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Gayathri Venkataraghavan @Nadasurabhi, Indian Heritage Academy Hall Koramangala 21 Apr 2013

Vocal : Gayathri Venkataraghavan

Violin : Nalina Mohan

Mrudangam : C Cheluvaraju

Ganjira : B N Chandramouli

List:

01.  sarasijanAbha mAm pAhi (varNam) – nAttai – Palakkad Parameswara Bhagavathar

02.  nAdasudhA rasambilanu – Arabhi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )

neraval & Swara @ ‘dhara bhajana bhAgyamurA tyAgarAju sEvincu’

03. marivErE dikkeveru – latAngi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( A,S )

04.  mAyamma yani nE  – Ahiri – Thyagaraja ( O )

05.  kumaran tAL – yadukula kAmbOji – Papanasam Sivan

06.  gAnAmudha pAnam – jOthiswarUpiNi – Koteeswara Iyer ( S )

07.  mAkELarA vichAramu – ravichandrika – Thyagaraja ( S )

08.  kaligiyuNTE gada – kIravAni – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ bAguga srI raghurAmuni pAdamula’

09.  jagadhOdhAraNa – kApi – Purandara Dasa

10.  rAma nAmamE tudi – dEsh – Tanjavur Sankara Iyer

11. mangaLam – saurAshtram / madhyamAvathi

Back to Back Keeravani main ! If it is keeravani it has to be kaligiyunte gada. One more Keeravani this season, I will take a sabbatical 🙂

My neighborhood promised with two back to back concert for the evening. The decision to skip other Ramanavami Celebration venues was easier thus. One was to start at 4:15 and the second, at the same premise ( different hall) at 6:30. A possible overlap for a short duration. Tottnham-Man City, Liverpool-Chelsea matches can wait.

Gayathri Venkataraghavan and the team started their concert on time, with a not regular varnam in Nata. A shortish alapana by both vocal and violin for Arabhi was nice. Kriti was nice, neraval was very good, so was the few rounds of kalpana swaram that was sung. Latangi alapana was a little more detailed. As anticipated , Patnam kriti came in followed with some good round of swaras. Then, came a chain of kritis , not so impressive ahiri ( the short sketch was nice), yadukulakamboji, jothiswarupini with few rounds of kalpana swaram and a quickfire ravichandrika with super fast swaras.

Keeravani, as said earlier was the main for the second consecutive day. This I thought was the highlight of the day. The raga build up was fabulous, unhurried, melodious and stacked beautifully. Kriti was good as usual, and neraval was splendid with pretty decent two speed kalpana swaras befitting the main. Post main was short, the kapi devarnama and the desh kriti of Tanjavur Sankara Iyer. Concert concluded pretty fast with a mangalam.

Looking at the list, it is fairly good balance. A wide variety of composers, and nice mix of raga. I still thought she would have innovated at the middle. After a good start, it seems to have lost the flow with those 4 kritis one after the other. On the other hand, there was some coherence missing through out. Violin was hardly heard and the neraval and second speed swaras were immersed in the percussion over power. Cheluvaraju wasn’t banging, but the overall balance of the sound in the hall seems to have had an issue, which dampened the overall experience of listening.


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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Concert songlist

 

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Gayathri Venkataraghavan at Gayana Samaja June 08, 2008

Vocal : Gayathri Venkataraghavan

Violin : Nalina mohan

Mrudangam : Cheluvaraju

Ghatam : G Omkar

Song list:

1 sarasija (varNam) – kAmbOji – Swati Thirunal ?

2 gajavadanA karuNA sadana – srIranjini – Papanasam Sivan  ( S )

3 srI chAmunDEswari pAlayamAm – bilahari – Mysore Vasudevacharya ( A,N)

neraval @ ‘ raakanishaakara sannibhavadanE raajeevalOcanE’

4 mA kELarA vicAramu – ravichandrika – Thyagaraja ( S )

5 mannisO sri venkaTEsha – madhyamAvathi – Vadiraja Swamy    ( A,S )

6 nijadAsa varada – kalyANi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer  ( A,N,S,T )

neraval @ ‘bhujagAdhipa shayana bhUmija ramaNa’

7 rAma rAma rAma rAma rAma ennirO – vasanta – Purandara Dasa

8 RTP – Anandabhairavi – chatusra jati jumpa , khanda nadai

pallavi line ‘ pArvati paramAnandabhairavi dayanidhi aruLpuri-‘

rAgamAlika swaras in Anandabhairavi, rEvagupti ( could be bhUpALam as well) , ? , varALi, Anandabhairavi

9 muDikonru mUlakamum ? – rAgamalika ( chenchurutti, punnagavarali…)- ?

10 lAli sri hayavadana – nIlAmbari – Vadiraja swami (?)   ( O )

11 thillAna – pUrvi –  ?

12 mangalam – saurAshtram

slokam ( mangalam kosalendra) – surutti

Smt.Gayathri Venkataraghavan gave a very good concert yesterday at the Gayana Samaja. She was performing here for the first time, as it was announced later.  What was impressive about this was the choice of krithis ( rare krithis and from a vast variety of composers).  Even though she sang every krithi very well, for me , the take of the day was the madhyamavathi krithi, which I have not heard before. The alapana and the swaras that followed after a rather long krithi was very impressive. Sri Cheluvaraju and Omkar was superb today, though the decibel level for percussionists were on a higher side.  Nalina Mohan was also good, especially during the bilahari and Madhyamavathi krithis. A good concert on a weekend.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2008 in Concert songlist

 

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Gayathri Venkataraghavan – Sheshadripuram 01 May , 2008

Vocal : Gayathri Venkataraghavan

Violin : Charumathi Raghuraman

Mrudangam  : H S Sudheendra

Ghatam :  Ravikumar

Song List  :

01 Slokam ( vighnaraja kripasindho )

dinamaNi vamsa – harikAmbOji – Thyagaraja ( O,S )

02 SrInivAsa nInE pAlisO – Anandabhairavi – Purandara Dasa ( A,S )

03 kripayA pAlayA – chArukEsi – Swati Thirunal ( A,N,S )

neraval & Swara @ ‘nAradamukha muninikara geyacarita’

04 paripAhimAm paravAsudEva – jaganmOhini – Mysore Vasudevacharya

05 intha sowkhya – kApi – Thyagaraja ( O )

06 srI rAma nAmam bhajanai sei manamE – aTANa – Papanasam Sivan

07 mOhana rAma – mOhanam – Thyagaraja  ( A,N,S,T )

neraval @ Swara @ ‘cirakAlamu guri maimaraci sEvinciri’

* I remember the lyrics she sang as durita pada maimaraci, I cant see such a line in lyrics. May have to listen to record again.

08 RTP – kIravANi  – Adi

Pallavi line ‘jagadAnanda kAraka jaya jAnaki prANa nAyakA’

No Ragamalika swaram

A short Tani Avartanam after the swaras ( 5 min )

09a viruttam – RagamAlika

kOdaNDa dIkshA guru – kAmbOji

kOdaNDa dIksha guru – kalyANi

nastA dharmE namastu vijayE – mAlAmALavagauLa
09b  dAsana mAdigO yamma – mAyAmALavagauLa – Purandara Dasa

10 hanumanai anudinam ninai maname – rAgamAlika – Guru Surajananda

( in madhuvanti? , sindhu bhairavi , rEvati )

11 thillAna  ( nadru dhi dhim ta tarana )- vasantha – Kandaswami Pillai ?

12 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja

slokam ( mangalam kOsalEndra ) – madhyamAvathi

Smt. Gayathri Venkataraghavan gave a nice concert with lot of ‘bhava’. The selection of Ragas for the concert  itself make it obvious. All soft ragas and krithis to suit the same. Charukesi and the kIravANi alapana stood out of the rest. Charumathi , whom I’m watching for the first time live, gave a superb support to the main artist. Sri HS Sudheendra was in good mood and did a splendid job.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2008 in Concert songlist

 

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Gayathri Venkataraghavan @ Heritage Academy, 21 April 2008

Vocal :  Gayathri Venkataraghavan

Violin : T S Krishnamurthy

Mrudangam : V R Chandrasekhar

Morsing : L Bhimachar

Song List:

I was late, and my guess is that I missed the first 2 krithis.

03 mA kELarA vichAramu – ravichandrika – Thyagaraja  ( S )

04 paramapurusha nirupamAna – shaNmukhapriya – Annamacharya ( A,N,S)

neraval & Swara @ ‘chatura mUrti chatura bahu shankha chakrAdharA’

05 raghupathE rAma – sahAna – Thyagaraja  ( A )

06 rAmanukku mannan muDi  – Arunachala Kavi ( S )

07 kaligiyuNTegada – kIravANi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & Swara at ‘bAguga shrI raghu rAmuni padamula bhakti’

08 dharma shravaNavEtake – durga – Purandara Dasa

09 viruttam  –

nammayum selvamum -kAmbOji   &     rAmA enru iranDu – dEsh

rAma nAmame stuti maname – dEsh – Tanjavur Sankara Iyer

10 kaliyuga varadan – brindavana sAranga – periyaswami Thooran

11 sri rAma jayarAma sringAra rAma – yadukula kAmbOji – Thyagaraja

12 thillAna ( nadru dhim dhim tha taranA ) – vasantha – ?

13 mangaLam – saurAshtram

slokam ( mangalam kosalEndra ) – madhyamAvati

Lot of rarely heard krithis sung in this concert. Both shanmukhapriya and the sahana krithis are not often heard. Large variety of composers. These are the main positives of the concert. She was excellent during the neraval of keeravani.

There were too many distractions for me to enjoy the concert. Mosquito menace , issues with Tambura , people talking , sounds of vessels and spoons , and few phone calls 🙂 which I had to take walking out did dampen the enjoyment.

On her part, Gayathri Venkataraghavan did a good job. Shanmukhapriya , sahana and the main keeravani alapanas were good.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2008 in Concert songlist

 

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Gayathri Venkataraghavan – Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha

Date  : 28 April 2007

Vocal  : Gayathri Venkataraghavan

Violin : Padma Shankar

Mridangam : Ganapathiraman

Ghatam : Sukanya Ramgopal

Songlist :

01 Slokam  Nattai

Vandisuva Diyali – Nattai

02 Sringeri Nayike  – Arabhi

03 Kripaya Palaya  – Charukesi  A N S

04 Brocheva – Khamas  O

05 Sripate Nipada – Nagasvarali

06 Mama Hridaye – Ritigowla   AS

07 Arumuga Inimazhai – Sama

08 Upacharamu – Bhairavi  ANST

09 Viruttam – Yamunakalyani

Bhavayami Gopala – Yamunakalyani

10 Dharma Shravana – Durga

11 Viruttam – Shanmukha Priya , Behag

Irakkam Varamal – Behag

12 Bhavayami Raghuramam – Ragamalika

13 Mangalam – Sourashtram

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2007 in Concert songlist

 

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