Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh
Morsing : B Rajashekhar
01 E nAdamulO (varNam) – nATa – Adi – Balamuralikrishna
02 kumArasvAminam guruguham – asAvEri – Adi x 2 – Dikshitar
03 kalayAmi raghurAmam – bEgaDa – mishra chAp – Swathi Thirunal ( A,S )
04 evaritO nE telpudu rAma – mAnavati – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
05 koluvai unnADE – bhairavi – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval& svara @ ‘manasu ranjilla sura satulu aNimAdulu koluva vEyi vannE ‘
06 viruttam ( mAnADa mayilADa ) – kalyANi
Ananda kUthADinAr ambalam tannilE – kalyANi – Gopalakrishna Bharathi
07 RTP – Arabhi – Khanda Eka +1 eDuppu
pallavi line : rAjIvAkSA bArO, rAdhA ramaNa
ragamalika svaras in hamsadhvani, AbhOgi , kEdAram, ranjani, bahudhAri and hamsAnandi
08 beTTada mElondu manEya mADi ( vachana ) – nArAyaNi?? – mishra chAp – Akka Mahadevi
09 japat japat hari nAm – rAgamAlika – Swathi Thirunal
10 mangaLam – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja
It’s been a while since he sang in Bangalore. He had ‘postponed’ two of his concert during the Gokulashtami series, hence the expectations were high. To avoid being ‘elevated’ to the balcony seats, I decided to reach early, even though that meant skipping the second half of the Bangalore Literature Festival. I managed to enter the gates before the Central Minister Rajnath Singh’s convoy and the restrictions in front of the gate / road by the police. Their action reminded me of the kid’s outdoor games where one shouts ‘Freeze’.
Back to the concert. For some days, many will be talking about the bhairavi he sang yesterday. Stupendous. Brilliant alapana, with typical characteristics of his style. Many moments of public appreciation, the holding at a swara with long breath, some astonishing parleys at the higher octaves, some impressive fast akara phrases. I heard more than one ‘brilliant’ shouts as he concluded the alapana. Varadarajan was equally good in his turn. I probably will shift towards him if I may have to choose. Koluvai Unnade was class, the ‘kOdaNDapANi’ sangatis were a gem. Detailed neraval and ‘manasu ranjilla’ , some of which were breathtaking.
Begada was another gem. Very refreshing take during alapana, teasing sequences at the starting. Kalayami Raghuramam was not expected and hence a pleasant surprise. He was again teasing with ‘dyumaNi kula tilakam’ , raising a hope for a neraval, which did not materialize. Manavati, the other raga taken for alapana, was also nice. Very short rounds of swaras for manavati too.
Arabhi pallavi was rather short. Pallavi line was concluded after 3-4 repeats, and swaras for arabhi was also short. However, the alapana and tanam was fairly long. However, there was a long chain of ragamalika swaras.
Akka mahadevi’s vachana was beautifully sung. I was told that it was set to tune in nArAyaNi, but can’t be sure. Concert concluded exactly at 9, after a short ragamalika piece of Swathi Thirunal. This was after the over enthusiastic organiser made some funny and embarrassing moments for the artists. Another typical Sanjay concert. Full, with no dull moments, more than enough to keep the fans happy. And, we will have him again here in a week for another treat.