Vocal : Gayathri Venkataraghavan
Violin : Nalina Mohan
Mrudangam : C Cheluvaraju
Ganjira : B N Chandramouli
01. sarasijanAbha mAm pAhi (varNam) – nAttai – Palakkad Parameswara Bhagavathar
02. nAdasudhA rasambilanu – Arabhi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & Swara @ ‘dhara bhajana bhAgyamurA tyAgarAju sEvincu’
03. marivErE dikkeveru – latAngi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( A,S )
04. mAyamma yani nE – Ahiri – Thyagaraja ( O )
05. kumaran tAL – yadukula kAmbOji – Papanasam Sivan
06. gAnAmudha pAnam – jOthiswarUpiNi – Koteeswara Iyer ( S )
07. mAkELarA vichAramu – ravichandrika – Thyagaraja ( S )
08. kaligiyuNTE gada – kIravAni – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ bAguga srI raghurAmuni pAdamula’
09. jagadhOdhAraNa – kApi – Purandara Dasa
10. rAma nAmamE tudi – dEsh – Tanjavur Sankara Iyer
11. mangaLam – saurAshtram / madhyamAvathi
Back to Back Keeravani main ! If it is keeravani it has to be kaligiyunte gada. One more Keeravani this season, I will take a sabbatical 🙂
My neighborhood promised with two back to back concert for the evening. The decision to skip other Ramanavami Celebration venues was easier thus. One was to start at 4:15 and the second, at the same premise ( different hall) at 6:30. A possible overlap for a short duration. Tottnham-Man City, Liverpool-Chelsea matches can wait.
Gayathri Venkataraghavan and the team started their concert on time, with a not regular varnam in Nata. A shortish alapana by both vocal and violin for Arabhi was nice. Kriti was nice, neraval was very good, so was the few rounds of kalpana swaram that was sung. Latangi alapana was a little more detailed. As anticipated , Patnam kriti came in followed with some good round of swaras. Then, came a chain of kritis , not so impressive ahiri ( the short sketch was nice), yadukulakamboji, jothiswarupini with few rounds of kalpana swaram and a quickfire ravichandrika with super fast swaras.
Keeravani, as said earlier was the main for the second consecutive day. This I thought was the highlight of the day. The raga build up was fabulous, unhurried, melodious and stacked beautifully. Kriti was good as usual, and neraval was splendid with pretty decent two speed kalpana swaras befitting the main. Post main was short, the kapi devarnama and the desh kriti of Tanjavur Sankara Iyer. Concert concluded pretty fast with a mangalam.
Looking at the list, it is fairly good balance. A wide variety of composers, and nice mix of raga. I still thought she would have innovated at the middle. After a good start, it seems to have lost the flow with those 4 kritis one after the other. On the other hand, there was some coherence missing through out. Violin was hardly heard and the neraval and second speed swaras were immersed in the percussion over power. Cheluvaraju wasn’t banging, but the overall balance of the sound in the hall seems to have had an issue, which dampened the overall experience of listening.