Malladi Brothers , Nadasurabhi Annual Festival, 25 Nov 2010

26 Nov

Vocal : Malladi Brothers

Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam

Mrudangam : Arjunkumar

Ghatam : G Omkar Rao


( I reached after 3 krithis , varNam in kalyANi, a thODi krithi and Anandabhairavi, as I understand)

04  ardhanArISwaram – kumudakriya – Dikshitar ( A,S )

05  SrI bAlasubramaNyAya – bilahari – Dikshitar

06  sringAra lahari – nIlAmbari – Lingaraju Urs

07  muripEmu galgEgada – mukhAri – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T)

neraval & swara @ ‘ ItulEni malaya mArutamuce gUDina kAvEri taTamandu mEDala’

08  shivAya nama enru – kuntaLA varALi – Papanasam Sivan ?  ( O )

09  RTP – Nattakurinji –  Chatursra jhumpa , khanda naDai

pallavi line : ‘ paramESwara jagadISwara pAhimAm, praNathArthi hara srI – ‘

ragamAlika swaras in srI ranjani, sAvEri , hamIr kalyANi , vAsanthi

10  dharma shravaNa  – durga – Purandara Dasa (  O )

11   nahirE nahi shankA – valachi – Sadashiva Brahmendra

12  muddugArE yashOdA – kurinji – Annamacharya

13  srI nilayam sakhi srI nilayam – dEsh – Narayana Theerthar

14  antha rAmabhayam – varALi – Bhadrachala Ramadas

15  patiki hArati rE – surutti – Thyagaraja

Arguably, this is the best concert of the series so far.  I did not attend the concert of OST, which I believe was top class. But, yesterday’s concert was very very good. As the case with previous days, I missed the initial 3 kritis, arriving late. As I was walking towards the hall from parking , Anandabhairavi was heard.  Kumudakriya alapana greeted me as I found a seat.  The singer came to the rescue of the listeners by announcing the raga, though ‘ardhanArIshwaram’ was lingering in the air.  Bilahari and Neelambari filled the space before the main. Bilahari was good, the not often heard nIlAmbari krithi did not live upto my expectation.

Main Mukhari alapana was brilliant. Slowly building up from the slow leisurely phrases to the pinnacle, which I enjoyed immensely.  I was hoping and discussing with Guru, on the possibility of ‘muipEmu’ and there was no disappointment. Beautifully executed neraval and swaras with some great support from Charulatha.

It was beyond 8:30 after the customary speech and bouquet. “Pallavi?” came through the mike with responses of yes and hands up from the audience. Nattakkurinji, it was set to rather complex thala structure with some difficult ‘eduppu’ , executed well. The shortish RTP affair with trikalam and ragamalika swarams , was also very good.

Post main had Annamacharya, Sadashiva Brahmendra and Bhadrachala Ramadasu krithis. The kriti ‘Sri nilayam’ , I understand, was set to tune by their father. Concert ended with the surutti mangalam. As I said earlier, this was the best so far in the series.


Posted by on November 26, 2010 in Concert songlist


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3 responses to “Malladi Brothers , Nadasurabhi Annual Festival, 25 Nov 2010

  1. Jayan

    November 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

    All I can say is thank you for the request.. I have heard a Nedunuri version before, not heard any one else singing. Good to hear that artists accommodate the request, knowing that they would have prepared for the concert prior to the arrival.

  2. K S Jaishankar

    November 28, 2010 at 1:12 am

    KPJ, Muripemu was a request from me. I found Ravikumar sitting by himself before the concert and I approached him with a request to sing Muripemu. He looked up an asked “Muripemu galige?” When I said yes, he looked stunned for a second, and then said “Paadarome!” It was a very pleasant surprise when they not only sang the kriti, but took it up as the main piece of the concert. When I went to thank the brothers at the end of the concert for singing my request, Sreeramprasad said “Nangale inda patta padi romba naalu aachu. Inda maadiri paatu ellam ippo fashion la illai!” (Its been a while since we sang this song. Such songs are not in fashion these days!).

    Artistes like these I guess appreciate rasikas coming up with requests for weighty pieces, rather than just the frantic chit passing for the tukkadas. This is the third time that an artiste has acquiesced to a request from me for a central piece … earlier ones being an Athana RTP by Chitravina Ravikiran and a Devagandhari RTP by TMK, both at the Odukkathur Math.

  3. Badari Prasad

    November 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Khanda Jati Jhampa Tala – edupp 2 beats after samam


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