Vocal : Malladi Brothers ( Sriram Prasad & Ravikumar)
Violin : Nishant Chandran
Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar
Ghatam : S N Narayana Murthy
01 taruNi ninnu (varNam ) – kAmbOji – Adi – Fiddle Ponnuswamy ( O )
02 nArada gurusvAmi – darbAr – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
03 entani nE varNintunu – mukhAri – rUpakam – Thyagaraja ( N,S )
neraval & svara @ ‘ kanulAra sEvinci kammani phalamula nosagi’
04 shLOkam ( shrIman nrusimha vibhavE garuDa dhwajAya ) – mohanam
narasimha AgacchA – mOhanam – mishrachap – Dikshitar ( S @murahara nagadhara)
05 dhyAnamE varamaina – dhanyAsi – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & svara @ ‘dhyAnamE varamaina gangAsnAnamE rAma-‘
06 sharavaNabhava ennum – SaNmukhapriya – Adi – Papanasam Sivan
07 RTP – nATakurinji – khaNDa tripuTa, pUrvAngam in tisra naDai & uttarAngam in chaturashra nAdai , samam eDuppu
pallavi line ‘ sadA gOpAlakrSNam bhajEham, sAmaja vara gamanam’
rAgamAlika svaras in ‘AbhOgi, saraswati, vasanta, vAsanti, sAma, hindOlam, nATakurinji
08 bhAvamulOna bAhyamunandunu – shudha dhanyAsi – Adi – Annamacharya
09 sadA enna hrdayadalli – behAg – rUpakam – Vijaya Vittala Dasa ( short sketch )
10 pUraya mama kAmam – bilahari – Adi – Narayana Theertha
11 antA rAma mayam – varALi – Adi – Bhadrachala Ramadas
12 shLOkams – madhyamAvati
Very fulfilling concert. It is one of such days when everything fallen in line. There was very good coordination among all the artists, the sound levels were comfortable and Tumkur Ravishankar was fantastic. Nice selection of ragas and compositions to add to the overall good feeling.
Started 10 min late due to the late arrival of the percussion artist, who was delayed due to the Saturday evening traffic. A brisk varnam( repeat of last year ) in kAmbOji. Short alapana in darbar by the senior of the duo, no violin return, moved on to a beautiful rendition of nArada guruswami. Of all the darbar compositions of Thyagara, this has a different feel. They sang it brilliantly , the kriti as well as the swaras that followed. A moving mukhAri, in entani nE. Fabulous neraval and kanulara sevinci. Both the singers worked around the ‘karunala sevinci’ words with some impressive takes. The words and lines are very clear when they sing, the meaning stands out. Fitting swaras too.
A shlokam ( lakshmi narasimha strotram) before narasimha Agaccha. I thought, they sing it a notch faster than usual, or it felt so probably because the other two prior to this were slower. Swara was sung at the madhyamakala sahityam, with some quick wordplay around murahara nagadhara. Dhanyasi main with a detailed long alapana by Ravikumar. Very classy, most of the phrases were in the higher octaves, typical progression. A minute or two to explain the composition before dhyaname varamaina. Going with the earlier explanations, they decided to do the neraval at the pallavi line, executed commendably. Two speed swaras with some good phrases. Tumkur Ravishankar and S N Narayanaswamy played a very good tani avartanam, I am becoming a fan of Narayana Murthy now. The percussion duo played brilliantly through out the evening.
A pallavi was sure to come and he announced it on Krishna on the occasion of upcoming deepavali. Good natakurinji alapana shared between both the singers. Nishant Chandran played an outstanding alapana in his turn. Good tanam, slow, leisurely sung to maximize the impact and well received. Pallavi with trikalam was executed well , long chain of ragamalika swaras alternated between one of the singers and repeated by violin. The concluding part of the swaras , back in nAtakurinji, wasn’t done well, as Ravikumar slipped , stopped, regrouped a couple of times. He was referring to some written notes ( surprising) and he seemed to have missed the footing and struggled a bit, before landing it perfectly.
Post main was , as expected, consisted of compositions of Annamacharya, Bhadrachala Ramadas and Narayana Theertha apart from a devarnama. They were all sung well, a short alapana of behag was nice. A very balanced and well executed concert.