T M Krishna , Sri Rama Lalita Kala Mandira – Spring Festival Feb 5, 2013

06 Feb

Vocal : T M Krishna

Violin : R K Sriram Kumar

Mrudangam : Arun Prakash

Ganjira : Guruprasanna

List :

01  rAvE himagiri kumAri – thODi – Shyama Shastri  ( N,S)

neraval & swara @’kalyANi kanchi kAmAkshi nI pAdamE dikku’

02  SrI rAmam ravikulAbdhi sOmam  – nArAyaNa gauLa – Dikshitar ( A )

03  sanAtana paramapAvana – phalamanjari – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

04  nagna vipina nagna gagana – kalyANi – P T Narasimhachar , puTiNa

05  rAga – AlApana mAlika 🙂  – vAgadISwari , gAngEyabhUshaNi , kIravANi,kApi

06  srI mAtrubhUtam – kannaDa – Dikshitar

07 tani Avartanam – khandajAti dhruva x 2 kaLai

08  tAnam – Arabhi

chAla kallalADukonna – Arabhi – Thyagaraja

09  bArO krishNayya – mAND +rAgamAlika – Kanakadasa

10  SLOkam ( rAmAya rAmachandrAya rAmabhadrAya) – SankarAbharaNam?,sahAna, kAmbOji, ? , kannaDagauLa

sogasu jUDa taramA – kannaDa gauLa – thyagaraja

11  krishNA nI bEganE – yamunAkalyANi – Purandara Dasa

12 nenjukku nItiyum – sindhubhairavi – Subramanya Bharati

13  mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja

I would like to look at this concert in two parts. The brilliant first part, very sedate, very classical very traditional, though a bit on slower tempo. A start which gave a lot of hope for another stellar ‘concert’ as he did in the ‘amplification marred concert’ I attended at the same venue.  But then the second part , despite being good in their own rights and merits, did not leave me with a lasting impression. It was good until the beautiful poem of ‘Putina’, the shift started there on.

Vagadeeshwari alapana was good and for once, I was hoping to hear paramatmudu after a long time, but the violin alapana starting off at vagadiswari shifted /drifted towards gangeyabhushani, on a prompt by the singer. But, the short gangeyabhushani alapana from Sriramkumar was brilliant. Krishna continued the change to Keeravani with few impressive high octave singing, and yet again Sriramkumar gave a classy drift from keeravani to kapi, and was concluded with few rounds from Krishna. On completion, he announced that it was meant to be so, and there will be no kriti or pallavi to follow. Treat this as an individual item in the concert, was his remark.

After a filler in Kannada, he decided to take it a step different. He wanted Arun Prakash to play the tani as a separate piece, in any ‘tALa’ he preferred to do. There will be nothing preceding or succeeding the percussion performance piece. Arun Prakash went a step further, offering to play the tani for any talam, suggested by the audience. Some one from the audience , then shouted ‘khanDa dhruva’ and while remarking that this would be a test for him to put Tala, Krishna asked whether he preferred single ‘kaLai’ or ‘two kaLai’, and it was finalised for 2 kaLai. Thus the tani avartanam begun, and they did a commendable job, one of the best I’ve heard in recent times.

A tAnam came soon after the tani avartanam. A long and very impressive tanam in arabhi with an equally brilliant support from Sriramkumar. I couldn’t but notice the repeated phrase at ‘dhanam tA.. dhanam tA’ during his singing, not getting any response from organisers, it changed towards ‘dAnam tA’. Interestingly, he concluded it with another ‘dhanam tA’ request. No offense meant to the artist, but I found it hilarious. It wasn’t a pallavi but Chala Kallaladu was sung, which again was pretty good.

He refused the request for the usual ‘thanks giving speeches of the organisers, announced, ‘they want to thank the artists and we artists want to thank the audience, and that’s it’. Concert continued with a chain of short kritis, some of them was sung beautifully.

Fantastic start until the multi raga alapana. The concert. despite the individual pieces being brilliant, lost the overall charm after that stage.


Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Concert songlist


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4 responses to “T M Krishna , Sri Rama Lalita Kala Mandira – Spring Festival Feb 5, 2013

  1. Jayan

    February 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    This is very silly and deplorable. Ridiculous act and to be condemned…

  2. Solar Shravanth

    February 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

    It is a sad thing to see the concert list display at Gayana Samaj.Someone has put “X” marks on ‘T.M.Krishna’s name and have written with pen -”SHOULD NOT BE CALLED”…

    Why these things happening?

  3. Jayan

    February 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Yes. By the way, I like his way of playing mrudangam. Soft and smooth. I have seen him playing for few fast kritis as well. He is one of the best for slow numbers…

  4. Shyam

    February 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Arun Prakash is best when he plays for the slow numbers. So if the accompanying artist is Arun Prakash, you can predict that the concert will be with slow numbers. The opposite if Krishna is accompanied by Arjun Kumar. It will be with more racy numbers. This is my new hypothesis. Will generalize after the concert in New Horizon College. TMK+ Arun Prakash+ Sriramkumar on 9th Feb


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