Vocal Duet : A Dilip Simha & A K Jagdish
Violin : R Achyutha Rao
Mrudangam : Adamya Ramanand
Ganjira : Anil Parashara
Thematic Concert on the Compositions of Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar
01. mana mOhana (varNam) – mOhanam – aTa
02. durgAdEvi duritanivAriNi – navarasa kannaDa – Adi
03. lambOdara sOdara – kalyANi – sankIrNa chApu ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ nA kOrina varamunu nosagi nannubrOvumu’
04. vancatOnunA – karNaranjani – Adi tishra gati ( A )
05. mAnamu kAvalenu talli – sahAna – Roopakam ( A,S )
06. sharavaNa bhava – pashupatipriya – Adi
07. shivam haram sAmbam bhaja manasA – kAmbOji – Adi x 2 ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ shivam haram sAmbam bhaja manasA – sadA’
08. ANDavan darishanamE – jOnpuri – Adi
09. dhIm tAre nArE nArE ( thillAna ) – hamsAnandi
10. shLOkam ( swasthi prajabhyA..) – madhyamAvati
Rain and flood affected Koramangala made it difficult for us to attend the concert. But I always like thematic concerts for one, it give a direction to the artists and audience and secondly, gets some of the not often heard gems are brought out of oblivion. However, it has to precede a clever planning and intelligence from the artists.
Muthaiah Bhagavathar, to be is one of the best ( if not the best) composers of the 20th century and has produced a vast number of compositions in various languages, complex tala structure and have credited with compositions in ragas created by him. True to the spirit of the evening, the artists should be given credit in choosing to sing the compositions in all the four languages and a variety of tala with a few popular and a few not often heard kritis.
It took a while for the duo to get into the groove. Initial pieces, where they had to sing together was a bit patchy. There were occasional slips later too. However, the pieces where they had to sing independently ( alapana , neraval and swaras) it was much better. The larger pieces were very good. As KSSR mentioned in his remark, the team excelled in neravals. Both Kalyani and Kamboji neravals were top class. The kalpana swaras were also very good.
The pick of the evening was the main kamboji kriti. Very rarely heard in concert, a gem in kamboji. Very aptly chosen pallavi line for neraval, the sangatis that followed in the anu pallavi and the eduppu.. this is a fabulous composition and the artists did a fantastic job here. Percussion support was vey good. Adamya is a seasoned artist and it is good to see him growing in stature as a matured artist. Anil Parashara was brilliant too.