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Pantula Rama @ Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha, 20th Apr 2019

Vocal : Pantula Rama

Violin : MSN Murthy

Mrudangam : V Krishna

Ghatam : Omkar Rao

List:

01 jalajAkSA ninnedabAsi ( varNam ) – hamsadhvani – Adi – Manampuchadi Venkatasubbaiyer

02 shrI mahAgaNapatiravatumAm – gauLA – mishra chAp – Dikshitar ( O, S )

03 gOvardhana girIsham smarAmi – hindOLam – rUpakam – Dikshitar ( A,N,S )

neraval & svara @ ‘gOvinda nAma sAram, gajEndra rakSaNa dhIram’

04 nIkELa dayarAdu – kadanakutUhalam – Adi – Mysore Vasudevachar ( A )

05 shashivadana bhatkajanAvana – candrajyOti – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

06 cakkani rAja mArgamu – kharaharapriya – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & svara @ ‘kaNTiki sundarataramaku rUpamE’

07 tambUri mITi tava – sindhubhairavi – Adi – Purandara Dasa ( O )

08 mariyAda teliyakanE (jAvaLi) – suruTTi – rUpakam – Patnam Subramanya Iyer

09 thillAna – dhanAshrI – Adi – Swathi Thirunal

10 nI nAma rUpamulaku – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

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*Another brilliant concert by Vid.Pantula Rama

*Despite a short 2:20hr concert, she packaged a wholesome concert, including  4 detailed alapana. There was always time for a pallavi, though.

*Surprising short alapana for kadanakutuhalam. The violin return from Murthy had a better appeal. Probably, this raga is better suited for instrumental, especially the alapana.

*A request for vivAdi raga and she sang a good candrajyoti followed by shashivadana. Very good.

*A beautiful hindolam, brilliant neraval and svaras. This was the best part of the concert for me.

*Kharaharapriya main and I was hoping that it shouldn’t be another pakkala nilabadi. Chakkani raja in it all grandeur. Impressive stuff, the kriti, neraval and swaras.

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Posted by on April 21, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Sumitra Nitin @ Sri Rama Seva Mandali , Koramangala , 19 Apr 2019

Vocal : Sumitra Nitin

Violin : Vaibhav Ramani

Mrudangam : Deepika Srinivasan

Ghatam : Ganesh Moorthy

List:

01 valaci vaciyunna nApai (varNam) – rAgamAlika – Adi – Patnam Subramania Iyer

02 shivatraya mahAgaNapaim – nATa – Adi – Swarna Venkatesha Dikshitar ( S )

03 paripAlayamAm – rItigauLa – rUpakam – Swathi Thirunal ( O )

04 nimmA bhAgya doDDadO – kalyANi – Adi, tishra naDai – Purandara Dasa ( A,S )

05 shLokam ( Ananda rUpE, nija bOdha rUpE ) – brindAvana sAranga

rangapura vihArA – brinAvana sArang – rUpakam – Dikshitar

06 vara rAga laya – cenchu kAmbOji – Adi – Thyagaraja

07 nagumO mu ganalEni – AbhEri – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & Swara @ ‘jagamElE paramAtmA evaritO moraliDudu’

08 parAku mADade parAmarishi – (hindustAni?) kApi – Adi – Purandara Dasa

09 shObAnE – pantuvarALi – rUpakam – Thyagaraja

10 thillAna ( tOm tatAra tani ta dhiraNA) – kAnaDa – Adi – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar

11 nI nAma rUpamulaku – saurAStram – Adi – thyagaraja

shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvati

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*First concert for me in this Ramanavami season.

*Kalyani and Abheri at length. Liked both. Especially the initial phrases of kalyani were beautiful. So was some of her fast bhrigas at the higher octaves. Voice throw was a low at times. Even then, both the alapanas were pretty good.

*Nata swaras, the concluding part were awesome.

*Only one neraval, for abheri, which was good. I always prefer neravals.

*Nimma bhagya doddado, set in kalyani. She mentioned it was tuned by her guru T.Rukmini. I’ve heard bEgaDa, pantuvarALi and aThANa versions before. Kalyani version was for the first time.

*Another devarnama was heard in a different tune. She said, it was from the creative genius of Neela Ramgopal. I thought, this was done very well. It brings out the essence of the lyrics very well.

*Vaibhav Ramani ( auto correcting to Remain ), played very well through out. Young lady on mrudangam is a welcome addition ( I’ve only seen Ranjani Haridas , in this part of the world ). May their tribe increase. I am not forgetting the stalwarts like Sukanya Ramgopal etc.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Vignesh Ishwar @ Nadasurabhi, 17 Mar 2019

Vocal : Vignesh Ishwar

Violin : B K Raghu

Mrudangam : K U Jayachandra Rao

Ghatam : Sukanya Ramgopal

List

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01 dhariNi telusukoNTi – shuddha sAvEri – Adi – Thyagaraja ( S )

02 birAna brOva idi manci samayamurA – kalyAni – Adi tisra nadai – Tarangampadi Pancanada Iyer ( N,S )

neraval & swara @’nI pAda pankajamu nera namminavADa ‘

03 marivErE gati evvaramma – Anandabhairavi – mishra chAp – Shyama Shastry ( A )

04 vAdAnyEshvaram bhajEham sadA – dEvagAndhAri – Adi – Dikshitar ( O )

05 paTTi viDuva rAdu – manjari – Adi – Thyagaraja

06  marakata vallIm manasA smarAmi – kAmbOji – Adi – Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘hari hrdaya vESiNim mOhinIm’  ( shouldn’t it be ‘hara hrdaya’ ?)

07 shLOkam ( shAntAkAram bhujaga shayanam) – sahAna , hamIr kalyANi, bhAgEshri

sAgara shayana vibhO – bhAgEshri – Adi – M D Ramanathan

08 nInyAkO ninna hangyAkO – rAgamAlika ( chenchuruTTi,nAtHanAmakriya,sindhubhairavi, punnAgavarALi ) – Adi – Purandara Dasa

09 rAmachandrAya janaka – navarasam ? – Bhadrachala Ramadas

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*Natural flow of music. Easy into kritis, subtle sangatis with precision clarity.

*Solid start with the heavy composition, sangati clad. He did a tremendous job, but the amplification was being stabilized. In spite of all that, it was very very good.

*Good kalyani, nice kriti, sang a notch higher on speed, I thought. Neraval and swaras were good.

*Good Anandabhairavi alapana. As mentioned earlier, clean , erudite singing of Shyama Shastry’s master piece.

*Brisk start of kAmbOji alapana, but settled to much mellowed singing. Very impressive. MarakatavallIm was a welcome change. Elaborate neraval. He sang it as ‘hari hrdaya’, but I think ( and seen some discussions on it) it should be ‘hara hrdaya’.

*Couple of ragamalika kritis post main.  Again, some confusion on the lyrics of ‘sAgara shayana vibhO’.  The anupallavi line, shouldn’t it be  ‘bAga brOvumayya’ ?

*Enough of nit-picking. He actually sang a brilliant concert. Very natural singing and we will see and listen to him many times over the next few years in Bangalore.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Prasanna Venkatraman @ indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha , 16 Mar 2019

Vocal : Prasanna Venkatraman

Violin : H N Bhaskar

Mrudangam : Arun Ganesh

Ghatam : B S Raghunandan

List:

01 viribONi (varNam ) – bhairavi – aTa – Pachimiriam Adiappa

02 sujana jIvana – khamAs – rUpakam – Thyagaraja ( S )

03 brOva samayamidE – gaurimanOhari – Adi – Garbhapurivasa ( A,S )

04 Ela nI dayarAdu – aThANA – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A )

05 bhOgIndra shAyinam – kuntaLa varALi – khaNDa chAp  –  Swathi Thirunal ( S )

06 kArtikEya gAngEya – thODi – Adi x 2 – Papanasam Sivan ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘mAl maruga SaNmukha muruga guhA, mahapatiyum vidhiyum tozhum ‘

07 RTP – mOhanam – khaNDa tripuTa, tishra gati  , 3 aksharam eDuppu

pallavi line ‘  kanaka sabEshA jagadIshA, naTana prakAsha

pallavi and swaras in rAgamAlika  mOhanam, kApi, bahudhAri & sindhubhairavi

08 viruttam ( UrilE kANavillai ) – sudha dhanyAsi

nArAyaNa ninna – shudha dhanyASi – khaNDa chAp – Purandara Dasa

09 shLOkam ( mangaLAm kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvati

nI nAma rUpamulaku – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

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*Very impressive swaras. Khamas, gaurimanOhari and the kuntala varALi swaras were very very good.

*Nice short pallavi. Tanam was superb. H N Baskar played stupendous tanam in his turn.

*Good thodi alapana, usual ‘prayogas’.  Gowrimanohari alapana was very very good by the vocalist. And the nice slow approach to the aThANa alapana was also impressive.

* Arun Ganesh on mrudangam was fabulous. One young artist to look forward to. His following the main artist, the tani avartanam where he played some intricate patterns were very impressive.

*On a lighter note, the shlokam in madhyamavati came before the ‘pavamana’.

*….and  why do they all sing ‘ Aaaa viribONiii’.  I observed him doing this  ( prefixing the a) at a few times like ‘sujana jIvanA a-rAma’  and also while singing swaras, like a launching points.

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Nedumballi Ram Mohan & Vengeri Narayanan , Kathakalipada Kacheri , 09 Mar 2019 @ Kulakkad

Vocal : Nedumballi Ram Mohan & Vengeri Narayanan

Chenda : Sadanam Ramakrishnan

Maddalam : Kalamandalam Venu

List

01 harihara vidhinuta –  saurAStram , laLita – thODayam

02 mangaLamUrtiyAyuLLA mahEshanE – mOhanam – Dakshayagam

03 entoru citramidam – aThANa – Kuchela Vrttam

04 sAnandam naDannu mandam – punnAga varALi – Kamsa Vadham

05 tAril tEnmozhimArmaNE – kalyANi – Uttara Swayamvaram

06 karnA pArtha sadrshanAriha – brindAvana sArang – Uttara Swayamvaram

07 shLOkam ( kadAcil EkAnta vinOdalOlA) – bhairavi

ramaNIya guNAkara – bhairavi – Devayani Charitam

08 varaguNa rAmA – kApi – Guru Dakshina

09 shLOkam ( atHa yudHiSTira mukhya nrpAtmaja )

puNDarIka nayana jaya jaya – kAmOdari(kAmbOji) – Kirmmeera Vadham

10 shLOkam ( sAkEtAdhipanODangine sapadi )

sumashara subhaga sharIra, mama – Anandabhairavi – Rugmangada Charitam

11 bhIma nandana ghaTOtkacha – hindOLam – Karna Parvam

12 sukhamO dEvi – nATakurinji – Lavanasura Vadham

13  shLOkam ( prItEyam priyadarshanathinuzhari)

engAnumuNDO kaNDu – thODi – Nalacharitam Day4

14 jaya jaya rAmachandra – madhyamAvati – Seetha Swayamvaram

15  shLOkam ( krtAshIrvAdEtHA tripurabhidi ) – puranIra – Dakshayagam

shLOkam ( agEndra bhUshitam dEvam) -indaLam – Dakshyagam

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* Private function, on the occasion of a 60th birthday celebration.

*Fantastic concert. Very refreshing list, instead of the often heard ‘padams’ in a Kathakalipada Kacheri, this had a lot more variety and clear shift from the regular pattern.

*Few padams from the ‘new compositions/ stories ( Attakkatha). Near perfect copy of the more familiar old tunes. The kApi padam was a direct lift from ‘vasa vasa sUtA’. So, was the case of Punnaga varali padam.

*Absolute cracker of a kAmboji. Each artist bettering the other one. Pundareeka Nayana, gave us a aural representation of Dhrmaputra and Krishna on stage. Some breath taking sangatis.

* Bhairavi, thODi and Anandabhairavi padams too, stood out.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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