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Mysore 2008

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

Bangalore 2007

Promising vocalist
“…The Bhairavi raga Thana and Pallavi, was the piece de resistance of the concert. It was marked for her masterly Layakari and it reached to a crescendo in the Ragamalika.

A Serene Kutchery

Star of Mysore – 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. 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

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. Read the rest here…

Effortless vocal recital by Chitra

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…

A promising artist

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. Read the rest here.

Thematic Programs

HumRaag – Classical roots of Popular Music was a collaborative program with writer Shoba Narayan. Here is a write up about HumRaag that appeared in the Times of India.

YourStory wrote an article about us and the show. To read the article click here.

The Hindu did a curtain raiser before our show in Bangalore. Click here for the article.

More details on HumRaag can be found on the HumRaag Facebook Page.

The program debuted at the Bangalore International Centre in March 2014. Here is a write-up about the program with some pictures.

http://www.bicentre.org/events/carnatic_music.html

BHAKTHI – A Musical Journey with Mystics traces the path of the mystics of India. Here is the feedback from the audience from different BHAKTHI concerts.

1. Detroit – GLAC with Oakland University

Sriram Ganapathy Vid Chitra Srikrishna’s program was an apt kickoff to the Sarovar 2017 Music Season. With GLAC’s emphasis on education, the lec-dem was meticulously planned to tie in music, learning and wonderfully wove-in the concept of bhakti. The totally unique concert that followed took the audience through a journey of mystics with explaining all the facets of a Carnatic Music concert. Jayshankar Balan’s raga alapana reverberated the auditorium and Vinod Seetharaman and Mark Stone set the stage on fire with their korvai’s and mora. Chitra’s extreme versatility with her voice modulation, range and pronunciation in the different Indian languages and different music styles ranging from bhajan, kirtan, abhang and pasuram impressed the Michigan audience! Kudos to the ‘Best of the Great Lakes’ team for a highly successful event!

Chitra Narayan It was an awesome recital. I didn’t get to the lecdem, but enjoyed the main piece (nice time to sing Janaka Suta) and the thematic presentation. Thanks for the program handout – it really helped to increase the enjoyment of the recital. Pallavi idea was ingeneous, though I wish it started in a different “palich” ragam. Loved the thani. Loved the powerpoint in the background. My daughter liked it too since many songs are unfamiliar to her so it was nice to get the main point of the song. Enjoyed the kabir dohe and mangalam. I thought it is absolutely correct to refer to these Sants as mystics. Quite often we refer to them as saints, but that is not quite correct as a translation. Hope Chitra comes back to MI I’d enjoy listening to more of her music.

Ranjani Rajaraman Excellent program. So blown away by talent, knowledge & melody shared with us last night by Smt. Chitra Srikrushna! Great start to the season!

2. Columbus – Dhvani audience at McConnell Centre for the Arts

Shankar Ramachandran Chitra Srikrishna presented her bhakthi program in Columbus for Dhvani last year and it was extremely well received and exceeded my expectations as an event. Her presentation included composers through the age and reached out beyond the Carnatic fraternity.  The program placed each and every song in socio-historical context with a simulcast slideshow. This seemed to be very effective in engaging the audience; especially those who are not always familiar with the theory and technical aspects of the music. As such it had a much broader draw that our usual kutcheris. Make no mistake though, there is no diluting of music standards here.

The teaser video for Bhakthi can be viewed here  – more details on the program can be found on the BHAKTHI Facebook Page.

3. Bangalore –  Unnati Centre

Sukanya Ramani Excellent concept and presentation Chitra! Bhakti- a musical journey needs to go places! Thoroughly enjoyed the concert.
4. Nashville – Ganesha Temple
“An enthralling concert on Saturday by Chitra Srikrishna! The music was truly enhanced by Chitra’s educational narrative as we took a musical journey via the mystics of India. Ashwin Kalyan and Sreenivas Ponnappan supported beautifully on the violin and mridangam respectively. This event was part of the larger temple reconsecration ceremonies and we are blessed to now have a renovated and extended temple space. On behalf of the cultural committee, our deep gratitude to the many volunteers and temple committees that worked tirelessly during this entire two weeks. I’m sure there are many who are still exhausted today, but energized by our community.”
A short snippet from the concert.

Antah Prerna – A Musical Telling of an Entrepreneur’s Journey.

Curtain raiser for this program in the Deccan Chronicle can be viewed here.

The Deccan Herald interviewed me about my thematic projects and Antah Prerna.

The Hindu featured this program in their Friday Review pages.

Crossings – An Immigrant’s Journey – a collaboration with a Western classical musician will debut in the US in the fall of 2019.

 

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