Vocal : M R Subramanian
Violin : B U Ganesh Prasad
Mrudangam : Arjun Kumar
01 sAmi ninnE kOri ( varNam) – shrI – Karur Devudu Iyer ( S )
02 gaNarAjEna rakSitOham – Arabhi – Dikshitar
03 sArasAkSa paripAlaya mAmayi – pantuvarALi – Swathi Thirunal ( A,N,S )
niraval & svara @ bhAminI samudAyasya mOhana padmanAbha kamalAdharaNI vara’
04 O jagadambA – Anandabhairavi – Shyama Shasthri ( A )
05 pAhimam brhannAyikE- husEni – Swathi Thirunal
06 brOva bhAramA – bahudhAri – Thyagaraja ( S )
07 puNNiyam oru kOTi – kIravANi – Periyasami Thooran ( A,N,S,T )
niraval & svara @ ‘ tannai maranthu athuvE tAn Akum tava venthAr’
08 irakkam varAmal – behAg – Gopalakrishna Bharati
09 meiporuL ??
10 eppO varuvArO – jOnpuri – Gopalakrishna Bharati
11 mangaLam – saurAshtram / madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja
Yet another enthralling concert at the ‘rasaanveshanam’ series. The young musician, who was recommended by none other than Abhishek Raghuram, did a brilliant performance to the select group of music enthusiast on last sunday evening, in a tranquil atmosphere in the outskirts of the city, far away from the chaos. It was only during the introduction of the artists, I came to know some of the interesting aspects about this musician. MRS is the grandson of the legendary Ayyalur Krishnan. The early training was done under his grand father and later on whose advise, he continued the learning under another stalwart Sri K V Narayanaswamy. He continued his training after the demise of KVN, with PSN. Needless to say, his music and the selection of kritis, to me, had a strong KVN influence. The main piece ‘punniyam Oru koti’ had KVN stamp all over it ( not sure if it was tuned by KVN). The way he sang eppo varuvaro , his anandabhairavi all reminded me of KVN.
The concert planning itself has something to give the young man a lot of credit. Cleverly picked kritis, the appropriate elaboration, the right mix of ragas and composers. Few not often heard kritis. To me the highlight was the outstanding pantuvarali. Everything from the alapana to the kalpana svaras were impeccably perfect. The cracker of the svaras made all of us to sit up and notice the young man with a renewed admiration. Earlier, after a brisk start of the varnam, he gave a pleasant Arabhi kriti on Ganesha, which probably aren’t heard often ( Smt Bhagyalakshmi Chandrasekhar, if I remember right, had this in one of her recent Veena Concert). Some of the Anandabhairavi sangatis in O jagadamba were classy, the alapana that preceded was crisp and neat.
Another gem came soon after the anandabhairavi. Initially, I had my apprehensions on huseni following anandabhairavi, but all that was allayed with his beautiful singing. I havent heard this in a concert before and the only other reference I have is a 40 year old record of Sri KVN. It definitely was worth the effort. A energy booster brova bharama came in as a filler with some cracking rounds of svaras.
These days, I am a bit tired of listening to keeravani. Every alapana seems to be around the same theme and phrases without any variety. Invariably it would be ‘kaligiyunte’ or a pallavi. His alapana also started in the same mould and progressed. The second half of the alapana was much more impressive. I am not saying he did not do a good job, on the contrary it was very well done. On the other hand, Ganesh Prasad started his alapana very refreshing and alive. He did a great job. Luckily it wasn’t ‘kaligiyunte’, but another KVN favorite ‘punniyam oru koti’. The kriti, niraval and the two stage kalpana svaras were of high caliber by the young vidvan. Arjun Kumar lifted the overall impact with some intrinsic fingering and some fabulous support. He was very good as always. I especially, liked him during the husEni kriti and the main keeravani. With no other support, he played out a classy tani avartanam post the main.
Nothing great to talk about the post main pieces. Each of them were presented well as one is expected and was concluded soon. Overall, a very very impressive young musician with some rich heritage, presented a beautiful concert.