Vocal : T M Krishna
Violin : H K Venkatram
Mridangam : V Krishna
Ghatam: S N Narayana Murthy
01. smaranE sukhamu – janaranjani – Thyagaraja ( S )
02. evarani – dEvAmrutavarSiNi – Thyagaraja ( A )
03. RTP – kalyANi – misrachapu x 5 kalai ?? ( I dont know how to put it)
pallavi line : ‘lOkAbhirAmam SrIrAmam bhUyO bhUyO namAmi’
rAgamAlika swaras in sahAna, kIravANi, varALi, latAngi, bEgaDa, hamIr kalyANi, brindAvana sArang, madhyamAvai
04. chinna nADenA – kalAnidhi – Thyagaraja
05. navarasa SLOkam ( srngAram kshitinandini viharaNE) – rAgamAlika ( kAmbOji,SAma,sindhubhairavi,mOhanam)
06. sA pasyAt kausalyA – jOnpuri – Panchapakesha Shastri ( O )
07. pibarE rAmarasam – yamunA kalyANi – Sadashiva Brahmendra
08. vaishNava jan tO – ?? – Narshish Mehta
09 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
The choice was difficult. Sanjay singing at Fort School, Sreevalsan Menon at BTM and to decide to attend TMK over them wasn’t an easy one. These days its very unpredictable. In the end, I am not overwhelmed by the concert. No, Kalyani is not the reason. 75% of the concert was taken up by one RTP. There wasn’t any thing great to talk about apart from that. Having said that, everything he sand was neat and to his standard. There was nounpleasant incidents with mike or others ( except he said “no need to vote of thanks” to the organiser who tries to do his usual ritual after the main). There was no raga only and stand alone tani avartanam or any such pranks. Concert was good, but was too lopsided to the kalyani pallavi, which by itself was grand.
Concert started at 6:45, after the usual long drawn tuning of the tanpuras, the testing of various levels of amplifications, couple of gulp of water from the flask, few humming , adjustments of seating. Finally when he was ready and started humming the janaranjani a car parked inside the concert arena, decided back himself with the reverse alarm in full sound. However, it all settled without further harm to the sentiments, as he started smarane sukhamu. Kriti was sung beautifully and added to it was few brilliant set of alpana swaras. Devamruthavarshini was the first alapana which was good in parts. Its a fabulous kriti and Krishna did only elevate my liking to the kriti with a classy rendition. I was hoping to listen to a neraval and swaras but it wasn’t to be.
Kalyani alapana came soon. Slow, meticulous and elaborate. Lot of singing at the higher octaves. Notwithstanding my liking ( the absence there of) for kalyani, I thought it wasn’t presented in an orderly fashion. There was lot of aha moments, but was in patches. HKV in his return was more traditional and soothing. Tanam was looong and fantastic lasting more than 20 minutes. Pallavi was set to Mishrachapu x 5 times. I am not an expert but will seek some help in identifying the tala. Ragamalika swaras was stupendous alternating between HKV and TMK, culminating with a back and forth non-stop singing in all ragas. The other Krishna with PSN did a good tani avartanam at the end.
Post main was noted for the navara slokam, followed by Jonpuri and Gandhiji’s favorite ‘vaishnav jan to’. It iwas a good concert, but the balance was too tilted to a single item. A bit more variety would have been more fulfilling. But then, it is TMK and one should be ready to these structure.
PS: My encounter with Simhendramadhyamam and Keeravani continues. Krishna had a fairly good rounds of swaras as part of the Pallavi, which was ok. But, as I was entering the premise, the young lady who was singing in the evening ( before the main artist, like you see in major rock shows where a local artist perform to keep the audience in check) was singing rAma rAma guna sIma.