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Neyveli Santhanagopalan , Kalotsav @ Odukathur Mutt, 11 Feb 2012

12 Feb

Vocal : Neyveli Santhanagopalan

Vocal support : Guruprasad

Violin : Charulatha ramanujam

Mrudangam : Arjunkumar

Ghatam : Ranganatha Chakravarthi

Songlist:

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.

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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Neyveli Santhanagopalan , Kalotsav @ Odukathur Mutt, 11 Feb 2012

  1. umasram

    December 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    hi jayan,

    could you please email the SWARAM’s for Girirajasutha Tanaya (Bangla) to umasram@gmail.com

     

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