Source: The Hindu; Author: G. Swaminathan; Photo Courtesy: R. Shivaji Rao 

This year’s edition of Manabendra Smaraney’s ‘Raag, Roop Aur Rang’ featured Sudha Ragunathan and Kaushiki Chakrabarty-Desikan in a duet. The first one was Sudha’s vocal recital which carried her usual stamp of speed, sound and zing with dashes of melody. Her repertoire included ‘Mathe’, the Khamas Daru, ‘Mamavathu Sri Saraswati’ in Hindolam, Kasiramakriya (Kamavardhini) raga alapana for ‘Visalakshi’ and ‘Jagadodharana’ in Kapi. Kaushiki could effortlessly scale and slide even beyond the normal upper registers. The swaras thrown in between added additional charm drawing a positive reception.

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Kaushiki Chakrabarty Desikan and Sudha Ragunathan. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao