Vocal : M S Sheela
Violin : Mysore Srikanth
Mrudangam : Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
Ganjira : Vyasa Vittala
01. karuNimpa (varNam) – sahAna – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya
02. swAminAtha paripAlayaSumAm – nAtta – Dikshitar ( S )
03. RTP – kIravANi – kIravAni tALa ( 18 counts 2x (1+2) + 2( 4+2) )
pallavi line ” vANi, kIravANi, vINA pANi, madhura gANa vinOdini’
rAgamalika swaras in ‘ nAsikAbhUshaNi, srIranjani, nAgagAndhAri??
04. ta ta tadhimi tadhimiki – brindAvana sAranga? – Purandara Dasa
05. mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
Fabulous concert by Smt M S Sheela and the team today morning at the BTM Cultural Academy’s special RTP Concert. On a complicated tala, she composed a phenomenal pallavi and executed to precision with some brilliant support from co-artists.
Though it is an RTP concert, she said, she will sing for 10 minutes or so before singing the pallavi. She started the proceedings with the sahana varnam quickly moving on to the natta kriti. Amidst a non-cooperative amplifier, she sang few rounds of cracking swaras with an equally good response from Mysore Srikant. Luckily, the trouble with the mike did not continue to the main part of the evening, barring a few issues with the sound of Ganjira at times.
The main RTP started around 11:00 am and concluded just around 1:00pm, including the time taken for tani avartanam. The alapana, I thought was very classy and well orchestrated. Done in two phases, alternating with the violin, she carefully build the tempo with some great ‘akara’ phrases in the second stage. Srikant on his turn was equally impressive. Tanam, lasted about 15 minutes, was again showing her mettle in the department. Srikant won few appreciation on his improvement, from the audience.
Before the pallavi, she announced it was going to be sung in kIravAni tala, as the raga chosen for the day. She mentioned some thing to the effect of ‘having mElakarta scheme for tAlas as well. Explaining the structure of the tAla, which has 18 counts in total she said it starts with a ‘virAma followed by dhruta’ which is repeated twice, which then moved to chaturasra laghu, folloed by a dhruta, again to be repeated twice. Or if I can put it 2( 1+2) + 2( 4+2) = 18.
Pallavi was sung again in great detail, including trikalam. A tricky affair, executed rather very well by the violinist and percussion. Ragamalika swaras included nAsikabhushani, sriranjini and nAgagandhari ( I could be wrong here) which was included clumsily into the pallavi line during the respective swaras.
Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma was a class apart today. He was brilliant through out and taken a larger chunk of the responsibilities on his arms. He continued the same affair with another good tani avartanam, this time an active Vyasa Vittala to his company. The concert, after the customary bouquet and speech, concluded with a devarnama and mangalam.
Concert started 20mins late, as the general body meeting of the Sabha extended beyond 10:30. Outside of the concert hall had a larger crowd. A week long(?) organic, natural food event was going on with large number of stalls displaying goods from ‘compost mixtures, maneurs, organic food, non-toxic soaps , seeds and saplings, processed muds and ‘how to do’ guides and tools for ‘terrace gardens’ and what not. There was a parallel meetings and felicitation was in full swing down below, forcing the organisers of the concert to shut the doors and windows, to prevent infiltration of audio to either side. I must add, that once the concert was on there wasn’t any disturbance from the other side.
PS : Interestingly, as I was waiting for the Sabha meeting to get over and concert to begin, a lady walked up to me, wanting to buy a cow ( mind you in the first floor and not at the ground where the farming event is held). Having been in a Sales job for more than 10 years, I did not know that I have the look of a buffalo seller.