Cherthala Ranganatha Sharma @ B T M Cultural Academy, 26 May 2012

27 May

Vocal : Cherthala Ranganatha Sharma

Violin : B K Raghu

Mrudangam : A V Anand

Ganjira : N Amrit


01  senthil vAzh murugayya (varNam) – hamIr kalyANi – T R Subramaniam ( O )

02  cherarAvadEmirA – rItigauLa – Thyagaraja ( S )

03  kAmAkshi bangAru – varALi – Shyama Sastry ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara at ‘shyAm krishNa paripAlini shUlini’

04  maruvakadaya mOhananga nApai – mOhanam – Garbhapurivasa

05  shAradE vInA vAdana viSAradE – dEvagAndhAri – Papanasam Sivan

06  bhOgindra shAyinam – kuntaLavarALi – Swathi thirunal

07  kamalAmbAm bhajarE – kalyANi – Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ kamalAvANI sevita pArshvAm’

08   rAma manthrava japisO – jOpuri – Purandara Dasa

09  viruttam ( kunitha puruvam..) – rgamAlika ( sahAna, sAvEri, behAg)

itu tAnO thillai sthalam – behAg – Gopalakrishna Bharathi

10  hari guN gAvat nAchUngi – patdIp ??  – Meera Bhajan

11  tillAna ( dhia tana ta dhim tana tana dhIm) –   pahADi – Lalgudi Jayaraman

12 mangaLam – saurAshtram – thyagaraja

Yet another good concert by Cherthala Ranganatha Sharma, yesterday at BTM Cultural Academy. His selection of kritis , the near perfect raga alapana, the powerful macho voice and his classy mannerisms on the stage were as impressive as always.

TRS varnam in hamir kalyani set the tempo, and a nice reetigaula came soon. It is with the swara singing of reetigaula, the concert really warmed up, with the other participants merging in to the scheme of things. I thought the way he ended the swaras of reetigaula was brilliant. Varali alapana was crisp and measured with a decent return by Raghu. The Shyama Sastri kriti that followed was good. Neraval was marred by the the unpleasant interlude by the mike-man. Disturbed the proceedings regularly through out the neraval of varali, causing displeasure to all. The man on audio with moustache covering 50% of his face was constantly giving jitters through out the concert until an unknown phone call took him outside the hall for a brief time. So much was the trouble, Amrit decided to do away with the mike and played without any ‘direct’ amplification support. The swra that followed was classy.

A chain of shorter kritis followed in succession before the main, which I thought was no an intelligent selection. Having only one alapana before, he could have chosen to sing a short alapana or a round of swarams to one of the kritis. Kalyani came in as main, for a change, I was glued in till the end of alapana. Very soothing, appropriate and traditional fare of kalyani flowed, with an impressive reply from Raghu. Dikshitar kriti was expected to follow looking at the previous selection of kritis. Kamalambam Bhajare came in with al its grandeur. The neraval and the swara that followed were very classy. Through out Kalyani, B K Raghu was in brilliant form.

Veteran ‘South-paw’ and Amrit , then presented a fabulous tani avartanam. Absolute gems of patterns with his nimble fingers, AV Anand lead the way with his shishya and arguably the best ganjira player in Bangalore to a brilliant percusion support.

Post main, was notable for the viruttam, especially the sahana and saveri parts.A Meera bhajan and the pahadi thillana concluded a good concert by Ranganatha Sharma.


Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Concert songlist


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4 responses to “Cherthala Ranganatha Sharma @ B T M Cultural Academy, 26 May 2012

  1. Raghavan.KSS

    June 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    It was indeed a nice concert. Mike was the villian. Amrit went full force after removing the mike. It was great. I felt the meera bhajan and thillana could have been replaced by better numbers of known ragams, popular compositions to give the concert a wholesome ending.


    May 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Any concerts in this month?

  3. Jayan

    May 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm


    May 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Hi Jayan, yesterdays concert was excellent purely melodious. You are following all the concerts in banglaore. Please give your mail id or post your photo so that i could meet you in person


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