Vocal : Manda Sudharani
Violin : Mathur Srinidhi
Mrudangam : B C Manjunath
Ghatam : Sukanya Ramgopal
01. sharaNu siddhi vinAyaka – saurAshtram – Purandaradasa
02 chAla kallalADu konna – Arabhi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ ilalO sarivAralalO ‘
03 janani ninnuvinA – rItigauLa – Subbaraya Shasthri ( A,S )
04 bhuvanEshvariya – mOhanakalyANi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar ( A )
05 mAnasa sancararE – sAma – Sadashiva Brahmendra
06. raghuvara nannu – pantuvarALi – thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ manasuna nIki marulu konnAnu‘
07 pArvati ninnu nE – kalgaDa – Shyama Sasthri
08 RTP – madhyamAvati chaturashra jhumpa in khanda gati
pallavi line ‘ mandahAsa vadana madhura vachana maNisadana ‘
swara in madhyamavati . No ragamalika swaras
09 vishvEshvar darshan kar – sindhu bhairavi – Swathi Thirunal ( short alapana)
10 thillAna – dhnAshrI – Swathi Thirunal
11 mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
I could not attend her concert yesterday and JP Nagar, and had planned to listen to her in either of the places. Yesterday’s miss necessitated my attendance here, skipping other lucrative options in the form of Sanjay Subrahmanyan at Malleswaram or Lalgudi siblings at R T Nagar. concert in all was good, despite her poor voice ( seems to be suffering a little) and the unexpected villain in the form of amplification ( it is very unusual here where the mike play spoil sport). In spite of these short coming, the concert was enjoyable.
Concert started with the vinayaka kriti of Purandara Dasa. The issue with mike started there. It went a bit out of control as soon as she started the Arabhi alapana. Multiple changes for the violin ( most of the issues were with the setting of violin) mike and cable did not solve the issue. In between a contact mike was planted on the violin to the discomfort of Srinidhi, which luckily did not stay there for long. Arabhi alapana thus went in these tussle. Kriti also started a bit coldly. However, she came back with some nice rounds of neraval and a breath taking rounds of kalpana swaras. That cracker of swaras also brought the team together, with Manjunath playing some exquisite percussion.
Reetigaula alapana was outstanding. She did have trouble going into the upper octave, but did play some moving phrases and some fast brigas. Srinidhi matched with a good return in his turn. Janani ninnuvina was good, but the swaras was even better. A quick fast bhriga laden mohanakalyani alapana was nice, so was the violin return before the muthaiah Bhagavathar’s bhuvaneswariya. She played a short sama before the main.
Pantuvarali alapana was grand and typical. Improvising on the slow , deliberate phrases to some of the trademark passages and some innovative takes made it very pleasant and long. Raghuvara nike came with neraval and another rounds of marvellous kalpana swaras. She was phenomenal while singing kalpana swaras through out the evening.
There has to be a pallavi since she did not offer ther percussion the chance for their solo. Pallavi decision might have been prompted by the organisers who introduced Vid Manda Sudharani as a master of singing complicated tala pallavis. However, madhyamavati it was. Alapana was rather short with the standard madhyamavati takes, nothing great to talk about. But the tanam was grand. She with Srinidhi sang a memorable tanam. Pallavi was again structured around a complicate talam and nadai.She said, this can be considered as a trikala pallavi singing the pallavi line in three different speed for each phrase/word. There was a detailed trikalam, meticulously executed. Kalpana swara was limited to the main raga, with no ragamalika singing.
Manjunath and senior Sukanya Ramgopal played a delightful tani avartanam for a rather non-regular talam. Manjunath was very impressive with some intrinsic patterns that he initiated. The accompaniment in general was of top quality, despite the complain of the mike for violin. Post main was concluded quick with a couple of Swathi Thirunal kritis. A short alapana of sindhu bhairavi was interesting. In all, not the best of her concerts, but a decent affair.