Vocal: Malladi Brothers
Violin : M A Sundareswaran
Mrudangam : Kamalakar Rao
01 vanajAkshirO ( varNam) – kalyANi – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar ( O )
02 tyAgarAja pAlayASumam – gauLa – Dikshitar ( A-short, S )
03 dinamaNi vamSa- harikAmbOji – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
04 SambhO mahAdEva – pantuvarALi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ SambhO mahAdEva SaraNAgata jana rakshaka’
05 sadAmatin – gambhIravANi – Thyagaraja ( O )
06 Emani nE – mukhAri – Subbaraya Shastry ( A,N,S,,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ sAmaja gAmini sArasa lOchani -amba’
07 smarisO sarvadA hariya – hamIr kalyANi – Purandara Dasa ( O )
08 jaya jaya durgE – durga – Narayana Thirthar
09 itaDE nA ee lOkamulOgala – sALaga bhairavi – Bhadrachala Ramadas
10 kASi kASi gangA sankaTa vAraNAsi – nAthanAmakriya – Ganapati Satchidananda
11 SaraNu SaraNu surEndra sannuta – chenchurutti – Annamacharya
12 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
The concert season at the Shivarathri Kalotsav held at Odukathur Mutt concluded with a bang ! A phenomenal concert to finsh the series, which started off with a beautiful concert. Except for a slightly high amplification ( for the vocals), every thing else fell in place, to provide an outstanding concert.
It did take a while to settle things. Sri Kamalakar Rao had his issues with the tuning of mrudangam, so much so that the desciple sitting next to him had to carry the instrument back tothe green room during the pantuvarali alapana to set this back to perfection ( well to an extend). From there on, the concert was at a different level. Every piece renderd yesterday was measured to the optimum. The initial varnam and gaula kriti came and went as the things were taking shape. Short harikamboji alapana and the dinamani vamsa set the tempo. However, it was from the pantuvarali alapana ,things elevated to different level. Shambho mahadeva came with all its majestic form. Beautiful neraval at the pallavi line, some brilliant kalpanaswaras added to the overal effect.
After a short filler of gambhiravani, Ravikumar started the alapana of mukhari. What a treat. It was splendid and beautifully ‘choreographed’ if I may use the term. Progressed meticulously, with some innovative display of skills at the higher octaves, the smooth descent … it was fabulous. So, was the violin play be M A Sundareswaran. Being the Shivrathri eve, I was expecting ‘Inraikku Shivakripai’ to follow, but the choice was ‘Emani nE’ , a grand piece by Subbaraya Shastry. The good work with alapana continued through out the main , with some great neraval and swara singing, with the rest of the accompaniments chipping in.
After the re-tuning of mrudangam, veteran Kamalakar Rao was a different persona. He , aptly supported and ‘nudged’ by Kartick, was producing some brilliant percussion support. He seems to be never satisfied with the perfection of his intrument, often making minor adjustment. This, however, never dithered him from producing an outstanding tani avartanam with enthusiastic Karthick. This alone, was worth my time at the concert.
Post main saw a string of kritis , typical of them, from Purandara Dasa to Annamacharya. Durga and salagabhairavi kritis were especially beautiful. Whole lot of happy faces at the end of one fabulous concert.