Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh
01 vanajAksha ninnE kOri – rItigauLa – Veena Kuppiyer
02 SrI kAnchi nAyikE – asAvEri – Annaswamy Shasthri ( S )
03 ee vasudhA nI vaNti daivamu – sahAna – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ dAsa varada thyAgarAja hridaya nivAra chidvilAsa sundarESa’
04 enna puNNiyam seydAyO – husEni – Shivarama Yogi
05 parama pAvana rAma – pUrvi kalyAni – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar ( A,N,S )
neraval @ ‘ kanakAmbaradhara karuNAnvitavara’
swara @ ‘ p,ndmg’ – chittaswaram
06 dhariNi telusukoNti – Sudha sAvEri – Thyagaraja
07 RTP – gowri manOhari – chaturasra triputa x 2 kaLai , started at 1/2 beat from samam
rAgamAlika tAnam in gowri manOhari, sAvEri, mOhanam, Arabhi, Subha pantuvarALi
pallavi line ‘ kuzhalinidu yAzhinidu enbAr tammakkaL. Mazhalai chol kELAdavar’
swaras in gowrimanohari. No ragamalika swaram.
08 lALisidaLu makanA – dEsh ( short jonpuri inerlude?) – Purandara Dasa
09 karuNA nidhAna kunjkE – Ahir bhairav ? – Swathi thirunal
10 viruttam ( mAlOr maruganE manrADi maindanE ) – kAmbOji, behAg, sindhu bhairavi – ?
manathir kugandadu murugan rUpam – sindhubhairavi – Tanjavur Shankara Iyer
11 manamE dinamum maravAdE- bhImplAs – Papanasam Sivan
12 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
Sanjay delivered another fabulous concert yesterday at the Taralabalu Kendra, on the last day of the 22nd Annual Music Festival of RT NAgar Cultural Association. He started the concert with another not often heard varnam in rItigaula. For the variety of singing varnam, he definitely lead the current musicians. The nice varnam followed with another beautiful singing of asAveri kriti , with few rounds of swaras.
Sahana alapana came in soon. I found him singing more of the ‘non-melodic’ phrases of the raga. Varadarajan as always was impeccable in his return. Eee vasudha was very good, with detailed neraval and kalpana swaram. Ritigaula, asaveri and sahana…he added huseni to the list with his classic ‘enna punniyam’.
Purvikalyani was brilliant. The way he build up the raga, the way it was structured and progressed, it was a treat. Luckily, Aniyan was not with me to confuse me with Pantuvarali. The alapana was top class, and similar was the violin return. Parama pavana rama was sung very well and the chitta swaras were brilliant. Neraval was splendid. Interstingly, he continued singing the kriti post neraval and chose to sing kalpana swaras at the ‘chittaswara’ ‘P,NDMG with some improvised bhrigas. At this point, Neyveli Venkatesh did a mrudangam swap , however there was no tani avartanam here. He continued the concert with a prudent ‘dharini telusukonti’.
Pallavi was expected to be a grand affair, since he chose it to be the main. I was expecting one of the major ragas and was initially confused between kharaharapriya nad keeravani. Gowri manohari alapana was very good. Tanam was the highlight of the day. Singing a ragamalika tanam, Sanjay and Varadarajan lifted the concert to an entirely different level. The appreciation was evident from the listeners, as they applauded for each tanam turn. Pallavi had nothing spectacular to mention. Sung in normal adi tala, with no trikalam and swaras in main raga without any ragamalika swara singing. I listened to and watched Neyveli Venkatesh playing the same tani avartanam for the umpteenth time.
Post the speeches and garlanding ( did they miss Varadarajan , moving from Sanjay to Neyveli Venkatesh directly ?) had a purandara dasa devarnama in desh , a heart warming rendering of Swathi Thirunal’s karuna nidhana and the typical Sanjay’s staple diet of manathir kugandadu and ‘maname dinamum’ before the mangalam.
A typical Sanjay fair. Full of energy and vigour. Spectacular purvikalyani and a brilliant gowri manohari ( well, upto the tanam) made my evening.