Vocal : V R Dileepkumar
Violin : Edappally Ajith
Mrudangam : Jayakrishnan
Ghatam : Sreejith Vellattanjur
01 sAmi daya jUDa (varNam) – kEdAragauLa – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya
02 shObillu saptasvara – jaganmOhini – Thyagaraja ( S )
03 sAdaramava sarasija dala – surutti – Swathi Thirunal ( A,S )
04 banTurIti kOlu – hamsanAdam – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
05 sArasamukhi sakala – gauDamalhAr – Muthaiah Bhagavathar
06 chakkani rAja mAragamu – kharaharapriya – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
niraval & svara @ ‘kaNTiki sundarataramaku rUpamE’
07 shLOkam ( jayatu jayatu manthram) – brindavana sarang
kamalAptakula – brindAvanasAranga – Thyagaraja
08 bArO krSNayya – rAgamAlika – Kanaka Dasa
09 cheli nEnEtlu (javaLi) – paras – Dharmapuri Subbarayar
10 shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvati
Such a fabulous concert yesterday by the team ! What an outstanding kharaharapriya, one of the best I’ve listened in the recent times. The team put up such a brilliant concert in the first half of the day after a short felicitation function of his first Guru, K M Krishnan Namboodiri.
Concert started with a brisk kedaragaula varnam, setting the combination in order. Starting at ‘saptasvara’ repeating a couple of repeats, he quickly launched the jaganmohini kriti. Few rounds of svaras in the higher speed was very nice. Surutti was the first alapana. The only request that was given to him to sing. I had heard his ‘sAdaramava’ in one of the telecast of ‘Chembai Sangeethotsavam’ and hence requested for a detailed version of the same. He complied with a splendid alapana. Swathi composition was extended to some nice rounds of kalpana svaras.
Another awesome alapana came for hamsanadam from Dileep, equally matching one from Ajith. Bantureeti had more interesting swara prasthana, with both Vocalist and the violinist trying to excel each other. A Muthaiah Bhagavathar’s composition was sung before the main.
I haven’t heard a kharaharapriya main from Dileep, and it probably was preserved for this day. What an outstanding alapana. Each phrases grew from one to the other with pristine clarity and quality. Some jaw dropping sudden twists in the phrases made it very appealing. Edappally Ajith was equally brilliant, repeating some of those interesting phrases in his turn. Chakkani raja, it was. It had been a while since I’ve heard this in a concert. Percussion team came in aptly during those sangatis. Neraval at the expected ‘kantiki sundara’ was very very good. Some of the ‘sundaratara rUpame’ picks were nice to hear. A very long two phased kalpana svaras were fabulous. Kalpana svaras alone lasted nearly 20 mins. Jayakrishnan and Sreejith were supporting the main artists very well, both through their appreciative remarks and through their percussion support through out the morning. The duo , played a good tani avartanam.
Post main wasn’t long. A nice shloka followed by kamalaptakula ( which he started at the anupallavi ‘kamala kaLatram’) was the highlight of the post main. A devarnama and the paras javali constituted for the rest. He concluded with a shlokam in madhyamavati. A top class concert with a memorable kharaharapriya. An apt tribute to his guru, on the occasion of the latter’s 60th birthday.