Vocal : T N Seshagopalan
Violin : C N Chandrasekharan
Mrudangam : B S Prashanth
Ganjira : Vyasa Vittala
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
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.