SRI RAMA BHAKTA JANA SABHA
Photo: R. Shivaji Rao
Krishnakumar and Binny’s vocal prowess has a definite reach. |
Care and delicacy: Krishnakumar and Binny
Trivandrum Krishnakumar and Binny Krishnakumar
have good voice and potential. Binny’s voice is quite sharp and
traverses wide range with ease and Krishnakumar has a soft but bass
tenor. To sing together with such contrasting voices is a challenge.
‘Innum En Manam,’ the Charukesi pada varnam of Lalgudi Jayaraman was the opening item of the duo’s concert.
Maestro Balamuralikrishna’s find, Sumukham, a raga with just three
notes (ri, ma, ni) was their next choice (‘Mahaneeya Mana’). The duo
exchanged swaras with care and delicacy in this piece. Raga Lalitha was
developed by Binny.
The structure had an overflow of embellishments, mostly stemmed on brigas and sweeps.
‘Hiranmayeem Lakshmim’ of Dikshitar and an animated niraval at
‘Sangeetha Vadya Vinodinim’ was notable. Mohanam became the core item
with Krishnakumar handling the raga with his swirls and glides
predominantly with a few parts of repose. ‘Mohana Rama’ of Tyagaraja
had its charm in an engaging manner. Here too, the swara sallies on the
pallavi were swift.
The major drawback was the loud audio system and the disturbing echo
in the hall; this almost marred the right effect in this case. If the
Krishnakumars are to continue with duo concerts like this one, it is
high time they evolved a specific methodology to showcase each one’s
expertise. Individually, Krishnakumar and Binny’s vocal prowess and
manodharma has a definite import and reach, and blending them does not
seem to be that simple a task.
V.V. Srinivasa Rao (violin), Mannarkoil Balaji (mridangm),
Ravikrishnan (ghatam) extended their support to the duo with sincerity.
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