Source: The Hindu; Author: Venkatesan Srikanth; Photo Courtesy: K. Pichumani

No sooner did the popular Chennai-based vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyan begin his recital with the Adi tala Navaraga (nine ragas) varnam “Valachi” than music lovers began to savour his rendering. Realising this quickly, Sanjay presented song after song to their delight, unmindful of the less than comfortable environment at the venue due to the hot and humid weather conditions. Endowed with a powerful voice capable of expressing complex musical phrases, Subrahmanyan’s main item was a ragam-taanam-pallavi, an item which more often than not eludes the Delhi rasikas, due to time constraints of the visiting artistes. Since Sanjay’s concert was for about three hours, he thoughtfully included the ragam-taanam-pallavi in his presentation. Sanjay skilfully presented the pallavi “Parama bhaktarukku sahana sadguru nin malaradi paniyum”, composed in raga Sahana and set to a slow Adi tala of 4 kalai. Another enjoyable feature in this session was the ragamalika swaraprastaras in ragas Keeravani, Nalinakanti and Subhapantuvarali, besides Sahana.

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Sanjay Subrahmanyan. Photo: K. Pichumani