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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

List:

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

List:

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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V Murali, Nagaswaram @ Ranjani Fine Arts, 9 June 2018

Nagaswaram : V.Murali

Nagaswaram Support : K Chandrashekhar & M Durgesh

Thavil : Murugesh & P T Mani

Talam : S Murali

List:

01 pagavAri bOdhana(varNam) – hamsadhwani – Adi -Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( O )

02 shrI mahAgaNapati ravatumAm – gauLa – Mishra Chap – Dikshitar ( O,S )

03 raghuvamsha sudhAmbudhi – kadanakutUhalam – Adi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer

04 O rAma nI nAma EmirucirA – pUrvikalyAni – Adi – Bhadrachala Ramadas ( A )

05 entarO mahAnubhAvulu – shrI – Adi – Thyagaraja ( O )

06 sAmaja vara gamanA – hindOLam – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )

07  maguDi song ? – punnAgavarAli

08 tandanAna Ahi – bhauLi – Adi – Annamacharya

09 bhAgyAda lakSmi bAramma – madhyamAvati – Purandara Dasa

10 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

 

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Kudamaloor Janardanan @ Indira Nagar Sangeetha Sabha , 5th May 2018

Flute : Vid Kudamaloor Janardanan

Mrudangam : H S Sudheendra

Ghatam : Trichy K Murali

List:

01 shrI mahA gaNapatE – AbhOgi – khaNDa chAp – N S Ramachandran ( A,S )

02 rAga sudhArasa – AndOLika – Adi – Thyagaraja  ( A,S )

03 bhAvayAmi raghurAmam – rAgamAlika – rUpakam – Swathi Thirunal ( A,t, S,T )

04 bArO krSNayya – rAgamAlika – Adi – Kanaka Dasa ( O )

05 Western Notes – Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar

I am not sure if he has performed in Bangalore in the recent past. I haven’t come across a concert of his in Bangalore for a few years. His music is different. The way he handle the raga in its essence , I think is slightly different from the typical carnatic musicians. The difference was evident in the way he did Andolika.  He probably using the special characteristics of the instrument to its best effects.

While he did not sing or play too many compositions in the two and half hours he played, each of the compositions were dealt in detail. The abhOgi, went on for about 25 mins. with the absence of a violin, was a huge task. The kalpana swaras he played for Abhogi, stood out.

Interesting to see Bhavayami taken up as main. After a brief introduction of each raga, through the pallavi lines of popular compositions, he went on a detailed exploration of each raga, with some impressive switch over. A similar feat on the tAnam as well. Some liberty on the singing the kriti, and the kalpana swaras which was again very elaborate.

H S Sudheendra played very energetic, through out the evening. He was very impressive in the abhogi kriti, and some what less for the Andolika. However, the percussion duo peaked during the main and continued with an impressive tani avartanam.

Mand, I think is best explored through the flute. The short sketch he played in the instrument gave me goosebumps. He concluded the concert with the Western Notes composed by Muthaiah Bhagavathar, again played very well.

Mellifluous music, unhurried renditions, nice elaborate swaraprasthana and intelligent raga delineation and a clear differentiated approach to music. That sums up the evening for me. If an artist leave you , to continue the music, wanting to hear him more, I think he has done his job. That is what Sri Kudamaloor Janardanan did last evening.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Gayathri Venkataraghavan @ Rama Seva Mandali, Fort School – 28 Mar 2018

Vocal : Gayathri Venkataraghavan

Violin : Mysore Srikanth

Mrudangam : K V Prasad

Ganjira : Guruprasanna

List:

01 shLOkam ( vighnarAja krpAsindhO )

evaraNi – dEvAmrtavarSiNi – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja

02 kallu sakkare koLLirO  – kalyANi – mishra chAp -Purandara Dasa ( O, S )

03 jAlandhara supITHastHitE – valaji – rUpakam – Muthaiah Bhagavathar ( A,S )

04 kSIra sAgara shayanA -dEvagAndhAri – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja

05 rAma kathA sudhArasa – madhyamAvati – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & svara @ bhAmAmaNi jAnaki saumitri bharatAdulatO bhUmi velayu sItA’

06 RTP – dharmavati – khaNDa tripuTa , dwi nadai ( pUrvAngam in chaturashra naDai, and uttarAngam in khaNDa naDai)  +1 akSaram eDuppu, arudi after rAmuni 6 akSaram

pallavi line ‘ bhajana sEyavE O manasA rAmuni, paramAtmuni bhakta pAlini

rAgamAlika svaras in vAsanti, candrajyOti and nAgasvarALi

07 mAnasa sancararE – sAma – Adi -Sadashiva Brahmendra

08 shLOkam ( mAtA rAmO mat pitA rAmachandrah: ) – darbAri kAnaDa

rAma nAma bhajisavarigE uNTE bhavada bandhana – darbAri kAnaDa – rUpakam -Purandara Dasa

09 rAmanai bhajitAl – mAND – Papanasam Sivan

10 shLOkam ( gOpAlaratnam bhuvanaika ratnam ) – yamunAkalyAni

bhAvayAmi gOpAlabAlam – yamunAkalyANi – khaNDa chAp – Annamacharya

11 thillAna ( dhIm tana udara tarana ) – behAg – Adi – Papanasam Sivan

12 mangaLam – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya ) – suruTTi

Concert started very late ( around 6:53 pm) despite the artists arriving on stage at 6:25. There were tuning of two tanpuras , probably there was a shruti box too. Getting all of them in sync and sing the same  sa pa sa, was taking eternally long. In the meanwhile, one saw the percussion artists leaving the stage and going back ( It was later announced that Sri K V Prasad was unwell and was infact unable to start the concert. However, he came back and continued for next 3+ hours with his usual style, which should be appreciated).   After singing some kEdaram raga sketches, Vid Gayathri Venkataraghavan also left the stage for a while.  However, concert started around 6:55 and she did sing for more than 3 hrs ( beyond 10:00pm), in spite of the dwindling audience.

And, some of the best music came towards the later half of the concert.  The early part of the concert wasn’t all that great. Valaji and kalyani were ok, devagandhari wasn’t moving at all.  It was with the main madhyamavati, the whole concert lifted itself out of the drab, more precisely from the neraval. Not surprisingly the first real ‘active applause’ of appreciation was for the neraval. Kalpana swaras were pretty good too. K V Prasad and Guruprasanna played a commendable tani avartanam.

The concert peaked at its best in the pallavi. Tanam was exquisite. Srikant played some delectable tanam here. Super class. Structuarally complicated talam with two different nadai for khanda triputa with a shift in eduppu was impressively executed. The trikalam was smooth. Nice rounds of ragamalika swaram,  the one in vAsanti was beautiful.

She sang a quick short ‘mAnasa sancharare’. I thought  she was quickly filling up the sheet to fill the number of compositions. But the rest of them were very nice, including the request ‘bhavayAmi gOpAlabAlam’ and the devarnama , each preceded with a nice shlokam. Good concert, with a brilliant pallavi from vid. Gayathri venkataraghavan.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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