam.
Aditi’s vocal performance was followed by
a veena solo presented by Sanika Pande with Srihari Srinivasan for mridangam support. Sanika started her performance with an alapana in Varali, where she showcased several dulcet key phrases in the ragam in various ranges. Sanika went on to present a popular
composition of Muthuswami Dikshitar, “mAmava mInAkshi”, set to Misra Chapu thalam, praising the goddess on the occasion of Navarathri. She also played several kalpanaswarams in both kizh and mel kalams at the anupallavi line, “shyAmE shankari”. While Sanika
confidently presented this composition on her veena, Srihari presented a short, yet energetic tani at the end, making it a wholesome experience for the audience.
Following Sanika’s veena solo was Amruta
Turlapati’s vocal performance. On the violin was Thejeswini Sai Swaminathan, and on the mridangam was Akshay Suresh. Amruta started with a brief alapana of Sriranjani and Thejeswini responded equally well during her turn. Amruta confidently started the song,
Matha Innum Vaadhaa, a composition of Sri. Papanasam Sivan, set to Adi thalam, on Goddess Karpagambal of Mylapore. She started kalpanaswarams at the Pallavi and also at idams with atheetha eduppu like “O jagan maatha”, and “Sakalaloka maatha”. She concluded
with an interesting korvai for “Sakalaloka maatha”. Akshay’s rhythmic and gentle strokes on the mridangam were very harmonious, and the whole team was very mellifluous.
performance was followed by Sumanth Mahalingam, accompanied on the violin by Sahas Ramesh and Rishi Kodungallur on the mridangam. Sumanth started his presentation with a very impressive alapana in the ragam Nagaswaravali. His approach to the ragam was very
experimental and extremely fresh to the ear. This was followed by an equally elaborate response on the violin by Sahas. Sumanth and his team proceeded to render Saint Tyagaraja’s popular composition, “sripathE nI padA”, set to Deshadi Thalam. Sumanth took
up the challenge of doing both neraval and kalpanaswaram at the charanam line, “rAjAdhi rAja ravikOTi tEja”. Both Sumanth and Sahas exchanged several rounds of each, and they showcased several patterns. The mridangist, Rishi accompanied with a high level of
precision, especially regarding how well he contributed to the overall ambiance of the trio’s rendition and the song itself.
Following Sumanth was a 20-minute vocal slot
by Alaap Rag, accompanied by OTS accompanists Tejas Bharadwaj on Violin and Varchas Bharadwaj on mridangam. Alaap started with a captivating alapana in Purvikalyani, filled with distinctive spurithams and other gamakams that were brought out with expertise
in his well cultured and controlled voice. Tejas mirrored Alaap’s phrases with equal verve and proficiency. The team then proceeded to present the krithi “Padmavati Ramanam”, in Misra Chappu thalam, composed by Oothukadu Venkata Kavi. Alaap rendered the krithi
beautifully, demonstrating skillful pronunciation and glistening sangatis. The line “Sundaraanga Shobhitha Madanam” was chosen for elaboration. He started with kizh-kalam neraval, then followed with mel-kalam neraval, which were both very well-developed and
enhanced by Varchas’s modulated mridangam support. Alaap then sang kizh kalam and mel kalam swarams, followed by a samam koraippu on Pa. After a few rapid-fire koraippu exchanges between Alaap and Tejas, an averaged edam to edam korvai was executed (average
of 42 aksharams [7+7+7]+[8+8+8]=45, [7+7+7]+[7+7+7]=42, [7+7+7]+[6+6+6]=39), followed by Varchas’s enthralling Mohra and Korvai. Overall, Alaap gave an astounding and memorable presentation of the krithi, which was dedicated to our very own Padma Aunty (Padma-vati
Ramanam), whose birthday was earlier this month!
The concluding slot of the event was a raagam
thaanam pallavi by Aditya Satyadeep on the violin and his accompanist Sriram Subramanian on the mridangam. Aditya began with a beautiful alapanai in the raagam Bhairavi. He incorporated many traditional bhavam-filled phrases that brought out the deep and majestic
tone of Bhairavi, with phrases highlighting the various shades of nishadam and daivatham. He proceeded with a rhythmic and structured thanam, playing some intense and captivating phrases. The Pallavi he he rendered was a composition of Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
set to misra jaathi thriputa thaalam. The pallavi was on the goddess Parvati, apt for navarathri season. Starting 12 after samam, the lyrics were “Devi Neeye Gathi Neranammithi bhairavi Parvati – para”. He continued with enthralling niraval in two speeds
and gathi vinyaasams in Keezh kaalam, chathusra-thisram, madhyamakaala chathusram, Tisram, and Mel kaala chathusram. He then went on to play kalpana Swarams in two speeds with a raagam selection of goddess names- Saraswathi, revathi, and Madhyamavathi. Sriram
followed his playing very closely and intently, and highlighted the structure of the Pallavi well. He concluded the RTP with a brief mora korvai. The high school seniors after receiving a standing ovation for their RTP performance from our knowledgeable audience
concluded the event with the traditional Sourashtram mangalam by Thyagaraja Swamy.