Instrumental music does not enjoy the same kind of patronage as Carnatic vocal and that perhaps is the reason Revathy Krishna chose to base the veena recital on Carnatic-based film songs at her concert on December 21 at ‘Chennayil Thiruvaiyaru’ music festival. Though the puritans would frown at the very idea, a reasonably large audience attended the concert as it progressed.
Revathy may take great satisfaction at that.
Beginning with an invocation song on Lord Ganesha by Srikali Govindarajan in Nattai, she dwelt on devotional songs that included ‘Gopiyar Konjum Ramana’ – Desh, ‘Nee Allal’ – Sivaranjani.
She moved on to play a host of yesteryear classical hits based on classical music.
Worth mentioning are ‘Neeye’ – Vasanth Bahar, ‘Chinanchriya Vanna Paravai’ – Durbari Kanada. She played two of Ilayaraja’s songs which included ‘Amuthe Tamizhe’ – Rasika Ranjani, with aplomb.
Most of the other songs dated back to the sixties, composed by legends like K V Mahadevan, M S Viswanathan and others. Her rendition of Idhya Kamalam – ‘Malargal Nannaidana Paniyale’ – Mohanam, ‘Madhavi Pon Mayilal’ – Karaharapriya, were flawless and brought memories of the songs in full vigour.
M Balamuralikrishna’s ‘Oru Naal Pothuma’ in ragamalika was a true masterpiece with the veena clearly essaying the lyric so unmistakably.
Revathy played ‘Dolayam’ of Annamacharya and concluded with a composition of Dayananda Saraswati – ‘Boo Sambo’ – in the raga Revathy.
There is no question about the quality of her veena recital which was outstanding with an intelligent choice of songs bringing out a variety of coverage.