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Pavani Kashinath @ Nadasurabhi, Karnataka Vaibhava, 18 Aug 2018

Vocal : Pavani Kashinath

Violin : Anand Viswanathan

Mrudangam : Phanindra Bhaskara

Ghatam : S N Narayana Murthy


01 chalamEla ( varNam) – nATakurinji – Adi – Rangaswamy Nattuvanar

02 dEvi rAmE mAnavAbdhi tanayE –  vasanta – Adi – Mysore Vasudevacharya ( O,S )

03 marivErE gati – Ananda bhairavi – Mishra Chap – Shyama Shasthry

04 marivErE dikkevarayya – latAngi – Khanda Chap – PAtnam Subramanya Iyer ( A,S )

05 pariyAchakamA – vanaspati – Roopakam – Thyagaraja

06 shrI kAmakOTi pIThastHitE – sAvEri – Adi x 2 – Mysore Sadashiva Rao ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ kadambavana nilaye ambA kancalOcani

07.  …

The first concert of the Nadasurabhi ‘Karnataka Vaibhava Series’. Young Vidushi sang very well. Very good voice, ease of singing across the range stood out.  Very nice selection of kritis  ( though it did not adhere entirely to the theme of Karnataka Vaibhava, though) and appropriate deliberation for each. She will need to hone her skills. Some finesse is required, especially in her alapanas. I must add that as the concert progressed, she was more confident and was singing much better.

The support team chipped in very well. Anand played a nice Saveri alapana and some impressive swaras for Vasanta. Phanindra was very active. His playing at the start of the sAvEri kriti was awesome. He also played a brilliant tani avartanam. The starting phases were top class.

I had to miss the scholarly Ragam Tanam Pallavi that followed after this concert by Vid. Amrutha Venkatesh.

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Posted by on August 19, 2018 in Uncategorized


Vishnudev Namboothiri @ Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt, 21 July 2018

Vocal : Vishnudev Namboothiri

Violin : B K Raghu

Mrudangam : B S Prashanth


01 sarasUDA ( varNam ) – sAvEri – Adi – Kothavasal Venkataramana Iyer

02 telisirAma cintanatO – pUrNacandrika – Adi – Tyagaraja ( S )

03 ninna nODi dhanyanAdenO – tODi – Roopakam – Purandara Dasa ( A,N,S )

neraval & swaras @ dEsha dEsha tirugi nAnu Asha badhanAdE svAmi ‘

04 narasimha mAmava – Arabhi – Khanda Chap – Swathi Thirunal

05 venkaTa shailavihAra – hamIr kalyANi – Adi x 2 – Subbaraya Shasthri (  O )

06 kalayAmi hrdi nanda – kannaDa – Mishra Chap – Swathi Thirunal ( S )

07 shrI bhASyA kArasyatE – kApi – Khanda Chap – ??

08 mA jAnaki – kAmbOji – Adi – Tyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ rAjarAjavara rAjIvAkSa vinu’

09 gOvindA ninna nAmavE chanda – janasammOdini – Adi – Purandara Dasa

10 manda matiyu nAnu madana janakanu nAnu – durga – khanda chap – Purandara Dasa

11 mangaLam – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

What a stupendous concert. Pardon me is I use too many superlatives today.  Well, it was worth every words of it. The team today was brilliant. You may stop reading now 🙂

Reaching Malleswaram on a Saturday evening is a nightmare. The google map showed 1hr 18 mins and I thought I am going to miss the start. But, as it turned out, I reached before the main artist, who had a similar experience with the traffic. To attend this, I had to skip two of my favourite artists, performing at the nearby Belundur.

Concert started after the Swamiji of the Mutt, reached the venue and blessed the artists and the audience.  And credit to the organisers for having paid respect to the recently departed mrudangam maestro B K Chandramouli, before the concert. Swamiji, later in the evening spoke about Sri Chandramouli and their association at length.

Concert started with a brisk varnam and soon moved into poornachandrika. Some brilliant swaraprasthana at the end, gave an indication of what is going to come for the rest of the evening.  A fantastic thodi alapana came in soon. What a start, how beautifully he constructed and weaved the alapana with some mesmerizing phrases. Super class and one of the best I’ve heard in recent times. B K Raghu was equally fabulous in his turn, played many delectable phrases and added to the overall impact of the thODi hurricane. The kriti was even better. From the selection to the neraval and the two speed kalpana swaras were outstanding. I am very impressed with his diction, which seldom see in artists from Chennai when they sing Kannada Compositions. The thodi effect took a while to leave as he eased into an Arabhi and a very melodious hameerkalyani. Another couple of short pieces came in with kannaDa and kApi. Again, he sang some cracking swaras for kannada. The kApi kriti was on Ramanuja, which was apt for the place and occasion.

Kamboji affair was akin to the thODi one. Outstanding alapana from the main artist, equally measured and impactful approach from Raghu.  The power of the voice was at its best as he easily moved across the ‘sthAyi’s at will. The mandrasthayi long passages were a treasure in the beginning and the high octane output at the tArasthayi towards the middle phase were very appealing.  Superb alapana.  O rangashayi was ringing in my mind  ( Swamiji made a similar observation, later) but it was mA jAnaki. Again, no words to describe. He was in top form. The long neraval was superb. He was tracing many unknown paths, especially in the higher registers. I thought he even reached tArastAyi shaDjam at one place ( nishAdam for sure) in some of the breathtaking neraval phase. He continued on the same tempo with kalpana swaras, later switching back to the first ‘kAlam’ form some of the more intrinsic patterns. Outstanding.  Prashant had a field day. He is improving leaps and bounds every time I watch him play. Yesterday he played with a lot of elan, anticipated well, added to the overall effect of the concert. He also played a very commendable tani avartanam after the main.

Couple of devarnamas constituted the rest of the evening. Swamiji later blessed the artists with his knowledge and keen observations on the music. The supercharged atmosphere was visibly evident from the faces of the listeners and the artists. Audience thronged the artists to congratulate them. Brilliant musicians and an outstanding concert.


Posted by on July 22, 2018 in Concert songlist


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Vasudevan Ram, Guru Utsava @ Ranjani Fine Arts, 21 Jul 2018

Vocal : Vid Vasudevan Ram

Violin : Anand Viswanathan

Mrudangam : Rakshit


01 shLOkam ( guru brahmO gurur viSNO ) – kalyANi  ( O, violin return )

gaNapatE mahAmatE – kalyANi – Roopakam – Dikshitar  ( Ambi?? )

02 paripAlayamAm – rItigauLa –  Roopakam – Swathi Thirunal ( A )

03 viruttam ( en tAyum enakkaruL tantayum nI ) – kApi – Arunagirinathar ?

kArtikEyanai kaNNAra kANAvENDumE – kApi – Roopakam – Mayuram Viswanatha Shasthri

Shri Vasudevan presented the inagural concert of the 2 day long Guru Utsava of Ranjani Fine Arts. A short half an hour concert, which was planned beautifully. It is difficult to plan and control a short duration concert. You have to omit or miss more than what you could incorporate.

He started appropriately with the guru vandana shlokam, sang beautifully. Anand played a nice little alapana of Kalyani before the kriti. Nice idea of including the Guru and Ganesha in one piece. Another good alapana of reetigaula, with some innovative takes by Vasudevan, followed by Anand with a short reply. The time was running out and I could see Vasudevan was stepping up the tempo. Paripalayamam was sung at a pace faster than usual tempo.

A short viruttam from Kandar Anubhooti ( ?) before Mayuram Viswanatha Shastri’s composition to conclude the short but pretty nice concert.

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Posted by on July 21, 2018 in Concert songlist


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Vivek Sadashivam @ Pranava Fine Arts, 14 July 2018

Vocal : Vivek Sadashivam

Violin : Aniruddha Bharadwaj

Mrudangam : Trichy G Aravindh

Ghatam : B S Raghunandan


01 chalamElA ( varNam) – nAtakurinji – Adi – Rangaswamy Nattuvanar  ( O )

02 dEva dEva kalayAmi – mAyAmALavagauLa -Roopakam – Swathi Thirunal ( A,N,S )

neraval & Swara @ ‘jAtarUpa nibhacElA janmArcitam mamakhila’

03 brOva bhAramA -bahudhAri – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

04 vElum mayilumE – sucharithra – Roopakam – Koteeswara Iyer ( A-vocal)

05 rAma rAma rAma rAma, rAma ennirO – vasanta – Adi, tisra naDai – Purandara Dasa

06 akSayalinga vibhO – shankarAbharanam – mishra chAp –  Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ badarI vanamula nAyikA sahita’

07 kaNDu dhanyanAdE uDupi krSNanA – behAg – Roopakam – Kamalesha Vittala

08 shLOkam ( nama:shivabhyAm nava yauvanAbhyAm) – sindhubhauravi

chandrashEkharA eeshA – sindhubhairavi – Anai Vaidyanatha Iyer

09 muddugArE yashOdA – kurinji – Adi – Annamacharya

10 tum bin mOri kaun khabar lE – mIrAbhajan

11 thillAna ( udana tadana tara dhIm ) – kAnaDa – Muthaiah Bhagavathar

12 thirupugazh ( kADi mODi vAdADu) – shankarAbharaNam – Arunagirinathar

13 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

Extremely pleasing concert by the young vidvans last evening at Sri Thyagarajan’s residence, under the Pranava Fine Arts. Heard his name during the initial ‘kalavanta’ days and a couple of his concerts in FM Amrutavarshini, made sure I attended this concert. The team put forward a commendable display with some top class music.

He started off with a brisk varnam, and gained momentum through the concert to an ever increasing audience as it progresses.  A detailed Mayamalavagaula of Swathi Thirunal, set the stage for all of them to come together on the stage. Less than a month back, few of us sat together with Vid. Tadeppalli Lokanatha Sharma , where he demonstrated this kriti in a fresh appealing approach.  Vivek, presented the Semmangudi format of the kriti, but I liked his nice little drift ( if I may say so) at the second ‘dEva’ ( that brought the memory of Sri Lokanatha Sharma’s discussion). Brilliant neraval at jAtarUpa and a fitting swaraprasthana, amply supported by the other artists.

The bahudhAri alapana was the best for me, Aniruddh was fabulous. Loved the initial few phrases he played. Brova bhArama as expected ( I am hoping some one will take sadAnanda tANDavam more often).  Aside:  ‘bAramA’ and ‘ragurAma’ aren’t appealing. Why can’t they sing bhArama and raghurAma with appropriate stress on the syllable. Kalpana swaras for bahudhAri again was super, with some nice patterns and clever shifts.

Two short fillers, one probably was a request, as the chit was seen being passed to him. He sang a short sucharitra alapana, and continued with vElum mayilumE without a violin response.

Grand shankarabharanam for the evening. He sang the typical alapana with good control and measure. Impressive passages, nice shift between octaves, longish ‘akara’ at higher registers. Everything was done with remarkable elan. Aniruddh played a much restrained alapana , I thought.  I did get the sense of akshayalinga vibhO, and I wasn’t wrong.  The kriti singing was ok, did not live upto the alapana he sang. But, he redeemed himself with another good neraval and the swaras in two speed, that followed. Percussion team played an active role in the evening and Aravindh was excellent through out. The duo played an elaborate tani avartanam.

As the audience voted for ‘thukkadas’ over a pallavi, there was a chain of short pieces to follow. He mixed them well, and some nice selection, which started with a nice little alapana of behag ( by both) before ‘kaNDu dhanyanAdE’. A shlOkam, a meerabhajan , a thillAna and thirupugazh before mangalam, says his impressive array of selection.

Very impressive concert by the young artists and wishing them all the success.

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Posted by on July 15, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Amritha Murali at Nadasurabhi, 17th June 2018

Vocal : Vid. Amritha Murali

Violin : H M Smitha

Mrudangam : B C Manjunath

Ghatam: S N Narayana Murthy


01 shLOkam ( sadguru gajasyavANim)

pankajAkSi nI pai (varNam) – kAmbOji – Adi – Ramaswami Sivan

02 rAmA ninnE nammi nAnu – husEni – Adi – Thyagaraja  ( O,S )

03 tyAgarAjAya namastE – bEgaDa – Roopakam – Dikshitar ( A,S )

04 vihara mAnasa rAmE – kApi – Mishra Chap – Swathi Thirunal ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘karuNArasa nilayE sarasIruha nAbhE ‘

05 mAyamma yaninE – Ahiri – Adi x 2 – Shyama Shasthri

06 venkaTaramaNanE bArO – paras – Adi – Purandara Dasa

07 RTP – thODi – mishra jhumpa , 2 kaLai , + 3 akSaram eDuppu

pallavi line : ‘shankaram lOkashankaram bhakta vashankaram, sadA bhajE shiva-‘

rAgamAlika swaras in malayamArutam, khamAs, amrutavarSiNi

tani Avartanam

08 hari chitt satya – jOnpuri – Mishra chAp – Purandara Dasa

09 shLOkam ( kastUri tilakam) – behAg, sindhubhairavi, bhAgEshrI

sAgara shayana vibhO – bhAgEshrI – Adi x 2 – MDR

10 thillAna ( ni ri ni ri ga ma ga ri sa ) – pUrvi – T Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar

11 mangaLam – saurAStram / madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja


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Posted by on July 15, 2018 in Uncategorized


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