Lalgudi siblings create a melodic ambience

By Renuka Suryanarayanan

The music of G.J.R. Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi flowed seamlessly

Lalgudi G.J.R.Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi laid accent on melody, be it raga, kalpanaswara, kriti or tukkada. Nowhere was there any attempt to create a sensation or play to the gallery. Veteran Tiruchi Sankaran on the mridangam and Suresh Vaidyanathan on the ghatam added colour to the proceedings.

Young accompanists would do well to take a leaf out of Tiruchi Sankaran’s style of playing for a totally melody-oriented concert.

Krishnan and Viji began with a Husseini varnam. The poignant opening calmed frayed nerves after one had to make way through the crowd of rasikas exiting the auditorium after the 4 p.m. concert. Fast, yet soothing swarakalpana added to what came next, ‘Ramachandram Bhavayami’ (Vasantha). Their music flowed seamlessly and joyfully.

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