M Chandrasekharan @ Essae Music Foundation 02 May 2010

04 May

Violin : M Chandrasekharan

Violin Support : Bharathi

Mrudangam : Srimushnam Rajarao

Ghatam : Giridhar Udupa


01 sarasUDa ( varNam) – sAvEri – Patnam Subramanya Iyer

02 vallabha nAyakasya – bEgaDa – Muthuswami Dikshitar ( A,S )

03 Sri jalAndhara   – gambhIra nAtta – J C Wodeyar ( S )

04 bhuvanEswariyA – mOhanakalyANi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar  ( A, S )

05 nArAyaNa – sudha dhanyAsi – Purandara Dasa

06 vara nArada nArAyaNa – vijayasrI – Thyagaraja ( S )

07 swara rAga sudhA – SankarAbharaNam – Thyagaraja ( A,S , T )

08 venkatAchala nilayam – sindhu bhairavi – Purandara Dasa ( short alapana )

09 bArO krishnayya – mAND – Kanaka Dasa

10 ?? jAvaLi – ?

11 mellE mellE nE vandEne – mOhanam – Purandara Dasa

11 bhagyada lakshmi bArayya – madhyamAvathi – Purandara Dasa

What ever was presented , was pure and gem.  Sri Chandrasekharan was in fine form on that day, so much so that he even sang few krithis along with playing the violin ( do I like that, is a separate question). I will be disappointing many if I say that the best of the concert was the sindhubhairavi and mand pieces. They were played with so much bhava , they almost brought tears in my eyes.

The bEgaDa alapana and the mohanakalyani by bharathi were very good.  Vara narada was also interesting with some fast paced swara singing.He announced Sankarabharana as main piece pretty early into the concert. The initial phrases of Sankarabharanam alapana were so moving. The alapana was 2 phased, giving a hope for tanam playing. That was not the case. After the applause, he said, second phase and played again ( which I thought was little off ). Swara raga sudha started with he singing along ( again, my preferences are obvious).

Srimushnam Rajarao was all over the place. We hardly heard Udupa playing. One has to give it to him for playing with soft fingers and using the ‘thoppi’ effectively. Tani Avartanam was long and so some good returns by Udupa.

There was hope for a pallavi or some tAnam. But he gave us an outstanding sindhu bhairavi and mAND instead. They were fantastic. Very good concert as usual at Essae Music , a pallavi would have taken it to a different level.


Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Concert songlist


2 responses to “M Chandrasekharan @ Essae Music Foundation 02 May 2010

  1. Jayan

    May 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Good to know, you liked it. He is a master..

  2. Kiran

    May 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    very good concert, though i missed the dinner at the end. udupa’s ghatam was hardly heard as you said, may be because Chandrashekaran did say “to go easy” to udupa after a while into the concert.


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