Strict adherence to tradition, The Hindu 24-12-2008

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The Mandolin Sisters, M. Sreeusha and M. Sireesha, enthralled the audience at the same venue with the pleasing melody that flowed through their deft fingers.The sisters have come a long way in their music journey. ‘Vinayaka Ninnuvina,’ the kriti in Hamsadhwani was followed by dazzling kalpanaswaras. The duo delved deeper into the raga and unearthed its beauty through their lively exchange.

Ritigowla featured in their concerts too. But they had chosen the well-known ‘Nannu Vidachi Kadalakura’ by Tyagaraja. The delineation of Kalyani was another wholesome attempt.

The good co-ordination between the sisters is a very important factor that has contributed to their popularity. ‘Eppavaruvaro’ in Jonpuri was a feat in speed. It was admirable and evoked admiration for their skill. But whether Gopalakrishna Bharati, who composed this song with such intense yearning for the lord, would have approved of it is a moot question. Umayalpuram V.Kalyanaraman on the mridangam and N. Rajaraman on the ghatam gave efficient support to the sisters and presented an entertaining thani.

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