Venkat Raman –
A widely reviewed Carnatic musician is due to present his Concert in Auckland next week.
K Bharat Sundar will perform a number of ragas at the Raye Freedman Art Centre of Epsom Girls Grammar School, Silver Road, Epsom on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Rasikas New Zealand and Sangeetha Bharathi Music School are organising the musical performance that will commence at 530 pm.
Parur MS Ananthakrishnan and Melakaveri K Balaji will accompany him respectively on Violin and Mridangam.
Reviewing a concert, The Hindu said, “Whether it is dexterity of voice, a good sense of the kriti, manodharma in raga alapana, neraval and kalpanaswaram, talakattu or concert craft, Bharat Sundar has all of these ingredients in good measure.”
The young artiste is noted for the brilliance of his alapana, and his brave exploration of ragas beyond conventional phrases.
He has also regularly displayed felicity and pleasant aesthetics in the way he articulates lyrics and sangatis.
Critics agree that Bharat Sundar has a good voice with a nice range, impressive articulation, and adherence to the specific kalapramana of the individual songs.
“Evident in his concerts are good training, attitude and manodharma. For one so young, his music is mature,” they said.
A student of Vidwan P S Narayanaswami, Bharat started learning Carnatic music when he was six years old from Gayathri Mahesh, a senior disciple of veteran vocalist O S Thiagarajan. He continued lessons with Leelavathi Gopalakrishnan, a disciple of T S Balu, who in turn, was a sishya of G N Balasubramaniam.
Bharat has received specialised instruction in pallavi from Trichy J Venkatraman and Srimushnam Rajarao.
He is also learning percussion.
Tickets for the programme, priced at $30 (Reserved Seat), $15 (Adult) and $10 (Senior or Child) are now on sale. For details, please contact Govardhan Mallela on (09) 6245922, Sankar Pattabiraman on (09) 5791556 or Priya Srinivasan on 021-613155. Email: Rasikas.firstname.lastname@example.org.