Rudrapatnam Brothers at Suswaralaya Concert, Banshankari 04 Nov 2007

05 Nov

Rudrapatnam Brothers-Vocal Duet

(Vid.Sri.R N Thyagarajan & Vid.Sri.Dr. R N Taranathan)

Vid.Sri.Mysore M Nagaraj-Violin

Vid.Sri.Umayalapuram K Shivaraman-Mridangam


Another power packed concert with all the stalwarts on the stage. To be honest, I went for this concert to listen to Mysore Nagaraj and to see Sri UKS perform. And I was not disappointed on both fronts.  Concert of Rudrapatnam Brothers are always a subtle event. Very smooth, without the noise and gimmicks and I like their soft approach.  Nagaraj was very good as always, expecially during the Thodi Alapana. At the end of the thodi swara singing, UKS asked him to play again for a fitting finish, which he obeyed with some marvellous playing.  There were two tani-avartanams in the concert, one after the main krithi and one shorter version at the end of the RTP. Sri UKS treated the audience , which included Srimushnam RajaRao, Sudheendra, Krishna, Jayashankar and other who is who of Bangalore percussion scene, with some speedy fireworks with his fingers.

Here is the concert song list :

01 vanajAkshi ( varNam) – kalyANi – Pallavi Gopala Iyer

02 mEru samAna ( N,S) – mAya mALava gowla –  Thyagaraja

neraval at “gaLamula shObhillu

03 rudrakOpa ( A,S )  – rudrapriya – Muthuswami Dikshithar

04 tOli janma ( A,S ) – bilahari – Thyagaraja

05 dAtsu kOvalEna ( A,N,S,T) – thODi –  Thyagaraja

neraval at “sowmitri thyagarAju nI”

06 pArvathi ninnu nE – kalgaDa –  Shyama Shastri

07  RTP (T) – kalyANi

Pallavi line ” kamalAsanE sundari chandravadanE  kamalAyaka vilOchini”

No ragamalika swras. At the end of the swaras, Sri UKS gave another round of tani avartanam ( about 10 mins).

08 erAthaguNathara  ( jAvaLi) – kEdAragowLa –  Dharmapuri Subbarayar

( requested by UKS )

09 rAmanAma pAyasakE – Anandabhairavi – Purandara Dasa

10 mangaLam – sourashtram

The mid concert speach started with the host Sudheendra and he handed over the mike to his Guru to do the honours. Srimushnam Rajarao, speaking in Kannada, did a good job with his very humourous style.  Some relief from the usual “praise all” secretaries.  He then requested Sri UKS to speak a few words and bless the students , which he obliged.

UKS requested the duo to sing Pallavi before ending the concert,  and they chose the same raga used in Varnam to sing the Pallavi taking the clue from Sri Raja Rao who in his introduction noted that in earlier days, main krithi used to be sung in the same raga of Varnam.


Posted by on November 5, 2007 in Concert songlist



2 responses to “Rudrapatnam Brothers at Suswaralaya Concert, Banshankari 04 Nov 2007

  1. Jayan

    November 14, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Most probably you are right.

    I dont have a copy. Let me try if any of my friends have it.

  2. k.

    November 11, 2007 at 11:13 am

    wow – very nice review, and concert by the sounds of it. the pallavi is a famous one of the gnb/mlv school especially, although i’m not sure if it’s quite the same as the one in this concert. the mlv/gnb line is ‘kamalaasani sundari chandravadhani, karunaarasa vilochani’ – gnb particularly has sung it in kalyani. any chance of audio?


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