Technical perfection, flawless rhythm and great time sequences marked the recital
of the noted Hyderabad Brothers. Seshachari, also a mridangam player, brings in
the rhythmic prowess of his playing the percussion into his singing as well. And
to such singing, when a doyen like the mridangam player Karaikudi Mani adds his
classic percussion beats, the concert indeed becomes remarkable.
The other vocalist brother Raghavachari followed the artists through an equally spirited support. Interestingly, the recital as a whole did not have any ostentatious gimmickry as embellishment - there was just this effortless rendering flowing with ease and grace, and backed by strong measure phases. Another unique feature of this program was the accompanying violinist, a young Sriram Parasuram, proficient in both Carnatic and Hindustani music besides in playing the Western violin.
The brothers avoided the ritual Varnam and commenced with Nata "Ninne Bhajana" and warmed up with an evolving melody of Hamsadwani, "Raghu Nayaka" of Thyagaraja. A legendary composition of Shyama Sastry,
"Devi Brova Samayamu Ide" in the Chintamani raga, satiated the Bhakti mood. The Pantuvarali "Ramanamam Bhajeham" of Muthuswamy Dikshitar had a delightful alteration with Seshachari taking off the initial renderings of 'Swara Kalpana', and was extended by Raghavachari's framing up with high structures.
This concert, with the other supporting Ghatam artist, Suresh, was unique, since every artist participated by giving pace to all the others' explorations in balanced sequences.