Pantula Rama @ Gayana Samaja 27th Jan 2013

28 Jan

Vocal : Pantula Rama

Violin : M S N Murthy

Mrudangam : B R Srinivas

Ghatam : Raghavendra Prakash


01  sarasijanAbha ( varNam) – kAmbOji – Swathi Thirunal

02  vallabha nAyakasya – bEgaDa -Dikshitar ( O,S)

03  ennaDu jUtunO – kalAvathi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

04  nIkELa daya rADu – kadanakuthUhalam – Mysore Vasudevacharya ( A – short)

05  rangapura vihAra – brindAvana sAranga – Dikshitar ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘ pAdapankajajita rAma raghurAma’

06  varAlaNDu kummani – gurjari – Thyagaraja

07  taLLi ninnu nera – kalyANi – Shyama Sastri ( A,tanam, N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ shyAma krishNa paripAlini shUlini’

08  bArayya ranga bArayya krishNa – kApi – Purandara Dasa ( A-short)

09 tambUri mIti tava – sindhubhairavi – Purandara Dasa ( A )

10  Ehi murArE kunja vihArE –  pahADi ?? – Jayadeva

11  dariSanamayunu – nAthanamakriya – Bhadrachala Ramadas

12  ni nama rUpa (mangaLam) – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja

What a pleasant concert it was. Beautifully orchestrated and delivered with pristine quality. Fair mix of raga and talas and nice way to finish. Smt Pantula Rama, whom I am attending a live concert for the first time, was very very impressive.

Is it the superb ‘kalavathi’ kriti with brilliant alapana and kalpana swara, or the melodious brindavana saranga that she sang, or the classy kalyani alapana, added with tanam that was the highlight of the evening, I cant be sure. Each was a treat by itself, not withstanding my (non)preference for Kalyani.

She started her concert on time, in front of a sparse crowd at the huge Gayana Samaja hall. Though few more people came in during the initial kritis, by and large the auditorium had many empty seats. These did not dither her from delivering a top class concert. The real turning point was the kalavathi alapana. We were discussing the other day about kalavathi and Naresh did mention that we should request Pantula Rama for this. Well, there was no need, as she sang a brilliant alapana, followed by another brilliance from the violin. Though it had us scratch our head for a while, we eventually narrowed down to ennadu jutuno and kalavathi. The kriti , I thought was sang a bit slow from the usual, and I liked it this way. Kalpana swara was equally good.

The short kadanakuthuhalam alap was very nice, and I liked the way MSN Murthy played the raga. A detailed brindavana saranga came soon, very well developed alapana by both vocal and violin artists. She explained the specialty of Dikshitar’s Brindavana saranga before the moving rangapura vihara. The neraval and swara was equally good.

Main, Kalyani alapana was done in two phases, as usually done in a pallavi. I thought it was done splendidly, the initial phrases and the second part of the alapana, was very good. Tanam was sung further giving hope for a pallavi, but she chose to sing Shyama Sastri’s Talli ninnu nera, instead. True to the main kriti of the concert, it had a detailed neraval and longish kalpana swaras. The percussion team, played to the spirit of the evening, was sublime in their support. The taniavartanam, continued in the same line without the usual high energy beating of the poor instrument. It was decent, but did not create any enthusiastic response.

Post main had a couple of nice little alapana, one for kapi and a sindhubhairavi, before the respective devarnamas. She also sang a kriti of Bhadrachala Ramadas, tuned by MSN Murthy before concluding the concert. Interestingly, she sang the entire charanam of the ‘nI nAma rUpamulaku’ , which I guess nobody venture to do, in their hurry to close the concert. That was nice and good to listen to the kriti in its fullness. Beautiful concert by the vidushi, on a Sunday evening.


Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Concert songlist


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4 responses to “Pantula Rama @ Gayana Samaja 27th Jan 2013

  1. Jayan

    February 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Possible. Will find out from her, next time.

  2. arasi

    February 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    On the other hand, it could have been DurgA!

  3. Jayan

    January 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you ma’am. It did sound like pahADi but I am not competent enough to decide 🙂

  4. arasi

    January 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I was waiting for your review! I enjoyed the concert as much as you obviously did. This husband and wife team appeals to me a lot. Every time I hear them, I look forward to listening to them again. Such pleasing music they make together.

    Ehi murArE sounded like pahADi to me.

    The percussion artistes (I don’t think I have heard them before) sounded very agreeable. No excesses at all (in sound level as well). They meshed well with PR’s sweet but powerful singing. In fact, Panthula Rama did appreciate their playing and thanked them.


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