Vocal: Vidya Subramanian
Violin : C N Chandrasekharan
Mrudangam: N Vasudeva
Ganjira : Bhargava Halambi
01. nIvE gani (varNam) – mandAri – Lalgudi Jayaraman
02. sharaNu siddhi vinAyaka – saurAshtram – Purandara Dasa
03. brOchEvAravarurE – srI ranjani – thyagaraja ( S )
04. vishwamitrO ( valmiki rAmAyaNam) – sapta raga / sapta tALa – set to tune by LGJ
05. nannu pAlimpa – mOhanam – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
06. eppaDi manam – husEni – Arunachala Kavi
07. paripAhimAm srI raghupatE – kannaDa – Mysore Vasudevachar
08. rAmA rAmA guNasImA – simhEndramadhyamam – Swathi Thirunal ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @’muni mAnasa dhAma mrgamada sulalAma‘
09. ugabhOga ( Aneyu karedare) – Sivaranjani – Purandara Dasa
yAmanelli kAmenendu hELabEDa – Sivaranjani – Purandara Dasa
10. thillAna ( tanOm tana tOm ta tiranA ) – dwijAvanti – Lalgudi Jayaraman
11. SLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya ) – manirang
mAmava pattAbhirAma – maNirang – Dikshitar
Four concerts in last 5 days and the first two had kIravANi as the main. I did complain that another one, I will have to reconsider attending concert. The third had a slight change ; the change in madhyamam. The prati-madhyamam of Keeravani , in the form of Simhendramadhyamam was the main at Hemmige Prashant’s concert. The balance had to be kept, and yes, we had another Simhendramadhyamam today as main. That means, last 4 concerts is split between Kaligitunte ( keeravani) and ‘rAma rAma guNasIma’ ( simhendramadhyamam). For heaven’s sake I do not want either these pairs to reappear for some time now in my list.
The days, when you are able to get out of office early during the season one had to look at the options and the proximity. I planned to attend S Shankar at Seshadripuram. The slight delay to leave office and the traffic that greeted me on departure, made the plan change. Today, was the closing day of the concert series at Koramangala Rama Seva Mandali and the early surprise in the form of Hemingway Prashanth was still fresh in my mind.
Concert hadn’t started when I reached the place. The artists were in( in full capacity, unlike last time), and the crowd were sparse. They waited for another 5 mins and started the concert. Vidya, a disciple of Lalgudi, paid homage to her guru and dedicated the days concert in memory of her guru, who left us two days ago. She started the concert with the varnam composed by LGJ, later sang a detailed ‘Valmii Ramayanam’ verse set to tune magnificently by Sri Lalgudi in ‘sapta raga and sapta tala’.
Young artist had the seasoned accompaniment to support her and they did exactly what is needed. Supporting her wholeheartedly, helping her gain confidence as the concert progressed, the supporting artist were magnanimous in their approach. Sri Vasudeva, especially was fabulous through out the evening. He lead a classy tani avartanam with Bhargava towards the end.
On her part Vidya performed pretty good and was brilliant while singing kalpana swarams. There were two alapana during the evening, and both had their own moments of sparkle. The simhendramadhyamam alapapa with the faster bhriga laden akara singing were very impressive. She took time at the end of each kriti to explain the kriti and a short ‘trivia’ , generally kept good composure and presented the concert with all sincerity. With a few more polishing around her alapana, she will definitely be creating more impact in the scene.