Violin : T.V. Ramanujacharyulu | Ghatam : E.M. Subramaniam
The ultimate unification of different forms of the Almighty to be experienced in unison as Brahmam is the theme explored by Padma Vibhushan awardee, Sangita Kalanidhi Dr Umayalpuram K Sivaraman. This unique concert conceptualized by Dr Sivaraman, begins with salutations to Vinayaka in the inaugural krithi by Sikkil Gurucharan. This is followed by a series of krithis that are presented with devotional fervour dwelling in detail on both the emotional content and musical beauty of each of these compositions. The choice of krithis to include a variety of composers in appropriate ragas, add color. Gurucharan bestowed with a mellifluous voice is ably supported by Sri T.V. Ramanujacharyu who lends commendable support on the violin using all his experience to elevate the whole concert.
The unique way Dr Sivaraman accompanies to embellish the krithis to suit the emotive appeal with technical nuances is a highlight. Specifically, the accompaniment to Sri Jalandhara where he shadows the presentation is a treat to watch, amply demonstrating his signature and bani of playing the mrudangam as an approximation to music. The spirited performance by the team is further evident in the subsequent pieces with the arresting tani avarthanam in Rama Katha by Dr Sivaraman in the company of Sri E. M. Subramaniam, who combines with Dr Sivaraman in an amazing way to complement the playing that enhances the rhythmic beauty thus taking the concert to dizzy heights.
To complete the concert pattern, light pieces and traditional numbers have been included while maintaining the continuity of the theme. Overall, a sumptuous concert that is meant to elevate the viewer to a higher plane and enjoy the oneness with all living beings â€“ Sarvam Brahmamayam.