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Kothapalli Vandana @ BTM Cultural Academy , 12 Jan 2019

Vocal : Kothapalli Vandana

Violin : Aditi Krishnaprakash

Mrudangam : Renukaprasad

Ghatam : Omkar G Rao

Theme : Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar Compositions

List:

01 mAtE malayadhwaja ( varNam) – khamAs – Adi – HMB ( O )

02 gam gaNapatE namO namO – hamsadhwani – Adi tisragati – HMB ( O, S )

03 Adityam dEvAdi dEvam – mAyAmALavagauLa – Adi x 2 – HMB  ( A )

04 bhuvanEshvariyA – mOhanakalyANi – Adi – HMB ( short alapana)

05 vAnca tOnu nA – karNaranjani – Adi tisragati – HMB

06 sudhAmayi sudhAnidhi – amrtavarSiNi -Roopakam – HMB ( A,S )

07 sharavaNabhava – pashupatipriya – Adi – HMB

08 ratna kancuka dhAriNi – kAmbOji – mishrachAp – HMB ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘mandagamanOllAsini dEvEndranuta mrdubhASiNi’

09 notes ( gA, maga ri gapa rIgasA) – tishra gati – HMB

10 shLOkam ( asAdhya sAdhaka svAmin) – chencurutti

shrI AnjanEya jagadEka vIrA – chencurutti – Adi – HMB

11 thillAna ( dhIm tana tArE dhiraNA) – hamsAnandi ?? – Adi – HMB

12 nI nAma rUpamulaku (mangaLam) – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

shLOkam ( shrIyay kAntAya) – madhyamAvati

 

*Good, albeit predictable, selection of kritis. Presented very well.  Apart from the ‘Aditya dEva dEvam’ and the hanuman kriti in chenchurutti, rest of them are regularly heard. Aditya dEva dEvam ( heard it only once from T S Sathyavathi ) made the evening for me.

*Top class alapana for kAmbOji, amrutavarshini and the shortish mayamalavagaula. Amrutavarshini, I thought was brilliant.

*Her swara singing worth a mention, especially the hamsadhwani and amrutavarshini. The way she alternated between two gatis for amrutavarshini was fabuloius. Renukaprasad rose to the occasion here and the combo was delectable.

* Liked the shlokam ( hanuman manthra) before the Chenchurutti kriti. I always like a shlokam ( or ugabhoga or viruttam) before a kriti especially if it goes in line with the context of the song being rendered.

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Posted by on January 13, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Baby Sreeram @ BTM Cultural Academy , 27th Aradhana Mahotsava, 09 Jan 2019

Vocal : Vid Baby Sreeram

Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam

Mrudangam : B S Prashanth

Khanjari : Latha Ramachar

List:

01 nannu brOva rAdA – janaranjani – Mishra Chap –  Shyama Shasthri ( O,S )

02 kAmAkSi ambA ( svarajati) – yadukulakAmbOji – Mishra Chap – Shyama Shasthri ( O )

03 trilOka mAtA nannu – paras – Adi – Shyama Shasthri

04 ninnu vinA marigaladA – rItigauLa – Roopakam – Shyama Shasthri (A,S )

05 ninnu vinA gamari – pUrvikalyANi – Mishra Chap – Shyama Shasthri (A,N,S )

neraval & svara @ ‘cinta dIrci vEgamE (nannu) brOcuTaku’

06 Emani migula – thODi – Adi x 2 – Shyama Shasthri ( A,N,S,T )

07 ennEramum un(dan) pAda kamala – punnAgavarALi – tripuTa – Shyama Shasthri

08 madhyamAvati sketch


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* A stupendous thodi for main. Superb alapana, Impressive selection of kriti, long neraval done in such fabulous way and an equally brilliant swaras.

* Impressive planning of concert. Progressed very well.

*Charulatha was in super form. Taking over from the main artist ( mostly helping her out in the higher register) she played some delectable alapana and swaras for reetigaula and thodi.

*Vid Baby Sreeram, restricted her singing to the lower and mid register through out, seldom venturing into the higher octave. Charulatha compensated for that. Clever way of passing between these two during the alapana and swaras.  Executed very well.

*B S Prashanth ( and  Latha Ramachar with some nice sound from the khanjari) did a commendable job.

*Thodi continue to linger in the memory.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Bellary Raghavendra @ BTM Cultural Academy , 27th Aradhana Mahotsava, 08 Jan 2019

Vocal : Bellary Raghavendra

Violin : Mathur Srinidhi

Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar

Ghatam : Ranganatha Chakravarthy

Theme : Thyagaraja Aradhana

List:

01 shrI gaNapatini – saurASTram – Adi x 2  – Thyagaraja ( S )

02 shrI raghukula munDubuTTi – hamsadhvani – Adi – Thyagaraja ( O,N,S )

neraval & svara @ ‘paramabhaktuDanu pAlanamu sEyu’

03 shLOkam ( vyAsO naigama carcayA) – nATa – Walajpet Venkataramana Bhagavathar

jagadAnanda kArakA – nATa – Adi – Thyagaraja

04 sItamma mAyamma – vasanta – Roopakam – Thyagaraja ( A-short, S )

05 mApAla velasi ika – asAveri – Adi – Thyagaraja

06 nAradamuni veDalina – pantuvarALi – Adi tisragati – Thyagaraja ( O,S )

07 kOri sEvimparArE – kharaharapriya – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A )

08 baNTurIti kOlu – hamsanAdam – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

09 hari bhajanamE jIvanamu – sAma – Adi –  Bellary Seshagiri Achar

10 Isha pAhimAm – kalyANi – Roopakam – Thyagaraja ( S )

11 mOkSamu galadA – sAramati – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( O )

12 pAlintuvO pAlimpavO – kAntAmaNi – Adi – Thyagaraja

13 dAchukO valEna – thODi – Mishra jhumpa – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & svara @ ‘ soumitri tyAgarAjuni’

14 sItAkalyANa vaibhOgamE – kurinji – Khanda Chap – Thyagaraja

15 nI nAma rUpamulaku ( mangaLAm) – saurASTram – Thyagaraja


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* He hasn’t recovered completely from illness, evidently. But despite that he presented a good concert selecting varying compositions of the saintly composer.

*Many short alapanas of 1-2 minutes. Thodi was a little more elaborate.

*Impressed with the svaras of hamsanadam , where he sang it as ‘atheetham’ at varakhaGgamivi ( rAmanAmamanu at samam). Similarly ( and more predictable) for kalyANi kriti at jagad-Isha pAhimAm.

*A variety of composition. 12 of them before the main. Nice mix. Personally, I would have liked if he had taken a couple of them in a more detailed presentation. May be the physical condition would have been behind this.

*One kriti, in sAma, I haven’t heard before. Not sure, if this is the composition of Thyagaraja ( remember hearing the ‘mudra’ in the song).

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Malladi Brothers @ Sankranti Music Festival , Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira, 06 Jan 2019

Vocal : Malladi Brothers

Violin : Embar S Kannan

Mrudangam : Trichy Sankaran

Ganjira : K V Gopalakrishnan

List

01 calamEla jEsE (varNam ) – shankarAbharaNam – aTa – Swathi Thirunal

02 manasu nilpa – AbhOgi – Adi – Thyagaraja ( O, S )

03 Ananda naTEsha – thODi – Roopakam – Ramaswamy Sivan

04 rAma ninnu namminA – mOhanam – Adi – Thyagaraja ( S )

05 nIdu caraNamulE – simhEndramadhyamam – Mishra Chap – Thyagaraja ? ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘vEda vEdAnta vidituDani velayu shrI sarvEsha rAmA’

06 ninnu pogaDa taramA – kuntaLavarALi – Adi – GNB

07 ranganAyakam bhAvayE – nAyaki – Adi – Dikshitar ( A-vocal )

08 RTP – nAtakurinji – chaturashra triputa , tisra gati, 2 aksharam ( +2/3) eDuppu

pallavi line ‘ koniyADa taramA rAmA nI mahima’

ragamalika swaras in ‘ sAma, kalAvati? , rAgEshrI , sudha sAvEri

09 sadA enna hrdayadalli – behAg – Roopakam – Vijaya Vittala Dasa

10 mAyA mOhamu – jOg – Adi – Annamacharya ( set to tune by Malladi SuriBabu)

11 shLOkam ( shrIyay kAntAya ) – madhyamAvati

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* Trichy Sankaran – Wow.  Every thing was super class. Tani Avartanam, included.

* Brilliant abhOgi swaras. Very refreshing approach.

*GNB tribute ( on his birth anniversary) by singing Ananda Natesa on thOdi and his composition in kuntalavarali ( too much of khamas shades, in their singing)

*Compelling neraval for simhendra madhyamam. Another impressive kalpana swara. Some innovative take, possibly by omitting sa and pa ( ?? ) which gave a very different experience. I was pretty sure, that was not a grahabhedam they tried, but I could be wrong.

*Natakurinji alapana, especially the initial phrases were beautiful. Tanam accompanied by percussion, but at most places it was like an extension of the alapana. Again, very sensitive and sensible approach by Sri Trichy Sankaran.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Krishnakumar, Sankranti Music Festival @ Sri Rama Lalita Kala mandira 01 Jan 2019

Vocal : K Krishnakumar

Violin : B K Raghu

Mrudangam : Bangalore V Praveen

Ghatam : G Omkar Rao

Theme  :  Tribute to the legendary singer and composer Sri Balamuralikrishna

List :

01 vEsAriti nIvE ( tAna varNam ) – khamAs – Adi – Balamuralikrishna

02 gAna sudhA rasapAna niratam – nATa – Adi – Balamuralikrishna ( O,S )

03 brhadIshvara mahAdEva – kAnaDa – Roopakam – Balamuralikrishna ( A )

04 mangaLa dAyaka mAmava sad?guru – Arabhi – Adi – Balamuralikrishna ( O )

05 khatilaka vamshA tilaka vikhyAtA – raghupriya – Adi – Balamuralikrishna ( A )

06 hanumA anumA O manamA – sarasAngi – Adi – Balamuralikrishna

07 sharaNam tava caraNam – pantuvarALi – Adi – Balamuralikrishna ( A,N )

neraval @ rAkA sudhAkara bimbAnanE sad-kAmavardhini sAmaja gamanE

08 OmkAra kAriNi – lavAngi – Adi – Balamuralikrishna  ( O )

09 RTP – vAcaspati – tishra tripuTa x 2 kaLai , samam eDuppu

pallavi line : vAgpatim vAcaspatim vandE varagurum

tani Avartanam

10 anu kAlavu cintE jIvake – ??  – Adi – Purandaradasa

11 anila taraLa (yA ramitA vanamAlina ) – durga – Adi – Jayadeva

12 pibarE rAmarasam – Ahirbhairav -Adi – Sadashiva Brahmendra

13 thillAna ( nAdru dru dhIm tanana tOm ) – Ahirbhairav –  Balamuralikrishna

14 mangaLamu gaNanAtHa – sindhubhairavi – Khanda chap – Balamuralikrishna

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* Tribute concert to Balamuralikrishna by one of his senior disciple.

* Highlights : Raghupriya alapana, the swaras he sang for nATa,  a fabulous neraval for kAmavardhani with some nice takes around the rAgamudra.

* Special pallavi for the occasion. Very well executed, especially the tAnam and trikalam. No ragamalika swaras but the vachaspati kalpana swaras were truly top class.

*BMK’s mangalam on Vinayaka was beautiful.

*Solid percussion support. Praveen was in some form.

 

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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