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Malladi Brothers, Nadasurabhi Annual Festival 4th Nov 2016

Vocal : Malladi Brothers

Violin : Chrulatha Ramanujam

Mrudamgam : Tumkur Ravishankar

Morsing : B Rajasekhar

List:

01 sAmi daya jUDa (varNam) – kEdAragauLa – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya

02 paramEshvara jagadIshvara shankara – nATa – Dikshitar ( S )

03 lEkanA ninnu – asAvEri – Thyagaraja ( A )

04 kAshi vishAlAkSim bhajEham – gamakakriya(purvikalyANi) – Dikshitar ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ kAshipuranivAsinIm kAmita phaladAyinIm’

05 shrI kAmAkSi – dEvagAndhAri – Spencer R Venugopal

06 chalamElarA sAkEtarAmA – mArgahindOLam – Thyagaraja

07 tanayuni brOva – bhairavi –  Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ vatsamu veNTa dhEnuvu chAnunO vAridamunu gani pairulu chUnunO’

08 RTP – valachi –  khaNDa triputa x 2 kaLai , +1 eDuppu

pallavi line ” shivadhyAnam gAnam abhiSEchanam, parama pada sAdhanam sadA-‘

rAgamAlika swaras in shrIranjani, shankarAbharaNam, jog?

09 dharma shravaNa vidatakE – durga – Purandara Dasa

10 navanIta hOrA namO namO – chenchurutti – Annamacharya

11  sadA enaa hrdayadalli – behAg – Vijaya Vittala Dasa

12 maraLi maraLi jaya mangaLAm – madhyamAvati – Annamacharya

shLOkam ( shrI rAmachandrAha ) – surutti

I have been missing concerts for a while and could not make it to the first three concert of this annual fare. Varnam was concluding as I entered, but my better half was there to tell me it was kEdAragaula.

Concert in all was good with very innovative selection of kritis and raga. And for the fat,it did not have the long chain post pallavi. Though I liked the overall concert, few areas weren’t smooth for me. But first what was good.

Natta kriti , it has a very nice structural construct to it and sound very refreshing. Not the typical nATa drags. A very similar kalpana swara takes were impressive. But  the transition from Sriram to Ravi wasn’t great. Some thing was amiss there. Some of the swara phrases were brilliant, though.

Whenever I have a chance to discuss possible choices of raga in a concert, I always put forward an asAvEri and gauLa for some detailed treatment. So, when I heard the start of an asaveri alapana, it gave me goosebumps. It was short and pretty nice, with an ever shorter return from Charulatha. Lekana was a nice, and to my dismay there was no swaras ( leave alone neraval) here.

Poorvikalyani alapana from Ravi was pretty impressive, some of the higher octave alapanas were awesome. Charulatha did a commendable job in her turn too. To make it a grand affair, kAi vishlakshi ( choice for the day) had a classy neraval and some detailed kalpana swaras.

Two small pieces before the main. The devagandhari kriti of Spencer Venugopal was very good. I liked the way it was composed and sung. Pallavi line structure  was brilliant. Some thing like 1-3-9 concept. Chalamelara was dud.

Sriram started bhairavi alapana. He, possibly, was having some difficulties with his throat, hence sang most of his part in lower , small phrases. Ravi took it over singing the longish, higher octave parts. Overall not very impressive. I expected them to sing, upacharamu jese, but tanayuni brova was brilliant choice. I haven’t heard it concert for a long long time. Neraval was done at the complete line, so was the kalpana swaras. They were good, but nothing of a grand affair. Tani avartanam followed. Tumkur Ravishankar in his typical style and Rajashekhar impressed the audience with his tiny instrument and some clever sounds.

A pallavi was sure to make an appearance. Valachi/valaji was the choice and this was far better. Both alapana and tanam were top class , again Ravikumar stole the vocal part. Charulatha had a field day. Her alapana and tanam received enthusiastic responses. Tanam was mesmerising from her. I loved the pallavi line. Not sure if it is created by them or inherited from their Guru. Pallavi itself was very very good. Trikalam was done with such good control. The kalpana swaras as well asthe ragamalika swaras were good. And most importantly, they gave it ample time and did not rush it through.

Charulatha was in supreme form. I liked almost every thing she did last evening. Not sure if it was because of the effect in the hall; there was a little reverb for the violin, creating an awesome effect. Ravishankar and Rajashekhar were pretty decent through out.

Post main , luckily, wasn’t a long and never ending. Couple of Annamayya compositions and a devarnama constituted the most of it.  Good concert, loved for some refreshing list of ragas and kritis.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Malladi Brothers , Nadasurabhi Annual festival 06 Nov, 2015

Vocal : Malladi Brothers ( Sriram Prasad & Ravikumar)

Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam

Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar

Ghatam : Tumkur Shashishankar

List:

01.  taruNi ninnu ( varNam) – kAmbOji – Fiddle Ponnuswamy

02.  shrI raghukula suguNAlaya – bhairavi –  Thyagaraja ( O,S )

03.  bhajarE bhajamAnasa – kannaDa – thyagaraja ( A,S )

04.  shLOkam ( emmulE sarva bhUtANi ??) – sAvEri

tuLasi jagajjanani – sAvEri – Thyagaraja

05.  palu vicAramulElA – Sanmukhapriya – Annamacharya ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘mEratO shrI vEnkaTEsha mimmugolichiti nEnu’

06.  shrI rAmam ravikulAbdhi sOmam- nArAyaNa gauLa – Dikshitar

07.  RTP – sUryakAntam – mishrajAti tripuTa x 2 kaLai  1/2 eduppu

shrIyam dEhi, yashO dEhi, balam dEhi, jagadIshA | sUryadEvA satatam ‘

rAgamAlika swarams in ‘yadukula kAmbOji, mAtakurinji, dhanyAsi, amrutavarSiNi

07b.  tani Avartanam

08.  bhavamulOna bhAgyavu – shuddha dhanyAsi – Annamacharya ( MSS tribute)

09.  bArayya rangA bArayya krSNA – kApi – Purandara Dasa

10.  EmiTiki dayarADu – Ananda bhairavi – Bhadrachala Ramadas

11.  shiva shiva bhava sharaNam – saurAshtram – Narayana Theertha

12.  shLOkam – suruTTi – ?

srIyAy kAntAya – madhyamAvati

Two sibling pairs on the stage probably are rare. I was about to say for the first time, but the 4 violin combo of Ganesh-Kumaresh and Nagaraj-Manjunath which happened a while ago, made me to take a step back. But these instances aren’t common.

Being Friday and the start of the Festive week coming up, it wasn’t easy to reach the venue at the start of the concert. That resulted in me missing both the first two pieces and a major chunk of the kannada ( I reached before they started the kalpana swaras). My better half and a other friends who reached before me filled in the missing pieces here.

Undoubtedly, the ‘piece de resistance’ is the Suryakantham pallavi. They said, it as a ‘manthra nAda pallavi’ taken from ‘Suryamanthra’ and presenting it for the first time ( for ‘our’ Nadasurabhi, they said prompting immediate enthusiastic applause – silly trick). Leaving that aside, the alapana from Ravi was top class. The crisp and clearly indicating the the favour of the raga was parleyed upfront, which made the rest of the listening of the alapana easy. The issue with these kind of raga are the only association to this is ‘muddumOmu’. As I said, the alapana was brilliant, with some impressive higher octave phrases. Charulatha did well at the beginning but probably had a bit off in the middle. However, she came back with a stupendous tanam. Tanam, with the percussion joining in ( personally I thought it would have been better without percussion) was even better, especially some of the ideas originated from the younger brother. Brilliant tanam presentation. Pallavi line, taken from suryamanthram as they announced was good. The ‘trikalam’ was executed impeccably well, with percussion being spot on. I think they did a 4th speed variation as well, if I remember it correct. The yadukula kamboji swaras in the ragamalika was very impressive, the rest was ok. The percussion brothers did a commendable tani avartanam post the pallavi.

Shanmukhapriya, which was the other important piece was also notable. Sriram’s alapana started very well, but had some average moments in the middle, before he came back to the groove and finished it well. Palu vicharamulela, mostly heard from Nedunuri school is an interesting kriti. Annamacharya kriti, set to tune by their ‘Guru’ was presented beautifully. The neraval was grand, so was the kalpana swaras that followed.

Earlier, the kannada swaras were very good, and a nice narayana gaula kriti as well. Post main had a MSS tribute, a kriti taught to MSS by their Guru in shuddha dhanyasi. A kapi devarnama and their ‘customary’ anandabhairavi ( but I like this Bhadrachala Ramadas composition) was sung before a tarangam in saurashtram. I am listening to this for the first time and it was very good. Very good concert by Malladi Brothers with a Suryakantam Pallavi to remember and talk about for few years.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Malladi Brothers @ Ramaseva Mandali, Fort School 18th Apr 2014

Vocal : Malladi Brothers

Violin : V Sanjeev

Mrudangam : K V Prasad

Ghatam : Dr S Karthick

List:

01.  evvarE rAmayya – gAngEya bhUshaNi – Thyagaraja ( short sketch, S )

02.  entarANi tanaku – hari kAmbOji – Thyagaraja

03.  nitya rUpa evari pANDitya – darbAr – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

04.  kadalE vADu gAdE – nArAyaNa gauLa – Thyagaraja

05.  palu vichAramulElA – shaNmukhapriya – Annamacharya ( A,N,S )

neraval @ “mEradO (?) SrI venkaTEsha ninnu golichidinEnu”

06.  Emayya rAma – kAmbOji – Bhadrachala Ramadas  ( started at anu pallavi)

07.  durusugA kripAjUci – sAvEri – Shyama Sasthri ( A,N,S ,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘ parama pAvani kripAvani vinuta padasarOja praNatArthi haru rA nI’

08.  rAma nAma mukunda mAdhava- junjhuti – Yogi Narayana

09.  jaya jaya durgE – durga – Narayana Theertha

10.  smarisO sarvada hariyA – hamIr kalyANi? – Purandara Dasa

11.  pAhi pAhi jaganmOhana krishNA – kurinji – Narayana Theertha

12.  challarE rAmachandruni – Ahiri – Thyagaraja

13.  SLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – surutti

Armored with a Donor Pass, which guarantee me a seat in the advanced rows, this was my first concert of the season at Rama Seva Mandali. Amidst the fear of rain, and chaos of Friday traffic, I seems to have reached fairly early at the venue. Half an hour of wait in the end did not matter as the duo delivered another stellar performance. As always, they gave a good concert, but I am still waiting to be overwhelmed.

Compensating for the delayed start by 10 mins, they skipped the varnam ( or is that the new shift ) and started with the gangeyabhushani kriti. Ravikumar sang a shortish alapana to begin with before launching into evvare rAmayya. Darbar ( again by Ravikumar0 was the first detailed alapana, executed beautifully. Good to see ‘nitya rupa’ being selected instead of the usual rAmabhirAma or yochana. Swara was nice too. Rarely heard nArayaNa gauLa kriti was interesting. Not sure if there is any other known reference apart from the youtube link of Chittoor Subramanya Pillai’s rendition of this kriti. Shanmukhapriya alapana was also decent, especially yhe lower octave phrases were very impressive.palu vicharamulela , was only heard from their school, set to tune by their guru Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy. A good neraval and exquisite kalpana swaras added weight to the kriti. Another gem of a kriti came in as a filler before the main.

Saveri alapana was just ok, nothing to talk home about. It did have the traditional passages, in all three octaves , few interesting takes. So much for the alapana, that some one in my proximity thought and suggested it was thODi.My attempt to set things right did not have his approval until the kriti was sung and a quick referral to the ‘pocket guide’ confirmed the kriti to be sAvEri. He gave a gallant smile and thumbs up to my ‘prediction’. In the meanwhile, Sanjeev’s return were more pleasing and appealing. However, the kriti ( not sure why, I was expecting rAma bANa to come) was sung brilliantly with a fantastic neraval. I love long neraval lines, and the duo probably fell short of my expectations by closing out the neraval rather soon ( Dont read too much into it, as I would have preferred it to go on and on and on). Kalpana swaras was equally good.

Mildness is the virtue of Sri K V Prasad. He played along the music beautifully with Karthick through out the day. The duo later gave a fabulous tani avartanam which was well received by all. The accompaniment in general was of high standard. Post main was a typical fair from their side. A chain of kritis from devarnama to Narayana theerthar’s tarangams and an odd ahiri kriti (probably a request) in the end. A very satisfying concert by the brothers.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Concert songlist

 

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Malladi Brothers @ Ranjani Fine Arts , Bellundur , 2nd Annual Festival 08 Feb 2014

Vocal : Malladi brothers

Violin : H K Venkatram

Mrudangam : M L N Raju

Ghatam : Srishylan

List:

01. vAggEyakAra vandana SLOkam ( brahmi brahmasutoucha tumburu jagad prANa) – hamsadhwani

vandEnisham aham vAraNa vadanam – hamsadhwani – Mysore Vasudevacharya ( S )

02.  gOpAlaka pAhimAm aniSam – rEvagupti – Swathi Thirunal ( A,S )

03.  uNDEdi rAmuDu – hari kAmbOji – ThyagarAja ( short sketch)

04.  nI maTi challaga nannu brOchuTa – Anandabhairavi – Mathrubhutayya

05.  rAmanAtham bhajEham – pantuvarALi (kASi rAmakriya) – Dikshitar ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘kumAra guruguha vinutam kapi brindAdi sannutam’

06.  anyAyamu sEyakurA – kApi – Thyagaraja

07.  EnATi nOmu phalamO – bhairavi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval @ swara @ ‘sundarESa suguNabrinda dASarathanandana aravindanayana pAvana’

08.  iDatu padam tUkkiyADum – khamAs – Papanasam Sivan

09. rAma rAma rAma sItA rAma ennirO – tilang – Purandara Dasa

10.  pAhi pAhimAm parama kripAlO – jOnpuri – Narayana Theertha

11.  rAmachandruDitaDu rAghavEndruDu – dwijAvanti – Annamacharya ( O )

12.  viSwESwar darSan kar – sindhu bhairavi – Swathi Thirunal ( O )

13.  SLOkam ( rAma brahmAkhyam vidyEndra suputram lOka viSrutam) – surutti

The inaugural concert of the 2nd Annual Festival of Ranjani Fine Arts started with a good concert by Malladi Brothers. A typical concert what we expect from the duo, couple of long alapana, nice and varied selection of kritis, impeccable delivery of sahityam and the involvement of the supporting artists as well as the audience.

Concert started with a slokam dedicated to the vaggeyakaras in hamsadhwani followed by Mysore Vasudevachar’s vandenisham. Very nice rounds of swaras added to the kriti. Ravikumar and Venkatram did a short alapana in rEvagupti ahead of gOpAlaka pAhimAm of Swathi Thirunal. The ‘madhyamakala’ sahityam was sung to some nice effect, despite a small stumble in the middle ( both were referring to the written notes and caused some confusion).  Undedi ramudu came with a short sktech from Ram Prasad, a kriti apparently was in favour yesterday ( I hear Ranjani& Gayathri sang the same at Gayana Samaja , in detail).

Pantuvarali was the first major alapana of the day, after a short filler in Ananda bhairavi. Ravi kumar launched into it in style with many shades of the raga. HKV played more traditional pantuvarali, allaying the mild confusion I had. Neraval was at kumara guruguha, and was top class as expected , so was the brilliant sets of kalpana swaras. A pantuvarali in the beginning of a concert can give a definite lift to the overall impact of the concert.

Bhairavi main brought in a lot of cheer. Alapana was decent, shared between the brothers. Ravikumar’s takes in the second half of the alapana brought in a lot more virtuosity to the fair. HKV played beautifully in his turn. EnATi nOmu was a pleasant surprise. Under represented in concerts, this kriti has a lot of scope and beautiful lyrics. The neraval line was fabulous and long. However to my disappointment, the neraval lasted only three cycles. A little more elaboration and deliberation for neraval would have made my day. I was expecting a pallavi to follow, as they somewhat rushed through the kalpana swaras. The percussion team was very effective through out and played a brilliant tani avartanam.

Post main, consisted of their typical long list of kritis. The short huming of dwijavanti and sindhubhairavi added to the glamour. The selection of kritis were also impressive. In all, another typical Malladi fair, always satisfying, not necessarily exhilarating. Good start to the 2 weekend festivities at the Ranjani Fine Arts.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Concert songlist

 

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Malladi Brothers, Nadasurabhi Annual Festival, 15 Nov 2013

Vocal : Malladi Brothers ( Sriram Prasad & Ravi Kumar)

Violin : H K Venkataram

Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar

Ganjira : Guruprasanna

List:

01. sarasijanAbha ( varNam) – kAmbOji – Swathi Thirunal ?  ( O )

02. Ee panikO janminchitinani – asAvEri – Thyagaraja ( O,S )

03. tuLasamma – dEvagAndhAri – Thyagaraja

04.  SrI dum durgE Siva samsargE – SrI ranjani – Dikshitar ( A,S )

05. kOrinavara mosagumayya – rAmapriya – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( A,N,S)

neraval & swara @ ‘ parichara vAnara samUha pApadahana pArivAra’

06. marivErE gatiyammA – Ananda bhairavi – Syama Sasthri

07. Emi nEramu nannu brOva – SankarAbharaNam – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @’ dIna bAndhuvani dEvadEvuDani

08.  RTP  – jaganmOhini – chaturasra triputa x 2 kaLai , tisra naDai , +1 ( little finger) eduppu

pallavi line : “sharaNAgata janarakshaki nannu kAvavE janani, karuNAkari kAmESwari jagadISwari kArthyAyani”

rAgamAlika swaras in ‘ mOhanam , sAvEri, shaNmukhapriya ‘

09. abhayadAyakuDa vade nIvE gati – bhauLirAmakriya ? – Annamacharya

10.  sundara mUrthy mukhya prANa – chenchurutti – Purandara Dasa

11.  Dasaratha rAma gOvinda nanu – mukhAri – ?

12. kElaTi bhinDAdE?? – sindhubhairavi – Bhadrachala Ramadas

13.  mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja

After missing the first three days of the annual festival at Nadasurabhi, I was eager to get in to the hall at the beginning of the program. There were a large crowd walking along with me, as I managed to enter the hall. The timing was perfect with the musicians taking their seats on the dais. The customary bouquet and other organiser’s formalities were quickly done, a good practice I see with Nadasurabhi (during the annual festival and not necessarily at their monthly concerts) to offer the stage for uninterrupted music.

Malladi Brothers seldom disappoint. Yesterday was no different. While this might not be a concert I go ‘gaga’ over and over, it indeed was very pleasing overall. The ramapriya albeit a few glitches was the best of the day. A longish alapana by Sriram Prasad, with some fascinating passages, was nearly and neatly replayed by HK Venkatram. What a neraval that was in store. After few rounds of singing the line, they beautifully extended the line to complete the charanam with ‘ kari rakshaka varada venkatEshwaranura ninnE’ with a few and clever extension of the previous line. It was very charming and appealing. The swara was matching to the overall effect of the kriti and fabulous neraval.

Kamboji varnam was very nice, not sure if it is due to the way they sang it ( as a pada varnam) with the complete charanam ( or so I thought). The not often heard Asaveri was also brilliant with the swaras that accompanied the kriti. Dikshitar’s Sriranjani kriti was ok, nothing significant in the alapana( Ravikumar) or the kalpana swaras. There was a few request chits that came in at this time, rather early in the day. I guess they looked at it and obliged to one of the requests, singing Ananda bhairavi, sprouting a smile on my ‘ vAmabhAgE..’.

Sankarabharanam main started very well, with pleasing sancharas in the slow tempo. It lost steam in the middle foa a while before Ravi Kumar gathered it back in control with some very nice passages. Some of those interesting patterns were reproduced by HKV during his turn, which was also of high caliber. Emi Neramu was nice, but I thought they rushed through the neraval and swara for making up time for pallavi. Neraval was short and was for a short line. For a 2 kaLai kriti , a longer neraval line would have been impressive to this shorter version. Kalpana swaras , even though done in 2 speeds, was just adequate. Percussion duo soon performed a decent tani avartanam. Their accompaniment was good enough and played along aptly with few occasional glimpses of excellence from Ravishankar and Guruprasanna.

Then there has to be a pallavi. Despite the overwhelming YES from the audience for an extension of time, they chose to do a shorter version of Pallavi. Jaganmohini was an interesting. The alternating alapana ( one phrase by one and the immediate by the other) was very good. Tanam was very short, with only one round among the three. Pallavi was superb, with a very cleverly ‘configured’ line to the nadai with the right ‘purvangam’ and ‘uttarangam’ proportion. The ‘trikalam’ was executed impeccably with some brilliant support from percussion team.

A flurry of ‘tukkadas’ came in post pallavi in typical Malladi Brothers fashion, comprising of a couple of devarnamas, Annamacharya nad Bhadrachala Ramadas kritis. Very satisfying concert with a ramapriya, etched in memory for a few days more.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2013 in Concert songlist

 

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