Vocal : Ramakrishnan Murthy
Violin : H N Bhaskar
Mrudangam : H S Sudheendra
Ghatam : Giridhar Udupa
01 SLOkam ( sadguru gajAsyavANi) – shankarAbharaNam
dakSiNAmUrtE – shankarAbharaNam – Dikshitar ( S )
02 sogasu jUDa taramA – kannaDa gauLa – Thyagaraja
03 nIvADa nE gAna – sAranga – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ rAjIvAkSa sAdhujanajIvana sanAtana’
04 kOri sEvimparArE – kharaharapriya – Thyagaraja ( A,N )
neraval @ ‘ shrI saundarya nAyikA varuNi shrI thyAgarAja varaduni paramAtmuni haruni ‘
05 trilOkamAtA – paras – Shyama Shasthri
06 nAdOpAsanacE – bEgaDa – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ tantri laya svara rAga vilOlulu’
07 RTP – varALi – tisra aTa
pallavi line ” rAghavarA lIlA mAnuSa vESarA vEgamE brOva ‘
rAgamAlika swaras in ‘ aThANa , bahudhAri,behAg,kApi , surutti’
short tani avartanam
08 viruttam ( cheDiyAya vAlvinaikaL) – sindhubhairavi
venkaTAchala nilayam – sindhu bhairavi – Purandara Dasa
09 SLOkam ( SrutvAl guNA bhuvana sundara) – behAg
kaNDu dhanyanAdE – behAg – Kamalesha Vittala
10 nI nAma rUpamulaku – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja ( all charanams)
SLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya ) – madhyamAvati
What an outstanding concert it had been. Probably the best I’ve attended this year. Enriching, fulfilling with a sense of completeness. Everything that presented was a gem. Relentless rain in the city delayed the proceedings by 15 mins ; organisers waiting the eager rasikas who are stuck in rain to reach. The crowd in the beginning was sparse , however continue to swell in as the evening proceeded.
Concert started akin to the new TMK ‘paddhati’. No varnam, and a heavy kriti up in front. Dakshinamurte, was a grand beginning after a short shlokam and he continued with few rounds of kalpana swaram. A kannadagaula kriti followed briskly with no adornment. First alapana of the day was in Saranga, not very long but impressive. Violin return was even shorter. I wsa hoping for the dikshitar kriti, but it was nI vAdanE. Elaborate neraval was very very good and that sort of set the stage for greater things to come. Fabulous stuff. It continued to the kalpana swaras. He started very impressively with a ‘sa da’ jana jIvana sanAtana before rolling back to rAjIvAksha.
Kharaharapriya alapana was very detailed and awesome. Very leisurely begun, meticulously progressed with typical phrases with a nice little twist in the middle. A little stretched voice on higher octaves, but clear and perfected execution. H N Bhaskar was equally good in his turn. Kori Sevimpa was a pleasant surprise. Another gem of a neraval followed. I am a sucker for neravals and love longish neraval lines. He chose to sing the entire last charanam ( or the last 2 lines ) as neraval to my excitement. This wasn’t the main as he chose to close the kriti without kalpana swaras.
He started the bEgaDa alapana with such an aplomb. Fabulously constructed to a grand alapana. Mesmerising the audience. H N Bhaskar added to the fair with his expertise. It had to be nAdOpAsanache. Beautifully sang, added neraval again in detail added with two speed kalpana swaras to make it a grand main piece. By this time, I was all in admiration and would have taken in anything that he gave. Sudheendra was a live wire in percussion with ever impressive Giridhar Uduppa. The duo played an entertaining tani avartanam post the main.
There was more to come. He announced a short pallavi in varali. Well, even if he hadn’t done that, the concert would have made a mark. Probably on such a day when everything is falling in place, he wanted to go further. Varali alapana was very short by both the artists. Tanam however was fairly elaborate. He announced the pallavi in tisra ata, composed by his guru R K Sriramkumar. Pallavi was sung in two speeds and the usual trikalam wasnt there. However, he sang ragamalika swaras in both the speeds in line with the pallavi speed change to some good effect.
There wasn’t scope for many post RTP kritis as it was already well over 3 hrs. A nice viruttam before the devarnama was very nice. So was the shlokam before the behag kriti. He also sang the mangalam in full, all charanams starting at the pallavi line – nI nAma rUpamulaku. I’ve listened to Pantula Rama singing the entire mangalam. MDR, probably would have done that.
In all fabulous concert. One of the best of the year for me.