Flute : Vid Kudamaloor Janardanan
Mrudangam : H S Sudheendra
Ghatam : Trichy K Murali
01 shrI mahA gaNapatE – AbhOgi – khaNDa chAp – N S Ramachandran ( A,S )
02 rAga sudhArasa – AndOLika – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
03 bhAvayAmi raghurAmam – rAgamAlika – rUpakam – Swathi Thirunal ( A,t, S,T )
04 bArO krSNayya – rAgamAlika – Adi – Kanaka Dasa ( O )
05 Western Notes – Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar
I am not sure if he has performed in Bangalore in the recent past. I haven’t come across a concert of his in Bangalore for a few years. His music is different. The way he handle the raga in its essence , I think is slightly different from the typical carnatic musicians. The difference was evident in the way he did Andolika. He probably using the special characteristics of the instrument to its best effects.
While he did not sing or play too many compositions in the two and half hours he played, each of the compositions were dealt in detail. The abhOgi, went on for about 25 mins. with the absence of a violin, was a huge task. The kalpana swaras he played for Abhogi, stood out.
Interesting to see Bhavayami taken up as main. After a brief introduction of each raga, through the pallavi lines of popular compositions, he went on a detailed exploration of each raga, with some impressive switch over. A similar feat on the tAnam as well. Some liberty on the singing the kriti, and the kalpana swaras which was again very elaborate.
H S Sudheendra played very energetic, through out the evening. He was very impressive in the abhogi kriti, and some what less for the Andolika. However, the percussion duo peaked during the main and continued with an impressive tani avartanam.
Mand, I think is best explored through the flute. The short sketch he played in the instrument gave me goosebumps. He concluded the concert with the Western Notes composed by Muthaiah Bhagavathar, again played very well.
Mellifluous music, unhurried renditions, nice elaborate swaraprasthana and intelligent raga delineation and a clear differentiated approach to music. That sums up the evening for me. If an artist leave you , to continue the music, wanting to hear him more, I think he has done his job. That is what Sri Kudamaloor Janardanan did last evening.