This piece, ‘Raghuvamsasudhambudhi’ in Raag Kathanakuthuhalam is a vibrant composition performed by Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth. She is accompanied by Neyveli Venkatesh on the mridangam and RN Prakash on the ghatam. A popular piece that has held audiences in sway for decades, this composition by Patnam Subramania Iyer, a 19th century composer and singer from the Carnatic tradition, was a follower of Saint Thyagaraja and has left behind about a hundred other beautiful compositions.
Kathanakuthuhalam has a convoluted structure and is somewhat similar to a western major scale that makes it an exciting and lively play of notes. With a refreshing approach, Dr. Srikanth makes this piece sound different and vivacious. With the bright and warm tone of her violin, she amalgamates melody and virtuosity in a spell-binding manner making this one of her most memorable renditions.
This concert from 2007 was part of a project where UK-based artists were presented along with artists from India as an ensemble. Dr. Srikanth was based in the UK and was aptly paired with Venkatesh to give a resounding performance. Venkatesh and Prakash give a wonderful, rhythmically tight accompaniment to this piece set to Adi talam.
Kathanakuthuhalam is a joyful raga; Its movements are unlike others and come with many unexpected twists and turns, making it all the more exciting a melody and well-suited for instruments. It is a derived or janya raga of the 29th Melakarta, Dheerashankarabharanam, of the Carnatic repertoire.
Jyotsna Srikanth (violin)
Neyveli Venkatesh (mridangam)
RN Prakash (ghatam and khanjira)
Raag Kathanakuthuhalam, Composition by Patnam Subramania Iyer (1845-1942) in Adi talam