Vocal : Bharat Sundar
Violin : Mathur Srinidhi
Mrudangam : S Ashok
Ghatam : B R Ravikumar
01 evaraNi nirNayincirira – dEvAmrtavarSiNi – Thyagaraja
02 marivErE dikkevaru – latAngi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘monarimpa vinavE nI varada venkaTEshvara ‘
03 sharaNam sharaNam enrAnE – saurAStram – Arunachala Kavi ( A )
04 ninnADa nEla – kannaDa – Thyagaraja ( O,S )
05 koluvai unnADe kOdaNDapANi – bhairavi – Thyagaraja ( A, N, S, T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ toLi karmamanaga jUtamu rArE ‘
06 rAmanai bhajitAl – mAND – Papanasam Sivan
07 venkaTAchala nilayam – sindhubhairavi – Purandara Dasa ( A )
08 mangaLam – saurAStram / surutti – Thyagaraja
This was the second concert of the evening. I reached while Ritwik Raja was having an elaborate neraval for munnu rAvaNa. Both Bharat Sundar and Ritwik Raja were awarded this years Yuva Puraskar by the Mandali. Good choices and my congratulations to both the recipients.
Bharat Sundar’s concert started on a low key but steadily progressed very well. Like all the youngsters, he too had his inclination towards speed. If he had dropped the speed by a pint or so, this would have been more appealing.
He did not have cracker of a start. evarani was a dampner, some how it did not really impressed me. Had he started at anupallavi, it might have made some impact. Then came the Latangi Express, fast neraval and faster kalpana swaras. Hmm.
Now he did a wonderful thing. Started alapana for Saurashtram. Despite being on a faster side, I liked it. One, no one sing saurashtram alapana these days. Second, he chose a kriti which isnt heard even if some one takes up saurashtram in a concert. Good job. Commendable. Another fast paced Kannada kriti came, but I will let it pass.
Bhairavi was main. Long alapana, lot of fragmented intelligent phrases. Some fantastic passages creating aha moments. But, I am yet to recover from the previous days effect created by Abhishek at Seshadripuram. So, there. Koluvai Unnade again, second day in succession. Again, retention power to blame. Having said that, Bharat Sundar sang a tremendous neraval at toli karmamanaga followed up with a decent kalpana swaras. Bangalore Brother S Ashok, this time on stage with Mrudangam played an impressive tani avartanam with Ravikumar. Percussion was on a lower volume level, but did accompany neatly through out.
By now, he was settled. I liked the next couple of pieces the best. Ramanai Bhajital was very good. The sindhu bhairavi alapana to me was the best of the evening. Mathur Srinidhi , who was having an excellent day added to the main artists alapana with his own impressive play.
Very talented youngster, excellent musical ideas. I am sure I will listen to many more of his concert in the years to come.