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In the Thirukkural there is a reference to ‘Kuzhal inidhu, yazh inidhu’, meaning flute and yazh (lute) are close probably to chitravina, which is without frets.
The flute and chitravina came together and blended beautifully in the concert of Shantala Subramaniam and Vishaal R Sapuram
The highlight of this jugalbandi was the impeccable understanding between the artistes.
They began with ‘Vathapi Ganapatim’ in Hamsadhwani (Dikshitar). After some rapid fire exchanges of swaras on ‘Karambuja paasa,’ Shantala and Vishaal presented a slow and melodious ‘Orajupuju’ (Tyagaraja) in Kannadagowla.
The two ragas selected and presented in detail by the artistes were Pantuvarali and Vagadeeswari. Raga expansions, niraval as well as swara trades were shared equally by them.