Vocal: Sankaran Namboodiri
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mrudangam : Poongulam Subrmaniam
Ghatam: Sukanya Ramgopal
02. brOchEvA ravarurE- khamAs – Mysore Vasudevacharya
03. ?? – aThANa –
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04. dorakuNA ituvaNTi – bilahari – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ rAma brahma tanayuDau tyAgarAju tA baDucu’
05. raguvar tumkO – Ahir bhairav ? – Tulsidas
06. rAmanAma pAyasakE – bhImplAs – Purandara Dasa
07. rAmanAmame stuti manamE – dEsh – Tanjavur Sankara Iyer
08. dEva bandA namma ranga banda – ?? – Purandara Dasa
09. tambUri mIti tava – sindhu bhairavi – Purandara Dasa
10. thillAna (tana dhimta dhimta dhiraNa) – mAND- Lalgudi Jayaraman
It was the ‘Founder Day’ function at Ramaseva mandali, yesterday and Vid.Sankaran Namboodiri, was felicitated by the Mandali along with Rudrapatnam Brothers, H S Sudheendra and Dayanand Mohite, for their contribution to carnatic Music. The function was scheduled to begin at 10:00 am, and to skip sitting through the function, I reached the venue around 10:45 to listen to Sankaran Namboodiri. However, the function had a delayed start ( possibly due to the late arrival of dignitaries) and to add salt to the wound, I was told that the concert started early and the team had already sang for 20+ minutes. So, much for my planning.
So, I had to sit through the ceremony. To their credit, the organisers managed to keep the program short ( well, all those speeches , shawl and garland , photo session etc had to be there). Rudrapatnam Thyagarajan spoke n behalf of the awardees, and Minister Ashok, did the honours ad gave his little speech. My congratulations to those feted , and we the listeners are indeted to them for their music and teaching.
Back to Sankaran Namboodiri, the concert resumed after the function without much delay. He directly choose to present the main for the day and in what a classical way ! Bilahari alapana was brilliant, with some good violin returns by Varadarajan. Dorakuna was very good , the neraval was fabulous. The kalpana swara that followed took the overall effect to a very different level, with Varadarajan pitching in beautifully. The percussion support was apt and the duo continued with a brilliant tani avartanam , a bit long for a shorter concert, though.
A chain of post main kritis followed from tulsidas to a couple of dasar nama. The ‘free food’ offer was in the air and Sankaran Namboodiri managed to hold the crowd until the thillana. As soon as he begun ‘tana dhimta’ one side of the ‘pandal’ emptied as the crowd imediately queued up near the door, leaving Sankarn Namboodiri with a handful of us to conclude. An extremely discourtious behaviour.
While, I regret the miss of the initial part ( I was told both khamas and atana were very good) I cherish the superb bilahari for a long time. Once again, congratulations to Sankara Namboodiri on his ‘recognition’ by Ramaseva Mandali.