Source: The Hindu; Author: V. Balasubramanian; Photo Courtesy: S. Siva Saravanan

The three hours that followed offered an experience that connoisseurs will remember for long. TVS has nothing to prove. Yet he raised his performance bar with the spirit of a zealous young vidwan. The kritis were familiar, those that TVS has sung at several of his concerts, but boredom never set in. It is this penchant for improvisation that keeps his approach fresh. The music came from the nabhi but it was controlled aggression. He featured his uncle’s all time favourites such as ‘Vatapiganapatim,’ and ‘Nijamarmamulanu’ (Umabharanam). ‘Sara Sama Dana,’ Tyagaraja’s Kapi Narayani kriti gave him ample scope for niraval in the charanam line, ‘Hithavumatalentho Baga Balkithivi.’ The phrases came cascading leaving the rasika yearning for more.

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T.V. Sankaranarayanan. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan