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Round-up - A veritable youth brigade of Carnatic musicians was in the Capital recently to regale listeners. Pantula Rama's vocal recital in this festival contained some fine presentations of Tyagaraja compositions. Rama's handling of Tyagaraja's “Palintuvo palimpavo” in raga Kantamani (a vivadi raga, the 61st raga in the scheme of 72 melakarta ragas) in a detailed manner was scholarly. While the alapana of the raga was scintillating, her creative talents flowed during the neraval of the phrase from the charanam of the composition and in the swaraprastaras that came later. Such a raga is rarely...

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Harping on a single raga

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For the connoisseurs of classical music from Kakinada, All India Radio Visakhapatnam had organised noted Carnatic vocal artiste Pantula Rama's musical concert at Satkalavahini auditorium. The two-hour long concert has been recorded for the AIR and slated for broadcast at 10 p.m. on April 20 from Visakhapatnam station. In the concert named ‘Eka Raga Sabha,' Rama has chosen raga Shankarabharanam and recited varna's and kritis of various composers. The concert began with varnam ‘Chalamela' followed by Vinayaka sthuti ‘Shakti Sahita Ganapatim.' The rendition of Thyagaraja kritis Manasu Swadheenamai...

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Good command over laya

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BEING A Telugu, Pantula Rama's rendition of Tyagaraja kritis could not be faulted on grounds of sahitya suddha or pada splitting which, when not done properly, distorts the meaning. With a good command of laya she sings with abandon and with a commendable manodharma. The alapanas are full of verve and imagination. In her concert for Hamsadhwani she sang the not-frequently heard "Yedari Sancharimtura" in Sruthi Ranjani. She did well to announce the name of the raga at the end of the kriti scripted by Tyagaraja. With decorative phrasings and idioms she gave glitter to the already enticing Behag...

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Flawless rendition – Hindu Music Review

Pantula Rama's concert in Kochi was a wonderful amalgamation of aesthetics, flawless grammar and technique. Rama began the concert with the Vasanta raga varnam ‘Ninnu kori' with numerous repetitions of the lines and the swaras. The concert's tempo was kept up with ‘Gam Ganapathaye namo namo' in Hamsadhwani, a composition of Harikeshanalloor Muthaiah Bhagavathar. This was adorned with supple swaras. Rama has worked steadily in becoming a leading vocalist at a young age. The Tyagaraja pancharatna kriti ‘Entharo Mahanubhavulu' in Sri Raga was ably supported by V. V. Ramanamurthy on the mridangam...

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Music Academy Concert

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Pantula Rama's concert for the Music Academy was like an energiser; from start to finish, it kept the audience's interest alive with Rama's full throated, confident and well-planned presentation. The soft Mukhari kriti ‘Sangeetha Sastra Gnanamu' and a serene Saranga ‘Emi Thova Palkuma' (both Tyagaraja), turned out to be bright starters. A rare composition of Dikshitar in the raga Maahuri, ‘Mamava Raghuveera,' was an attention-grabbing inclusion. The raga had shades of Sankarabharanam and Sama. Rama's Thodi was stately. Yet, it was a bit surprising that with her gifted voice, Rama did not dwell...

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Celebrating music – Hindu Music Review

Upasana a literary and cultural organisation engaged in promoting classical arts celebrated its anniversary at Thyagaraya Ganasabha. Following tradition, they chose to felicitate a well known Carnatic vocalist Panthula Rama of Visakhapatnam and her violinist husband, M.S.N. Murthy. Rama gave Carnatic vocal concert in the company of her husband M.S.N. Murthy on violin and Kotipalli Ramesh of Tirupathi on mridangam. She displayed an assertive voice and command on musical grammar. Rama had just an hour at her disposal for the concert yet she made it a satisfying experience, more because of her perfect...

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