Vocal : T M Krishna
Violin : H K Venkatram
Mrudangam : Arun Prakash
Ganjira : N Amrut
01 enthani nE – mukhAri – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
02 – bEgaDa – ??
03 sadAchalEshwaram – bhUpALam – Muthuswami Dikshitar ( A,S )
04 nenarunchinAnu – mALavi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
05 mAmava pattAbhirAma – maNirangu – Muthuswami Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )
neraval and swara at ‘chatra cAmara karadhRta bharata lakSmaNa shatrughna vibhISaNa sugrIva pramukhAdi sEvita’
06 swAminAtha parupAlaya – nAtta – Muthuswami Dikshitar
07 RTP – kAnaDa – khanda jAthi triputa
pallavi line ‘ chith-sabhayil natamADum daivamE kAtharuL karuNai pozhiyum varamE’
rAgamAlika swaras in kAnaDa , SAma , hamIr kalyANi, shivaranjani
short tani Avartanam
08 mAnasa sanchararE – SAma – Sadashiva Brahmendra
09 thillAna ( dhim tana dhim jhanuta) – behAg – Lalgudi Jayaraman
10 mangaLam kOsalEndra – behAg
I reached during the begada kriti. The accoustics at the place where I was standing was very poor and I could not identify the kriti. I understand that he had completed an elaborate mukhari before I came in. I wsa late and reached around 7:20. Knowing TMKs usual ritual of tuning the tambura ( 2 in this case) which last about 20 mins and his current trend of starting off with a heavy kriti, I might not have missed many. If there are any ommissions, I stand corrected.
Until the main manirangu, the concert was average. Mainly because of the poor sound systems. Bhoopalam alapana was detailed and the krithi was sung in a slow tempo. I like Krishna’s lower speed renderings, but yesterday it wasn’t as enjoyable as I wanted to be. What followed was a super speed alapana of malavi, HKV trying to match the speed by playing along. I thought that was not called for, as it only added to the overall ‘noise’ in the auditorium, loosing the effect. The kriti followed by another super fast swara singing, handled better by HKV.
The take of the day was the main. By this time, sound was better and what came out was one rendering of supreme quality. The alapana, and a master class neraval ( he chose to sing the entire line as neraval, which is pretty long) and some beautiful swara kalpana. HKV was also into his comfort zone by now, matching and getting praise for his playing. Tani avartanam was notable for some intricate calculations and patterns, even though it is not of the high octane kind which we are used to listen.
The pallavi came in as a surprise, as it was 9:15 by the time the tani avartanam was over. Kanada ragam and tanam was detailed, pallavi with trikalam was also elaborate. There was ragamalika swaras however short it was. Unlike many others who do a ‘for the sake of a pallavi’ , this was done in detail to the merit, even as the clock went past 10:00 pm. Wonderful concert from the main krithi.