Source: thehindu.com; Author: Venkatraman Balasubramanian; Photo Courtesy: S.R. Raghunathan

The programmes at the Music Academy auditorium drew large crowds on all the days this past weekend. Saturday evening saw a full house during Malladi Brothers’ concert. And the duo did not disappoint. The mesmerising power of Carnatic music was evident, with the siblings choosing kritis – both popular and rare. The crowd stayed till the mangalam. The selection from Tyagaraja’s Tiruvayyaru Dharamasamvardhani kritis, ‘Balay Balayndu Bhushani,’ brightened up the proceeding. Keeping the occasion in mind, the selected kritis focussed on the Devi.

Gayathri Venkatraghavan was featured on Sunday evening. She was in full form with perfect sruthi alignment and sangathis falling in place. That evening too the hall was packed and Gayathri vindicated her selection with a memorable concert. Keeravani, a sampoorna ragam, was detailed elaborately (‘Devi Neeyay Thunai’- Sivan). Gayathri’s expressiveness saw her move into a different dimension.

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Malladi brothers. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan