Vocal : R Padmanabha
Violin : C N Chandrasekharan
Mrudangam : Cheluvaraju
Ghatam : M A Krishamurthy
01 Slokam ( sarvo vidya vivardha..) – AbhOgi
evari bOdhana – AbhOgi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer
02 AnandAmrutAkarshiNi – amrutavarshiNi – Dikshitar ( S )
03 enta vEDukoNtu – saraswati manOhari – Thyagaraja
04 ninna daya iradu nanage – sambhOdyuti ( janya of 69 meLa dhAtuvardhini) – R K Padmanabha ( S )
05 talachi nantanE nA – mukhAri – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S ) – 45 minutes
neraval & Swara @ ‘ nAda brahmAnanda rUpa’
06 gAnabhaktiyE shivashaktiyu – shivashakti – R K Padmanabha
07 mOkshamu galadA – sAramati – Thyagaraja
08 haNavE ninnaya guNavEnu – mOhanam – Vadiraja
09a RTP – kAmavardhini – misra triputa
tAnam demonstration in mayUratAnam , rudra tAnam, ghanta tAnam ( bell), ashwa tAnam, shangha tAnam, markata tAnam , bhringi tAnam, nAbhi tAnam..
Pallavi line ‘ entani nE varNintunu shabarI bhAgyame’
rAgamAlika swaras in bhAgEshri , sahAna, kAnaDa, hamIr kalyANi , nAttai, varALi , srI ( or madhyamAvati??) .. ( I have missed a couple, I’m sure )
09 b tani Avartanam
10 slOkam ( jwalat kAnti manthram ) – rAgamAlika ( darbari ?, shivaranjani, dhanyAsi, bEgaDA, dEsh, ….)
shringa purAdhIshwari shAradE – ?? ( madhuvanti?) – ??
11 pApavimOchani pAvani – rEvati – Vadiraja ??
12 Slokam ( Shruti smruti purANam..) – hamsAnandi – ?
thillAna ( dhim ta dhim ta dhim ta dhim ta dhim ta dhiraNA ) – hamsAnandi – R K Padmanabha
13 ellAnu balle – madhyamAvathi – Purandara Dasa ( in the same tune as bhagyada lakshmi bAramma)
14 mangaLam – saurAshtram, madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja
One outstanding concert by Sri R K Padmanabha at the Nadasurabhi , yesterday. Despite, average support from the accompanying artists, he single handedly, pulled off a fantastic concert.
Concert started with the Patnam Subramanya Iyer’s varnam in Abhogi, which he rendered in 4 speeds ( or was it 5). Few quick kritihs followed before an elaborate mukhari. The build up was leisurely and deliberate, staring at the very low octave, ( barely audible at times ) and with some superb passages. At one time, he stopped and commented “musiri Subramanya iyer’s prasadam..no body can touch” . Not often heard krithi of Thyagaraja ( first time for me), with a superb neraval at ‘nAdabrahmAnanda rUpa’ and some cracking swaras to finish , lasting 45 minutes.
Few Vadiraja compositions, set to tune by him followed, in few rare ragas ( Shambhodyuti ??, and shivashakti) before an elaborate pallavi. Somehow, I had difficulty in identifying the raga, and was more or less ‘settled on latAngi’ ( so much for my knowledge). Alapana and the violin return was very good. Tanam was the piece-de-resistance of the day. Demonstrating various tana types , explaining the nuances of each, taking the reference till Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( his Guru parampara), he got the audience enthralled by his knowledge and practice. Pallavi was set to Misra triputa and had the traditional trikalam. A flurry of ragamalika swaras followed, without any break for violin return.
Most of the initial kritis, until RTP was set to Adi tala. The percussion was happy enough to play the same pattern over and over with absolutely no variety in the offering. Few changes in tala might have made this more interesting. They were also higher on the decibel level.
In all, a very good concert for three and half hours.
Edit : I have edited some of the ‘??’ with the confirmation from Sri Raghavan. They were composed by Sri R KP himself.