Vocal : Neyveli Santhanagopalan
Violin : M A Sundareswaran
Mrudangam : S V Ramani
Ganjira : N Amrut
01 sarasijanAbha (varNam) – kAmbOji – Swathi Thirunal ( S )
02 panchamAtanga – malahari – Dikshitar ( S )
03 nannu brOva nIkinta tAmasama – AbhOgi – thyagaraja ( S )
04. endukku peddala vale – SankarAbharaNam – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @’vEda shAstra tatvArthamu telisi bhEda rahita vEdAntamunu telisi’
05 RTP – shaNmukhapriya – chatursra jathi Mattya tAlam tisra gati , started at samam
pallavi line ‘ srI rAmam chintayE jImUta shyAmam chintayE’
06 rAmabhadra rA rA – Anandabhairavi – Bhadrachala Ramadas
07. rAma manthrava japisO – jOnpuri – Purandara Dasa
08 viruttam ( nanmayum selvamum) – yadukulakAmbOji
09 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
mangaLam kOsalEndrAya – madhyamAvati
As the musical showers enthralled the audience inside, the summer rains lashed the outside of the world, giving some relief to the scorching temperature in the city. Sri Santhanagopalan on his part gave a measured but restrained concert at the Mandali yesterday. I said, restrained, because I felt, he was not at his best of vocal abilities. One could sense the difficulties as he started the varnam. However, it dd open up a little , but he largely explored the area of his comfort, singing kalpana swara at the end of every kriti, which he did brilliantly well.
Kamboji varnam was preceded with few rounds of swaram before the malahari kriti. A beautiful rendition, added on with some crisp swaras in line with the geetham, which was very enjoyable. The next, abhogi, was the best of the evening to me. The kriti was sung with such a class, he continued with some brilliant kalpana swaras culminating with a cracker of a finish. One conclusion of his swara downpour, he requested MAS to continue which hs did with class. I’ve heard him singin abhogi swaras at many places and every time, it was brilliant.
Sankarabharanam alapana came in soon, the first of the day. Ideal and typical to Sankarabharanam, most of the initial phrases were very slow and shortish. The entire build up was a slightly different affair. Bit refreshing and innovative. I thought, MAS excelled in his turn, on a day otherwise he was very uneven. Endukku peddala came in all grandeur. However, I was disappointed with the neraval. To me ‘vEdasAsthra’ is one of the best neraval line ever. So, the expectation was great, but some how it dd not create any ripple in me. It was long and he did play with the words ‘arthamu’..tatvArthamu, sAsthra tatvArthamu, vEdasAstrha tatvArthamu’… but it was just ok. However, it was covered adequately with some nice round of swaras, almost a repetition of the abhogi affair, rounding off with a return by MAS.
Tani Avartanam was very good. The percussion duo was very active through out and did their bit to elevate the concert experience. S V Ramani, playing for the first time for NSG shown a lot of anticipation and played with nimble fingers appropriately and raised the tempo and the level as the swara singing raised to the higher levels. Amrut was equally brilliant. M A Sundareswaran was very uneven. Started very patchy and scratchy which is very unusual to him. But he shown his brilliance during abhogi swara, Sankarabharanam alapana and the shanmukhapriya tanam.
Immediately after tani avartanam, he started the alapana of shanmukhapriya. The ‘ghost of amplification’ appeared at this point. There was some hum in the background along with the voice, causing a lot of discomfot to the singer and violinist. He stopped many times, and remarked ‘mike is singing along, and the shruthi is not matching”. That somewhat marred the alapana and there was no violin turn. Tanam that followed was spectacular by both NSG and MAS, deploying some folk-ish tune to great effect. Pallavi was nice and short, but with trikalam and a few rounds of swara. Therre wsa no ragamalika swaras.
Post felicitation and thanks giving, the concert was conluded in a haste. There was nothing remarkable in those anandabhairavi or jonpuri. Overall, it was a good concert, but I’ve heard many better concert from the master.