Flute : Sikil Mala Chandrasekhar
Violin : Mysore Srikanth
Mrudangam : Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
Ghatam : Ranganatha chakravarthy
01 SLOkam ( vakratuNDa mahakaya)
sAmidaya jUDa (varNam) – kEdAragauLa – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya
02 sidhi vinAyakam – mOhanakalyANi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar ( A,S )
03 marivErE gati – Anandabhairavi – Shyama Sasthry
04 rAma rAma rAma rAma, rAma ennirO – vasantha – Purandara Dasa ( S )
05 ranga pura vihAra – brindAvani – Dikshitar ( A,S )
06 bhAgAyanayya – chandra jyOthi – Thyagaraja
07 eDutA nilachitE – SankarAbharaNam – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )
08 jagadhOdhAraNa – kApi – Purandara Dasa
09 bhAvayAmi gOpAlabAlam – yamunA kalyANi – Annamacharya
10 tambUri mITi tava – sindhu bhairavi – Purandara Dasa
11 rAmam bhajE – durga – Swami Dayananda Saraswathi
12 bhAgyAda lakshmi bAramma – madhyamAvathi – Purandara Dasa
13 maitrIm bhajada – rAgamalika- Chandrasekhara Saraswathi
14 mangaLam – saurAshtram/SrI – Thyagaraja
“We are sold out”, said the organiser at the Ranjani Fine Arts concert. for once, I could not believe my ears, did he say we are sold out, as is the case of the new anticipated, to be block buster movie. Yes Sir, all the passes are already taken, and you may wait for a while, and see if any one has not claimed their tickets or occupied the seat. I observed very few ‘green cards’ on the table and decided to move from there. Ranjani ( the Sabha) couldn’t help Gayathri to listen to Ranjani-Gayathri concert.
Slightly disappointed, we were contemplating other options, Gayathri wanted to attend Sudha Raghunathan at Gayana Samaja. Driving towards that part of the town, I saw the message from Gayana Smaja. It said the hall was full by 4:45pm for the 6:00pm concert. For the third time, I had to change directions, and decided to give it a shot at the Indiranagar Sabha again. The previous day, the hall wsn’t crowded for Hyderabad Brothers concert.
I hadn’t listen to Mala Chandrasekhar, and instrument music isn’t my best choice. But, yesterday all that was forgotten. It was like boon in disguise. All the driving around and finally settling in at the Purandara Bhavan, possibly the best decision we’ve made. She was brilliant and presented a stupendous concert. Seldom we find the cohesiveness of all the participants in a concert and yesterday was one such concert. One should give special thanks to Sri Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma, for the way he supported the main artist. He had an outstanding day yesterday.
On her part Smt Mala Chandrsekhar, superbly played the instrument and presented every part of the concert with such a vigour. Her alapana of brindavani was classy , the short mohnakalyani was very good and the main Sankarabharanam was in all grandeur. What I liked the most was the swara singing especially for mohanakalyani, vasantha and brindavani. Her selection of ragas for the evening, those she planned to do detailing, the measure of each kritis were very good. The mellifluous sound waves that came through the instrument with such a clarity in all octaves. The chain of beautiful songs she played post the main were equally good.
As said earlier, the accompaniment made the day special. Be it Mysore Srikanth , with a great brindavani, or Sri Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma , whose style of playing is always attractive to me, or the ghatam, playing a great tani avartanam with the main percussionist, all of them played to the occasion making it a wholesome concert. I don’t regret not attending the intended concert.