Sri T N Seshagopalan at Fort School Ramanavami Festival , 07 May 2008

08 May

Vocal : Sri T N Seshagopalan

Violin : H K Venkatram

Mrudangam : Sri Guruvayur Dorai

Ghatam : M A Krishnamurty

Songlist :

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.


Posted by on May 8, 2008 in Concert songlist



3 responses to “Sri T N Seshagopalan at Fort School Ramanavami Festival , 07 May 2008

  1. R.Saravanan

    May 9, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Dear Jayan,

    Thanks for the info and TNS ragamalika yes his virutham would have made up for that.


  2. Jayan

    May 8, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    RTP Missing – Not really. I always found TNS as the best in the post main singing. His selection of Ragamalika viruttams, krithis etc are something others can emulate.

    H K Venkatram is a regular in Bangalore concert circuit. He is the son of Krishnamurty eminent violinist from Bangalore. I’m not sure of his DOB 🙂 , but guess he is elder to me :-). He is a good player and has been accompanying TNS in his recent concerts in Bangalore.

    My apologies for mixing up the name. It is MA Krishnamurty on Ghatam and not Parur M A Krishnaswamy. Thank you for pointing it out.

  3. R.Saravanan

    May 8, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Jayan,

    Yeah when the shruti alignment is not accurate them it won’t have a desired outcome, but must say this the compositions are good.But RTP missing leaves a huge gap.

    I have heared a lot about Venkatram How is he??IS he old or youngster??Who’s shisya??

    Who is this MA Krishnaswami on the Ghatam, hope not the same violinist??




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