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Bharat Sundar @ Unnati, Gokulashtami Series, 05 Aug 2017

Vocal : Bharat Sundar

Violin : M R Gopinath

Mrudangam : Neyveli Skandasubramanian

Ghatam : H Sivaramakrishnan

List

01. varNam – AbhOgi

02 sAmaja varadA nIku – shuddha sAvEri – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar ( S )

03 bAlakrSNan pAdamalar – dhanyAsi – Papanasam Sivan ( A,N,S )

neraval @ ‘nIlamukil pOl azhakan’  Swaras @ ‘varaguNa bAlakrSNan’

04 ninne nammitinayyA – simhEndramadhyamam – Mysore Vasudevachar ( N,S )

neravan&swara @ ‘pannagEndra shayana, pannagAri vAhana’

05 nambi kettevar evarayya – hindOLam – Papanasam Sivan ( A )

06 challarE rAmachandruni – Ahiri – Thyagaraja ( O )

07 vandE sadA padmanAbham – navarasa kannaDa – Swathi Thirunal ( S )

08 kAmAkSi varalakSmi – bilahari – Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘kAmakalE vimalE karakamalE kAmakOTi bilaharinuta kamalE’

09 nI mATalE mAyanurA ( javaLi) – pUrvikalyANi – Pattabhiramayya

10 viruttam ( kArAyavaNNa maNivaNNA kaNNA) – brindavana sarang,varLAi,khamAs,mAND – Ramalinga Swami

muraLIdhara gOpAla – mAND – Periyasami Tooran

11 jamunA kinArE pyArE (bhajan) – mishra pIlu – Swathi Thirunal

12 thillAna ( tOm tOm tadara tadaradAni ) – pUrNachandrika – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar

13 tirupugazh ( charana kamalAlayathai) – shubha pantuvarALi

14 mangaLam – saurAStram/madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja

shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvati

Brilliant concert by the young vidvan. Very refreshing set of ragas and compositions. Nice mix and variety in all aspect. He sang each of them to some good impact. Classy hindOLam and bilahari alapana. Impressive takes on dhanyAsi alapana, albeit to a lesser attractiveness. Fabulous neraval for bilahari and simhendra madhyamam. However, not so great for dhanyasi, probably he chose a wrong place. Brilliant swara singing through out, especially with faster tempo , which looks like his forte.  Nice picks of Ahiri and navarasa kannada compositions.

Post main was very well thought through and delivered. The days when post main is usually concluded with two or three pieces with a customary devarnama, it is encouraging to see young vidvans like Bharat Sundar is giving it some considerations. The jAvaLi, viruttam, bhajan and tirupugazh were very well sung. Beautiful stuff.

The accompanying artists, did a fabulous job, especially Sri Neyveli Skandasubramanian. M R Gopinath was very good in his returns, especially the bilahari alapana. Tani Avartanam was good, with mrudangam taking the lion’s share of the proceedings.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Bharat Sundar @ Sri Rama Seva Mandali, Fort School , 10 Apr 2017

Vocal : Bharat Sundar

Violin : Mathur Srinidhi

Mrudangam : S Ashok

Ghatam : B R Ravikumar

List:

01 evaraNi nirNayincirira – dEvAmrtavarSiNi – Thyagaraja

02 marivErE dikkevaru – latAngi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘monarimpa vinavE nI varada venkaTEshvara ‘

03 sharaNam sharaNam enrAnE – saurAStram – Arunachala Kavi ( A )

04 ninnADa nEla – kannaDa – Thyagaraja ( O,S )

05 koluvai unnADe kOdaNDapANi – bhairavi – Thyagaraja ( A, N, S, T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ toLi karmamanaga jUtamu rArE ‘

06 rAmanai bhajitAl – mAND – Papanasam Sivan

07 venkaTAchala nilayam – sindhubhairavi – Purandara Dasa ( A )

08 mangaLam – saurAStram / surutti – Thyagaraja

This was the second concert of the evening. I reached while Ritwik Raja was having an elaborate neraval for munnu rAvaNa. Both Bharat Sundar and Ritwik Raja were awarded this years Yuva Puraskar by the Mandali. Good choices and my congratulations to both the recipients.

Bharat Sundar’s concert started on a low key but steadily progressed very well. Like all the youngsters, he too had his inclination towards speed. If he had dropped the speed by a pint or so, this would have been more appealing.

He did not have cracker of a start. evarani was a dampner, some how it did not really impressed me. Had he started at anupallavi, it might have made some impact. Then came the  Latangi Express, fast neraval and faster kalpana swaras. Hmm.

Now he did a wonderful thing. Started alapana for Saurashtram. Despite being on a faster side, I liked it. One, no one sing saurashtram alapana these days. Second, he chose a kriti which isnt heard even if some one takes up saurashtram in a concert. Good job. Commendable.  Another fast paced Kannada kriti came, but I will let it pass.

Bhairavi was main. Long alapana, lot of fragmented intelligent phrases. Some fantastic passages creating aha moments. But, I am yet to recover from the previous days effect created by Abhishek at Seshadripuram. So, there. Koluvai Unnade again, second day in succession. Again, retention power to blame.  Having said that, Bharat Sundar sang a tremendous neraval at toli karmamanaga followed up with a decent kalpana swaras. Bangalore Brother S Ashok, this time on stage with Mrudangam played an impressive tani avartanam with Ravikumar. Percussion was on a lower volume level, but did accompany neatly through out.

By now, he was settled. I liked the next couple of pieces the best. Ramanai Bhajital was very good. The sindhu bhairavi alapana to me was the best of the evening. Mathur Srinidhi , who was having an excellent day added to the main artists alapana with his own impressive play.

Very talented youngster, excellent musical ideas. I am sure I will listen to many more of his concert in the years to come.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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