S.Sowmya at Seshadripuram May 04, 2008

05 May

Vocal : S Sowmya

Violin : Jyothsna Srikanth

Mrudangam : Neyveli Narayanan

Ghatam : Omkar

Song list:

01 nEra nammiti – kAnaDa – Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar

02 chalamElarA sAkEtarAma – mArgahindOLam – Thyagaraja ( S )

03 rAma nannau brOvara – harikAmbOji – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘meppulakai kannatAvu nappu baDaga ‘

04 ranga pura vihAra – brindAvana sArang – Muthuswami Dikshitar

05 manavyALa – naLinakAnti – Thyagaraja ( S )

06 kAru bAru – mukhAri – Thyagaraja ( A )

07 hannu bandidE – hindOLam – Purandara Dasa

08 RTP – rishabhapriya – ( khanDajAti jhumpa )

pallavi line ” rAma nAma ondE tAraka sItA -rAma..”

rAgamalika swaras in rEvathi, mOhanam, madhyamAvathi

Tani Avartanam

09 vagalaDi bOdhana – behAg – thirupati Narayana Swami

10 tungA thIra virAjam – yamunAkalyANi – Kamalesha Dasa

yes, it was sung in Yamunakalyani.. and not in sAlagabhairavi.

11 thillAna ( dhim ta dhim ta ) – hamsAnandi – ?

12 mangaLam – saurAshtram

Started a bit patchy with some issues with the setting of amplification, but got into the groove with the chalamelara krithi. Swaras of margahindolam , harikamboji and nalinakanti were nice. Major alapana was for harikamboji , lastes almost 15 min.  Ragam Tanam pallavi was the major of the day and was done in a complicated Tala ( to me ! ) with Trikalam and ragamalika swarams. Ragamalika swaras were sung continuously, switching from one to other with ease, without a violin reply after each raga. Tani Avartanam was short, may be due to the time pressure.

The lady who announced during the felicitation made a goof by praising the harikamboji and ‘bhairavi’ alapana of Sowmya stunning everyone including the artists. She came back and corrected herself appropriately, after the garlanding of the artists and the sponsors of the evening.  This would have prompted Sowmya to confirm that the RTP was sung in Rishabhapriya, which was good as I would not have found out ( I have almost concluded it on Latangi 🙂 with a fair amount of doubt. Luckily our announcer did not talk about the RTP , may be as confused as us and found it safer to omit mentioning.

Neyveli Narayanan is a pleasure to watch. He was good as usual. Omkar also gave good support. His car was giving more support to the percussion with its alarm going off at will ( some kids playing around and would have touched) to the disgust of the audience.


Posted by on May 5, 2008 in Concert songlist



3 responses to “S.Sowmya at Seshadripuram May 04, 2008

  1. R.Saravanan

    May 9, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Jayan

    Great to know that.

    Planning is the key for everything whether life or a concert, but sometimes as an artist you get into some mood and which leads to time constraints.Point 3 well taken.So dissapointing for the violinist…


  2. Jayan

    May 8, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    RTP was good not great ( disclaimer: this is my personal opinion) ,

    a) it kept people guessing the raga and that dampen your appreciation during alapana.
    b) got into a time pressure and had to do every thing within that constraint.
    c) This was the major of the day , and had to be treated so..
    d) rAgamalika swarams were sung in continuity ( which she did very well) , without violin re-play after each set of swaras.

  3. R.Saravanan

    May 8, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Dear Jayan,

    The goof up is a usual self on the part of organisers, thank the stars that she did not tell any technicalities about the raga she thought it was.They are the organisers of today who have the responsiblity of propagating music.God save the artist fraternity.

    Would have been a great RTP…



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