Source: thehindu.com; Author: T. K. Sadasivan; Photo Courtesy: Thulasi Kakkat

The Carnatic music concert by Kavalam Sreekumar at the Durbar Hall ground in Kochi stood out for the impressive repertoire that showcased a variety of ragas, rare and popular. Sreekumar, noted for his distinctive voice and clarity of diction, chose compositions of different composers as well.The recital took off with a kriti ‘Vande nandanam’ in raga Samudrapriya, a composition by the vocalist’s guru B. Sasikumar.The song, soaked in devotion, was followed by ‘Siddhi nayakena’, composed by M. Balamuralikrishna in Amritavarshini. The moderately elaborate raga alapana and rendition was melodious.‘Sarasiruha saha priye’, a composition of Adi Puliyur Doraiswamy Iyer in Natta raga, showcased impressive kalpanaswarams. The brisk raga alapana was striking.

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Kavalam Sreekumar Photo :Thulasi Kakkat