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Full-steam articulation


All the pretty delights of vilamba movements of the early part of ragas spoke of the professional eminence of Sashank in his flute recital. But this aspect could be seen mainly in the alapana of Manoranjini (`Adukaaraadani') and Kharaharapriya (`Rama Neeyada') because they were the only two items that covered almost the whole concert time of two hours.

There was an apology of ragam, tanam and pallavi in Behag completed in less than twenty minutes.

Being Tyagaraja kirtanas they could take on such leisurely interpretation. Both the raga alapanas and the rendering of kirtanas had soft melodic overtones. The performance focussed on the strong foundation of natural talent.

B.U.Guru Prasad, in his violin support, well reflected the quality of music presented by Sashank. The ease and liveliness of his solo versions were impressive. Patri Satish Kumar (mridangam) and Amrit (kanjira) put lyrical flavour into their percussive play.

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