Vocal : S Shankar
Violin : Mysore Nagaraj
Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh
Ganjira : G Guruprasanna
01 shLOkam ( vyAsO naigama charchayA) – kAmbOji – Walajpet Venkataramana Bhagavathar
02 mEru samAnA – mAyAmALavagauLa – Thyagaraja ( O,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ aLakala muddunu tilakapu tIrunu’
03 dAsharathi ninnu kOri – riSabhapriya – Bidaram Krishnappa ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘kamalabhava sEvanuta charaNam vimala guNagaNa nAsharahita??’
04 anAtHuDanu gAnu – jingaLa – Thyagaraja
05 tuLasi bilva – kEdAragauLa- Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘karuNatO nenarutO paramAnandamutO niratamunu’
06 mI valla guNadOSamEmi – kApi – Thyagaraja ( A )
07 manavi nAlakinca rAdaTE – naLinakAnti – Thyagaraja
08 entani nE varNintunu – mukhAri – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘kanulAra sEvinchi kammani phalamula’
09 amba brOvavE – dharmavati – Bidaram Krishnappa
10 kaddanu vAriki – thODi – Thyagaraja (A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘baddu tappaka bhajiyinche bhakta pAlanamu sEyu’
11 shrIrAma jayarAma shringAra rAmayani – yadukulakAmbOji – Thyagaraja (O)
12 shLOkam( mangaLapanchakam) – sAvEri,SaNmukhapriya, Anandabhairavi, hamsAnandi, surutti – T N Padmanabha
This annual music event at Essae is one which I usually try not to miss. For last 9 years or so, if I am not mistaken, Prakash and Srividya conduct concerts under the Essae Music Foundation, and November concert is always by his Guru and one of my favourite Vidvan Bangalore S Shankar. I like his music for a variety of reasons. It probably is as clean and clear as one can get. Clear diction, adherence to ‘pAThAntaram’, no unwanted baroque presentation, very impressive selection of kritis and their appropriate positioning and elaboration. And my special interests in neravals, which he gives me in big numbers :-).
Yesterday’s concert was again in the above lines. What a beautiful concert it was. Nice selection of kritis , 6 alapana, 5 neravals and an classy thOdi as main. He probably is not one who gives you that intellectual kick, but his music has a charm, a freshness and thus an appeal.
The concert was announced as a tribute to Thyagaraja on his 250th year of birth as well as Sri Bidaram Krishnappa, whose 150th birth anniversary is in 2016. The concert was with some commentary, anecdotes and explanations as he introduced the compositions. After a shloka of Thyagaraja by one of his prime disciples, Walajapet Venkataramana Bhagavatar, he talked some nuances of Thyagaraja’s compositions. Before which, he gave a brief sketch on the life and music of Sri Bidaram Krishnappa. Hopefully, one day we could have a detailed lecture on some of these lesser known Musicians from Mysore.
Sri Shankar sang alapanas for rishabhapriya, kedaragaula,kapi,mukhari and an elaborate thodi. There was neraval for almost all of these. What was most impressive about them was also the selection of kritis, especially some of the fillers. A rare jingaLa, Bidaram Krishappa’s dharmavati composition and the kApi with a sweet alapana. Mysore Nagaraj was fabulous. The short kApi alapana he played still gives me goosebumps. Neyveli Venkatesh played excellent through out, and played a swashbuckling tani avartanam. While the exhilaration was in the air, he was much restrained this time. The percussion duo was fantastic.
If the concert started with a shlokam on Thyagaraja, it concluded with a mangala shlokam on Thyagaraja, which I presume was set to tune by Sri Shankar himself.
A musical feast. I loved every bit of it.