Vocal : Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna
Violin : H M Smitha
Mrudangam : Arjun Kumar
Ghatam : Ranganatha Chakravarthy
01 Era nApai ( varNam) – thODI – Adi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer
02 iLalO praNatArthi – aThANa – Adi – Thyagaraja ( S )
03 mAyammA yani nE – Ahiri – Adi – Shyama Shasthry
04 paridAnamichitE – bilahari – khaNDa chApu – PAtnam Subramanya Iyer ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘rokkamicchuTakunE mukkaNTi celukAnu’
05 teliyalEru rAmA – dhEnuka – Adi – Thyagaraja
06 shrI kAntimatim – hEmavati – Adi x 2 – Dikshitar ( A,S,T )
07 RTP – laLita – tisra tripuTa x 2 , 1/2 beat eDuppu
pallavi line ‘ trilOka mAtA nannu brOvu laLitAmbA’
rAgamalika swaras in kAnaDa,hamIrkalyANi,nIlAmbari, Ahiri, sahAna, kadanakutUhalam?’
08 thillAna – dhanAshrI – Swathi Thirunal
09 tirupugazh ( Erumayil) – suruTTi
10 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja
A loud, forceful, energetic concert by Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna. Should I say breath taking. It took a while after the concert for me to breath normal. It was like putting the neck out from a running train, the music was hitting you with enormous force.
I reached while he started the atana swaras in full speed. When he started mAyamma at the anupallavi , I expected it to be a sober affair, but it wasn’t. It was a very forceful, powerful ahiri to me. While he was good, the sedate ahiri feel wasn’t there for me. Bilahari was the first detailed alapana, decently executed. Paridanamichite was sung well with neraval and swaras, again on a faster tempo followed by dhenuka kriti.
Now he started a fabulous hEmavati alapana. To me, the concert changed from this point. Hemavathi alapana was top class, very impressive through out, with an equally excellent return from Smitha ( she played hemavati a week ago for Ranjani & Gayathri at Gayana Samaja). shrI kAntimatim, it had to be, and even the kriti was excellent from Balamuralikrishna. There was no neraval but was compensated with a super duper kalpana swara. Excellent percussion support from Arjun Kumar and Ranganatha Chakravarthy. The duo continued with a good tani avartanam.
There was more to come. Lalita alapana was again very very good, so was the tAnam. Some of the tAnam returns from Smitha stood out. A pallavi line , combination of paras+lalita kritis was set to tisra triputa. There was trikalam and a chain of super fast ragamalika swaras. All the ragas chosen for ragamalika swaras are something usually sung in slow speed ( or in two speeds starting at slow tempo). But he sang all of them in ultra fast. An super speed hamir kalyani, neelambari or ahiri do not invoke the same feel as it is sung more slower and sober manner. But it was interesting to see them fly in front of you.
Post main was limited to a thillana and thirupugazh. Balamuralikrishna shown a lot of capabilities and his knowledge and I loved the hEmavati and most part of the pallavi. His energy and enthusiasm are very evident.