T N Seshagopalan @ Gayana Samajam 24 Nov 2007

25 Nov

I haven’t recovered yet from this mesmerising concert.  It was an amazing concert and way above the rest I’ve attended recently. From the first krithi, it was clear that he is in great form and we are in for a treat. His voice was in good form ( slightly deteriorated towards the end) , there was almost no shruthi issues. All the ingedients for a great concert was there inclusing a highly enthusiastic accompaniment.  Look at the list of songs and you will understand what I speak. It was awesome.

Here is the list of an outstanding concert…   ( I could not figure out some of the krithis, help welcome)

Vocal  : T N Seshagopal

Violin    : H K Venkatram

Mrudangam : Cheluvaraj

Ghatam : Srishyla

01 vandanamu raghunandana ( O,S ) – sahAna – Thyagaraja

02 O jagadamba ( S )  – Anandabhairavi – Shyama Sastry

03 ugram vIram mahAvishNum ( slOkam ) – mOhana kalyANi –  ?

      bhajarE bhajamAnasa srI narasimham ( A, N,S )  – mOhana kalyANi  – Mysore Vasudevachar

  Note : The event was organised by M ANarasimhachar Music Foundation.  I guess he has choosen this krithi to mark respect to the great musician.

  neraval @ paramabhakta prahlAda paramAnandakaram’

04 entha nErchina – sudha dhanyAsi – Thyagaraja

05 rAmAbhi rAma ( A,N,S,T )- durbAr  – Thyagaraja

     neraval @ nIkE dayabuTTi nIvu brOvavalE

    This was the surprice of the day. From the first phrase it was clear that Durbar is coming and coming in a big way. The alapana went for about 17-18 min and H K Venkatram did more than enough to match to the master. In his reply the indication was for yochana, but he took rAmAbhirAma to our delight.  And what a piece it was !!

Thaniavartanam was a short affair, for about 10-12 min

06 RTP – sAvEri

     Pallavi line  “veDuka cheluki koluvai uNNaDai”

    Ragamalika swaras at bhairavi , sindhu bhairabi , varALi ? , kuntaLavarALi,  ___ , hamIr kalyANi, aTANa , sAvEri

07 marulu konnadirA (jAvaLi) – khamAs – pUchi srinivAsa iyengAr

08 viruttam ( tatudu tat-chadayil ?)  – subha panthuvarALi – ?

    nInE anAdhabandhu – subha panthuvarALi – Purandara Dasa

09 thillAna – husEni  – TNS

   I’m hearing a thillana in husEni for the first time and it was very good. Looks like his own composition ( had the mudra of sankaradasa in it).

10 slOkam ( sAyankAlE vanAnahtE) – rAgamAlika –  ?

      gOpi gOpAlalAla rAsamanDalavAhi – bhAgEsri – sUrdAs

   And what a fireworks here.. The phrase “navarasa” was sung in a flurry of ragas.  It was faster than I could note down, but I counted the chain of ragas. It was 27 of them. This was sung on a request by one of the organisers.

11 kElunDu kavitha ? –  ? – ?

   It was sung in such a speed and was so short, could not get it properly. Helps welcome

12 mangaLam –  sourAshtram

13  slOkam ( srIya kAnthAya ) – srI


Posted by on November 25, 2007 in Concert songlist



5 responses to “T N Seshagopalan @ Gayana Samajam 24 Nov 2007

  1. Student

    December 3, 2007 at 3:30 am

    I am very much interested in everything that is Seshagopalan. Good accompaniments only enhance my listening.
    If you can – I would like to hear Slokam that followed Mangalam. I always heard that one from MLV in Sourashtram. Pallavi -raagamalika swara bit – if possible.

    I am coming to Bangalore, India this summer (2008). I will find you and collect (re-record) all SeshaGopalan that you have – only if you dont mind sharing audio recordings – that is!

  2. Jayan

    November 26, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Everything was a gem..
    But if I have to pick , then it would be the mOhanakalyANi , Anandabhairavi and the shubhapanthuvarALi. And the bhajan, if you like the ragamalika fireworks!!

    RTP was good but short ( for his standards.. ), first 2 krithis were special.

    Mohanakalyani was around 35-40 mins. Durbar was 50 mins + tani (10-12min). Anandabhairavi was 15 mins , Sahana was 10 min. Sloka+bhanaj was 20 mins , shubhapantuvarAli was around 15 mins.

  3. k.

    November 26, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    wow, very intriguing list indeed! i want to be selective in what i request from this one…so if u cud please provide me with a few more details below 🙂

    is there anything else to note about the RTP…was there anything that especially was appealing, (eg; tanam or the ragamalika swaras)? similarly, the swaras in the first two krithis…anything extra special? how long did the slokam and gopi gopala go for? how long did the mohanakalyani and darbar go for (each)? 🙂 how long was the song that was before the mangalam?

  4. Jayan

    November 26, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Thank you for your visit and kind words. Good to meet another TNS admirer..

    He always gives something fresh. This concert was no difference. He did not have the perenniel shruthi issues and that itself calls for a great concert to follow.

    ‘Sayankale vananthe’ started with Bhageshri , but the real ragamalkia followed at the phrase ‘navarasa path..’ .

    I have recorded, but did not get enough time to improve, split and convert. Is there any particular krithi you are interested ?


  5. Student

    November 26, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Yes it is rAgamAlika … I have a recording of sAyankAle vanAnthe – in Raagamalika – order of rAgAs that I have: Basanth Bahar (@Sayankale) – Mohana (@ MohanaPaanga moorthim) Kamach (@Sevyam Sringaara parveihi) SindhiBhiravi (@Vandeham)
    I am guessing that violinist was Mysore Nagaraj. Absolutely amazing tillana that followed this slokam-set : SindhuBhiravi tillana – what else ? This was from a concert in 1990’s …. If you know Samskrita, you can enjoy more of the beauty of all the rAgAs that he chooses so well.

    Please provide audio-MP3 if possible. Thanks – from Sri SeshaGopalan’s admirer

    I have “favourite”-d your page!!
    You are doing a wonderful job – I (“almost”) imagined myself sitting in GayanSamaj (it has been over 21years!) and listening to the great Master – from USA


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