Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh
Khanjira : Alathur Rajganesh
Song List :
01. sAmi ninnE (varNam ) – shankarAbharaNam – Veena Kuppiyer
02. shrI raghuvara suguNAlaya – bhairavi – Thyagaraja ( S )
03. ennEramum undan sannidhi – dEvagAndhAri – Gopalakrishna Bharathi ( A )
04. shLOkam ( vandEmAtaram ambikAm) – kalyANi
bhajarE rE chitta – kalyANi – Dikshitar
05. evarimATA vinnAvO – kAmbOji – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
niraval & svara @ ‘bhakta parAdhInuDanucu parama-‘
06. bhajarE rE mAnasa – AbhEri – Mysore Vasudevachar
07. RTP – kIravANi – chaturashra triputa x 2 kaLai , samam eduppu
pallavi line ” dasharatha bAlarAmachandrA dayAnidhE, kripAnidhE ”
rAgamAlika svaras in ‘yadukulakAmbOji , husEni, nATakurinji & shubhapantuvarALi
08. dAsara nindisa bEDA – bhAgEshrI – Purandara Dasa
09. riNamadanuta paripAlaya mAmayi – behAg – Swathi Thirunal
10. viruttam ( akhila charAchara) – khamAs
tiruvaLar mayilaiyin – khamAs – Papanasam Sivan
11. thillAna ( dhIm dhIm tanana dhiraNA ) – thODi – Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar
12. mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
The first concert of the Bangalore Music season for me, and the expectation was high, especially it was Sanjay. Another very goodd concert by Sanjay and team in the evening.
Concert started brilliantly with the Sankarabharanamvarnam and a rather unheard bhairavi kriti. This kriti sung at a faster tempo, added with some exqusite kalpana swaras. The culminating rounds of swaras were awesome by both Sanjay and Varadarajan. A short beautiful devagandhari alapana was followed by Gopalakrishna Bharathi’s kriti. I liked the way he sang the shlokam before the kalyani kriti. Dikshitar’s master piece was sang well. A hope for a neraval and/or svara did not yield any result. He started the kamboji alapana straight away. This probably was a dampener to my excitement. Both devagandhari and kalyani came and went without much of ado. A neraval or swara for kalyani would have set the stage for the main appropriately.
Kamboji alapana also started off differently, but soon came back to the slow short phrases. Build up was pretty good and the rest of the alapna was very good. Was it the best I’ve heard from Sanjay, not sure. At times, it was like watching Barcelona playing football, a lot of action and passing on in the midfield between Messi, Iniesta and Xavi but not reaching the D. Varadarajan played a more subtle kamboji in his turn. However, the whole concert sprang back to action with evarimATA. What an exquisite neraval. Each repeat was mesmerising. The long neraval was concluded with a bang, as they say. Awesome. Kalpana swaras were in a typical TNS style. More of clever time division patterns than the free flowing sarvalaghu. It had its own charm though.
Another heavy weight kriti came in as a filler before the expected pallavi. Expecting a MAND pallavi ( as the pattern we see in his concerts) did not come through. Keeravani alapana was good, a slightly faster tempo. But as usual his tanam was brilliant. Waited for Venkatesh to join in, the tanam by both the artist were of super class. Nothing special about pallavi, set to 2 kaLai aditalam. Even the ‘eduppu’ was at samam. No trikalam, and standard ragamalika swaras. The last Shubhapantuvarali swaras were much better, with a few hindustani-ish singing and the clever injection of the folk tune ( ADu pAmbE ??) , which reproduced in verbatim ( !! ) by Varadarajan.
Post main was again a typical fair. A short viruttam and a rare thODI thillana ( not many sings thillana these days,and even if a few do, they usually stick to those standard ones like dhanashir, chenchurutti, khamas etc) were notable. A usual high standard Sanjay concert which keeps you engaged from the varnam till the last moment.