Malladi Brothers at Dewsbury Town Hall

Carnatic Music

As part of our International Performance programme we are delighted to announce an exclusive performance by Malladi Brothers this Sunday 2nd October 7pm at Dewsbury Town Hall.The concert has been organized to reflect the ambience and ethos of Carnatic music with an acoustic setting and is also designed to be a spiritual and serene experience. Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost 8 and 6 for concessions.

Musicians of international repute, Sreeram Prasad and Ravikumar were born with a legacy and rich tradition accrued through their grandfather Malladi Srirama Murthy and through their father, a great Harikatha exponent of his time in Andhra Pradesh. Both the brothers received musical training from their father the vocalist, Malladi Suri Babu, himself a disciple of the great Late Voleti Venkateswarulu. Sangeetha Kalanidhi Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, realizing the potential of Malladi Brothers took them under his guidance to represent his rich style of music. Malladi brothers possess a large repertoire of Carnatic compositions and possess a vibrant and powerful voice.

They will be accompanied by Vijay Venkat on the violin. Vijay is a extremely versatile musician who plays a range of instruments and is gifted with a natural flair for music. Apart from being a music graduate from India he has also completed his masters through the University of Middlesex and is currently employed as Music and education officer with Manasamitra. They will also be accompanied on the mridangam by Shri Karaikudi Krishnamurthy, a renowned veteran performer and teacher based in London.

Drawing upon age old musical heritage this will be an evening which will take you on a spiritual musical journey. We hope you can join us!

 

Performance Date / Time / Type
Sunday 2nd October 2011 - 7:00pm -
Performance Venue Details
Dewsbury Town Hall, Dewsbury

Review

Review by Dr. Sulochana Subrahmanyam

Arriving in Leeds Airport after a one hour drive from Wageningen, a long wait at Schipol and a short flight to the UK, it was a relief to be welcomed by my loved ones when I reached. Yes, I was quite exhausted- not surprising when you are almost eighty, and travelling alone. But when Saras announced that there was a Carnatic music concert nearby that evening, my spirits revived immediately. I have heard the Malladi brothers on Youtube, TV, and in Delhi on a recent concert there. I knew this was an opportunity not to be missed.

 

I had heard earlier about Manasamitra, a Yorkshire-based group catering to the South Asian community, and their efficient organisation of concerts, classes, workshops etc under the talented supervision of ladies like Supriya Nagarajan. Here was a chance to experience it myself.

 

I was already aware of the talent of Malladi Sriramprasad and Malladi Raviprasad, who, after learning from their father and grandfather, studied under Sripada Pinakapani, Nedunuri Krishnamurti, and Voleti Venkateshwarulu; whose performances I have attended many years ago. Here they were being accompanied by two talented UK musicians Sri Vijay Venkat on violin and Sri Karaikudi Krishnamurti Mridangam.

 

Though the audience was small, one could sense their eagerness and good knowledge of the music they were expecting. When the srutibox hinted at a madhyama note along with the usual shadaja, one's curiosity was aroused. One wondered what the opening raga would be. A brief sketch of Abhogi, followed by the popular Evaribodhana varnam immediately settled all of us into a comfortable listening mode. Next we had the Dikshitar kriti Gajananayutam in Chakravakam - a salute to Ganesha- followed by a very interesting alapana in Kannadagoula, which explored several angles of a less popular raga. Tyagaraja's sogasu jooda tarama was followed by a brisk Narasimha in Arabhi (Swati Tirunal), after which the brothers gave us a detailed alapana of Bilahari. The gradual building up of the raga in alternate but beautifully blending voices was a treat to hear. Dikshitar's Sri Balasubramanya and swara embellishments were very satisfying. The next alapana - Saveri - was in even greater detail, where every angle and facet of the raga was lovingly explored. Syamasastri's Durusuga, with its beautiful swarasahitya was a treat. A brisk Devi Niye Tunai in Keeravani (Papanasam Sivan) enlivened the proceedings.

 

After a short break, we returned to Idadhupadam tookiaadum, Khamas(again, Papanasam Sivan) where the rhythmic variations brought the dancing Nataraja before us. This helped us settle into a perfect Ragam Tanam Pallavi, a leisurely exploration of Kalyani raga, a detailed tanam, and a Khandajati Triputa Pallavi in several rhythmic speeds, showing the vidwans' scholarship, rigorous practice, and respect for traditional music. The kalpana swaras in various ragas - Anandabhairavi, Suddhasaveri, Janaranjini, Bhimpalasi, flowed effortlessly to rejoin the original Kalyani. The Kapi piece in Kannada - Baarayya Ranga, Baarayya Krishna, and two more devotional pieces including a superb Desh rendering of Kabir's Bhajan Bina formed an appropriate conclusion to the concert.

 

The choice of ragas, talas and languages showed us very thoughtful planning, with heavy and light ragas in alternating brisk and slow tempo, mixed skilfully together. The violinist complemented the singers very tunefully, and the percussion was enthusiastic and enjoyable. It was an evening well spent, and the music lingers on in the memory.

 


 

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