Vocal : Sri T N Seshagopalan
Violin : S D Sridhar
Mrudangam : Sri Guruvayur Dorai
Ganjira : N Amrut
Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar Krithis..
Another superb concert by the master. He was in outstanding form through out. The voice was stable barring few instances. He started his concert with a guruvandana slokam , possibly written by himself , and how appropriate !! The first half of the concert was with full of anecdotes , stories , narration of incidents and explanations which itself was a case to talk about.
He has taken the rAgam with differences , something very unknown to me like sumanapriya. Guruvayur Dorai was brilliant. He anticipated very well and was the only person on stage who could follow TNS properly , and Amrut followed Dorai very well. S D Sridhar on violin was below par, and that took away some shine from the otherwise a class concert. There were no violin reply for many of the raga alapana of TNS.
Here is the concert song list :
01 Slokam (mandasmitha mukha ) – nAttai – TNS ?
He started the concert with a Guru vandana Slokam on Sri Muthaiah Bhagavathar, and what a way to begin. He offeres his respects to his “paramaguru” in this sloka, which I guess is written by TNS himself.
02 mana mOhana ( varNam) – mOhanam
03 srI mahA gaNapathE ( A) – malahari
04 SrI saravaNa (A) – sumanapriya
he kept everyone guessing with this rAga, including the violinst (? ). There was no return alapana on violin.
05 vallI nAyakanE (A,S)- shaNmukhapriya
Started the alapana quite differently and we had difficulties in identifying this until the turn came for the violin. One gentleman sitting behind us told that there is one swara missing in avarohana and that is why the troube in identifying.. not qualified to comment on this. And what a krithi and swara to follow. He kept everyone spellbound with his mastery, ably supported by the violinst.
06 krupAnidhE ( A )- hamsanAdam
Short Alapana without the violin repeat. Here too he sang with dhaivatham and explained the reason to all as it is janya of Neetimati and is a vivadi ragam.
07 thODi alapana
viruttam ( madhurApuri nAyikE namaste ) – thODi
mIna lOchani amba – thODi
There was no neraval and swaras to my disappointment ( I always likes his thodi), but to the hope that something BIG might be coming. What was interesting in the rendering was the 10+ sangathis sung at the line ‘mANikyavINA..’
8 sArasadala nayanE ( O ) – sAramati
9 Tappulanniyu talukommu – bauLi
10 sharavaNabhava – pasupathipriya
11 sahajaguNa rAma ( A,N,S,T) – sankarAbharaNam
neraval and swara @ parama bhaktuDaina bharata bhAvameigi
and here comes the BIG one. What a piece. 20+ minute of Alapana, an amazing neraval and a his usual swara patterns for a fitting finale.
Sri Dorai and Amrut was the next pair to take the audience to another level. They presented an outstanding tani avartanam to a depleting crowd. What a marvel !!
12 viruttam ( ADi ADi akam karainthu ) – yadukula kAmbOji
shAnthamAka kAtchi tandIdum narahari – yadukula kAmbOji
beautiful krithi and very slow and mellodious rendering.
13 viruttam ( vanDAr pUnkuzhali ?) – sindhu bhairavi
mAvUr valam perugavanda – sindhu bhairavi
14 mangaLam ( nI nAma rUpamu ) – saurashtram
gurubrahmO gururvishNO ( slokam)
sriYay kAnthaya ( slOkam) – madhyamAvathi
I expected the mangaLam also to be of Muthaiah Bhagavathar. Not sure, if he had written one. TNS sang the usual mangalam followed by a guru vandana slokam and the regular madhyamavathi slokam to end a long concert.