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Nadabrahma Sangeetha Sabha Mysore Concert Review – Star of Mysore 2008

A Serene Kutchery

Chitra with her opening Varna (Karunimpa-Shahana-Adi-Tiruvotriyur Tyagayya) made the audience to sit up straight. Siddhi Vinayakam Seveham (Mohana Kalyani-Adi-Muthaiah Bhagavatar) was good.
Teliyaledu Rama (Dhenuka-Adi-Tyagaraja) briefly done, she explored the depth of Kalyani an Alapane. Here the virtuosity of the artiste came to limelight, when she effortlessly brought out the nuances of the Raga, in her richly endowed voice, which did not show any indication of quiver even while hovering around the Panchama of the higher registers. — S.R. Krishna Murthy

Teliyaledu Rama (Dhenuka-Adi-Tyagaraja) briefly done, she explored the depth of Kalyani an Alapane. Here the virtuosity of the artiste came to limelight, when she effortlessly brought out the nuances of the Raga, in her richly endowed voice, which did not show any indication of quiver even while hovering around the Panchama of the higher registers. It was good to note that like her Shruthi, even her posture and facial expressions did not have any distortions.

Our Mysore lad Udaya Kiran on the violin showed his maturity as an accompanist, upholding the violin tradition of Mysore. Pankaja Lochana Pahi Muran-taka of Swathi Thirunal set to Mishra Chapu was a surprise composition, rendered neatly.

The Neraval at Brundavana-ntha Drhuta and the Swara that followed was devoid of any acrobatics, ending with a simple mathematics. Singing in Mysore, she took up Chintayami Jagadamba in Hindhola a composition of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, as well.

After a quick Abheri Bhajare Re Manasa of Mysooru Vasudevacharya, the evening’s Raga Keeravani was taken up for a detailed discovery, which she did commendably. Kaligiyunte Kada of Tyagaraja was treated with respect and devotion it deserved.
A pertinent Neraval at Baaguga Sri Ramuni Padamula and the Swara at the concluding part got a good applause of the audience. A Tani Avartana by the mridanga accompanist Sridhar deserves a special mention. His Tadana has mellowed down to a fine tune and pleasing.

The tailpieces after the main fare was numerous and lengthy, it obliterated the good effect of Keeravani. If the artiste confines to a couple of short ones after the main Raga, the savour of the main Raga will linger for a long time in the memory of listeners.
— S.R. Krishna Murthy

SICA Concert Review at Ravindra Bharathi Hyderabad 2007

Pleasing recital
GUDIPOODI SRIHARI

Chitra’s concert was a pleasing rendition in traditional style.

Chitra Srikrishna of Bengaluru gave a pleasing vocal concert at Ravindra Bharati for South Indian Cultural association recently. She is blessed with a mellifluous voice and good sruti conformity and her concert presentation stuck to tradition.

After a fragrant Ninnaada Nela in Kannada, Chitra came up with an excellent Ragam, Tanam and Pallavi in the delectable Shanmukhapriya Raga in the Adi Thala with an offbeat take off and displayed precise timing balance in her swara exercise. Read the rest here…

Bangalore Lalithkala Parishad Concert Review

Mysore Subramanya reviewed my Feb 27, 2011 concert in the Deccan Herald.

Chitra Srikrishna is a seasoned vocalist with two decades of concert experience behind her. Apart from winning prizes from prestigious institutions like Music Academy and Gayana Samaja, she has performed in many Sabhas, both in and outside India.

Chitra performed a vocal concert on Friday for the Bangalore Lalitha Kala Parishat. She opened the concert with the ‘Sri Mahaganapathim’ of Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar and followed it up with ‘Pranamamyaham’. Purandara Dasa’s popular devaranama “Nambi Kettavarillavo” was elaborately rendered with nerval (Garuda Gamana Shree). The ‘Ramanama Bhajisidavage’ of Gopaladasaru, is a good addition to the concert repertoire. Another composition of  Tyagaraja ‘Kaligeyunte’ received appealing airing.

A number of devotional like – Kande Na, Karedare barabarade (Kamalesha Vittala), Saaridano (Vadirajaru), Athalithala hogadanthe (Basavanna) – were also delightful. Senior instrumentalists – Lalgudi Rajalakshmi and B K Chandramouli gave good support on violin and mridanga.

The original review appeared here.

Devotional Journeys – CD Review

Ranjani Govind reviewed my two CDs – Anjaneya Arathi & Saranagathi in the Hindu.

Vocalist Chitra Srikrishna brings together several composers and compositions in her two music albums

There are so many ways in which one could make CD packaging an interesting combo. Thematic assemblage is something we notice these days, and what we have in Carnatic vocalist Chitra Srikrishna’s latest offer is her bringing together of several kritis on Lord Anjaneya from a variety of composers for her audio CD “Anjaneya Aarathi”(CD, Swathi Sanskriti Series, Rs. 150). She is accompanied by Charulatha Ramanujam on the violin and C. Cheluvaraju on the mridanga.

“Anjaneya is one of the champion-hero’s of our epic Ramayana and in his qualities of being a prime bhaktha towards his Lord, he embodies unalloyed devotion and is a symbol of courage and commitment. Most of the saint-composers have kritis on the monkey-God in several languages that reflects His universal appeal,” says Chitra Srikrishna who has with care selected some interesting kritis of Mysore Vasudevachar, Purandaradasa, Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Tyagaraja, Swathi Tirunal and Tanjore S. Kalyanaraman.

Read the full review in the Hindu here.