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In Search of the Whole
Bringing Tukkadas to Light
‘Tukkadas’ or the so-called “light compositions” sung at the tail-end of the concert after the piece-de-resistance have long been relegated to a lesser position in the kutcheri/ concert format as compared the apparently heavy-weight kritis. Daasara-padas, Narayana Teertha Tarangas, Annamacharya keertanas, Tiruppugazhs, Tevaram, Vachanas, Bhajans and Sampradaya Bhajans, Ragamalikas, Shlokas,Viruttams, Ugabhogas, Abhangs, Javali and Tillanas are some of the compositional forms sung as tukkadas.
From a critical point of view, while most of these do vindicate that relegation, some of the forms like daasara-padas, narayana tarangas etc do possess enough compositional elasticity and capacity to warrant a deeper exploration in the kutcheri format. The aim of this concert is to precisely demonstrate that, without seeming catechitical, that tukkadas need not be just ornamental pieces, they can be given a more intellectual treatment as well, while retaining their emotive qualities.
The reason to do this is double-fold, one, being that these tukkadas are in multiple languages, thus linguistically, we are enriching the art form, appealing to a wider audience; and secondly, the art form needs constant updating to be relevant across centuries.
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Krithika Sreenivasan is a former Technical Analyst at Infosys, Bengaluru with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She currently works at the Centre for Indian Music Experience(IME), India’s first interactive music museum, as a program executive.
Krithika has had her music training in Karnatik Classical (Vocal) music and is currently undergoing advanced training under Sangeetha Kalanidhi Vidwan Chitravina N Ravikiran. She is undergoing training in manodharma aspects and raga tana Pallavi from Layakala Pratibha Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma. She has also trained under Vidushi T.S. Vasanthamadhavi.
Krithika is a graded artiste of Akashwani (AIR Bangalore). She has given a number of solo performances and Raga Tana Pallavi concerts in various sabhas in and around Bengaluru, and T.V. and Radio (AIR, Gyanvani) programmes. She has also conceptualized and presented unique thematic concerts at numerous venues.
In the past she has presented a unique programme titled “Ganga-KaveriGaanaSangama”. The compositions included Sage Valmiki’s shlokas, Sri Adi Shankaracharya’s verses, Jagannathadasa, Vijayadaasa, Saint Thyagaraja, Meera bhajan, Kodawa composition and many more. She designed this concept and composed the tunes for all these compositions. This also included compositions in various languages such as Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, and Kodawa.
She has also conceptualized a special multi-lingual thematic programme on “Mahila Vaggeyakaras” (Female composers) and presented compositions in seven different Indian languages namely Sanskrit, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Hindi.
Vidushi Krithika Sreenivasan has participated in a research project at NIMHANS on the ‘Influence of Music on Human Beings: A Comparative Study’ for 6 weekends at NIMHANS, Bengaluru. She has initiated a concert through ‘Pratibhotsava’: Presentation of Raaga, Taana, Pallavi in the presence of noted musicologist Dr.M.Suryaprasad – Program at Shri Vinayaka Seva Mandali, J.P.Nagar.
Krithika is a recipient of the Music Scholarship from the Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy for the year 2011-12. She has also released an audio compilation ‘Chaitra’ under the able guidance of Manjula Gururaj, and sung for many Carnatic Classical music compilations.
She has won numerous accolades at various musical compositions and concerts and has been bestowed with the Sangeetha Kousthubha title by D.Subbaramaiah Fine Arts Trust.
She has also co-authored a book on musicians ‘Alpaayushi Mahaasaadhakaru – Sangeetagaararu’. She has been training junior level students of different age groups for many years. She has been composing tunes to dance compositions as well.