Vocal : Vani Satish
Violin : Mathur Srinidhi
Mrudangam : J Vaidyanathan
Ganjira : B S Purushotham
01 chalamEla jEsi – nAtakurinji – Rangaswami Nattuvanar
02 vandEnishamaham vAraNa vadanam – hamsadhwani – Mysore Vasudevacharya ( S )
03 vAncha tOnu nA – karNa ranjani – Jarikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar
04 rAma rAmayani chintincha rAdA – yAgapriya – Bellari Raghavendrachar
05 srI chamunDEshwari dEvi tava pAda bhaktim – kannaDa – Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar ( O,S )
06 nArAyaNa ninna – Sudha dhanyAsi – Purandara Dasa
07 ELarA krishNa – kAmbOji – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & Swara @ ‘nAgashayana nAgaripu nuta thyagaraja karArchita’
08 okapari jUDagA – kalAvathi – Thyagaraja
09 nambi kettavar illavO – kalyANi – Purandara Dasa ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ garuDa gamana srI purandara viTTalana ‘
10 ugabhOga ( giriya mariyanu tandu ) – dEsh
kula kula kulavendu – dEsh – Kanaka Dasa
11 thillAna ( tadara tAni udana tOm tOm ta) – rEvathi – ?
12 mangaLam jayamangaLam – madhyamAvathi – Purandara Dasa(?)
This is the first time, I am attending a concert of Smt Vani Satish. I’ve seen a couple of her concerts on TV earlier. Hence, I had no preconceived notions about her singing, and that helps at times. I was in two minds about attending this concert, on a cold rainy day.
Concert started after the crowd was initiated with some “light refreshment’ provided by the organisers. The small hall was literally packed with connoisseurs and students ( of Suswaralaya ). This provide a fitting audience for a beautifully executed concert by Vidushi Vani Satish and the team. It is important to state the way the supporting artists lifted the overall effect of the concert, each excelling in their own department to provide a wholesome concert experience.
On her part, Vani Satish started the concert a bit slow. She grew in stature as the concert progressed and finished brilliantly. Natakurinji varnam and the hamsadhwani kriti were sung in quick succession, mostly got the performers together as a team. The swara for hamsadhwani was crisp and sweet. We could see J Vaidyanathan quickly getting into the groove, along with Purushotham. Until late, violin had no individual role to play apart from accompanying her for kritis. Quick karnaranjani and another brief kriti in yagapriya came in succession. Yagapriya kriti, she explained later, which was composed by Bellari Raghavendrachar, had some moving ‘prayogas’ , which was sung beautifully.
Until now, there was no detailing of any kriti and I was sort of getting jittery about my decision of coming all the way daring rain and chilly weather. She started with a very brief Kannada alapana, with a shorter violin return. The Wodeyar kriti was good, and luckily she sang few round of swaras for Kannada.
Five kritis are over, no detailed alapana, no neravel and only two short kalpana swaras. Moreover, every kriti thus far was in Adi Tala ( not that it is a crime). The tempo slightly changed when she sang ‘nArAyaNa ninna’ in khanda Chapu, albeit without any alapana or swara.
From this point, the concert moved to a different level. She started elaborate kAmboji alapana. Though she deployed the familiar phrases, it was neatly constructed and progressed. Some of the ‘akAra’ singing were very appealing. Srinidhi also joined the party with some good return play. ELarA rishna wasnt expected and it was indeed a pleasant surprise. She sang this kriti fabulously, with elaborate neraval, which I cherished, and alpana swaras in two speeds, with some great percussion support. Lasting 40+ minutes, this is one of the longest rendition I’ve come across for this kriti and indeed a remarkable one. JV rejected her offer to play tani avartanam and giving us hope for another big one to follow, probably a pallavi.
After a quick kalavathi kriti, she launched into another long alapana of Kalyani. Alapana was decent (inspite of my deafness to Kalyani beyond 2 min), with equally good return play by Srinidhi. It was not a pallavi, but Nambi Kettavar Illavo, by Purandara Dasa. A shortish neraval line was pretty effective and nice. She chose to sing kalpana swaras in the same speed as the concluding neraval speed, which was also pretty good. Vaidyanathan and Purushotham, took over from three with a brilliant tani avartanam in Mishra chapu, with some interesting patterns. A student who identified the korvai was awarded cash prize, an innovative idea by H S Sudheendra.
Vid H S Sudheendra spoke for a while praising the aritsts for their spirited performance. Taking individual artists with their ancestry and their musical lineage he showered his praises to them, which took a while. Post speeches, she sang a beautiful ugabhoga in dEsh a fantastic thillana in rEvathi ( it was a kannada composition with the charanam line starting at ‘tanayuDanchi..’) before the mangalam.
A beautifully conceived and executed concert yesterday by Vani Satish, on the first day of the Suswaralaya Annual Music Festival.