Vocal : T N Seshagopalan
Violin : M Chandrasekharan
Mrudangam : Mannargudi Easwaran
Ghatam : Giridhar Udupa
01 nAda tanumaniSam – chittaranjani – Thyagaraj ( S )
02 nAdalOluDai – kalyANavasantam – Thyagaraja
03 Siva Siva Siva enarAdA – pantuvarALi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ Agamamula nutiyinchi’
04 Ananda naTana prakASam – kEdAram – Dikshitar ( A , S )
05 ennEramum undan – dEvagAndhAri – Gopalakrishna Bharati
06 tiruvaDi sharaNam – kAmbOji – Gopalakrishna Bharati ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ aDuttu vanda ennai taLLalAgAdu ara-harAvenru chonnAlum pOdAdO’
07 RTP – shaNmukhapriya – khanda jati triputa , 2 kaLai
pallavi line ‘ takadhimi tadhIm yenni sadA shivuDu ninai- ??
no rAgamalika swaram
08 viruttam ( taditha or maganai ?)- darbAri kAnaDa – Gopalakrishna Bharati ??
chandrachUDa – darbAri kAnaDa – Purandara Dasa
09 mangaLam – saurAshtram – ThyagarAja
Slokam ( SrIyay kAnthAya ) – madhyamAvati
What an awesome concert ! Everything except the mike setting was perfect. One could not ask for more auspicious occasion, the inagural concert at this years Shivarathri Kalotsav. The best supporting artists on stage accompanying him , his voice was in clear fine form, the master himself seems to be in the mood, and prepared ( look at the list !).
concert started only by 7:00 after a delayed inaugural function, at which sri TNS spoke briefly but very well. He started with nAda tanum anisam in soft sublime voice and with some fantastic swaras to complete. Nadaloludai was submerged in the melee of mike-mans incompetence. Every time he stars the anupallavi line, ‘svAdu phalaprada’ there wsa a big hooting form the mike, irritating him to the core. to the displeasure of all , this continued 5-6 times, before the mike-man allowed him to complete the anupalavi with ‘sapta swara rAga’. Even at this time, the mrudangam wasn’t set properly. Sri Mannargudi Easwaran did bring it to the notice of the amplification team with some funny sound at the ‘thoppi’ side. However, through out the concert this wasn’t improved greatly.
Leaving aside all the unpleasant things, the concert was fabulous from there. An outstanding pantuvarali to come. He was traversing across all octaves at ease and was producing some beautiful phrases in alapana. Neraval and swara singing continued the same form superbly accompanied by Sri M Chandrasekharan. Kedaram came in soon with a brief alapana and short sets of swara for Ananda natana prakasham.
Living upto the theme on shiva, it was sure to have thiruvadi sharanam, as soon as he started the kAmboji alapana. To be truthful, this isn’t one of the best thiruvadi sharanam I have listened. However, there was a 3 minute phrase during the kamboji alapana that gave my goosebumps and will remain fore ever in memory. That and the short neraval ( one always wanted more especialy for this kriti), where he used the ‘AkAthu’, ‘thaLLalAkAthu’ ,’ennai thaLLalAkAthu’ words at one point and ‘ennai’ ‘vanda ennai’ , ‘aDuthu vanda enai’ words at the second time and similarly the ‘pOdAdO’, ‘chonalum pOdAdO’, ‘ara harA ennu chonnAlum pOdAdO’ words in the neraval with some marvelous and innovative way. Swara singing was also rather short for his standard ( hence I said, this wasn’t one of the best thiruvaDi sharaNam), but very good as ever.
Tani Avartanam was short, probably to accommodate a short Pallavi. Amidst the improper mike settings, they duo gave a decent tani avartanam. Sri Mannargudi Easwaran was otherwise in his usual self, adding to the overall effect of the concert.
Pallavi was there to come. Albeit short alapana of 7-8 minutes in shanmukhapriya, he did all that is possible during that time. A grahabhadam to ‘nAtakurinji’ , outstanding alapana moving into all 3 octaves with some instant applauses from the audience and multiple ‘aha’s from MC on the dais. On his turn, MC remarked his need to catch a train back , hence reduced his play to mere 1 minute. The rest was shortened by the time pressure. Tanam was very good, so was the pallai with trikalam and few rounds of swaras. There was no ragamalika swarams.
It had been long since I heard one such concert from Sri TNS and this made amends to all that was missed over last couple of years. This would have been a 4 hr concert had the concert been started on time.