Vocal : Sri T N Seshagopalan
Violin : H K Venkatram
Mrudangam : Sri Guruvayur Dorai
Ghatam : M A Krishnamurty
01 vanajAkshi ( varNam ) – kalyANi – Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar ( O, S )
02 bhuvini dAsuDane – srIranjini – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘padamulE gati tyAgarAjanuta’
03 Alapana – sUryakAntam
viruttam ( vayyon oli thanmai nin meyyo maragathamO ? ) – sUryakAntam
muddumOmu eLAgu – sUryakAntam – Thyagaraja
04 endukku dayarAdurA – thODi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘tyAgarAja vinuta tAraka charita’
05 slOkam ( rAgamAlika ) – ?
vandEham ( nAttai ) , vandE ghanashyAm ( gauLA ) , vande ..(Arabhi) , vandE bhakta ( varALi) , vandE tatwamatheeta ( surutti , pantuvarALi?)
vadana dyuti jita sOma – pantuvarALi – Thyagaraja
( The kriti pallavi is ‘shObhanE’ , but I think , usually it is sung like this)
06 nagumOmu galavAni – madhyamAvathi – Thyagaraja
07 viruttam ( jagati vijita manthram ?) – jaunpuri
rAma manthrava japisO – jaunpuri – Purandara Dasa
08 vadana sukhancha sahajara O raghava ? – mAND – ?
09 mangaLam – saurashtram
Sriya kAnthaya ( slokam ) – Sri
This was the concert I was waiting for , in this series. He had his usual trouble with voice and the associated lapses of shruti at the higher octaves. After a slow ( with 2 kalam ) rendering of the varnam, he started singing swaras for kalyAni. It took 20 mins for the first varnam+swaras , giving us a hope for a grand concert. What followed was also similar. Detailed Sriranjini and sUryakantam ( which kept me guessing for a long time until muddumOmu) came with his typical style with some good support from Venkatram. Without any filler pieces, he started the main. I would have attended 30 odd concerts in 2008 and believe me, none of them had Thodi as main. I was loning for a thodi for a long time and who else, but ‘master of thodi’ to oblige ! However, it wasn’t the thodi I used to listen from him. Though he did a detailed alapana for 18 mins and the usual swaras and kanakku, it was not one of the best I have heard from him. Even, violin had some trouble , I was hearing double sounds often ( not sure what could be the reason) , unpleasent to the ears.
After two and half hours into the concert , he had sung only 4 krithis. After the customery speech and garland, the ragamalika viruttam started. The sequense was set to ‘pancharatna ragamalika’, but after varali , he chose surutti and pantuvarali instead of sriragam.
A good concert, but not in the top league for his standard and my expectations.