Vocal : Neyveli Santhanagopalan
Vocal Support : Guruprasad
Violin : M A Sundaresan
Mrudangam : Umayalpuram Sivaraman
Ghatam : Giridhar Udupa
01 vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadhwani – Muthuswami Dikshitar
02 tuLasi daLa mulache – mAyAmALavagauLa – Thyagaraja ( N,S)
neraval & swara @ ‘sarasIruha punnAga’
03 mInAkshi mEmudam – gamakakriya ( pUrvikalyANi) – Muthuswami Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T)
neraval & swara @ madhurApuri nilayE maNivalaye’
04 jagadOdhAraNa – kApi – Purandara Dasa
05 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
The concert was on the occasion of awarding “sangeeta ratnakara” to Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman by Surabharati Foundation. Held in a banquet hall of Mayfair Hotel, Basavanagudi with all the associated fan fair, along with another award for a Sanskrit Scholar ( whose name , I do not recall now). The ceremony went on beyond the originally announced time and was over only by 6:45. There was fair amount of time, as the organiser announced that the concert will begin at 7:00pm after the Coffee/Tea break with refreshments. However, the re-arrangement of the stage and the usual tussle with the sound system, delayed the start until 7:25pm. He had promptly announced that the concert will end by 8:30. With one hour to go, and all those stalwarts on the stage, I was hoping to hear something interesting and memorable.
He started the evening with Vatapi, showing few strains with his voice. Luckily it was settled very soon and we were treated with some outstanding stuff , however truncated the session was. Mayamalavagaula was the next , which I was hoping to hear on my way to the concert. The neraval and the swara followed was very good with some outstanding support by the violinist and UKS. The main poorvikalyani had a very short alapana (to my disappointment), but another outstanding rendition of neraval and swara. UKS and Giridhar Udupa did a short taniavartanam, where the maestro was greeted with a standing ovation by the audience.
The usual , sabha secratary-style speech to interrupt the proceedings ( which was not called for, for such a short concert), followed by the loooong speech by Sri UKS , praising the artists on the stage individually, the organisers and the audience; which is becoming a regular affair these days. This had eaten away a good 20 minutes from the concerts time and was already 9:00 by then. There was just enough time to squeeze in a devarnama before the mangalam.
Barring these disappointments, whatever delivered was brilliant. All the artist on the stage were very good , with special mention of M A Sundaresan, who I thought, excelled through out with some fine playing.