The recently concluded two day Kalpadruma Arts and Artists Annual Festival brought in a new concept in music called ‘Nama Pravaham’ presented by PadmavibhusanAwardee Umayalpuram k.Sivaraman. True to its title, music by youngsters just flowed like a waterfall, uninterrupted Explaining the concept devised by him Shri Sivaraman said the concert would commence directly with compositions of various saints and not adhere to the conventional pattern of alapana, swara kalpana and thani avruthi as was the paddhati . The quartets’ enthusiasm in rendering all the 30 songs of popular composers was very much evident from start to finish which was more than equally shared by the much older accompanists.
The performance of Priya sisters on the second day was brilliant and it was very thoughtful of the younger of the two to explain the Telugu poet Pothana’s composition on Sri Rama .She added that Saint Thyagaraja too composed a song on the same theme which showed great minds think alike.
The concert concluded with a few bhajans resonating the whole atmosphere.
An excerpt from the new dance drama ,Krishna produced by Padmasri Awardee Shobana was a big draw .This hour long avant –garde, innovative take on the ever popular Krishna with music and dance both in the classical tradition of yore and in Bollywood genre of today (the song was from Dabang, a popular Hindi movie) won the audience’admiration.The fleet and nimble footed dancers and their rich costumes took our breath away.
The above novel concepts may not win the appreciation of traditionalists and purists but will certainly be welcomed by the modernists.
n.meera raghavendra rao