Vocal : Malladi Brothers ( Sriram Prasad&Ravikumar)
Violin : Nishant Chandran
Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar
Ghatam : S N Narayana Murthy
01 ninnE kOriyunnAdE (varNam) – kAnaDa – Adi – Pallavi Gopala Iyer ( A,S )
02 pancamAtangamukha – malahari – rUpakam – Dikshitar ( O,S )
03 adE cUDare mOhana rUpam – mOhanam – Adi – Annamacharya ( A,S )
04 nADaDina mATa – janaranjani – Mishra Chap – Thyagaraja ( N,S )
neraval & swara @ talaku vaccina bAdha talapAgaku sEtu’
05 ninna nODi dhanyanAdenO – pUrvikalyANi-rUpakam- Purandara Dasa ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ninna nODi dhanyanAdenO hE shrInivAsa
06 shLOkam ( gAngEyam vahnigarbham) – mukhAri ( O )
kaNNAra kaNDEnE kadirvElanai – mukhAri – Adi – Neelakanta Sivan
07 mahitA pravrddhA shrImati – kAmbOji – tishra triputa – Thyagaraja (A,N,S,T)
neraval & swara @’ mahita pravrdhha shrImati guha gaNapati janani’
08 jAnaki ramaNa – kApi – Adi – Vanamala jIyar ( O )
09 bhaja bhagavantam ramaNam kAntam – rAgamAlika – Lakshmana Kavi ( O-dEsh)
10 shrIrAma jayarAma shrngArarAma- yadukulakAmbOji – Khandachap – Thyagaraja
11 shiva shiva bhava sharaNam – saurAStram – Adi -Narayana Theertha
12 shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvati
Impeccably planned and executed concert by the pair. Whole variety of composers and ragam , cleverly chosen. Full marks to them for that. Also, almost everything was ‘baroque’d with an alapana here, swara prasthara or neraval. One get a wholesome feeling, despite the missing RTP. Very well done.
These days, new varnams are being pushed back in circulation. Sanjay is paioneering that effort and it is heartening to see Malladi Brothers sing an Adi Tala varnam in Kanada. There was a 2-3 minute alapana in kAnaDa and I was almost humming nera nammiti. Pallavi Gopala Iyer’s varnam was not heard in concert. There was few rounds of kalpana swaras at the end. Malahari kriti was ok, so was the short mOhanam alapana. Annamacharya composition tuned by Nedunuri garu ( the clue could be from the pallavi line) was nice.
Janaranjani was brilliantly sung, with a good neraval and decent kalpana swaras and that also helped in lifting the concert to the next level. Sriram Prasad, spoke on the importance of the composition’s bhava and the importance of lyrics. Purvikalyani alapana was fairly lengthy and very well sung. Nishant Chandran, I thought was very good in his return. Purandara Dasa devarnama was a surprise. There was an elaborate neraval at the pallavi line, with some emphasis on ‘he shrInivAsa’. Again, another detailed swaraprasthara.
They started a slow mukhari alapana and suddenly the hopes were raise for a muripemu. But that was short lived as he started a shLoka on Subramanya. Soon, we were scratching our head on a ‘Subramanya kriti’ in mukhAri, and we could not come up with one. Neelakanta Sivan’s kriti was again a pleasant surprise. Interestingly, this time they decided not sing any swaras ( all the previous 5 including the varnam was followed up with swaras).
Ravikumar started kAmbOji alapana. A wonderful effort, brilliantly portrayed the kAmbOji in its full. Nishant Chandran played good return. Lalgudi pancharatna kriti of Thyagaraja was again a welcome change. There was some hiccup in the middle but had a wonderful neraval , yet again at the pallavi line. Kalpana swaras started well in slow speed and progressed to second speed. Ravikuar had a couple of missteps in his calculation and had got it right after a couple of attempts. Tumkur Ravishankar and Narayana Murthy played an impressive tani avartanam. They percussion team was very good through out the evening. I usually like Ravishankar’s accompaniment.
Of course, there was no time for a pallavi. However, they sang some good post main kritis, starting with their schools staple, jAnaki Ramana. A kriti of Lakshmana kavi was set to tune by their father Malladi SuruBabu garu, featured next after a sweet little desh sketch. Thyagaraja kriti in Yadukulakamboji and Narayana Theertha’s saurAshtram concluded the concert with the mangala shlokam. Again, probably for the first time, I am listening to the mangalam kOsalendraya shlokam in full. Very good concert by the Brothers yesterday.