Source: The Hindu; Author: Madhavi Ramkumar

N. Anantha Padmanabha Rao chose ragas that exemplified his vintage style. ‘Viriboni’, the ata thala varna in Bhairavi, rendered with classical purity, was followed by a lively ‘Telisi Rama’ in Purnachandrika raga and adi thala, adorned with a few sparkling kalpana swaras. Shankarabharanam was elaborated in meticulous, unhurried fashion, with each of the crucial notes receiving adequate attention. Multiple shades of the raga were revealed with deep gamakas and clear briga oriented sancharas, punctuated with elongated pauses at notes such as the thara shadja and the gandhara. The sheer magnificence of Shyama Shastri’s swarajathi ‘Kamakashi’ in Bhairavi was highlighted in a heavy gamaka-laden presentation that exemplified the artiste’s vintage style, and was one of the highlights of the concert.

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Anantha Padmanabha Rao