Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh
Ganjira : Anirudh Athreya
01 ninnE kOriyunna nApai (varNam) – mALavi – Calcutta Krishnamurthy
02 inta parAkA – mAyAmALavagauLA – Roopakam- Anai Ayya ( N,S )
neraval & svaras at ‘kannatalli tanri sujanulanna tammu’
03 kAntimati annai nI gati – kAnaDa – Mishra Chap- Papanasam Sivan ( A )
04 munnu rAvaNa – thODi – Mishra Jhumpa – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & svaras at ‘ rAjarAja virAjavAha ravikulAbdhi rAja’
05 jagadIshA sadA mAmava – nAtakurinji – Adi X 2 Swathi Thirunal ( A,S,T )
06 evvarE rAmayya – gAngEyabhUSaNi – Thyagaraja
07 RTP – dharmavati – chaturashra tripuTa x 2 Kalai , 1/2 Eduppu
pallavi line ‘ unadu pAdam oru tuNai ena nambinEn, sadA dayai puriyum sharavaNabhava guhanE’
rAgamAlika Svaras in bahudhAri, ranjani and bhImplAs
08 manamE kanamum – bhImplAs – Papanasam Sivan
09 rAmakrSNaru managE bandaru – tilang – Purandara Dasa
10 viruttam ( theerthakkarayinilE ) – bhAgEshrI – Subramanya Bharati
ninnayE ratiyenru ninaikkirEn – bhAgEshrI – Subramanya Bharati
11 apadUruku lOnaitinE (jAvaLi) – khamAs – Pattabhiramayya
12 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja
“Surprise us”, requested the organiser as he handed over the stage to the artists of the evening. Did I notice a glimmer of a smile on his face. Well, he can’t surprise us. The element of surprise is part of the expectation and standard set by him over the years. So, the surprise to us is to have an ‘off day’, which wasn’t the case to be. Second time in this week, he was here with yet another scintillating concert. Probably, the ‘munnu rAvaNa’ can be the the surprise factor for those who was looking for one.
I am itching to use the superlatives again. The evening excitement started with the mAyAmALavagauLA piece. Fabulous neraval and svaras with some innovative support from Venkatesh. I will pass the kAnaDa, but to say the sedate kriti was very nice. Brilliant thOdi by both the artists. Some of his typical forays: the holding on to the svara with a loooong single breath singing – which always have people applauding, and the build up to some mesmerising higher octave passages and a clever termination ( again a staple ingredient for instant gratification from the audience). But beyond these, some of the takes were really superb. So was the violin return. Haven’t heard him singing munnu rAvaNa before. Again, he was very impressive in the neraval and some of the intrinsic swaras that followed.
Natakurinji was the main piece, if you insist ( To me it WAS the thODi , but the tani avartanam followed nAtakurinji ). Elaborate alapana again. Similar progress with some elegant phrases. Tried some of the lower octave takes, to some lesser effect. Jagadeesha sadA mAmava was against our speculations of ‘kuvalayadala nayana’ or ‘ mAmava sadA varadE’. No neraval ( hence not main 🙂 ), but had some nicely set svara patterns with a whole lot of sweeping gamakas at ma,ga,sa swaras ( which went on for a while). Neyveli Venkatesh was very good through out, except a few places during natakurinji swaras. He later played superbly for the pallavi, following Sanjay during his various takes and variations (Aniruddh struggled a bit here). The tani Avartanam, especially the closing sequences were very good.
Dharmavati pallavi, this time. Nothing great to talk about the alapana. Rather shortish. But the tanam ( compensated for the depth in alapana) was delectable. From the start it was destined for an outstanding affair. Varadarajan was equally brilliant. Long pallavi line set to Adi tala , 2 kaLai. But, the purvangam and uttarangam were set to two different speeds ( I don’t think, there was a naDai variation) and that was the key essence of the pallavi singing. Everything, including the trikalam he did, was around these speed variations between pUrvAngam and uttarAngam. The bhImplAs svaras during the rAgamAlika stood out, which followed up with Papanasam Sivan’s composition , as is his wont.
This time we did not have a quick wind up post pallavi. The khamAs jAvaLi was the pick of this section.
The organisers were pleased. The huge hall was full, fabulous ambience, excellent seating and amplification systems and a start one would hope for , for the Annual Festival. I can pardon Arsene Wenger for another lose, as I was listening to another Arsenal Follower, providing us some relief ( taking the clue from the closing speech from the organiser again).