Vocal : R Suryaprakash
Violin : Vittalarangan
Mrudangam : T R Sundaresan
01. rUpamu jUci (pada varNam) – thODi – Dikshitar ( O )
02. vAgIshvari vANi sarasvati – sarasvati – Muthaiah Bhagavathar ( O,N, S)
neraval & swara @ ‘ nIvE jIvashakti nIvE jnAnabhukti nIvE jagatsAkSi nIraja daLAkSi’
03. innALLu dayarAkunna – nArAyaNagauLa – Thyagaraja (A )
04. bhuvanEshvariyA – mOhanakalyANi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar ( O,S )
05. kA vA vA – varALi – Papanasam Sivan
06. shrI laLitE kAnci nagara nivAsini – bhairavi – Annasamy Shasthri (A,N,S,T )
neraval & Swara @ ‘nIlAbja dala lOcanE sadAshrita dAsa jana rakSanE’
07. RTP – hamsAnandi,hamsadhvani,hamsanAdam,hamsavinOdini – mishra chApu
pallavi line ‘ Anandini mAm pAhi, sakala dhvani svarUpiNi, sunAda niranjani, vINAvinOdini, sadAvAhini, hamsa-‘
rAgamAlika tAnam and swaras in hamsAnandi,hamsadhvani,hamsanAdam, hamsavinOdini
08. viruttam ( uLLam arindudan??) – behAg,AbhEri
kandan karuNai puriyum vaDivEl – AbhEri/bhImplAs – Guhan
09. kangaLidyAtakO kAvEri rangana – sindhubhairavi – Narahari Dasa
10 mangaLAm – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
vAzhiya sentamizh – madhyamAvati- Bharatiyar
Special occasion, special place and selected audience whose musical IQ is probably the best one can think of ( few exceptions like me) in Bangalore. The ambience is the most suited for an artist to exhibit his skill, knowledge and imagination. Sri Suryaprakash and the team did exactly that. Fabulous concert. Everything that one can ask for was packaged so brilliantly in three and half hours. The initial plan, I remember, was to have the conert from 5:00 to 7:30, but the whole atmosphere was so musically charged and the concert went on until almost 8:30. The accompaniment rose to the occasion adding to the awesomeness.
Vid Suryaprakash planned the concert to perfection. Every piece was carefully chosen, presented to perfection as it called for. Rarely heard rUpamu Juci presented as padavarnam to start was the indication of the rest of the evening. Fabulous neraval for another rare gem in saraswati. I think the words align so perfectly well for classical neraval. Very good rounds of swaras to add to the effect.
First detailed alapana in nArAyaNagauLa was very impressive. Few shades of ‘kaddle vAdu’ to give the nArAyaNagauLa indication to me. Vittalarangan played in similar lines of the main artist. Suryaprakash chose to sing innALLu dayarAkunna, instead. Well done ! A short filler on mOhanakalyani came in. Not a great fan of this ( except for the Mysore Vasudevachar’s composition on Narasimha), but he sang some great swaras at the end. Almost similar was the next kA vA vA, with a few quick rounds of swaras.
Bhairavi main alapana was top class. Shear delight to listen to him as he sang some delectable phrases. Some good takes at the upper octaves, to some instant applause, some streaky slides, some long phrases in middle and higher octaves. Very well constructed and progressed. Vittalarangan played equally brilliant here, reproducing some of the nuances of the main artist in his reply. Again another surprise choice of kriti. Annasamy Shashtry’s kriti on goddess of Kanchi, seldom heard in concerts. Another fabulous neraval, even better than the sarasvati one. Much detailed, one of the high points of the evening. A two speed swaras with some intrinsic laya exercise at the low speed. Sundaresan played a short tani avartanam.
A pallavi was brewing in the air. He chose to present a chatur-raga pallavi, one can call it as a ‘hamsa-mala’pallavi, in hamsAnandi, hamsadhvani, hamsAnadam, hamsavinOdini. Hamsanandi and hamsadhvani alapana were fairly detailed, and the other two to a lesser extend. Tanam was long in all 4 ragas, with some nice drift from one to the other. Nicely constructed pallavi line, sang appropriately broken to indicate the raga name. Hamsanandini mAm pAhi, hamsadhvani svarUpiNi, hamsanAda niranjani, hamsavinOdini sadAvAhini etc. He sang a very complicated trikalam for his switching speed and raga with such control and fluidity. There was no moments of ‘loss of control’ of ambiguity through out. Sundaresan, played with nimble fingers and stern face:) through out the evening played another tani avartanam post pallavi.
The concert concluded with a viruttam followed by a Guhan kriti, and a devarnama in sindhu bhairavi. Congratulations to the artist and the host for conducting a wonderful concert.