Vocal : Cherthala Ranganatha Sharma
Violin : H N Smitha
Mrudangam : Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
Ganjira : ( missed the name !)
01. senthil vAzh murugayya – hamIr kalyANi – T R Subramanyam ( O )
02. gaNarAjEna rakshitOham – Arabhi – Dikshitar ( S )
03. mOhanakara muthukumara – nItimati – Kotteswara Iyer ( A,S )
04. SrI Sankara guruvaram chintayAmi – nAgasurAvali – Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer
05. parAku mADadE parAmbarisi enna aparAdhangaLe -kharaharapriya – Purandara Dasa ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @’ nararoLage pAmaranu nAnu iha parake sAdhanavariye SrI hariyE’
06. parama kripA sAgari – yadukula kAmbOji – G N Balasubramaniam
07. SrI kAmakOTi pIThasthitE -sAvEri – Mysore Sadashiva Rao ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @’kadambavana nilayE kanja lOcanE bhavAni‘
08. rAma nanu brOvarA – harikAmbOji – Thyagaraja
09. innu daya bAradE – kalyANavasantham – Purandara Dasa ( A )
10. irakkam varAmal – behAg – Gopalakrishna Bharathi ( A )
11. alarSara paritApam – surutti – Swathi Thirunal ( started at ‘jalajA bandhuvumiha’ )
12. viruttam ( vizhikk-tuNai ) – bhAgEShrI , Anandabhairavi, hamsAnandi , dEsh
thillAna ( takadhIm tadhIm ) – dEsh – Lalgudi Jayaraman ?
13. mangaLam – saurAshtram, madhyamAvathi – Thyagaraja
“Hey Jayan ! Ur jinx is broken”, said the sms, received as I was leaving the hall. It had nothing to do with the concert of the evening , but did provide a double bonanza on a Saturday evening. There is a story behind this. Every time I attend a concert at Ranjani Fine Arts, my team suffers a devastating loss. Last time, listening to Malladi Brothers, they (or we, rather) lost 5-1 to Liverpool. The previous occasion was worse, suffering a 6-3 loss against Manchester City ( Vasudha Keshav’s concert). Yesterday’s match was the quarterfinal of the F A Cup, probably the only cup we might win this season. For that precise reason, I was in two mind about attending the concert. More over, the exam fever is at the highest and I was acting the role of the ‘tution-teacher’ with a stick , to add to the reluctance. But, the better sense prevailed and here I was, listening to one of the outstanding concerts witnessed in recent times.
It is always pleasure to revisit the concert of such brilliance. Some one asked me later as to what was my pick, as I usually drop a message on main, Pallavi and sub-main and my relative liking. Usually, it is limited to one or a couple of the kritis from the entire concert. Let me attempt with yesterday’s concert. The 4-5 minute alapana of kalyanavasantham post the main sAveri ? , the ragamalika viruttam with a brilliant bhageshri ? The classy neraval and kalpana swaras of sAvEri after an outstanding alapana ? or equally brilliant kharaharapriya with the surprise choice of kriti , or was it the neetimati ? the moving yadukulakamboji … I will have to put the entire list here.
A little disturbance in the beginning with the balancing of the amplification, a slightly high volume of mrudangam ( very uncharacteristic of Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma, but largely its the halls ambience) which was corrected later, and Ranganatha Sharma’shis regular referring to the lyrics ( including alarshara paritapam ) … few spoilers to nitpick.
Everything else went as classy as one hoped for. A rare varnam ( of TRS, I’ve heard Sri Sharma sing this earlier at Nadasurabhi), brilliant arabhi swaras before an interesting neetimati alapana. I am not equipped to decode a neetimati alapana, and had to wait until he started singing mohanakara. All the alapanas of the evening, as one would expect from Sri Ranghanatha Sharma, was very rich, appropriate and classy. H N Smitha, on violin was very impressive. Every alapana, the neraval and swara returns and the general accompaniment was very good through out the evening. Percussion was largely handled by Anoor Anantha krishna Sharma, with his usual style.
kharaharapriya alapana was very measured and progressed meticulously, a feat repeated by Smitha. Dasa kriti was a big surprise, as I have heard this in a variety of other ragas. The rich lyrics, was apt for detailing and the selection of the neraval line to me was very apt. He did a fabulous job with the neraval and the kalpana swaras for kharaharapriya. A short filler, the melodious yadukula kamboji, of GNB gave a nice break before the sAvEri main. A delectable alapana, great choice of kriti, fabulous neraval and ‘swaraprasthana befitting to the main.
Post main had more surprises to follow. Gem of a kalyanavasantham and behag ( possibly a request) alapana before the respective kritis. HN Smitha’s reply, especially for behAg was very good. the ragamalika viruttam before the thillana was like the icing on the cake.
A Lovely concert…