Source: The Hindu; Author: Ranee Kumar; Photo Courtesy: Nagara Gopal

The South Indian Cultural Association’s (SICA) foundation day concert ushered in the new wave of Carnatic musicians and the best this year, Trichur Brothers — Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan. It was a perfect concert from the word go. The viriboni varnam (ata talam) which began in the regular groove, escalated to the tisram and then to the high speed octave making for an excellent exposition. Having established their credentials, the duo’s choice of ragas and kritis were delectable. The kritiVallabha nayaka in Begada with jatis engraved like lattice work opened the gates to wondrous outpour of music for the next two-and-half hours. The upper octave tone at Mallisha with the lower octave immediately trailing it was a piece of artistic ingenuity. The Begada madhyamam was made evident at every stage as they treaded their way through the improvisations in their mellifluous and voices. The swara structure was laid with elan with the bhava (emotive quotient) oozing with each pattern. The violin replay by K.L.N. Murthy at this juncture was melodic. But that was not consistent as the recital proceeded further.

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Trichur brothers Krishna Mohan and Ram Kumar Mohan performing at the South Indian Cultural Association grand Carnatic vocal concert at Ravindra Bharathi in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Photo: Nagara Gopal