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T N Seshagopalan at Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple, Sanjay Nagar 18 Feb 2012

19 Feb

Vocal : T N Seshagopalan

Violin : C N Chandrasekharan

Mrudangam : B S Prashanth

Ganjira : Vyasa Vittala

List:

01 vanajAkshirO (varNam) – kalyANi – Ramanathapuram Sreenivasa Iyengar ( S )

02  srI mahAgaNapati ravatu mAm- gauLa – Dikshitar ( A,N,S)

        neraval & swara @ ‘ prakAshakarO bhavajaladhinAvO’

03  manasulOni – hindOLam – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )

        neraval & swara @ ‘kani karambutO nIvELa nA karamu baTTu tyAgarAja vinuta ‘

04  sLOkam ( nIlanjana samAbhAsam) – yadukula kAmbOji

        divAkara tanujam – yadukula kAmbOji – Dikshitar 

05   nA ninna dhyAna doLiralu – kAnaDa – Purandara Dasa

06  nInE doddavanO hariyE – thODi – Purandara Dasa

07  tirupati venkaTa ramaNa – SAma – Purandara Dasa

08  RTP  –  pUrvikalyANi – khaNDa triputa , 2 kaLai        

        pallavi line ‘ vINA gAna daSagamakakriyE SrI rAjamAtangi’

       swaras in pUrvikalyAni , no rAgamalika swaras

       tani Avartanam

09  SLOkam ( shankha chakra gadA pANi..)  – rAgamAlika ( 15+ ragams)

10  SLOkam ( jagati vijati manthram ) – jOnpuri

        rAma manthrava japisO – jOnpuri – Purandara Dasa

11  nI nAma rUpamulaku ( mangaLam) – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja

12  srIyAy kAnthAya – Sri

The location was pretty far and wasnt all that well advertised. The setting is within the varasiddhi vinayaka temple, in a small ‘caged’ hall looks more like a bhajan hall. However, there was enough place outside ( you have to look through the grilled walls of the hall) under the tree in open environment in front o f the diety. Very serene and beutiful settings to have a concert.  While the board outside said concert timing is 6:00pm, the mail I received had 6:30 in it. However, TNS arrived only by 7:00 and concert started within 5 mins after the customery ‘darshan’ to the temple after a ‘pUrnakumbha’ reception.

Starting with the vanram, he made his intentions clear with some nice rounds of swaras. He started the gowla alapana soon, and I was thinking of pranamAmyaham, as it was the ‘Mysore Vasudevacharya Sangeetha Sabha’ organising this event. It was the the Dikshitar kriti that came ( may be being the varasiddhi temple premise. Neraval was very good and he slowly moved into the special rounds of swaras while the rest of the participants where trying to cop up with this style and imagination. TNS on his part was brilliant, but the rest were far too short to match him.  Hindolam alapana was much better than gowla. I think it was hindolam and not varamu ( sudha hindOlam). CN Chandrasekharan also did a good job with his return play. ManasulOni ( hence the doubt on varamu) was good with another round of neraval and swara, this time a much better accompanying support.

Few short kritis followed , three among them being Dasar padams, each done very well , especially the thOdi and the sAma pieces. A grand alapana in purvikalyani began , obvious as the main. After a slow start , he launched into a brilliant alapana with all the vigour, fighting the difficulties to reach the higher octaves. Despite that I thought he did a brilliant job with the alapana. Thanam was equally brilliant, received by an enthusiastic crowd with lot more applause. Pallavi with swaras added to the overall effect. To me this was the turning point in the concert. Prashant and his guru, gave a good tani avartanam.

By this time, I guess, he was really in good form. He continued from where he left with a brilliant and long slokam in rAgamalika. HE acknowledging the presence of a gentleman in the crowd, before singing the rAma Manthrava, as one who recorded his first album at HMV. Mangalam and the slokam took as long as 10 mins.  In al, it was a good concert, especially from the pUrvikalyani onwards. 

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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Concert songlist

 

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3 responses to “T N Seshagopalan at Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple, Sanjay Nagar 18 Feb 2012

  1. kiran

    February 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    That gentle man he had referred in the crowd was GNB’s sishya it seems. sri HMV Raghunath. He worked as sound ENGG in HMV. Seems to sing well too.

    Reg venue..One or two concerts happened lin ramana maharshi auditorium ( HYD bros for ex). Some last minute change it looks life.

     
  2. Pramod

    February 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    So i missed 15+ ragamalika slokam 😦
    ANyway Gowla/Hindoalam and Purvikalyani was worth for my stay

     
  3. Kiran

    February 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

    nice concert. avg accompaniment. One disappointment was the guy who was trigger and flash happy. i think he must have taken more than 50-60 pics with flash on. was very frustrating.

     

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