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Dr.Varadarangan, Unnati Centre, 03 Jan 2010

Vocal : Dr. Varadarangan

Violin : Dr.Jyothsna Srikanth

Mrudangam : Arjunkumar

Songlist:

01 vanajAksha ninnE kOri ( varNam) – mandAri – Mysore Vasudevacharya  ( O )   * edited after the confirmation by Sri Raghavan

02 srI mahAgaNapathE – nAtta – Mayuram Viswanatha Shastri ( A,S )

03 bhajarE rE mAnasa – AbhEri – Mysore Vasudevacharya ( A)

04 vENugAna lOluni – kEdAragauLa – Thyagaraja ( A )

05 nE pogaDakuNTE – shubhapantuvarALi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )

       neraval & swara @ ‘nIraja nayana shrI tyAgarAjanuta bAluDagu

06 guruguha swAminin bhaktim karOmi – bhAnumati – Muthuswami Dikshitar ??

07 pAlinchu kAmAkshi – madhyamAvathi – Shyama Shastri ( A,N,S,T )

       neraval & swara @ ‘ kAntamagu pEru ponditivi kAruNya mUrti

08 enna thavam seidhanai – kApi – Papanasam Sivan

09 thillAna – miyAn ki malhAr – Mysore R Visweswaran

10 slOkam ( kichinoLagE ..??) – hamsAnandi – Purandara Dasa

       kashta pattaru illa – hamsAnandi – Kanaka Dasa

11 srI chakra rAja – rAgamAlika – Agasthyar

12 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja

      mangaLam kOsalEndra – SrI

 What a way to start the new year !!  My expectations were low, as I haven’t heard his name earlier, but this was one superb concert. Dr.Varadarangan, presented a  sans gimmick, pristine concert of high classisism at the Unnati Center, today morning. Everything one could ask for in the concert was delivered. Few outstanding alapana , especially for AbhEri and madhyamAvathi, some brilliant swaraprasthana for the main raga of the day, interesting neraval for Shubha pantuvarali.  Ths is one of the best Abheri alapana , I’ve heard in recent times.

The concert started with a rare varnam, and the surprice continued till the end. I was expecting the popular ‘ennalu urake’ or sri satyanarayanam’ for Shubhapantuvarali, but was treated with another gem of Thyagaraja. A never heard before ‘bhanumati’  raga( he announced the krithi and raga , attributing it to Muthuswami Dikshitar), and another first of its kind ‘miyAn ki malhAr’ thillana of his guru , to complete the list of unheard pieces.

Violin was adequate in accompanying with few brilliant phrases in madhyamavathi and kedaragaula. Arjunkumar was brilliant throughout, with his usual high enery performance. Overall, a good beginning to my 2010 concert attendance.

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