Vocal : T V Sankaranarayanan
Vocal Support : Mahadevan S
Violin : C N Chandrasekharan
Mrudangam : Arjun Kumar
Ghatam : Giridhar Udupa
01 viruttam ( kazhaliNai kANa) – Arabhi – TVS
vighnESwara SubhakAraka – Arabhi – Tulaseevanam ( S )
02 jAnaki ramaNa – suddha sImantini – Thyagaraja ( N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ratna naLina daLa nayana nrupAla’
03 devarnama ( pariya sogadavO) – ragamAlka in sAranga,hindOLam & hamsAnandi – Purandara Dasa
04 enta vEDukoNDu – saraswati manOhari – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval& swara @ ‘chinta dIrchuTa kenta mODirA ‘
05 venkata ramaNa – latAngi – Papanasam Sivan ( A,N,S – started at anupallavi ‘shankha chakra dhAri)
neraval @ ‘ alamEl mangai maNALA ambujanAbha dayALA’ & swara at pallavi line
06 chakkani rAja – kharaharapriya – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T)
neraval & swara @ ‘ kanTiki sundara-taramaku rUpamE’
07 sArasamukhi – gauDamalhAr- Muthaiah Bhagavathar ( S )
08 kA vA vA – varALi – Papanasam Sivan
09 viruttam ( vEyUru tOLi pagan) – behAg ending at jOnpuri – Tiru gnAnasambandhar ?
eppO varuvArO – jOnpuri – Gopalakrishna Bharati
10 Notes westernstyle
11 mangaLam -saurAshtram – Tyagaraja
Nadasurabhi’s this months music concert was dedicated to the memory of Madurai Mani Iyer on his 100th year of birth. Aptly, and as is around the worls,his prime desciple and nephew Sri T V Sankaranarayanan honoured the occasion with a scintillating concert.
Sri TVS spent a few minutes reminiscing his association with his uncle, guru and mentor which he said, began when he was 7 year old. As someone who observed him in close quarters , at concerts ( for a free car ride in his early years, he said), sitting behind him observing the awestuck audiences across various places around the world, his admiration has no bound. He said, he preferred to sing some of MMI’s favorites, instead of talking to us. However, before the concert, he recited a short verse he wrote on his guru’s praise.
Concert started with his own viruttam and Tulaseevanam kriti in Arabhi. A quick set of swara alternating with his son set the tempo for the evening. A spirited Suddha Simantini, with neraval and swara with the rest of the team in unison ( albeit to a discomfortable decibel levels submerging the lead vocalist’s voice a little) , a ragamalika kriti early in the concert ( the lines of the kriti were hardly audible in the melee) lifted the expectations.
Explaining MMI’s liking for Saraswati Manohari, he said he can’t replicate the same effect, however will sing the same kriti. The alapana was very short, but the kriti with neraval and swara made up for the short coming. Mahadevan sang a nice latangi alapana with some good phrases, repeated by C N Chandrasekharan. Venkataramana started at the anupallavi with a fabulous neraval ar alamEl manga and another round of swaras at pallavi line.
It was kharaharapriya for main, as I was expecting a kAmbOji or Sankarabharanam. TVS alapana were on a softer side, though all the familiar phrases of kharaharapriya appeared in sublime form. I associate kharaharapriya alaoana to be a little more aggressive. On his turn, C N Chandrasekharan did play some nice works. Kriti and the neraval were fantastic – I can never get tired of listening to chakkani rAja – but it was the swara that followed was the ighlight of the evening. After deliberating for a while at the slower tempo, and alternating the initial rounds of swaras with his father, Mahadevan took charge with some cracker rounds to a grand finish.
Tani avartanam from two leading percussionists were good as expected. Despite a slightly noisy accompaniment, Arjunkumar and Giridhar Udupa did a great job for the overall effectiveness of the concert. CN Chandrasekharan too chipped in appropriately through out the day.
Post main had those expected MMI list. Sarasamukhi, kA vA vA, eppo varuvAro and the western notes came in quick succession before the mangalam. Overall a high octane concert with some of the gems of MMI’s repertoire.