Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Spring Festival , Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira at Gayana Samaja, 06 Feb 2018

Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin : S Varadarajan

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Morsing : Bhagyalakshmi Krishna


01. celimi kOri( varNam ) – gauLa – Adi – Veena Kuppiyer?

02. kanu koNTini – bilahari – Adi – Thyagaraja ( S )

03. ninnuvinA marigaladA – rItigauLA – Adi tisragati – Shyama Shastry ( A,N,S )

neraval & svara @ ‘ shyAmakRSNanuta bhakta paripAlanamu sEyuTaku’

04. annai jAnaki vandALE – sAvEri – Adi x 2 – Arunachala Kavi  ( A )

05. entha cheluvagE magaLu – yAgapriya – Adi – Purandara Dasa ( A )

06. shrI subrahmaNyAya namastE – kAmbOji – Adi  x 2 – Muthuswamy Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T)

neraval & svara @ vAsavAdi sakaladEva vanditAya’

07.  mAlOn maruganai ( viruttam) – SaNmukhapriya – Arunagiri Nathar

sharavaNabhava enum – SaNmukhapriya – Papanasam Sivan

08. RTP – jaganmOhini – mishra naDai

pallavi line ” ‘shivakAma sundari amba vandaruL, tandaruL’

rAgamAlika swaras in mukhAri, kalyANi, rEvati and dEsh

09 lALisidaLu maganA – dEsh – Purandara Dasa

10. mangaLAm – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

Yet again, despite reaching ahead of time, braving the evening traffic, I had to be contend with the ‘Balcony seat’. May be next time, I would take half a day leave and reach by 3:00 pm or so. The seats were largely occupied by the handbags and kerchiefs than human beings. So, alternately, I would send a proxy an hour early with my hand-kerchief. Is ‘denzo’ listening ? 5:45pm was the starting time and one would expect him to start at samam. But yesterday there was an ‘atheetha eDuppu’ by about 2 mins.

One couldn’t ask for more. 5 elaborate alapana, one master class of kAmbOji with a real heavy composition, a pallavi, a rare vivAdi in the mix. A fabulous evening of enriching music. A short gauLa varnam to start ( too short even to notice ; it got over in 3 mins) and a bilahari that followed, were just warm up stuff.  The game shifted with the reetigaula. He always sings that well, but I was super impressed with the return by Varadarajan. Good neraval and svaras to add to the brilliance. I have to say the same for sAvEri alapana too. Very good, and again Varadarajan was special here. Annai Janaki vandale was a surprise.

He started a vivAdi alapana and as we were deciphering the raga ( by successive elimination method  from gAngEyabhUSani to calanATa), he came to our rescue by announcing yAgapriya. 31st mELam, mostly known for Dikshitar’s kalAvatim kamalAsanayuvatim ( kalAvati as it is called in Dikshitar’s school – not to be mistaken with the other kalAvati of ‘ennaDu jUtunO’) . Impressive alapana especially from Sanjay followed with a dEvarnama. I notice this trend in his concerts for the last 3-4 years in Bangalore, where he sing one of the Dasa kritis upfront with an alapana and neraval / svara in almost all the concerts, not restricting them to the post main section, which I appreciate.

No fillers, as he started a classy kAmbOji alapana. I predicted a Dikshitar composition to follow and here comes ‘ShrI subramaNyAya namastE’. Awesome stuff by him and Varadarajan as they presented it with all its grandeur. Outstanding neraval, fitting kalpana swaras ( percussion was left wanting at times) for one  hell of an affair. Tani avartanam, to my pleasure was much subdued and done very well, a welcome change from him.

When he started the viruttam, I thought we are not likely to have a pallavi. But soon he started the alapana of jaganmohini. After a grand kAmbOji, this couldn’t have bettered the impact on me. But, it was good nonetheless with some impressive ragamalika swaras especially the rEvati ( Varadarajan again steel my applause) and dEsh which is extended to the dEvarnama lAlisidaLu maganA.

For a change, the organisers did not want to interrupt. Upon Sanjay’s indication he came on to stage and made very  short proceedings of thanking the artists and announced the next days program. One saw Sanjay, contemplating and physically warming up and was thinking of a viruttam or thillAna to come which wasn’t there.

These days, it is very rare to get five detailed alapanas in a concert without compromising on other aspect of music. This calls for him planning and structuring the concert impeccably. If one has to make a template and tick the appropriate squares , this concert would have all those covered.  One wonder, how he manages to do this day after day, every concert across all the parts of the world.

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Posted by on February 7, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Tanmayee Krishnamurthy , Prabhata Sangeetham @ Nadasurabhi 31 Dec 2017

Vocal : Tanmayee Krishnamurthy

No Accompanyments..

List :

01 shrI gaNEsha sharaNam – tilang – Papanasam Sivan

02 shrI pArvati paramEshvarau vandE – bhauLi – Dikshitar

03 brOva bhArama – bahudhAri – Thyagaraja ( O,S )

04 nagumOmu galanEni – AbhEri – Thyagaraja  ( A,S )

05 shLOkam ( manOjavam mAruta tulya vEgam) – AbhEri??, sahAna

rAmachandruDitaDu raghuvIruDu – sahAna – Annamacharya

06 irakkam varAmal – behAg – Gopakakrishna Bharati

07 pAlincu kAmAkSi – madhyamAvati – Shyama Shasthry

08 ugAbhOga ( mrgagaLa meyyalli bhaktuLa kastUri?? ) – dEsh

kula kula kulavennutiharu – dEsh – Kanaka Dasa

09 ninyAkO ninna hangyAkO ranga – karNaranjani – Purandara Dasa

10 bArO krSNayya – rAgamAlika – Vyasaraya

11 tambUri mITTitava – sindhubhairavi – Purandara Dasa

12 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

Music san noise is always pleasure, especially an early morning session in a close settings. It indeed is a challenge for the artist to perform with only tanpura to support. The short comings of the vocal issues will be out in the open , not hidden by the violin. Also, it is difficult to engage the audience for a longer period with out a percussion to add to the effect. There is also the issue of voice being ready for an early cold morning concert. But, Vidushi Tanmayee Krishnamurthy overcome all those inhibitions with a classy concert on the last morning of the year.

I liked the way she planned the morning. Eased through the early part, spent a lot of time of Shlokam/ugabhoga , spread the morning thtough various composers, mixed it up well and added her bit with two well done kalpana swaras. She, probably could have skipped the ‘pAlincu kAmAkSi’ after the listerner’s choice was in favour of the earlier abhEri. A couple of slips at the lyrics was the only miss in the whole day. She can also look at some of the word stresses in future ( bAramA/ bhAramA , ghalanEni/galanEni, dhootam/dootam etc).

Impressive voice, presentation and manodharmam. Both bahudhari and abheri kalpana swaras were very good, so was the short alapana of abheri. Finally, a grand way to end another musical year for me.

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Sunil Gargyan @ Nadasurabhi, 17 Dec 2017

Vocal : Sunil Gargyan

Violin : M P Aditya

Mrudangam : Anoor Vinod Shyam

Ganjira : Sunaad Anoor


01 evari bOdhana (varNam) – AbhOgi – Adi -Patnam Subramanya Iyer

02 vaiyatul vAzhvigal (tirupAvai) –  gauLa – Andal

03 lOka bharitanO krSNA – bEgaDa – rUpakam – Vadiraja  ( A,S )

04 bhajarE rE mAnasA – AbhEri – Adi -Mysore Vasudevachar

05 mAmava mInAkSi – varALi – mishra chAp – Dikshitar ( A,N,S )

neraval & Swaras @ ‘shyAmE shankari digvijaya pratApini’

06 ninnADa nEla – kannaDa – Adi – Thyagaraja ( S )

07 inta sowkhya mani nE – kApi – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ svara rAga laya sudharasa manDu’

08 ugabhOga ( baDavaroLage ) – hamsAnandi,behAg?, sindhubhairavi, brindAvana sArang

kaNDEnA uDupiya krSNana – brindAvana sAranga – Purandara Dasa

09 thillAna ( tAm tAm tAm udani tOm) – khamAs – Patnam Subramanya Iyer

10 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvati

The youngsters presented a brilliant concert yesterday at Nadasurabhi. Very pleasing to see young musicians coming up with some commendable performance. Sunil Gargyan has been in the watch out list for me for last couple of years and this is the first time, I am getting to see him performing live. He indeed made a good first impression. Very compelling , with no unwanted exuberance , no overtly attempt to impress with what he has learned so far, no over reliance on speed. He will go places.

After the brisk varnam, he sang the second tirupavai ( apparently it was the second day of Margazhi) before a good begada alapana.Violin struggled a bit to getin line with the procedings,and his begada wasn’t all that appealing. As one was waiting for vallabha nayakasya to follow, the young vidvan surprised us with a Vadiraja composition ‘lOka bharitanO’. Few round of swaras accompanied.

Varali alapana was detailed and demonstrated some of his capabilities. Very impressive. Dikshitar’s mAmava mInAkSi with a sturdy neraval and swara at shyAme shankari was done very well. Changed the speed with a kannaDa and some quick fire swaras, with some brilliant percussion support. It was time to serve kApi, well done. Nice neraval, detailed swaras in the first speed and rather short one in second speed.

Percussion team should get an extra applause. Vinod Shyam and Sunad were brilliant. Good anticipation, apt improvisation, appropriate fillers and the duo improved the overall concert experience with their involvement. Aditya took time to settle on his part.

Beautiful ugabhoga ( the young man should be given credit for such wonderful selection of compositions) was the highlight of the post main section.

A very well planned ( the selection of compositions and ragams) and presented concert, the way he paced his concert, the on-stage interactions ; I think he has impressed me.

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Sumitra Nitin @ Ranjani Fine Arts, 26th Nov 2017

Vocal : Sumitra Nitin

Violin : Sowmya Ramachandran

Mrudangam : R S R Srikanth

Ganjira : Kiran Kumar

Theme : Triveni, Shyama Shastry compositions


01 mAyamma yani nE – Ahiri – Adi x 2 – Shyama Shasthry

02 parAkELa nannu paripAlimpa – kEdAragauLa – Adi – Shyama Shasthry ( A,S )

03 pAravti ninnu nE – kalgaDa – Adi tisra nadai – Shyama Shasthry ( A )

04 ninnE nammi nAnu – thODi – mishra Chap – Shyama Shasthry ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ kAmAkSi kancadalAyadAkSi’

05 kAmAkSi lOkasAkSiNi – madhyamAvati – Trishra triputa – Shyama Shasthry

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Priyashri Rao @ Ranjani Fine Arts , 26th Nov 2017

Vocal : Priyashri Rao

Violin : Sowmya Ramachandran

Mrudangam : R S R Srikanth

Ganjira : Kiran Kumar

Theme : Triveni, Compositions of Muthuswami Dikshitar , 1hr Concert


01 shrI nAtHAdi guruguhO – mAyAmALavagauLa – Adi – Dikshitar ( S )

02 chandrashEkharam sadA bhajEham – mArgahindOLam – Adi – Dikshitar

03 SaDAnanE sakalam arpayAmi – khamAs – Adi – Dikshitar ( A )

04 mAmava paTTAbhirAma – maNirang – mishra ChAp – Dikshitar

05 mInAkSi mEmudam dEhi – gamakakriya/pUrvikalyANi – Adi x 2 – Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘madhurApuri nilayE maNivalayE ‘


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