M S Sheela @ Nadasurabhi – R K Srikantan Remembrance Concert , 20th July 2014

22 Jul

Vocal : M S Sheela

Violin : Nalina Mohan

Mrudangam : H S Sudheendra

Morsing : Gururaj


01.  chalamEla (varNam) – darbAr – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya

02.  SrI Sankara guruvaram – nAgasvarALi – Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer  ( A,S )

03.  amba vANi nannu – kIravANi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar ( N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘varavInApANi vAgvilAsini’

04.  sarasvatim bhagavatim nmAmyaham – hamsavinOdini – Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar ( A )

05.  patti viDuva rAdu – manjari – Thyagaraja

06.  bhOgIndra SAyinam – kuntaLavarALi – Swathi Thirunal

07.  cEsinADella marachitivO – thODi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ AsakonnaTTi nannala pincuTaku mundu

08.  SLOkam ( ayi murali mukunda smera vaktra aravinda ) – mOhanam

antarangadalli hariya kANadava – mOhanam – Purandaradasa

09.  nindAti chandanam indu kiraNam – hamsAnandi – Jayadeva ( A )

10.  pibarE rAmarasam – yamunA kalyANi – Sadashiva Brahmendra ( O )

11.  krishNanA koLalinA karE – sindhubhairavi – P T Narasimhachar ( short sketch)

12.  Tatta tadhimi tadhimiki enata hari adinane – madhyamAvati ? – Purandara Dasa

13.  mangaLam – saurAshtram – saurAshtram & madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja

When you listen to the seniors, those with many years of teaching and performing experience, you witness the ease at which they sing. There are no physical exertion, there is no violent body movements, no contortion of face to get a sangati in place. It comes as a breeze to them. Such an effortless ( to the external) way of singing. Another beautiful concert by the vidushi. A Concert in remembrance to the legend who left us earlier this year, his prime disciple delivered a fitting tribute to her Guru.

Vid M S Sheela, conducted a series of lessons to students on the swarajathis of Shyama Sasthri, over last 2 months in Nadasurabhi. This months program, started with she and those who trained by her performing these swarajathis in a group singing format. I am not a great fan of ‘goshti gana’, even if they are singing the ‘pancharatna kritis’. I cant stand those multi-shruti orchestra with each artist vying to better the other.  But, this was fantastically coordinated. They were singing in unison and at no place, there was any misplaced voice. All credits to them. They sang thodi, yadukula kamboji and the bhairavi masterpiece, before leaving the stage to the main performance,

I was expecting her to continue from where she left, but she decidedly wanting to make the two performances separate, starting all over again with a varnam. A brisk , sweet alapana of nagasvarali came in soon. The also sang an interesting rounds of kalpana swaras.  A lively ‘amba vAni’ came in with some outstanding neraval singing. playing with those word-combinations ‘varaveena’, veenapani and ‘vagvilasini’ she created some fabulous effects to the neraval. A second speed swaras added to the overall impact of the Muthaiah Bhagavathar composition.

Longish hamsavinodini alapana was very good to listen. Nalina Mohan’s returns were equally impressive. Two quick fillers, a not often heard manjari kriti and the staple kuntalavarali came in before the main. Thodi alapana was grand and majestic. She did not stretch it beyond 8-10 minutes but was very effective. Cesi Nadella was a pleasant surprise. Neraval and swaras with some intricate patterns were befitting the main. H S Sudheendra was very supportive through out the evening. Some of his plays during the neravals were very attractive. A decent tani avartanam followed the main.

Post main was as brilliant. A devarnama in mohanam, a perennial favourite of Sri R K Srikantan was very apt. A short alapana followed by the Ashtapadi of Jayadeva was very very moving. And the next was even more fabulous. Arguably, the best ‘pibare rAmarasam, I’ve heard for a long long time. Oh, what an impact she made in these three songs. A memorable evening. Beautiful concert…

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