Vocal : Neyveli Santhanagopalan
Violin : Dr.G Narmada
Mrudangam : K U Jayachandra Rao
Ghatam : Giridhar Udupa
01. SLOkam ( vakratuNDa mahAkAya) – nAtakurinji
chalamEla jEsi ( varNam) – nAtakurinji – Rangaswamy Nattuvanar ( S )
02. sarasIruhAsanepriyE -nAta – Puliyur Duraisami Iyer ( A,S )
03. sItApatE nA manasuna – khamAs – Thygaraja ( O,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘prEmajUci nApai pedda manasu jEsi’
04. rAmabhadra rA rA SrI rAmachandra rA rA – Anandabhairavi – Bhadrachala Ramadasu ( short sketch)
05. uyyAla lUgavayya – nIlAmbari – Thyagaraja ( O )
06. teliyalEru rAmA – dhEnuka – Thyagaraja
07. rAma nI samAnamevvaru – kharaharapriya – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @’paluku palukulaku tEnelolugu mATalADu ‘
08. rAma manthrava japisO – jOnpuri – Purandara Dasa
09. rAma nAmamE tudi manamE -dEsh – Tanjavur Sankara iyer
10. tirupugazh – madhyamAvati
11. mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
Certain days, when all the constituents of the concert come alive, listener would want it to go and on. Yesterday was one such evening. Every one of them were excelling in their profession and there was no indication of fatigue of a long journey ( NSG, we heard returned from a a long tour of US in the morning) on the main artist. The energy the excitement of the concert prior to the post main break died down quickly, leaving me a bit disappointed. However, one remember this concert for an awesome khamas neraval and a very refreshing kharaharapriya.
The mic-asura played havoc again. The sudden ‘hooting’ noise during the alapana, or a breathtaking swara prasthana played spoil sport many a times. It was funny but sad to see all four artists plugging their ears with their fingers at one point of time. It seemed to have settled later, but the potential threat was looming forever, like you hear a distant thunder giving a feel of an imminent rain.
Concert started with a brisk varnam in natakurinji rounding of with few rounds of fast swaras. A short nata alapana came before the kriti, an interesting choice, and some cracking swaras. The team settled and teamed very well from this point on till the rest of the evening. As we were driving to the venue, I was listening to a kathakalipadam in khamas ( kandEn nikaTE from naLacharitham) and was making a remark of khamas not being a favourite of mine. I might have said it a bit early, as I was to be treated with a real gem of khamas. He sang a stupendous neraval at prema juci nApai. Toying with the word ‘prEmajUci’ he build a tremendous musical castle in front us. Dr Narmada, was in equally brilliant during her turn. A cracker neraval should have an amicable finish, and the swara singing exactly did the same. Awesome affair , awesome.
Two-three short pieces came in succession, probably obliging to the slew of requests that started arriving as soon as the concert started. People had no sense of timing, walking in and out even during alapana or while Narmada is playing her return on violin for a swara essay. The dhenuka piece was especially interesting, with some interesting briga-laden sangatis he was portraying. Neelambari was sung in a very leisurely way, probably bit slower than what I usually hear. It was very appealing.
Kharaharapriya was the main, after he claimed a lot of request for rAma nI samanamevvaru. This was another treat. Instead of the usual standard alapana, he progressed it through multiple fragmented medium length phrases. The violin return more or less followed the similar pattern. While I might not be able to pin point the differences, I found it very refreshing. Rama ni samanamevvaru was good, neraval was grand , again he did the same effect as earlier with the words ‘paluku palukulaku’. this reminded me of the Mani Iyer masterpiece ‘ethanayo piravi’ neraval for thookiya thiruvadi. A very intrinsic swara pattern followed, singing the swara in lower speed and the line paluku paukulaku in the higher speed, which he replaced with ultra fast arohana-avarohana pattern. Violin support faithfully followed the same to precision.
Percussion duo was very engaged through out. Giridhar Udupa, played to an equal measure to Jayachandra Rao. They accompanied brilliantly through out and played out a spirited tani avartanam. Post main was a disappointment in general. Even though he announced that “the concert will end at 9:15 and all of us leave together” to the people leaving midway, he quickly wound up with a devarnama and a quickfire tirupugazh before mangalam.