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Saketharaman @ Nadasurabhi , 17th Sept 2017 – Lalgudi Jayaraman Remembrance Day Concert

Vocal : Saketharaman

Violin : Apoorva Krishna

Mrudangam : Sai Giridhar

Ghatam : G Omkar Rao

Theme : Lalgudi Jayaraman Remembrance Day

List:

01 senthil nagar mEvum dEvA ( varNam) – nIlAmbari – Adi – Lalgudi Jayaraman ( O)

02 Isha pAhimAm – kalyANi – rUpakam – Thyagaraja ( O,S )

03 ADmODi galadA – cArukEshi – Adi -Thyagaraja ( A,S )

04 kanDE kanDE kanDE namma – varamu – Adi – Purandara Dasa

05 pAlincu kAmAkSi – madhyamAvati – Adi x 2 –  Shyama Shasthri ( A,N,T )

neraval @ kAntamagu pErukoNDidivi kAruNyamUrti

06 kaNNanai kANbadeppO – rAgamAlika – ??

07 jatiswaram ( dhA pa ga ma ri sa ) – sindhu bhairavi/ swarabhedam to ??, behag,mohanakalyani,tilang – Adi tishra naDai – Lalgudi  Jayaraman

08 kaNDEnA gOvindana – chandrakauns ? – Purandara Dasa

09 thillAna ( dhIm tadara dhIm tada) – pahADi – Lalgudi Jayaraman

10 mangaLam – saurAStram / madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja

shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvati

Special concert on the 87th birthday of Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman by one of his prime disciple yesterday at Nadasurabhi.  True to the day and theme, Saketharaman presented the concert including a few of the composers kritis as well as a few popularised by him.

Saketharaman sang in his typical style. Full of energy and speed. He marveled at the high speed swara singing. Unfortunately, both his alapanas were also in the same vein, as longer fast paced phrases.  While they were interesting and had some excellent passages for both charukeshi and madhyamavati, the beauty and essence of his efforts would have made more appealing impact with a reduced speed. Apoorva on her turn did exactly that. She started in such a mellifluous way, unhurried through slow and measured phrases in the early stages of her alapana. She was very impressive through out the evening. Sai Giridhar, seeing for the first time, also made a lasting impact. The tani avartanam was brilliant.

There was a elaborate neraval( and only one for the evening) for madhyamavati, excellently done. Surprised, when he decided to skip the kalpana swaras. I thought, he had plans for a pallavi for the evening, which did not come. Considering the concert was for a little over 2:30 hrs, it wasn’t time pressure. Not sure, what was the intention behind it.

Post main had an interesting jatiswara composed by the legendary musician. The clever swarabheda from sindhubhairavi was nice.  A Pahadi thillana concluded the concert.

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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Harini & Sharada , Karnataka Vaibhava @ Nadasurabhi 20th Aug 2017

Vocal : Bangalore Sisters ( Harini & Sharada)

Violin : Nalina Mohan

Mrudangam : B R Srinivas

Ghatam : Srishylan

Thematic Concert on Mysore/Karnataka Composers

01. shLOkam ( Om nama: praNavArthAya)

mAtE malayadhwaja ( daru varNam) – khamAs – Adi-Muthaiah Bhagavathar

02 shrI mahAgaNapatim bhajEham – aThANa – Adi-Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar ( A,S )

03. gangAdhara tripurahara – pUrvikalyANi –  Roopakam – Mysore Sadashiva Rao ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘ahi bhUSaNa amaravana aja sannuta badarIvana’

04. ikO namma swAmi – maNirang – mishra chAp – Purandara Dasa ( O )

05. sadA sAranga nayanE – ranjani – Adi – Yoga Narasimham ( A )

06. mari mari vacunA – kAmbOji – Adi x 2 – Mysore Vasudevachar ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘rAmuni mahima nEn Emani pogaDudu’

07. karEdarE barabAradE guruvE – janasammOdini? – Adi – Kamalesha Vittala

08. bArO namma managE – vasanta – Purandara Dasa

09. thillAna ( nAdru dru dhIm takaNu dhIm ) – chandrakauns ? – Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma

10. mangaLam – saurAStram/ madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja

Another one of a meticulously planned concert in the ‘Karnataka Vaibhava’ series at Nadasurabhi. What is heartening to see is the freshness in the selection of compositions, instead of singing the ‘safe’ kritis.

To me the high point of the concert was the pUrvikalyani kriti. Sadhashiva Rao’s master piece was sung wonderfully. The neraval was classy, the kalpana swaras that followed were superbly done. Kamboji main, for the second day in succession, this time with a different take. Mari mari vacuna is not heard these days, apart from Malladi Bros. There was again detailed neraval and swaras here.

Yoga Narasimham’s ranjani composition and the thillana of mrudangam maestro Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma were new to me. What was again impressive to listen and watch was the way B R Srinivas accompanied the main artists. He, I thought, had a wonderful performance. Nalina Mohan was in her usual self, however her return alapana’s were shortish for most of the ragas.

This is a great initiative from Nadasurabhi and I observed they bring new artists each year , presenting newer compositions as a result.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Dilip Simha & A K Jagdish @ Karnataka Vaibhava , Nadasurabhi – 19 Aug 2017

Vocal Duet : A Dilip Simha & A K Jagdish

Violin : R Achyutha Rao

Mrudangam : Adamya Ramanand

Ganjira : Anil Parashara

Thematic Concert on the Compositions of Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar

List:

01. mana mOhana (varNam) – mOhanam – aTa

02. durgAdEvi duritanivAriNi – navarasa kannaDa – Adi

03. lambOdara sOdara – kalyANi – sankIrNa chApu  ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘ nA kOrina varamunu nosagi nannubrOvumu’

04. vancatOnunA – karNaranjani – Adi tishra gati  ( A )

05. mAnamu kAvalenu talli – sahAna – Roopakam ( A,S )

06. sharavaNa bhava – pashupatipriya – Adi

07. shivam haram sAmbam bhaja manasA – kAmbOji – Adi x 2 ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ shivam haram sAmbam bhaja manasA – sadA’

08. ANDavan darishanamE – jOnpuri – Adi

09. dhIm tAre nArE nArE ( thillAna ) – hamsAnandi

10.  shLOkam ( swasthi prajabhyA..) – madhyamAvati

Rain and flood affected Koramangala made it difficult for us to attend the concert. But I always like thematic concerts for one, it give a direction to the artists and audience and secondly, gets some of the not often heard gems are brought out of oblivion. However, it has to precede a clever planning and intelligence from the artists.

Muthaiah Bhagavathar, to be is one of the best ( if not the best) composers of the 20th century and has produced a vast number of compositions in various languages, complex tala structure and have credited with compositions in ragas created by him. True to the spirit of the evening, the artists should be given credit in choosing to sing the compositions in all the four languages and a variety of tala with a few popular and a few not often heard kritis.

It took a while for the duo to get into the groove. Initial pieces, where they had to sing together was a bit patchy. There were occasional slips later too. However, the pieces where they had to sing independently ( alapana , neraval and swaras) it was much better. The larger pieces were very good. As KSSR mentioned in his remark, the team excelled in neravals. Both Kalyani and Kamboji neravals were top class. The kalpana swaras were also very good.

The pick of the evening was the main kamboji kriti. Very rarely heard in concert, a gem in kamboji. Very aptly chosen pallavi line for neraval, the sangatis that followed in the anu pallavi and the eduppu.. this is a fabulous composition and the artists did a fantastic job here. Percussion support was vey good. Adamya is a seasoned artist and it is good to see him growing in stature as a matured artist. Anil Parashara was brilliant too.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Bharat Sundar @ Unnati, Gokulashtami Series, 05 Aug 2017

Vocal : Bharat Sundar

Violin : M R Gopinath

Mrudangam : Neyveli Skandasubramanian

Ghatam : H Sivaramakrishnan

List

01. varNam – AbhOgi

02 sAmaja varadA nIku – shuddha sAvEri – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar ( S )

03 bAlakrSNan pAdamalar – dhanyAsi – Papanasam Sivan ( A,N,S )

neraval @ ‘nIlamukil pOl azhakan’  Swaras @ ‘varaguNa bAlakrSNan’

04 ninne nammitinayyA – simhEndramadhyamam – Mysore Vasudevachar ( N,S )

neravan&swara @ ‘pannagEndra shayana, pannagAri vAhana’

05 nambi kettevar evarayya – hindOLam – Papanasam Sivan ( A )

06 challarE rAmachandruni – Ahiri – Thyagaraja ( O )

07 vandE sadA padmanAbham – navarasa kannaDa – Swathi Thirunal ( S )

08 kAmAkSi varalakSmi – bilahari – Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘kAmakalE vimalE karakamalE kAmakOTi bilaharinuta kamalE’

09 nI mATalE mAyanurA ( javaLi) – pUrvikalyANi – Pattabhiramayya

10 viruttam ( kArAyavaNNa maNivaNNA kaNNA) – brindavana sarang,varLAi,khamAs,mAND – Ramalinga Swami

muraLIdhara gOpAla – mAND – Periyasami Tooran

11 jamunA kinArE pyArE (bhajan) – mishra pIlu – Swathi Thirunal

12 thillAna ( tOm tOm tadara tadaradAni ) – pUrNachandrika – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar

13 tirupugazh ( charana kamalAlayathai) – shubha pantuvarALi

14 mangaLam – saurAStram/madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja

shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvati

Brilliant concert by the young vidvan. Very refreshing set of ragas and compositions. Nice mix and variety in all aspect. He sang each of them to some good impact. Classy hindOLam and bilahari alapana. Impressive takes on dhanyAsi alapana, albeit to a lesser attractiveness. Fabulous neraval for bilahari and simhendra madhyamam. However, not so great for dhanyasi, probably he chose a wrong place. Brilliant swara singing through out, especially with faster tempo , which looks like his forte.  Nice picks of Ahiri and navarasa kannada compositions.

Post main was very well thought through and delivered. The days when post main is usually concluded with two or three pieces with a customary devarnama, it is encouraging to see young vidvans like Bharat Sundar is giving it some considerations. The jAvaLi, viruttam, bhajan and tirupugazh were very well sung. Beautiful stuff.

The accompanying artists, did a fabulous job, especially Sri Neyveli Skandasubramanian. M R Gopinath was very good in his returns, especially the bilahari alapana. Tani Avartanam was good, with mrudangam taking the lion’s share of the proceedings.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Ramakrishnan Murthy @ indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha, 25th Jun 2017

Vocal : Ramakrishnan Murthy

Violin : R K Shriramkumar

Mrudangam : K Arun Prakash

Ganjira : G Guruprasanna

List :

01 viribONi ( varNam ) – bhairavi – PAchimiriumm Adiappa

02 jaya jaya jaya jAnakIkAnta – nATa – Purandara Dasa ( S )

03 smaraNE sukhamu – janaranjani – Thyagaraja ( N,S )

neraval & swara @ rAmanAma shravaNamu valla nAma rUpamE hrdayamu

04 rAmanAma pAyasakke – Anandabhairavi – Purandara Dasa

05 RTP – kalyANi – chaturashra tripuTa, 2 kaLai,  1/8 atIta eduppu?

tAnam in kalyANi, kIravANi, kannaDa and kAnaDa

pallavi  ‘ un darishanam kiDaikkumO naTarAja , dayAnidhE ‘

rAgamAlika swaras in kalyANi, nIlAmbari, aThANa, kApi and shrI

05b tani Avartanam

06 shrI vishvanAtham bhajEham – chaturdasha rAgamAlika – Dikshitar

07 shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – shrI

First of all, congratulations to Vidvan Ramakrishnan Murthy, for receiving the Purandara Yuva Puraskar for this year, as one of the awardees. Truly deserving for the service he is offering to the music field.

Last evening concert, evoked mixed emotions, to say the best. It did start about 30 min behind schedule, as the previous program extended by 15-20 min. He probably was not at the best of his physical ability. He was visibly distracted and was grimacing towards the second part of the evening. That aside, the entire evening was of a slow sedate mood, one slow piece after other. Some of the usual verve and vigour wasn’t at display. So, the atmosphere wasn’t of excitement.

But, taking individual pieces, I hasten to say, he sang very well. A very detailed bhairavi varnam – I guess he sang all the charanams, started of the concert very well. Nata kriti was a bit off, even the kalpana swaras were just ok.  The start of janaranjani to me was the highlight of the evening. One sangati after other came out with such elan, albeit on a slow speed, to some mesmerizing effect. Beautiful stuff. An elaborated neraval at rAma nAma shravanam added to the glow. Few round of swaras too.

Andabhairavi alapana, again was decent. Some feedback and echo issues with the amplifier disturbed the free flow a couple of times. Sriramkumar played in the similar lines. I was expecting one of the Shyama Shasthry’s master pieces. But he picked yet another Purandara Dasa kriti, presented very well.

Detailed kalyANi alapana came soon, befitting the main piece of the evening.  While nothing to talk home about the alapana, the tanam was exquisite. The easing from kalyani to keervani was classy , so was the kannaDa and kAnaDa interludes. Brilliant stuff.  Familiar pallavi line, but set to Aditalam. I think he did an ateeta eduppu, fixing ‘darishanam’ at samam, which makes ‘un’ a fraction before samam. I could be wrong here. No trikalam in the offer, but some attempts during the kalpana swaras. Very good ragamalika swaras, especially the slow aThANa was superclass. Tani Avrtanam too did not lift up the mood, a typical Arun Prakash style. Guruprasanna,did some good attempts while accompanying, though. He concluded the concert with the 14 raga garland of Muthuswamy Dikshitar.

A good concert, especially the second part of the pallavi and the janaranjani. One always expect more from Vidvans like Ramakrishnan Murthy.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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