Source: theage.com.au; Author: John Shand; Photo Courtesy: theage.com.au

Bombay Jayashri’s concert held at the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, April 28 was a unique mix of anguish and tranquility. As is typical of the form, these centerpieces began with Jayashri improvising without rhythmic accompaniment; just with H.N. Bhaskar’s ravishing violin echoing and sometimes completing her improvised phrases. V.V. Ramama Murthy’s mridangam (double-headed hand-drum) and Giridhar Udupa’s ghatam (clay put) introduced the tala (rhythm), the ghatam’s light, spidery sounds alternated with the mridangam’s more meaty punctuations.

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Exceptional: Bombay Jayashri flanked by players of the tambura, mridangam and ghatam (far left), and violin.