Vocal : Malladi Brothers
Violin : V Sanjeev
Mrudangam : K V Prasad
Ghatam : Dr S Karthick
01. evvarE rAmayya – gAngEya bhUshaNi – Thyagaraja ( short sketch, S )
02. entarANi tanaku – hari kAmbOji – Thyagaraja
03. nitya rUpa evari pANDitya – darbAr – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
04. kadalE vADu gAdE – nArAyaNa gauLa – Thyagaraja
05. palu vichAramulElA – shaNmukhapriya – Annamacharya ( A,N,S )
neraval @ “mEradO (?) SrI venkaTEsha ninnu golichidinEnu”
06. Emayya rAma – kAmbOji – Bhadrachala Ramadas ( started at anu pallavi)
07. durusugA kripAjUci – sAvEri – Shyama Sasthri ( A,N,S ,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ parama pAvani kripAvani vinuta padasarOja praNatArthi haru rA nI’
08. rAma nAma mukunda mAdhava- junjhuti – Yogi Narayana
09. jaya jaya durgE – durga – Narayana Theertha
10. smarisO sarvada hariyA – hamIr kalyANi? – Purandara Dasa
11. pAhi pAhi jaganmOhana krishNA – kurinji – Narayana Theertha
12. challarE rAmachandruni – Ahiri – Thyagaraja
13. SLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – surutti
Armored with a Donor Pass, which guarantee me a seat in the advanced rows, this was my first concert of the season at Rama Seva Mandali. Amidst the fear of rain, and chaos of Friday traffic, I seems to have reached fairly early at the venue. Half an hour of wait in the end did not matter as the duo delivered another stellar performance. As always, they gave a good concert, but I am still waiting to be overwhelmed.
Compensating for the delayed start by 10 mins, they skipped the varnam ( or is that the new shift ) and started with the gangeyabhushani kriti. Ravikumar sang a shortish alapana to begin with before launching into evvare rAmayya. Darbar ( again by Ravikumar0 was the first detailed alapana, executed beautifully. Good to see ‘nitya rupa’ being selected instead of the usual rAmabhirAma or yochana. Swara was nice too. Rarely heard nArayaNa gauLa kriti was interesting. Not sure if there is any other known reference apart from the youtube link of Chittoor Subramanya Pillai’s rendition of this kriti. Shanmukhapriya alapana was also decent, especially yhe lower octave phrases were very impressive.palu vicharamulela , was only heard from their school, set to tune by their guru Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy. A good neraval and exquisite kalpana swaras added weight to the kriti. Another gem of a kriti came in as a filler before the main.
Saveri alapana was just ok, nothing to talk home about. It did have the traditional passages, in all three octaves , few interesting takes. So much for the alapana, that some one in my proximity thought and suggested it was thODi.My attempt to set things right did not have his approval until the kriti was sung and a quick referral to the ‘pocket guide’ confirmed the kriti to be sAvEri. He gave a gallant smile and thumbs up to my ‘prediction’. In the meanwhile, Sanjeev’s return were more pleasing and appealing. However, the kriti ( not sure why, I was expecting rAma bANa to come) was sung brilliantly with a fantastic neraval. I love long neraval lines, and the duo probably fell short of my expectations by closing out the neraval rather soon ( Dont read too much into it, as I would have preferred it to go on and on and on). Kalpana swaras was equally good.
Mildness is the virtue of Sri K V Prasad. He played along the music beautifully with Karthick through out the day. The duo later gave a fabulous tani avartanam which was well received by all. The accompaniment in general was of high standard. Post main was a typical fair from their side. A chain of kritis from devarnama to Narayana theerthar’s tarangams and an odd ahiri kriti (probably a request) in the end. A very satisfying concert by the brothers.