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Trichur Brothers @ Samyoga 2019, Ranjani Fine Arts 10 Feb 2019

Vocal : Trichur Brothers

Violin : L Ramakrishnan

Mrudangam : Trichur R Mohan

Ghatam : Kovai Suresh

List:

01 sumukhA EkadantA (varNam) – sarasvati – Adi – Keshavananda Bharathi

02 girirAja sutA tanaya – bangALA – Adi – Thyagaraja

03 jaya jaya jaya jAnakI kAntA – nATa – khaNDa chAp – Purandara Dasa ( O,S )

04 bhArati maddhiSaNA – dEvamanOhari – rUpakam – Dikshitar ( O )

05 kamalAptakula kalashAbdhi – brindAvana sAranga – Adi – Thyagaraja

06 sItamma mAyamma – vasanta – rUpakam – Thyagaraja ( N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘dhara nija bhAgavatAgrEsarulu evarO vArellaru’

07 RTP – cArukEshi – mishrajAti jhumpa, tisra gati  +1(3 akSaram) eDuppu

pallavi line : ‘maragata maNimaya vilasita rAmayyA, maravAda guNa’

rAgamAlika swaras in ‘kAnaDa, behAg, ??, ??

08 tAL bOlE  chipali lA ? (abhang) – ? –  Thukaram?

09 shLOkam – madhyamAvati

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*One of the largest crowd I’ve seen in this part of the town for a concert. The duo, certainly had a huge fan following here.

*Concert started 25 min late – arrival + long sound setting ( which they excused and sought in advance). That , coupled with some confusion on the ‘end-time’ caused some disarray in their concert planning.

*Until the Vasanta kriti, it was somewhat unappealing to me, despite a ‘first time listening’ of a sarasvati varnam comprised of the 12 names of Ganesha, and some nice rounds of nATa swaras.

*There was no alapana, except for the pallavi. After about 5 compositions, they were planning to go for the pallavi, but some reconfirmation of the time/duration salvaged the situation. They sang a delectable sItamma mAyamma with the newly ‘obtained’ extra time.

*Super duper neraval by both with equally brilliant support from L Ramakrishnan. Fitting swaras too.

*Tani Avartanam was taken after vasanta, with the audience putting tAlam ( on request by the artists, easy as it was in Roopakam) , reminding me the Viking Clap. Good engagement idea.

*The sole alapana was for cArukeshi, shared between the bros. Fairly elaborate, many impressive phrases, very well done by all three. Impressive rAgamAlika tAnam, seamless transition from one to other, again pretty impressive. Similar fair during the ragamalika swaras as well. I couldn’t figure out if this was done as ‘grahabhedam’.

*Abhang followed, with the audience in ‘trance’ clapping ( this time involuntarily ) to the song and reaching near ecstasy during the chants ‘pANDuranga, pANDUranga’ and ‘viTTHala viTTHala’.  I am not a great fan of this.

*Good concert, especially the vasanta and pallavi. But I still feel a little bit of planning ( or re-planning) would have made it a lot more ‘complete’.

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Posted by on February 11, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Gayana Samaja, Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira – Spring Festival 06 Feb, 2019

Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin : S Varadarajan

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Ganjira : K V Gopalakrishnan

Morsing : B Rajashekhar

List :

01 ninne kOriunnAdirA (varNam) – Ahiri – aTa – Tarangampadi Panchanada Iyer

02 tappaganE vacunA – shuddha bangALA – Roopakam -Thyagaraja ( S )

03 AnandAmrtakarSiNi – amrtavarSiNi – Adi – Dikshitar ( A,S )

04 ItanIga vAsudEvanu – nATakurinji – Roopakam – Kanakadasa ( A )

05 attaruNam abhayam – bhairavi – Adi – Papanasam Sivan ( N )

neraval @ ‘ uttamap- piravi aLittAy UnamillAda uDalum aRivum koDuttAy’

06 dAsharathE dayA shAradhE – kOkilapriya – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )

07 nannu brOvumaNi ceppavE – kalyANi – mishra chAp – Bhadrachala Ramadasu

08 RTP – suruTTi – chaturashra tripuTa x 2 kaLai , 5 aksharam eDuppu

pallavi line  : ‘putiyatOr ulagam seivOm, pOriDam ulagathai saipOm’

rAgamAlika swaras in dhanyAsi, bEgaDa and gOpikAtilakam

09 riNa madanuta paripAlaya –  behAg – Adi – Swathi Thirunal

10 ugabhOga ( sutta nadiyE kaNDE ) – pahADi ?

kaNDEnA uDupiya krSNarAyanna – pahADi ?? – Mishra chap – Purandara Dasa

11 rAmanai bhajitAl – mAND – Adi – Papanasam Sivan

12 nI nAma rUpamulaku (mangaLAm) – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

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*WHAT.A.CONCERT it was. The concert of the year for me. One of the best in the recent times.

* Everything was a gem. Nothing more to say.  Four super class alapana. I loved the amrutavarshini and kokilapriya alapana.

*Fabulous pallavi, very detailed. Mesmerizing ragamalika, especially the begada and gopikatilakam.

*I guess, Sanjay himself has set the Devarnama to tune. It was very appealing.

*shudha bangala swarams.. to me there are 3 references to shudhabangala. Madurai Mani Iyer for Rama bhakti samrajyam, Semmangudi for Tappagane and Nedunuri for toLi nE jEsina. But this was very good, especially the swaram that he sang yesterday.

* I am also liking him singing kannada compositions up in front and a new one this time. Commendable.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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G Ravikiran @ Gayana Samaja , 27th Jan 2019

Vocal : G Ravikiran

Violin : H K Venkatram

Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar

Khanjari : A S N Swamy

List:

Missed the beginning.

01 chera rAvadEmirA – rItigauLa – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A , S )

02 lEkana ninnu – asAvEri – Adi – Thyagaraja

03 appa rAma bhakti entO – pantuvarALi – Roopakam – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )

neraval & swaras @ lakSmIdEvi valacunA, lakSmaNuNDu golucunA ‘

04 shrI rAmam ravikulAbdhi sOmam – nArAyaNagauLa – Adi x 2 – Dikshitar ( S )

05 vAcAmagOcaramE – kaikAvashi – Adi – Thyagaraja

06 swararAgasudhA – shankarAbharaNam – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swaras @ ‘mUlAdhAraja nAda merugudE ‘

07 callarE rAmachandruni – Ahiri – mishra chAp – Thyagaraja

08 sindhu taran siyA sOch haraN – sindhubhairavi – Adi – Tulsidas

09 parulanna mATa namma (javaLi ) – kApi – Roopakam – Dharmapuri Subbaiyer

10 shLOkam ( ay muraLi mukunda smEra vaktra ) – sahAna, hamIrkalyANi,hamsAnandi

shyAma ghnAbha shata ravi shObha  – hamsAnandi – Adi – Tulasivanam

11 baridE hOyitu hottu – bhAgEshrI ? – Adi – Purandara Dasa

12 nI nAma rUpamulaku ( mangaLam) – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

shLOkam ( swasti prajabhyA paripAlayantAm ) – surutti

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*Stuck in traffic at Lalbagh and reached late ( and I hate that), missed the starting.

* Ravikiran and the team gave a beautiful concert. It was brilliant affair through out.

*Fabulous Shankarabharanam. What an alapana. The early phrases were shear beauty.  Listening to Swara raga sudha in a concert after a very long time. I think, I exclaimed loudly when he started that.

*Superly moving narayanagaula. The swaras at the same tempo were very good. Those closing play by H K Venkatram were, delectable.

*Refreshing neraval for Appa Rama bhakti. Used to listen to it at ‘kapivAridhi’, hence this had a speacial appeal.

*Post main too, were very apt and very well executed, especially the ragamalika shlokam and Tulasivanam kriti.

*As usual, Tumkur Ravishankar excelled. I loved the way he played for Kaikavashi kriti. The tani avartanam was good too.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Sree Venugopala Krishnaswamy Temple, Malleswaram 20 Jan 2019

Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin : S Varadarajan

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Ganjira : Alathur Rajaganesh

List:

01 entO prEmatO nE (varNam) – suruTTi – Adi – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya

02 ee vasudhA nI vaNTi deivamu – sahAna – Adi – Thyagaraja ( S )

03 shrI krSNam bhajarE – rUpavati – Roopakam – Dikshitar

04 enduNDi veDalitivO – darbAr – mishrachAp – Thyagaraja ( A )

05 dEva dEva jagadIshvara – pUrvikalyANi – Adi – Swathi Thirunal ( N )

neraval @ ‘ dArida magadha mahIpa yadUttama ‘

06 mA ramaNan umA ramaNan – hindOLam – Roopakam – Papanasam Sivan ( A,S )

07 eduTa nilicitE – shankarAbharaNam – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )

08 hE gOvind hE gOpAl – paTdIp – Roopakam – Surdas

09 harivAsarada upavAsada – sindhubhairavi – Adi – Purandara Dasa

10 viruttam ( tIrtHa karayinilE ) – bhAgEshrI

ninnaiyE ratiyenru – bhAgEshrI – Roopakam -Subramanya Bharathi

11 viruttam ( UraNi manOnmaNi ) – kAmbOji,bhImplAs?, behAg, SaNmukhapriya?,madhyamAvati

karpagamE – madhyamAvati – Adi – Papanasam Sivan

12 nI nAma rUpamulaku ( mangaLam) – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

*This was the concert ‘postponed’ from September.

*As usual another classy concert. Very interesting set of compositions.

* No pallavi, hence I would have preferred another neraval today. Neraval for Poorvikalyani was awesome.

*Brilliant alapana of Darbar, hindolam ( Varadarajan was fabulous) and Shankarabharanam.

*Lovely sahana swaras and the shankarabharanam.

*Expected ( hoped) him to sing ‘yArE ranganA yArE krSNana’ for hindOlam, for the occasion and the location 🙂

*Brilliant tani avartanam, especially from Venkatesh.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Kothapalli Vandana @ BTM Cultural Academy , 12 Jan 2019

Vocal : Kothapalli Vandana

Violin : Aditi Krishnaprakash

Mrudangam : Renukaprasad

Ghatam : Omkar G Rao

Theme : Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar Compositions

List:

01 mAtE malayadhwaja ( varNam) – khamAs – Adi – HMB ( O )

02 gam gaNapatE namO namO – hamsadhwani – Adi tisragati – HMB ( O, S )

03 Adityam dEvAdi dEvam – mAyAmALavagauLa – Adi x 2 – HMB  ( A )

04 bhuvanEshvariyA – mOhanakalyANi – Adi – HMB ( short alapana)

05 vAnca tOnu nA – karNaranjani – Adi tisragati – HMB

06 sudhAmayi sudhAnidhi – amrtavarSiNi -Roopakam – HMB ( A,S )

07 sharavaNabhava – pashupatipriya – Adi – HMB

08 ratna kancuka dhAriNi – kAmbOji – mishrachAp – HMB ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘mandagamanOllAsini dEvEndranuta mrdubhASiNi’

09 notes ( gA, maga ri gapa rIgasA) – tishra gati – HMB

10 shLOkam ( asAdhya sAdhaka svAmin) – chencurutti

shrI AnjanEya jagadEka vIrA – chencurutti – Adi – HMB

11 thillAna ( dhIm tana tArE dhiraNA) – hamsAnandi ?? – Adi – HMB

12 nI nAma rUpamulaku (mangaLam) – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

shLOkam ( shrIyay kAntAya) – madhyamAvati

 

*Good, albeit predictable, selection of kritis. Presented very well.  Apart from the ‘Aditya dEva dEvam’ and the hanuman kriti in chenchurutti, rest of them are regularly heard. Aditya dEva dEvam ( heard it only once from T S Sathyavathi ) made the evening for me.

*Top class alapana for kAmbOji, amrutavarshini and the shortish mayamalavagaula. Amrutavarshini, I thought was brilliant.

*Her swara singing worth a mention, especially the hamsadhwani and amrutavarshini. The way she alternated between two gatis for amrutavarshini was fabuloius. Renukaprasad rose to the occasion here and the combo was delectable.

* Liked the shlokam ( hanuman manthra) before the Chenchurutti kriti. I always like a shlokam ( or ugabhoga or viruttam) before a kriti especially if it goes in line with the context of the song being rendered.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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