Vocal : Saketharaman
Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam
Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar
Ghatam : Tumkur SashiShankar
01 sAmi ninne (varNam) – Sri – Garbhapurivasar
02 jalAndhara – valachi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar ( O , N, S )
neraval & swara @ ‘bhava rOganivAriNi bhaktajana paripAlini’
03 SivakAma sundari – mukhAri – Papanasam Sivan ( A )
04 yArE rangana yArE krishNana – hindOLam – Purandara Dasa ( S )
05 kamalAmbAm bhajarE – kalyANi – Muthuswami Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara at pallavi line
06 RTP – saraswati – Tisra Ata
pallavi line ‘ vANi saraswati aruL puriyavANi vINA pustakadhAriNi’
ragamalika swara in dhanyAsi, hamIr kalyANi, sindhubhairavi
07 srI jagadISwari durga – Ahir bhairav – Lalgudi Jayaraman
08 thillAna ( tada dhim ta dhim dhiraNA ) – mAND – Langudi Jayaraman ?
09 mangaLam – saurAshtram, madhyamAvathi – Thyagaraja
Saketharaman gave a very good concert yesterday at Gayana Samaja. As expected, Kalyani krithi of Muthuswami Dikshitar was taken up as main and it was splendind ( despite my non-preference to kalyani). There was ample time for a pallavi and Saketharaman did not disappoint us. Saraswathi was the raga for Pallavi, and a first time for me. Charulatha Ramanujam, who did a brilliant job through out, was outstanding in her retun for saraswati. The pallavi with tripalam, the ragamalika swaras were also very good.
Earlier, he started the concert with Sri raga varnam, followed with a superb valavhi krithi. The neraval and swara was very good. The detailed mukhari alapana was also pretty nice. Tumkur brothers was very good at the percussion. Ravishankar, especially, was superb.
Now, the complaints.. Concert started at 5:15 and was wound up by 7:45. I guess, Saketharaman was in a hurry to catch a train or so. There was a kind of hurry through out. While , he did not speed up the krithi rendering, there was no gap whatso ever from one krithi to the next. The short pauses between pallavi and anupallavi or between charanam were also missing. The pallavi ragamalika came to an abrupt end after he finished the sindhubhairavi swaras, without a violin reply or an adequate closure of the pallavi. The post felicitation krithis before the mangalam was also done, for the sake of it. This could have been an outstanding concert, otherwise. Having said that, he was brilliant yesterday.