Malladi Brothers @ Ramaseva Mandali, Fort School 18th Apr 2014

19 Apr

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.


Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Concert songlist


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5 responses to “Malladi Brothers @ Ramaseva Mandali, Fort School 18th Apr 2014

  1. Jayan

    April 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks Badari..

  2. Badari

    April 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    10 – yes.. it is indeed hamIr kalyANi

  3. ramram78

    April 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    As always it was a fantastic concert. Paluvicharamau was the highlight according to me.

    Two more Malladi concerts in the pipe line

    19th- Rama seva mandali Jayanagar

    20 th- at sheshadripuram

  4. Mallikanarayan

    April 19, 2014 at 10:27 am


    I was wondering how i have not seen a single review of yours in the other concerts of. Fort high school? In the mail that turned out blank, i had just said.. In yesterdays concert, listening to telugu sahitya in Malladi brothers’ singing is a gift! Nobody can pour so much life into the language and do that kind of justice to the bhava and bhakthi of telugu sahityam ! Unlike all other concerts.. The feeling of being overwhelmed is in this aspect and that was in plenty 🙂

    Thanks for hearing me 🙂



    Sent from my iPad


  5. Mallikanarayan

    April 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Sent from my iPad



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