Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Nadasurabhi Annual Festival ,05 Nov 2016

06 Nov

Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin : S Varadarajan

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Ganjira : Guruprasanna


01 ninnEkOri (varNAmm) – Ahiri – Tarangampadi Panchanada Iyer

02 swAminAtha paripAlayAshumAm – nATa – Dikshitar ( S )

03 inta kaNNAnandamEmi – bilahari – Thyagaraja ( A )

04 kallu sakkare koLLirO – kalyANi – Purandara Dasa ( A )

05 kaDaikkaN nOkki kAvAtadu – thODi – Papanasam Sivan ( N )

neraval @ ‘mayilApurikkiraivA, kayilAsuttuRaivOy, magimai kuRaindiDumO’

06 dAriNi telusukoNTi – sudhasAvEri – Thyagaraja ( S, T )

07 chEtA shrI bAlakrSNam – dvijAvanti – Dikshitar

08 RTP – SaNmukhapriya – tishra tripuTa ,  khaNDa naDai, samam eDuppu

Pallavi line :  sharavaNabhava ennum tirumandiram sadA japi yen nAvE, Om’

rAgamAlika swaras in sahAna, chalanATa? , bhAgEshrI

09 sharavaNabhavaennum tirumandiram – SaNmukhapriya- Papanasam Sivan

10 dAsara nindisa bEDa – rAgEshrI – Purandara Dasa

11 viruttam ( UrilEn kANiyillai?) – hamsAnandi

kaNNanai kANbadeppO – rAgamAlika (hamsAnandi,nAtakurinji,bhImpLAs,abhOgi) – Subramanya Bharati

12 nirupamAna sAmi ni – behAg – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar

13 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

This man was in some form yesterday.  Voice is at the peak of its strength, which he used to its fullest capabilities, the atmosphere is charged with  overflowing audience, over enthusiastic percussion support ( to the level of distraction at times) and some very refreshing set of kritis. He started on the dot at 6:00 – one should give creditto the organisers for this, completing the formalities within the 5 mins window, and sang till 9:20-25. There was no gap between one kriti to other, as he seems to be eager to move to the next one. Only on a rare occasion, he gave a minute or two for Venkatesh to retune his instrument.

Yet another new varnam to the stage. Ahiri ata tala varnam was first time for me, and I guess to many of us in the audience. It is not about singing new varnam in every concert, it is also about which of those gems are worth bringing out to the forefront. He has been doing some wonderful stuff with that for a while now.

Yesterday’s nATa from Malladi Bros were very different, but for Sanjay it was the traditional fare. Even before the percussion conclude the varnam piece, Sanjay had taken off on ‘swAminAtha’. Elaborate swara was sung. But, did I hear he starting it at ‘ma,ga,ri’ ?

Bilahari alapana was short. I was expecting Vasudevacharya’s composition but he decided on a Thyagaraja composition. No neraval and swaras added. Similar was for the next kalyANi. However, despite my cold shoulder towards kalyANi, I thought the alapana was superb. The way he started it was one to cherish, shear beauty. I was hoping for some neraval here, but he wound it up soon. Papanasam Sivan’s thODi composition was again fabulous. The whole kriti was very nice and had one gem of a neraval followed. What a place to sing the neraval.

No traditional submain-main way of progressing the conert until now. He launched into the multiple sangati’s of darini telusukonti. A very very long rounds of kalpana swaras followed. Majestic stuff. I predicted he will hand over to Venkatesh and that is what he did. I am not a great fan of Venkatesh’s tani avartanam. He started it nice with some good left hand play, but soon returned back to his usual style. The crowd as usual seems to have been thrilled with his exploits.

To bring some balance to the whole concert, the pallavi has to be a major one. But before that, he sang a very melodious dwijavanti after a riotous, ear splitting percussion tani. It was very well sung. He did (mischievously) mimic Semmangudi as he concluded the piece. I was right with predicting shanmukhapriya as pallavi. What a classy alapana that followed by both Sanjay and Varadarajan. Sanjay, making use of the range had us mesmerised with some breathtaking higher octave passages and some ‘ati mandrasthayi’ sojourn. Haven’t seen him with such great voice condition for a while. Tanam is one of his strengths and last evening was no exception. No great invention of the pallavi line, but effectively set to tisra triputa in khanda nadai. The Om, was a bit stretched at times. Ragamalika swaras were sung as is wont, with the last bhAgEshrI taking up little longer. He did try some hindustni styled stretches of notes as he sang the bhageshri, and to a lesser effect by Varadarajan. Surprisingly, he did trikalam post the ragamalika swaras, and very detailed. I liked the way Neyveli Venkatesh supported here.  As expected, he switched back to adi talam and completed the Papanasam Sivan’s composition in shanmukhapriya.

A short viruttam, followed bby a ragamalika composition and  a devarnama concluded the concert. Another brilliant concert from Sanjay.


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6 responses to “Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Nadasurabhi Annual Festival ,05 Nov 2016

  1. Jayan

    November 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you Sir. You wrote a brilliant one at rasikas.

  2. Jayan

    November 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Yes. He is a good performer. Not a dull moment in the entire concert.

  3. Jayan

    November 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks. Agree with you on viLamba kritis. I thought he did a good job at chEtA shrI.

  4. Murali

    November 8, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Agree with everything you said, including Neyveli Venkatesh. You missed a place where Iraiva niraval was sang imitating Madurai Somu. Sanjay was having fun mimicking somu and subsequently trying his hand at Hindustani.
    In places when he sings slow, he sounded as good as TMK ! I long to listen to a concert of Sanjay which is in Vilambita kaalam

  5. Ramesh

    November 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Indeed he was in brilliant form. His voice, as you have aptly observed, was majestic. Maybe the good hall with decent acoustics helped and it seemed like he fed off the energy from the audience.

    Outstanding concert.

  6. k v chellappa

    November 6, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Thanks. Such reviews bring the concert to mind again.


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