Violin : Mysuru Nagaraj & Mysuru manjunath
Mrudangam : Arjunkumar & Tumakuru Ravishankar
01 jananI ninnuvinA – rItigauLa – Subbaraya Shastry
02 manasu nilpa – AbhOgi – Thyagaraja ( short Sketch , S )
03 vEnugAna lOluni – kEdAragauLa – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
04 himagiri tanayE hEmalatE – shuddha dhanyAsi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar
05 guNijanAdinuta guruguhOdayE – gurjari – Dikshitar
06 ninnE nammitinayya – simhEndramadhyamam – Mysuru Vasudevacharya ( A,N,S,T)
07 thIrAtha viLayAttu piLLai – rAgamAlika – Subrahmanya Bharathi
08 nArAyaNa ninnA – shuddha dhanyAsi – Purandara Dasa
09 bhajan – hamIr kalyAni – ? ( Short Sketch)
10 mangaLam – saurAshtram/madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja
As they say, the 21st Annual Music Festival of Nadasurabhi started with a ‘bang’. Exhilarating experience. Two violin and two mrudangam on stage. Naturally aggressive style of violin playing and two mrudangam artists taking turn in their playing to join together at the end of the spirited finishing of kalpana swarams created an electrifying atmosphere in the auditorium.
Despite late start from office, I wasn’t late to arrive. the inauguration function probably took few extra minutes. The artists were readying themselves as I reached the venue. Started with a sedate janani ninnuvina, slow and soothing. Manasu nilpa was announced to follow. A shortish alapana from Manjunath eased into the kriti. Kalpana swaras for abhogi, turned on the ‘heat’. A typical slow to high speed multi-octave fair from the pair. Nagaraj played a beautiful kEdAragauLa alapana, with many interesting phrases, refreshing from the usual. Venugana loluni with another round of similar kalpana swaras followed. Two quick fillers came in succession before the main. The gurjari kriti of Dikshitar was very nice.
Manjunath’s simhEndramadhyamam alapana was grand and superbly delivered. To me this was the best part of the day. Some innovative takes ( few plain notes ?) , some clever bowing keeping the audience in awe. Brilliant stuff. Vasudevachar’s kriti was to come, presented with neraval ( not sure at what line) done in detail and multi speed and long kalpana swaras befitting the main. Tani avartanam by wo leading percussionists from Bangalore was top class. Arjunkumar, the birthday boy, lead the pair with some nice intrinsic patterns matched eloquently by his companion. The pair had amazing coordination amongst them while playing for the sone and kalpana swaras.
Post main mainly remembered for the hamir kalyani bhajan. He said it would be taken up in detail. It had a short alapana and a series of hindustani-ish ‘give and take’ playing which was very impressive. However, despite his ‘assurance’ of a bhajan, bhakti was not the feeling it invoked in me.
Very typical concert as in the expected line. Very energising and involving. Overall ambiance was of high energy. Good way to start the week long concert series.