Vocal : Neyveli Santhanagopalan
Vocal support : Guruprasad
Violin : Charulatha ramanujam
Mrudangam : Arjunkumar
Ghatam : Ranganatha Chakravarthi
01 SLOkam ( Sivastuti – ‘shruti smruti purANa’) – mOhanam
02 viribONi ( varNam) – bhairavi – Pachimirium Adiappa ( S )
03 girirAja suta tanaya – bangALa – Thyagaraja ( O,S )
04 sabhApatikku – AbhOgi – Gopalakrishna Bharati ( A,S )
05 Ananda naTana prakASam – kEdAram – Dikshitar ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘sangIta vAdya vinOda tANDavam’
06 bhavasAgaram – shaNmukhapriya – Gopalakrishna Bharati
07 naTamADum nAthanaDi malarE tuNai – pUrvikalyANi – Gopalakrishna Bharati ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @’ bAlakrishNan pADa brahman tALam pODa nandi maddaLam muzhanga nAradar yAzh isaikka’
08 RTP – shankarAbharaNam – madhya tALam ( 1+3) + 2+ (1+3) , 2 kaLai
ragamalika tAnam in ‘nAta,gowLa,Arabhi, varALi and SrI
pallavi line ‘ hara hara nama pArvatIpatayE hara hara mahAdEva’
no ragamalika swaras
9 ADum chidambaramO – behAg – Gopalakrishna Bharati
10 viSwESwar darshan – sindhu bhairavi – Swathi ThirunAl
11 tirupugazh ( pozhu pozhudu?? ) – saurAshtram ?
12 mangaLam – saurAshtram / madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja
Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan kicked of the fortnight long music and Bhajana Festival ‘Kalotsav’ at the Odukathur Mutt with a fitting performance. Concert started of with a Shivstuti slokam, followed with the bhairavi varnam. Being Shivarathri Celebrations, all the kritis , obviously, was on Shiva and some nice selection at that. Bangala kriti of Thyagaraja followed with some quick swaras ( I ‘ve not heard swaras for Bangala before). Gopalakrishna Bharati’s master piece in abhogi came with a short alapana ( no violin return) and some wonderful sets of swara singing. He did some innovative swara pattersns with ‘sa da’ samanamakuma , dAsa sada samanamakuma ga ma ri samanamakuma ( he explained shiva is also known as ghamari!) . Both Charulatha and Arjunkumar gave fabuloous support here. To be the abhogi swaras were one of the highlights of the evening. Kedaram came in soon, with a decent alapana ( again no violin return – charulatha seen as indicating him to contine in a quick exchange at this stage) . Ananda natana prakasham was sung with neraval and some rounds of kalpana swaras. A quickfiller shanmukhapriya ( again not often heard kriti) preceded the grand purvikalyani.
Purvikalyani alapana was brilliant. By this time his voice seems to have opened up and he was traversing at ease to the higher octaves. The new found liberty(!) found him exploring some beautiful phrases at higher octaves with some long breathed ‘akara’ singing and some improvisation on the closed mouth humming. I found the alapana of Purvikalyani to be topclass. Charulatha followed the vocalist with her brilliance. Selecting a not heard kriti of Gopalakrishna bharati ( I guess, with the mudra ‘balakrishna’) he lifted the concert to a new level with some outstanding neravals and good kalpanaswaras. Arjunkumar and Ranganatha Chakravarti gave a spirited tani avartanam fitting to the neraval line ‘maddalam muzhanga’ ( no pun intended!) . Arjun, expecially was brilliant, receiving additional accolades with a small nudge by Neyeli Santhanagopalan to the listeners.
Post the customery break for speech and garland, he announced a short pallavi. Taking a dig at some of the current trends, he said he will sing a proper pallavi albeit short. Sankarabharanam alapana done in three short phrases were good, so was the ‘pancha ghana raga’ tanam. He detailed varali and Sri tanams while the other 3 had a passing (in seemless progression) , very short tanams. Post pallavi had a ‘on Demand’ behag and a ultra fast tirupugazh before the mangalam.
Earlier the evening, Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan inagurated the 61st Kalotsav of Sri Ramakrishna Bhajana Samiti, in a short and effective function. The organisers did a great job by keeping the inauguration function well within the time and in control.