Flute : Vid N Ramani
Violin : C N Chandrasekharan
Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar
Ghatam : Sukanya Ramgopal
01 viribONi ( varNam) – bhairavi – Pachimirium Adiappa
02 vAtApi gaNapatim bhajE – hamsadhwani – Dikshitar ( O,S )
03 chinna nADena – kalAnidhi – Thyagaraja
04 sankari nIvE – bEgaDa – Subbaraya Sasthri ( A )
05 marivErE gati – Anandabhairavi – Shyama Sasthri ( A,S )
06 brOchEvArevarurA – khamAs – Mysore Vasudevacharya ( O )
07 rAmA nIyaDa ?? – kharaharapriya – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )
08 enta muddO enta sogaso – bindumAlini – Thyagaraja ( short alapana)
09 bArO krishnayya – mAND , rAgamalika – Kanaka Dasa
10 venkatAchala nilayE – sindhu bhairavi – Purandara Dasa ( A )
11 tillAna ? – behAg – Lalgudi Jayaraman ? ( it was in tisra nadai)
12 bhAgyada lakshmi bAramma – madhyamAvati – Purandara Dasa
Wonderful concert today by the senior musician at the Nadasurabhi Annual Music Festival. The morning concert after the felicitation function, where he was conferred with the title of the “Sangeetha Surabhi” by the Sabha. A crisp , well organised event was finished on time, paving way for a full fledged concert.
After the viriboni varnam in multi speed, he remarked that while playing like this, he forget that he is an old man. Continuing on to hamsadhwani, with a round of brilliant swaras, he said, like this he can play till 1 ‘O clock. A short piece in kalanidhi came in next , causing a mild confusion with chalamelara in margahindolam .
Begada was the first alapana, measured and limiting to the standard phrases. My guess is Sankari Nive, that he played. A sedate anandabhairavi came next. Longish alapana , continuing with Shyama Sasthri’s kriti adding on few rounds of swaras. Khamas came in as a filler.
A fabulous kharaharapirya alapana was the key of the day. With some phrases, a specialty to flautist, came in galore. It was tremendous, and C N Chandrasekharan, in his turn gave a fitting tribute to the main artists alapana. While there is a confusion -in me- related to the kriti ( my closest assumption is rAmA nIyaDa), it was very well played. Tumkur Ravishankar and Sukanya Ramgopal, played a spirited tani avartanam. The percussion duo in general was very good through out the morning.
Post main saw him in a different level. Opting for the bigger flute ( for lower octave playing I guess), some of the next kritis he played were outstanding. Short bindu malini and sindhu bhairavi alapanas were great. At times, I wanted every thing else to be silent, closing my eyes, immersed in his bArO krishnayya and sindhubhairavi. Even the percussion was disruption to the melodious breezy music that flowed from the instrument.concert ended with bhagyada lakshmi baramma in madhyamavati.
Beautiful musical morning, elevating the listeners by the maestro, on the day of his felicitation.