Source: The Hindu; Author: Harish Bal

Two days of music and dance programmes served as a curtain raiser to the upcoming Dharani Kalotsav. Carnatic vocalist Sreevalsan J. Menon’s captivating recital was enhanced by an excellent percussion ensemble. The concert started with the Kedaragowla varnam ‘Samidayajooda’. The percussion team, which included Balakrishna Kamath on the mridangam and Vazhapally Krishnakumar on the ghatam, gave a near to perfect back up for ‘Entharamahanubhavulu’, the Sri raga Pancharatna kriti. Balakrishna was an awesome combination of splendid manodharma and speed. Rohini Prabhath, who performed a Kathak dance in the ‘Young Talent’ slot on the next day, showed immense promise. P.N. Vikas, an alumnus and tutor at Kalakshetra, was a pleasant revelation. His performance was a refreshing combination of technique, style and grace. The event was organised by Dharani Society.

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Sreevalsan J. Menon. Photo: Special Arrangement