Vocal : Abhishek Raghuram
Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam
Mrudangam : Anantha R Krishnan
Ganjira : Guruprasanna
01 sUryamUrtE – saurAshtram – Dikshitar ( O )
02 smara sadA mAnasa – bilahari – Swathi Thirunal ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ garuDa turangam kanaka suchElam’
03 sarvam brahmamayam – madhuvanti ?? – Sadashiva Brahmendra ( O )
04 bhujaga shAyinO – yadukula kAmbOji – Swathi Thirunal
This might be one of the shortest concert I’ve attended. One starting kriti, the all encompassing main, one post main and the mangalam. Cool and simple isn’t it. Had it been any one else, I would have filled these pages with my complaints. The others singers would have still tried to sing as many compositions as possible, compromising on the quality. This was different. Almost an hour of main, including the tani avartanam, the rest to fill the evening. The main had all that one wanted to hear in a concert. The bilahari he sang today was worth the wait, those dreaded speeches of a felicitation function.
Even before I started from home, I was aware of the award function and was prepared for a shorter concert. The event was supposed to kick start at 5:30 as per the announcement, but did commence only around 6:30. The function by itself ( once started) was done pretty decent, with the speeches were shorter and very precise. But the delayed start by an hour means, delayed end eating into the possible concert time. After all that was wounded up and Abhishek was ready to begin, the clock displayed 7:50pm ( that was Gayana Samaja time, which was precisely 7 minutes ahead of the rest of India time). May be the artists had to travel back by the evening train, and the concert was concluded by 9:00 India Time.
Suryamurthe paved way to a great evening. Not generally heard in concerts these days. Quickly, he started the alapana in bilahari. Short by his standard ( not into 20s and 30s in terms of the alapana time), he did a brilliant bilahari alapana, with some great support from Charulatha. Despite a slight strain in his voice, especially at the higher octave, he did some tremendous singing of bilahari. Kriti was equally poignant, with those intersting sangatis at the pallavi line and at duritamaya dUraNa were very very interesting. A long and detailed neraval came at garuda turangam. Each ‘avartana’ was cheered with rounds of applause by the moved audience, and for Charulatha for her equally elevated support for both alapana and swara. Percussion was equally supportive and the duo gave a spirited tani avartanam.
The function , concluded earlier was a short and nice affair. Had they started their program as announced, we might have had a longer and more meaningful concert, befitting to the conclusion of the week long festival. Each speech of the evening were crisp and of high caliber. The chief guest of the function Sri R K Srikantan gave a classical speech, Mysore Subramanya in his usual witty but elegant speech, Dr.K Vageesh , nusician and Dy Director in AIR and Smt Revathy Satyu , Dancer , the other awardee of the evening too were very apt and short with their speeches.
The evening was worth for that Bilahari. Looking forward to listen to him again on the 22nd at BTM.