Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mruidangam : Neyveli Venkatesh
Ganjira : Guruprasanna
01 nI va Nti daivamu – nIlAmbari – Taragampadi Panchanada Iyer
02 paripAlayamAm – rItigauLa – Swathi Thirunal ( S )
03 kalyANa gOpAlam karuNAlavAlam – pantuvarALi – Narayana Theertha ( A,N,S)
neraval & swara @ ‘ bhava timira ghana bhAnum bhakta kAmadhEnum’
04 sari nIkE galadA – kAnaDa – Calcutta Krishnamurthy ( A )
05 adi kAdu bhajana – yadukula kAmbOji – Thyagaraja ( A, S )
06 RTP – thODi –
06 A. pallavi in khaNDa triputa , 4 kaLAi ‘ : ‘ thEn param girivalar murugA guhanE deivanai aruL saravaNabhava guhanE’
06 B . pallavi in chatusra triputa 2 kaLai ”sAmi nI pai chAla maruLu konnadIra’
06 C . tani Avartanam
06 D. RagamAlika pallavi + swaram in behAg, sahAna, varALi and surutti in tisra triputa
pallavi line ‘ sArasa daLa nayanA harE srI krishNa’
The pallavi had 9,8,7 aksharakalams starting at 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 eduppu respectively
07 Seesha gangA bhasma angA – dhanAsri ? – Swathi Thirunal
08 dAsara nindisa bEDa – rAgEshri – Purandara Dasa ( O )
09 viruttam ( mAnADa mayilADa ) – kAmbOji , shubha pantuvarALi , mOhanam,Ahiri, nAttakurinji, kApi, SAma
09 b thillai sthalam enru – SAma – Gopalakrishna Bharati
10 thillAna ( nAdru dhIm dhIm ta dhiraNA) – sindhu bhairabvi – M D Ramanathan
11 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
What a concert it was. Fantastic from the word go ! Neelambari varnam to start the 75th birthday concert for Neela Ramgopal, followed with an outstanding rendition of paripalayamam. He excelled in the sangatis and the swara that followed. Good Pantuvarali came next followed with a brilliant kAnaDa alapana. His Guru’s kriti sari nIkE was new to me. Yadukula kAmbOji Alapana was also elaborate, giving me hope for a main with ‘divAkara tanujam’. Thyagaraja krithi and a quick set of swarams dashed my hopes. But what was to follow was one remain in the memory of listeners for a long time.
A majestic thODi pallavi with all that technical complexities for over one and half hours. Such was the three phase alapana that the applause was never ending. Both Sanjay and Varadarajan was fantastic in their alapanas, and continued with his usual energetic tanam. It was well over 40 minutes before the pallavi started.
Pallavi was split into 3 phases again; the first was elaborate khanda triputa 4 kalai. He switched the tala to chatusra triputa 2 kaLai with a different pallavi line , before starting the swaras. There were no ragamalika swarams at this juncture to my surprice. Tani Avartanam followed with the usual Neyveli Venkatesh’s style ( shake of head grows faster and faster with some speedy fingering – I have seen / heard this umpteen times, with no difference!) , supported by Guruprasanna.
Immediately after the tani avartanam, Sanjay started the phase 3 of the pallavi , this time in tisra triputa, starting with behAg followed with sahAna, varALi and surutti.
Post pallavi had a fantastic ragamalika viruttam followed by the Sama krithi and an MDR thillana ( I haven’t attended any Sanjay’s concert without a sindhubhairavi piece) before the traditional mangalam.
The event organised by the students and well wishers of Neela Ramgopal started with the felicitation ceremony. The event was short and apt to the occasion , and was well managed. Kudo’s to the team for putting up a great show.
A fantastic and fitting tribute to Neela Ramgopal by one of the contemporary artist, she respect the most.