Vocal : Dr. R.K.Srikantan
Vocal Support : R S Ramakanth
Violin : Nalina Mohan
Mrudangam : Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
01 vanajAksha ninne kOri (varNam) – mandAri – Mysore Vasudevachar? ( O )
02 varasidhi vinAyakam – nAtta – Ambi Dikshitar ( S )
03 vanajAksha ninnE nammiti – gambhIranAttai – Mysore Sadashiva Rao? ( A )
04 pAlayamAm srI pankajanAbha – nAyaki – Swathi Thirunal ( A,S )
05 srI mAthrubhUtam – kannaDA – Muthuswami Dikshitar
06 subramanyena rakshitOham – sudha dhanyAsi – Muthuswami Dikshitar ( A,S )
07 bhArati mathiSna – dEvamanOhari – Muthuswami Dikshitar
08 parama pAvana rAma – pUrvi kalyANi – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘kanakAmbaradhara karuNAnvitavara’
09 rAga sudhA rasa -AndOLika – Thyagaraja
10 chintayAmi jagadambam – hindOLam – Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar ( A )
11 angE irabEku samsAradalli – mOhanam – Purandara Dasa ( A )
12 ellA rUpavu tanandE shivA – ? – ?? ( A )
13 nIne ni karathane mArasundara – behAg – ?? ( O )
14 thillAna (dhIm nadru dhIm ) – kApi – ??
15 mangaLam kOsalEndrAya – SrI
nI nAma rUpamula – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
This is one venue, I cherish. Every concert I have attended here was very good. This time was no difference. A fantastic concert by the 90 year young maestro. One of the reason for such a high standard concerts here could also be the audience. There is no general public, only those who really care for music and willing to take all that was given. As most of the performers here suggested ( including Sri Srikantan), it is the audience that makes the artist to perform to this level.
Everything was in place yesterday. Almost every krithi, preceded with an alapana ( albeit short for few). As the concert progressed, he was visibly getting very excited and was brimming with energy. As Prakash noted later, he would have continued singing for another 3 hrs, if time permits.
Nayaki was the first major raga for the evening for a not often heard palayamam. Sudha Dhanyasi was exceptional, with some beautiful sets of swara singing. A quick devamanohari krithi before the grand pUrvikalyani, where both RKS and Ramakanth shared the alapana to some great effect. Nalina Mohan too pitched in with some good phrases during her turn, winning accolades from the main artist as well as the audience. Parama pavana rama was in all its grandeurs. Neraval at kanakambaradhara wsa very good, so was the swaras that followed. Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma , summed it up with an excellent tani avartanam. He was at his usual best, aptly supporting the main artists.
Post main continued with lot many alapana for almost every krithis. very emotive raga sudha rasa and few devarnama continued before he finished the concert with the thillana , taking it over 3 hrs. One is awe stuck by his dedication and his ability to continue enthral the listeners at this age.