T M Krishna , Gokulashtami concert , unnati 2 Aug 2009

03 Aug

Vocal : T M Krishna

Violin : R K Sriramkumar

Mrudangam : B Harikumar


01 Shankha chakra gadA pANim – pUrNachandrika – Muthuswami Dikshitar ( S )

02 maru bAri ( javaLi) – khamAs – Dharmapuri Subbarayar ( S )

03 sUryamUrtE namOstutE – saurAshtram – Muthuswami Dikshitar ( A,N )

     neraval @ ‘AryavinutatEjasphUrtE ArogyAdiphaladakIrtE’

04 pAhimAma srI rAjarAjEswari – janaranjani – Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan

05 viribONi –  bhairavi – Pachimiriam Adiappa   ( A,N ,T )

       neraval @ ‘ sAmi srI rAjagOpAla dEva’

       tani Avartanam

06 viruttam – rAgamAlika

            ( tandai tAyum – mOhanam  ; unaiyallal matroru tuNai – sindhubhairavi, anthamum Adiyum – behAg) 

            ithu thAnO thillai sthalam – behAg – Gopalakrishna bharati

07 eppO varuvArO – jAunpuri – Gopalakrishna Bharati   ( S )

08 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja

There were excitement galore. Very high energy performance. It will also be in the discussion for few days. A varnam as main  ( first time in Bangalore, he did the same at last year’s Music Academy concert with a thanam) and a javali up at the second slot.  If you leave these outside, there isnt much to talk about.

Poornachandrika krithi was very good, soon started with the khamas javali with some exceptional swara singing, to a thunderous applause. Saorashtram was his usual slow tempo mood and surprisingly there was no swara singing. Bhairavi alapana was outstanding, so was the return by R K Sriramkumar. I was expecting bAlagOpAla to follow, but he choose to take up viriboni to some ‘awe’ and murmer among the audience. The detailed execution of the varnam was interesting, but to me, can not replace a majestic kriti at the main slot. I guess, this will fade away once the curiosity factor is diminished.

Harikumar had to handle the percussion department alone ( not sure why, there was no explanation) and he did a splendid job. The tani avartanal was outstanding and he received the maximum applause for his solo performance.

Krishna , on request by the Secretary Ramesh , did explain his take on viriboni as main. He did his part of the explanation well, but I am not sure if it was convincing enough. The post main had a set of swaras for the jaunpuri kriti , just before the mangalam.


Posted by on August 3, 2009 in Concert songlist


4 responses to “T M Krishna , Gokulashtami concert , unnati 2 Aug 2009

  1. Jayan

    August 27, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Sree, Thanks for the info. I stand corrected.

    Here is what he said in a nutshell. These are from my impressions. I could be wrong/misunderstood few points. Dont jump on me…

    This was done on request by Ramesh Swami ( the secretary of the Sabha) as he do not want people to go back home and start speculating on their own.

    a) In carnatic music, there are 9 types of songs/writings. Each of them are different by their structural , lyrical and musical nature.

    b) Some of the lesser privilaged types do have some beautiful pieces ( padams, javali, varnam), in their lyrical and musical value. Why do we need to treat them as the post tani items.

    c) These do deserve larger attention, hence need to be promoted. Hence I sing padams ( he did at Indiranagara Sabha in July 1st Week) , javalis ( as in this concerts) and varnam at higher order.

    d) Most of the people agree, that viriboni is one of the best composition in bhairavi. If so, why do we need to sing this at the beginning of the concert, when every one , including the artists and the audience are settling in, not giving enough attention. The audience would be coming in and arranging themselves not listening to the artists, until the 2nd kala singing of the varnam.

    e) Viriboni is a brilliant piece of writing and is rich as any other major krithis , so is the Kalyani varnam. So, I thought, I will take this up and present at the main slot of the concert.

    f) viriboni has 4 charanams, and usually only 2 are sung even by the yesteryears stalwarts.

    g) It is better to sing viriboni as main, that singing some of the compositions sung as main these days ( he did not mention any names in particular).

    h) This is not revelusionising the concert paddhati and he is not trying to change anything here. People can have their own opinion.

    i) Students who is listening to him, need not try to emulate this and blame it on him.

  2. Sree

    August 27, 2009 at 12:01 am

    nice review…
    correction – TMK had sung (the same viriboni-unless my memory fails me terribly!) varnam as main in a thematic concert a few years ago in Bangalroe at Ananya.
    Would have been nicer if his explanation was given a bit of space here too…hmm:)

  3. Jayan

    August 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks. sent you a mail.

  4. Rajeev Siddhan

    August 3, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Great Review … I love the poornachandrika Krithi Shankachakra gada Pani.. Odd having poornachandrika and Janaranjani in the same concert dont you think? Fortunately I was amongst the audience during his RTV stint at Music Academy last year.. It was good.. But I had the same feeling – A Koluvaiyunnade would have done justice to the overall main piece I thought..

    Now that I think about it, Its been a long time since I heard that song on the concert platform.

    Nice review… Wish I were there though


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