Vocal : Bangalore S Shankar
Vocal Support : Ramani Shankar
Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam
Mrudangam : K U Jayachandra Rao
Ghatam : B R Ravikumar
01 chalamEla jEsEvura (varNam) – shankarAbharaNam – Swathi Thirunal ( O )
02 siddhi vinAyakam anisham – SaNmukhapriya – Dikshitar ( A,S )
03 bhajarE rE mAnasA – AbhEri – Mysore Vasudevachar ( O )
04 shrI venkaTEsham varam – thODi – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘mArajanakam mAdhavA nAmakam ‘
05 shrIdhara kEshava nArAyaNa – kalyANavasantam – Nadopasana Srinivasan
06 pakkAla nilabaDi – kharaharapriya – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ tanuvuchE vandana monarincucunnArA ‘
07 akhilANDEshvari rakSamAm – dvijAvanti – Dikshitar
08 RTP – shankarAbharaNam – Chaturashra Triputa x 2 , +3/4 eduppu?
pallavi line ‘dAsharathE karuNA, payOnidhE inakula tilakA’
no rAgamAlika swaras
08b. tani Avartanam
09 navarasa shLOkam ( shringAram kshiti) – khamAs (shringAram), aThANa ( veeram) , sahAna ( karuNam), rEvati ( adbhutam) , mOhanam ( hAsyam), ranjani (bhayAnakam/bhIbhatsam) , kApi (raudram/shantam)
09b charaNamulE nammitE – kApi – Bhadrachala Ramadas
10 shringApurAdhIshvari shAradE – kalyAni – Padmacharan ( A V Krishnamachar)
11 manavE mantrAlaya – suddha sArang – Padmacharan ( A V Krishnamachar)
12 tirupati venkaTa ramaNA – sindhu bhairavi – Purandara Dasa
13 thillAna ( dhIm na na na tillillAna) – brindAvani – Balamuralikrishna
14 mangaLam – saurAshtram/ madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja
Vid Shankar’s concert is like a cool breeze on a hot summer evening. It can have such a soothing effect on you. Very traditional, very involving, subtle ascend through the concert and ,though predictable a nice rounded off wind up. It might not give you the exhilaration or an adrenalin rush like ‘performers’ but will give you a sense of completeness. I particularly likes his concerts, largely because of the ample neravals he plans in his concerts.
Yesterday’s concert was no different. It did have a breezy start with the shankarabharanam varnam ( not often heard these days) and reached the top with a classy pallavi in the same ragam , as is the wont in the older tradition. He did sing some ineffective pieces in the middle, like the Nadopasana Srinivasan’s composition and not so emotive akhilandeshwari, but otherwise it was one of the top class effort from the team.
One should also give a lot of credit to the supporting artists on the stage. K U Jayachandra Rao played with such brilliance ( with some on stage prompting and gestures from Shankar) through out the evening. His following for the composition was such a delight to watch last evening. Charulatha was her usual high standard, probably over did a bit during alapana a couple of times. His son Ramani who sang along and also shared alapana of kharaharapriya and thodi(?) pretty decently.
Shankarabharanam pallavi was the best of the evening. Beautifully delineated two stage alapana from Shankar and an apt return from Charulatha. Tanam was even better singing with a lot of deliberation and done in two speedss, with a few aha moments. Pallavi neraval again was classy. I thought he did a splendid job at the pallavi, with some interesting sangatis thrown in. Very elaborate trikalam was done by both vocalist as well as violin. Swara was rather short for not having ventured into typical ragamalika swaras of pallavi. The percussion duo played a good tani avartanam.
Shanmukhapriya ( albeit short) and kharaharapriya alapana were good. Thodi alapana was even better. Neraval for both thodi and kharaharapriya was very well done. Kalpana swaras were sung for all three, but I thought they were rather shorter affair. Ramani chipped in for all neravals and kalpana swaras with his guru.
Navarasa shlokam was the highlight of the post main group. Some interesting selection of ragams to each ‘rasa’. I especially liked the choice of aThANa for veera, mOhana for hAsya and sahAna. This was again very very impressive. He sang a couple of compositions of Padmacharan. Having concluded a workshop on the compositions of Padmacharan ( a week ago) by Vid Shankar, I was expecting one or two to feature in the concert. Felicitation and Vote of Thanks was done at this time and the artist concluded the evening with a devarnama and a thillana.
Very traditional, well conceived and planned, complete in every aspect, concert from Vid Shankar and team.
PS : While the concert was in full swing, the audience as well as the artist on the stage were involved in another entertaining game. Picking and removing a small black insect from body.