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Abhishek Raghuram @ Samyoga2019, Annual Festival of Ranjani Fine Arts 09-Feb-2019

Vocal : Abhishek Raghuram

Violin : Akkarai Subhalakshmi

Mrudangam : Patri Satishkumar

List:

01 inta mOdi (varNam) – sAranga – Adi – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya ( O )

02 brOcEvArevvarE – shrI ranjani – Adi – Thyagaraja ( short Sketch, S )

03 jAnakI ramaNa – shuddha sImantini – Adi – Thyagaraja ( short Sketch, S )

04 shrI mAtrbhUtam – kannaDa – MishrachAp – Dikshitar ( A,S,T )

05 sumasAyaka – kApi – Roopakam – Swathi Thirunal ( A )

06 nannu brOcuTaku – thODi – Adi – Subbaraya Shasthri ( A )

07 tatvameruga taramA – garuDadhvani – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

08 murugA murugA enrAl – sAvEri – Mishra chap –  Periyasamy Thooran

09 suruTTi alapana

patiki hArati rE – suruTTi – Adi – Thyagaraja

10 nI nAma rUpamulaku – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

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*The downpour outside was paralleled with a downpour of musical swaras today.  Sriranjani and kannada swaras that was sung today has to be experienced. No words to describe.  If I am not mistaken, the kannada swaras were sung in 3 speeds.

*Sriranjani swaras had more interesting points, especially the way he prefixed raghupatE, ninnu vinA, srIrAma, sakala lOka nAyaka before ‘brOcEvarevvarE’ at different repeats. It was brilliant.

*First half, until kannaDa, there were no detailed alapana. KannaDa alapana was fabulous. Very typical of his style, which probably is a bit off-putting to some. Surprisingly, after some swashbuckling swaras, he asked PAtri to play the tani avartanam.

*He sang alapana ( fairly in detail way) for every thing that followed, including a teasing surutti  (for patiki harati rE).

* Sumasayaka, was sung like a varnam, with swara sahityam after chittaswaras, with some of his expressive twists and stretches.

*Garudadhwani alapana was also a novelty and the express-speed swaras.

*A very soouldful sAvEri, among the forceful ( bit riotous, often) others, stood out.

*Both Akkari Subhalakshmi and Patri Satishkumar were excellent.

*I see a change in pattern in his singing, of late. Eager to see how it evolve. I like his concerts and his ability to inspire awe in me as a listener. It was no different,yesterday.

 

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Posted by on February 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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V R Dileepkumar @ Seva Sadan, R K Srikantan Trust Annual Sankranti Festival, 16 Jan 2019

Vocal : V R Dileepkumar

Violin : B Achyuth Rao

Mrudangam : Renukaprasad

Ghatam : S N Narayana Murthy

List:

01 ErA nApai ( varNam) – thODi – Adi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer

02 shrI raghukula maNDubutti – hamsadhwani – Adi – Thyagaraja ( O,S )

03 sakalagraha bala nInE – aThANa – Khandachap – Purandara Dasa

04 ardhanArIshwaram – kumudakriya – Roopakam – Dikshitar ( A,S )

05 vandE sadA padmanAbham – navarasa kannaDa – Adi -Swathi Thirunal

06 rAma kathA sudhA – madhyamAvati – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ bhAmAmaNi jAnaki saumitri ‘

07 gOvindamiha gOpika – bhAgEshrI – Mishrachap – Narayana Theertha

* 2hr concert , good time management.

*A cracking kumudakriya. Outstanding alapana and equally brilliant swaras.

*Beautiful madhyamavati alapana. Shortish neraval ( probably because of the time), but grand kalpana swaras.

*Enthusiastic percussion support. Boisterous at times. Sedate violin support, he played a good kumudakriya.

 

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Baby Sreeram @ BTM Cultural Academy , 27th Aradhana Mahotsava, 09 Jan 2019

Vocal : Vid Baby Sreeram

Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam

Mrudangam : B S Prashanth

Khanjari : Latha Ramachar

List:

01 nannu brOva rAdA – janaranjani – Mishra Chap –  Shyama Shasthri ( O,S )

02 kAmAkSi ambA ( svarajati) – yadukulakAmbOji – Mishra Chap – Shyama Shasthri ( O )

03 trilOka mAtA nannu – paras – Adi – Shyama Shasthri

04 ninnu vinA marigaladA – rItigauLa – Roopakam – Shyama Shasthri (A,S )

05 ninnu vinA gamari – pUrvikalyANi – Mishra Chap – Shyama Shasthri (A,N,S )

neraval & svara @ ‘cinta dIrci vEgamE (nannu) brOcuTaku’

06 Emani migula – thODi – Adi x 2 – Shyama Shasthri ( A,N,S,T )

07 ennEramum un(dan) pAda kamala – punnAgavarALi – tripuTa – Shyama Shasthri

08 madhyamAvati sketch


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* A stupendous thodi for main. Superb alapana, Impressive selection of kriti, long neraval done in such fabulous way and an equally brilliant swaras.

* Impressive planning of concert. Progressed very well.

*Charulatha was in super form. Taking over from the main artist ( mostly helping her out in the higher register) she played some delectable alapana and swaras for reetigaula and thodi.

*Vid Baby Sreeram, restricted her singing to the lower and mid register through out, seldom venturing into the higher octave. Charulatha compensated for that. Clever way of passing between these two during the alapana and swaras.  Executed very well.

*B S Prashanth ( and  Latha Ramachar with some nice sound from the khanjari) did a commendable job.

*Thodi continue to linger in the memory.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Bellary Raghavendra @ BTM Cultural Academy , 27th Aradhana Mahotsava, 08 Jan 2019

Vocal : Bellary Raghavendra

Violin : Mathur Srinidhi

Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar

Ghatam : Ranganatha Chakravarthy

Theme : Thyagaraja Aradhana

List:

01 shrI gaNapatini – saurASTram – Adi x 2  – Thyagaraja ( S )

02 shrI raghukula munDubuTTi – hamsadhvani – Adi – Thyagaraja ( O,N,S )

neraval & svara @ ‘paramabhaktuDanu pAlanamu sEyu’

03 shLOkam ( vyAsO naigama carcayA) – nATa – Walajpet Venkataramana Bhagavathar

jagadAnanda kArakA – nATa – Adi – Thyagaraja

04 sItamma mAyamma – vasanta – Roopakam – Thyagaraja ( A-short, S )

05 mApAla velasi ika – asAveri – Adi – Thyagaraja

06 nAradamuni veDalina – pantuvarALi – Adi tisragati – Thyagaraja ( O,S )

07 kOri sEvimparArE – kharaharapriya – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A )

08 baNTurIti kOlu – hamsanAdam – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

09 hari bhajanamE jIvanamu – sAma – Adi –  Bellary Seshagiri Achar

10 Isha pAhimAm – kalyANi – Roopakam – Thyagaraja ( S )

11 mOkSamu galadA – sAramati – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( O )

12 pAlintuvO pAlimpavO – kAntAmaNi – Adi – Thyagaraja

13 dAchukO valEna – thODi – Mishra jhumpa – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & svara @ ‘ soumitri tyAgarAjuni’

14 sItAkalyANa vaibhOgamE – kurinji – Khanda Chap – Thyagaraja

15 nI nAma rUpamulaku ( mangaLAm) – saurASTram – Thyagaraja


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* He hasn’t recovered completely from illness, evidently. But despite that he presented a good concert selecting varying compositions of the saintly composer.

*Many short alapanas of 1-2 minutes. Thodi was a little more elaborate.

*Impressed with the svaras of hamsanadam , where he sang it as ‘atheetham’ at varakhaGgamivi ( rAmanAmamanu at samam). Similarly ( and more predictable) for kalyANi kriti at jagad-Isha pAhimAm.

*A variety of composition. 12 of them before the main. Nice mix. Personally, I would have liked if he had taken a couple of them in a more detailed presentation. May be the physical condition would have been behind this.

*One kriti, in sAma, I haven’t heard before. Not sure, if this is the composition of Thyagaraja ( remember hearing the ‘mudra’ in the song).

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Malladi Brothers @ Sankranti Music Festival , Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira, 06 Jan 2019

Vocal : Malladi Brothers

Violin : Embar S Kannan

Mrudangam : Trichy Sankaran

Ganjira : K V Gopalakrishnan

List

01 calamEla jEsE (varNam ) – shankarAbharaNam – aTa – Swathi Thirunal

02 manasu nilpa – AbhOgi – Adi – Thyagaraja ( O, S )

03 Ananda naTEsha – thODi – Roopakam – Ramaswamy Sivan

04 rAma ninnu namminA – mOhanam – Adi – Thyagaraja ( S )

05 nIdu caraNamulE – simhEndramadhyamam – Mishra Chap – Thyagaraja ? ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘vEda vEdAnta vidituDani velayu shrI sarvEsha rAmA’

06 ninnu pogaDa taramA – kuntaLavarALi – Adi – GNB

07 ranganAyakam bhAvayE – nAyaki – Adi – Dikshitar ( A-vocal )

08 RTP – nAtakurinji – chaturashra triputa , tisra gati, 2 aksharam ( +2/3) eDuppu

pallavi line ‘ koniyADa taramA rAmA nI mahima’

ragamalika swaras in ‘ sAma, kalAvati? , rAgEshrI , sudha sAvEri

09 sadA enna hrdayadalli – behAg – Roopakam – Vijaya Vittala Dasa

10 mAyA mOhamu – jOg – Adi – Annamacharya ( set to tune by Malladi SuriBabu)

11 shLOkam ( shrIyay kAntAya ) – madhyamAvati

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* Trichy Sankaran – Wow.  Every thing was super class. Tani Avartanam, included.

* Brilliant abhOgi swaras. Very refreshing approach.

*GNB tribute ( on his birth anniversary) by singing Ananda Natesa on thOdi and his composition in kuntalavarali ( too much of khamas shades, in their singing)

*Compelling neraval for simhendra madhyamam. Another impressive kalpana swara. Some innovative take, possibly by omitting sa and pa ( ?? ) which gave a very different experience. I was pretty sure, that was not a grahabhedam they tried, but I could be wrong.

*Natakurinji alapana, especially the initial phrases were beautiful. Tanam accompanied by percussion, but at most places it was like an extension of the alapana. Again, very sensitive and sensible approach by Sri Trichy Sankaran.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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