Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh
Ganjira : G Guruprasanna
01 inta parAkEla namma ( varNam) – kunTaLavarALi – Adi – Calcutta K S Krishnamurthy
02 sUrymUrtE namOstutE – saurAStram – Chaturashra dhruvam – Dikshitar
03 sakala bhuvana nAyaka – kEdAram – Roopakam – Papanasam Sivan ( A,S )
04 shrI vaTukanAtha shiva samjAta – dEvakriya – mishrachap – Dikshitar ( A,N )
neraval @ ‘shakti sahita bhakti vihita dEva dEvakriyA ‘
05 kaligiyuNTE gada – kIravANi – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )
06 jaladhisutA ramaNEna – calanATa? – Adi – Swathi Thirunal
07 maneyoLagADO gOvinda – shrIranjani – Adi – Purandara Dasa
08 RTP – harikAmbOji – mishra tripuTa, 2 kaLai , 1/2 Eduppu
pallavi line : ‘ nI bhaktiyuDan tODutta pAmalaikkiNaiyuNDO, subramaNya bhAratiyE’
rAgamAlika swaras in ranjani,dhanyAsi, kadanakutUhalam, kanakAngi
kriti : pAmAlaikkINai uNDO – harikAmbOji – Adi – Papanasam Sivan
09 ettanai kOTi inbam – dEsh – Adi – Subrahmanya Bharathi
10 apadUruku lOnaitinE (javaLi ) – khamAs – ?? – Pattabhiramaiah
11 viruttam ( UraNi manOnmaNi ) – mOhanam, sAvEri, AbhEri , behAg
karpakAmbikai nI allavO – behAg – roopakam – Papanasam Sivan
12 kuru yadunandana ( nijagAda sA yadunandanE ) – sindhubhairavi – Adi – Jayadeva
13 mangaLam – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja
Two weekends in row, Sunday evenings are spent in the company of Sanjay and his team, and how he made both a memorable ones. Two splendid concerts. The only regret for me is that on both the weekends, Arsenal had to content with a draw and single points each 🙂
Some one commented after the concert that ‘kaligiyunte’ is the only kriti she was familiar with. I know it was an exaggeration but it shows the kind of selection he did for this concert. The kuntalavarali varnam was a first time for me too, his Guru’s which had the ‘ragamudra’ cleverly incorporated. Very sedate, slow saurashtram , very moving. In general, the entire concert was singing mostly slow tempo kritis, especially in the first half of the concert.
Nice kEdAram alapana by both and mildly surprised with the Papanasam Sivan’s composition, as I probably was expecting MDR’s tyAgarAja gurum ashraye. Nice rounds of kalpana swaras as well. But the ‘piece de resistance’ of the evening to me was the dEvakriya. Fabulous alapana, again, slow and moving phrases. I’ve heard him sing devakriya before, but this was superb. Shri vatukanatha, of Dikshitar was very good and a grand neraval at the ‘dEva dEvakriya’ line. Awesome. He left me wanting for more, and if that is a measure of a good singing, here is one.
Keeravani alapana started with some delectable phrases. 5-6 years ago, I remember him singing this at Unnati. To me, every one sings keeravani, the same way and I remarked after that concert that I was happy that there was some freshness in that alapana. Yesterday too, I liked the way he parlayed (sorry for that expression) the whole alapana. Brilliant. Kaligiyunte was good, but a little disappointed when he skipped the neraval. But, boy how did he compensate for that and more with a great swaras. The early phases were the traditional slow speed, with typical laya innovations and his usual change in sangatis. The second speed was very ‘Mani iyer’ influenced ‘sarva laghu’ style of singing. He was in some form by now. Interestingly, there was no exhilaration on his part , but the excited percussion support at time was very intrusive and wasn’t adding to the listening pleasure. The tani avartanam was good.
He sang two short kritis in quick succession before Pallavi. I would have been happy if he had skipped one and did a neraval for keeravani. Harikamboji was the pallavi raga, though it took a while to register. From the responses by many ( as seen on the social media), I wasn’t the only one who was scratching the head. The opening sequence of the alapana, was teasing and flirting around shankarabharam and later kamboji. Tanam, as usual, was very good. Pallavi line was, from the composition of Papanasam Sivan in the same raga. After the ragamalika swaras, he sang the kriti in full.
Post main was some of his usual list. Javali was very nice. The rgamalika viruttam before the behag kriti was the highlight of the post main section. An ashtapadi, probably the only fast paced kriti in the concert, concluded a concert. Another enriching concert, with many not often heard compositions, by Sanjay, yet again.