Neyveli Santhanagopalan @ Rama Seva Mandali, Fort School Ground 3rd May 2013

04 May

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.


Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Concert songlist


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3 responses to “Neyveli Santhanagopalan @ Rama Seva Mandali, Fort School Ground 3rd May 2013

  1. Jayan

    September 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks Sathej, its a oversight and negligence. Corrected

  2. Sathej

    September 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    The Neraval line at Enduku Peddala has to read ‘Veda Shastra Tatva….’, there is no ‘Purana’ in the line for the Shankarabharanam Krithi. ‘Veda Shastra Purana’ is usually the line for Neraval from Ninne Nera in Panthuvarali !

    PS : Noticed the slip in karnatik too, from where you possibly noted the line down from..

  3. Ramesh

    May 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Nice review as always. You have completely uplifted the Carantic music scene in Bangalore Jayan. You deserve as much kudos as the artistes themselves.

    I chose the Kanyakumari concert at Seshadripuram instead. The same rains visited us and the audience responded by climbing on to the stage and sitting all around the artistes !! It was then an old world style concert with the small audience sitting at the feet of the artistes. She performed many a classic – Duduku Gala, Rama Nannu Brovara, Bhavayami Raghuramam, Nagumo, and Bhajagovindam. She’s always superb, but I think she was a bit distracted by the frequent interruptions and with the audience climbing on to the stage !!


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