M S Sheela @ Essae Music Foundation 04 Sep 2011

05 Sep

Vocal : M S Sheela

Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam

Mrudangam : Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma

Morsing: Pramath Kiran


01 sarasijanAbha ( varNam) – kAmbOji – Swathi Thirunal

02  tuLasI dalamulachE – mayAmALavagauLa – Thyagaraja ( N,S )

        neraval&Swara @ ‘ sarasIruha punnAga champaka pATala kuruvaka’

03  nAda tanumaniSam – chittaranjani – Thyagaraja

04  himAdi suthE – kalyANi – Shyama Sastry ( A,N,S )

        neraval & Swara @ ‘SyAmakrishNa  sOdari gowri paramESwari girijA’

05  singAra vElan vandAn- Anandabhairavi – Papanasam Sivan

06  nI kELa dayarADu rAmachandrA – kadana kuthUhalam – Mysore Vasudevacharya

07  sari evvaramma – bhairavi – Shyama Sastry ( A,N,S,T )

        neraval & swara @’ mAdhava sOdari gowri’

08  gOpAla gOkula vallabhi – ??  – Tulasidas

09  ugabhOga ( dIna nAnu samastha lOkakkE ) – ?

       toreDi jIvisa bahudE hari ninna charaNa – ??  – Kanakadasa

10  kamalamukhiyE kamalAlayE – mOhana kalyANi – Gopala Dasa?

11  krishNana koLanina – sindhu bhairavi – Pu Thi Narasimhachar

12  ta ta tadhimi tadhimiki  –  brindAvana sArang? – Purandara Dasa

13  mangaLam – saurAshtram , madhyamAvathi – Thyagaraja

Yesterdays concert at Essae Music Foundation by M S Sheela and team , continued in the line of the high quality concert you always witness at this place.  Kalyani and Bhairavi, two bigger pieces of the day were brilliant. The supporting artists were outstanding.

After the kAmboji varnam, she quickely settled into mayamalavagaula ( this krithi has been a repeat for me these days, 3rd I guess in last 4-5 concerts). The predictable neraval and swara at sarasiruha punnaga were good. After a quick filler nada tanumanism ( I liked the way she sang namAmi mE manasA shirasA) , came a very good kalyani alapana. Himadri suthe was a surprice, as I was more or less tuned to BhajarE rE (?).  Both neraval and swara were very good.  The short Anandabhairavi kriti and a not heard before kriti in kadanakutuhalam came in quick succession before the grand bhairavi.  Sheela was good at her alapana with some brilliant passages, however Charulatha was fabulous in her return. It was one step better that the vocalist, if I may say so.  Interesting choice of a kriti for main , set in Khanda jhumpa tala. Sheela did a phenomenal job during neraval and swara to the loud appreciation from the crowd, equally supported by Charulata and Ananthakrishna Sharma.

Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma, as usual in his sublime form. He continued the great support into the tani Avartanam with the young morsing vidwan, even though it was slightly longer to the comfort. Post main had a series of kannad kritis, and the mohanakalyani piece, set to tune by Sheela herself was very good. A very good concert at Essae music by M S Sheela.


Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Concert songlist


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4 responses to “M S Sheela @ Essae Music Foundation 04 Sep 2011

  1. Raghavan.KSS

    September 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Some usages in Kalyani alapana were very special and beautiful. I asked some specialists, if she had added a few anyaswarams to give that finish. No- it was 100% Kalyani. But the special effects come because of skipping some swaras in certain phrases that bring about the beauty, if handled carefully and correctly.

    Sheela’s voice is her best asset. Quite powerful, yet sweet. The lighter numbers proved her eminence in light/ light classical music as well.

    Very satisfactory indeed.

  2. Homely Cloud

    September 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Missed the whole concert, thanks to cold and fever. 😦

  3. Jayan

    September 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks Sree, I made the changes.

  4. Sree

    September 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

    thanks for the review, missed the second half of the concert:( a couple of small corrections though: morsing artist is Pramath Kiran, n Krishnana koLalina kare is by Pu Thi Narasimhachar, n ta ta thadhimiki is a devaranama, not thillana:)


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