Vocal : Abhishek Raghuram
Violin : Akkarai Subbulakshmi
Mrudangam : Ananth R Krishnan
Ganjira : Guruprasanna
01 sAmi ninnE kOri ( varNam) – Sri – Karur Devudu Iyer ( O )
02 chAla kallalADu – Arabhi – Thyagaraja ( N )
neraval @ ‘iLalO sari vAralalO ‘
03 appa rAma bhakti – pantuvarALi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swaras @ ‘ trippaTalanu dIrci kaNTi reppavalEnu gAcu mA ‘
04 kArtikEya gAngEya – thODi – Papanasam Sivan ( A,S,T )
05 thillAna ( tana tadana dhim) – mOhanakalyANi – Lalgudi Jayaraman
06 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
It was a near three hour concert.. only 3 kritis ( apart from the varnam and thillana). Every thing was long , loud, chaotic and fast. Too many things tried at once , too much to my comfort.
Started 15 min late, he started off with a short sketch of Sri before getting on with the varNam in two speed. Arabhi kriti started soon ( well, after a change of microphone) and he did an elaborate neraval at iLalo, with varying speed. Pantuvarali alapana was long and pretty decent. Apparama bhakti also was sung pretty well. Somewhere it got into the high octane mode from the neraval. It was an overall noise since then. In the melee , some of the good shcemes and phrases might have lost its beauty. Make no mistake, the swara singing was fabulous and he was on a roll with nothing seems to stop him flow of imagination.
Thodi alapana was very long ( but it is normal for his concerts) lasting 30 mins. All that could possibly have done was done there. As the alapana progressed, he too swayed high and low, left and right , up and down both physically and through kala pramana and octaves. It was intersting to watch him and (than!) listen. His effort did receive enthusiastic response from the crowd. Akkarai Subbulakshmi, did the same with a 15 odd minute of alapana from her side, more or less followingthe same path. Karthikeya Gangeya was sung well with some intersting sangatis and improvisations from his side. There was no neraval , but had elaborated swaras again, mostly done in second speed.
Percussion support in general was loud through out. Ananth R Krishnan and Guruprasanna continued their run with a spirited tani avartanam. I liked the way Guruprasanna supported through out the day. Post main was limited to a thillana in Mohana Kalyani before closing with the mangalam.