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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Finding the Inner Calm through Music

Dr. Sukanya Prabhakar - 2014 Putturao Memorial Concert

Dr. Sukanya Prabhakar is a well-known musician and teacher as well as an acclaimed researcher in Carnatic music. She hails from Mysore and comes from a family of musicians. She did research on Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar krithis as well as musical instruments collected in the Mysore Palace many many years ago. She studied under maestros Vid. Ramaratnam and Vid. Gowri Kuppuswamy. She has been running her own music school as well as a publication under the name Surabhi. She is ably assisted by her daughter Dr. Sumana Vedanth in this concert. With doyens from Mysore on accompaniment - Sri.H.K. Narasimha Murthy on the violin and Sri G.S. Ramanujam on the mridangam as well as Sri Ramesh on Morsing, she presents here a consummate concert in characteristic style with palpable depth.

What characterises great Carnatic music? This is a debatable subject. But all our esteemed composers opine that really great music leads one to inner calm. If that is missing, music could well become a circus. 

Here, the Vidushi espouses this idea with choice songs, all presented in a sedate style, lacking nothing in Vidwat or musical appeal. Sonorous voices of the mother and daughter take turns in alapana and swaras and give us a wholesome fare.

The idea of inner calm is expressed beautifully by Saint Gopala Dasa in his song "ಏನು ಸುಖವೊ ಎಂಥಾ ಸುಖವೊ ಹರಿಯಧ್ಯಾನವ ಮಾಡುವರ ಸಂಗ", sung in Brindavani here. 

In this concert, there are wonderful compositions presented of famous composers in scintillating ragas. Two Kannada songs, one of them a Vachana, and a rarely heard Shanmukhapriya composition of Mysore Vasudevacharya, point to the Vidushi's expansive repertoire.

Concert Details
Sri K. Putturao Memorial Concert 2014 - jagan Mohan Palace, Mysore.
Sukanya Prabhakar - Vocal
Sumana Vedanth - Vocal Support
H.K. Narasimhamurthy - Violin
G.S. Ramanujam - Violin
Ramesh - Morsing
Date 2 September 2014

Song List
1. Shloka (Padma Purana) & Song-Neranammiti – Kanada Varnam – Ramnad Srinivasa Iyengar
2. Sri Mahaganapathe – Nata – Mayuram Vishwanatha Shastry
3. Sabhapatiki – Abhogi – Gopalakrishna Bharathi
4. Sri Ranganayakam- Nayaki – Muthuswami Dikshitar
5. Enu Sukhav0 – Brindavani – Gopaladasa
6. Manamuto – Shanmukhapriya – Vasudevachar
7. Enage Bhoga Bhagya Beda – Durga –Muppina Shadakshari
8. Tam Tam Tam   - Khamach  Thillana -  Patnam Subrahmanya Iyer
9. Mangalam - Saint Thyagaraja