Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Gayana Samaja , Neela Ramgopal’s 75th Birthday Celebrations 19 June 2010

20 Jun

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.


Posted by on June 20, 2010 in Concert songlist



2 responses to “Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Gayana Samaja , Neela Ramgopal’s 75th Birthday Celebrations 19 June 2010

  1. Kiran

    June 25, 2010 at 10:28 am

    On your comment “Thyagaraja krithi and a quick set of swarams dashed my hopes. “..

    Well that is also a nice song 🙂 Nedunuri had sung it as main item in his recent (2009 Dec) Academy performance.

    Great site, Great job, Great service !!!

  2. Murali

    June 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I agree it was a good concert. In earlier days the first one hour of SS concert could even be downright bad. He has improved a lot in this aspect. As usual after the first hour he hit form. His Raga Alapanai for the RTP was good and his 2nd stage pallavi was outstanding.
    He is improving rapidly i.e., every year seems to become more brilliant and mature.
    There were a couple of places in the alapanai where he was a bit childish in gimmickry. He had sung all he wanted and why then indulge in Balamurali like gimmicks.
    First time i heard varadarajan. Good talent to watch out for. Accompaniments are too loud. In most sabha’s they dont know how to balance the sound
    Having said that all this SS is definitely cut above the rest. I agree with Neela Maami, he is bring back golden era of carnatic music


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