Vocal : Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath
Violin : Nalina Mohan
Mrudangam : Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
01. sarasUDa ( varNam ) – sAvEri – Kottavasal Vnkataramana Iyer ( O )
02. nijamarmulanu – umAbharaNam – Thyagaraja ( S )
03. dEvi brOva samayamidE – chintAmaNi – Shyama Sasthri ( O,S )
04. rAma ika nannu brOva – sahAna – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
05. vara nArada nArAyaNa – vijayaSrI – Thyagaraja
06. SrI venkaTa girISam – surutti – Dikshitar ( A, N )
neraval @ ‘alamElumangA samEtam anantha padmanAbham atItam’
07. entha nErchina – udaya ravichandrika – Thyagaraja ( A )
08. kaddanu vAriki – thODi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @’ addampu chEkillache muddugAru mOmu chUDa’
09. ninnu jUci (padam) – punnAga varALi – Kshetragna
10. krishNA nI bEganE bArO – yamunA kalyANi – Vyasaraya
11. mangaLam – saurAshtran – Thyagaraja
SLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvathi
One couldn’t ask for anything better on a Sunday evening. Well, except for the extension of the time. However, all that is good has to come to an end, for us to reminiscent and relish those memories. Aishwarya, last evening, provided one such images of lasting impressions. The spirit of ‘rasAnvEshanam’ is this. There is no musical, physical, spiritual boundaries between the artists and the listener. Yesterday’s concert was in one such settings. The music poured from the artists where straight transcended to the heart of the listener, sitting in close proximity, proving instant feedback of appreciations almost verbally.
Aishwarya sang brilliantly. Every thing was presented with utmost precision and care, as one could see in her untiring attempt to reach perfection of each sangatis, each notes, each phrases of her alapana. Very pleasing to see in a youngster, these qualities of perfection, sense of proportion and professionalism.
On such a day when everything fallen in place perfectly well, there is no need to specifically look at each of the kritis presented. Her alapanas of sahana, surutti, sudha dhanyasi ( short) and the grand thODi were immensely rich and meticulously progressed. Thodi alapana had a special mention – what a stupendous alapana that was – winning wholehearted appreciation from everyone in the audience. Kaddanu variki was grand to its stature, with some rollicking neraval and a thrilling kalpana swaras.
Her voice was in top form, which was evident from the first varnam. Short , unusual swaras for umabharanam was a novelty. Her mettle of tradition and knowledge was showcased in a brilliant chintamani with some outstanding swara prasthana. She sang sahana with a good alapana and few rounds of swaras, surutti had an classy neraval, sandwiching a fast paced ‘vara narada’ between two pleasing ragas.
Kaddanu variki will be the talking point for a while. One of the outstanding rendition I’ve heard in the recent times. This young lady, with this capabilities and calibre will be a force to reckon with in the coming years. Nalina Mohan complimented the creative abundance of the young artist tremendously through out. Her surutti and sahana alapana were very good. Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma was in his usual sublime touch. It was a pleasure listening to him yesterday as he s to me everytime I attend his concerts. He played an intricate tani avartanam post the thodi kriti.
Already exceeded over three hours, the post main was rather quickly wound up with a kshetragna padam in punnagavarali and a devarnama. Thre request, as expected, was to continue for another 30 mins, from the audience. However, the ‘prasadam’ to the body was equally important. The host of the evening Karthik and Mangala, provided a sumptuous treat at the end of the concert.
Fabulous concert by the young vidushi. Wishing her all the success in her musical career.