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Modumudi Sudhakar @ Ranjani Fine Arts ,19th Dec 2015

Vocal :  Modumudi Sudhakar

Violin : M S Govindaswamy

Mrudangam : R S R Srikanth


01.  jalajAkSA (varNAm) – hamsadhwani – Manampuchadi Venkatasubbaiyer

02. pancha mAtanga mukha – malahari – Dikshitar  ( O,S )

03.  sangIta sAmrAjya sanchAriNi – mOhanakalyANi – Bangalore Ramamurthy ( O )

04.  enta muddO enta sogasO – bindumALini – Thyagaraja ( O )

05.  mariErE dikkevvaru – latAngi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( A,S )

06.  vandanamu raghunandanA – sahAna – Thyagaraja

07.  karuNa jUDU ninnu namminA – shrI – Shyama Shasthry

08.  RTP – mOhanam,hindOLam,darbAr – mishra jAthi jhampa  x 2kaLai , +1/2 eDuppu

Pallavi line : nannu pAlimpa naDaci vachitivO, sAmaja vara gamanA , rAmAbhi rAmA

tanam and svaras in all 3 ragas

08b.  Tani Avartanam

09. kaliyugadalli – chenchurutti – Purandara Dasa

10.  parama pAda? –  shubha pantuvarALi – ??

11. vEgA nIvu vANi rammanavE (javaLi) – suruTTi – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar

12. thillAna 9 dhim tana na thillAna) – brindAvani – Balamuralikrishna

13. rAmachandrAya janaka (mangaLam) – kurinji

He travelled all the way from Vijayawada and reached Bangalore in the afternoon,few hours before the concert, with a bad throat. He had to come and perform within a short span of time. In spite of all that he gave a  non truncated full concert at Ranjani Fine Arts last evening. He was struggling with the voice and was giving the indication of his difficulties, often massaging his through with his fingers and sipping from the flask to soothe the pain. Given the circumstances, he sang within the physical limits.

Concert started with hamadhwani varnam, where he chose to sing the pallavi line in two speed , poorvangam in slow speed and the uttarangam in the standard second speed. Malahari that followed was very good. The swaras he sung for pancha matanga mukha is the best part of the concert, brilliant stuff.

A mohanakalyani song ( very filmish it sounded) and bindualini kriti came soon before the first alapana in latangi. Not expanding much, no traversing through multiple octaves , but soft subtle alapana from the vocalist. M S Govindaswamy played a beautiful alapana on his turn. No beraval – in fact no neraval in the entire concert- but elaborate swaras followed. In the middle, there was a visible drift in the swaras, and I thought there could be a ‘swarabhedam’ or sort. It later sounded mostly a slip or what KSSR commented as ‘vishEshAl prayOgam’. Very emotive sahana and shri ragam came in succession, both were sung melodiously with a lot of emotive depth.

A three raga pallavi was the choice of main, which was a good idea given the condition of his health. Started with a long mohanam alapana, continued to hindolam and darbar alternating with the violin. Darbar, especially was very very good. Tanam was pretty decent. Pallavi line composed from the pallavi lines of three Thyagaraja kritis in the respective ragas did not sound very innovative.  He did sing some intricate trikalam with some clever mix. Srikant was very active through out the evening and played an impressive tani avartanam in a complicated mishrajati jhumpa.

Post main had a devarnama, a Poochi javali ( he sang only one charanam) and Brindavani thillana of BMK. Probably, yesterday’s concert is not the yardstick to know his calibre. I am looking forward to his next visit here.


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Modumudi Sudhakar @ BTM Cultural Academy Aradhana Mahotsava 24 Jan 2013

Vocal  : Modumudi Sudhakar

Violin :  B K Raghu

Mrudangam : C Cheluvaraju
Ghatam :  Dayanand Mohite
Morsing :  S V Balakrishna
Theme : Annamacharya Aradhana
—————————– not sure how many I’ve missed ————————
05  koNdalalO nelakonna – hindOLam – Annamacharya  (  ??, S )
06  okapari kokapari koyyAramai – kharaharapriya – Annamacharya
07  enta mAtramuna –  brindavana saranga + rAgamalika  – Annamacharya ( O )
08  nalani meni naguvu bhUpula – pUrvi kalyANi – Annamacharya ( A,N,S,T )
      neraval & Swara @ ‘nallani mEni nagavu cUpula vADu tellani kannula dEvuDu’
09  parama pAdakuDu – shubhALi? –  Modumudi Sudhakar ??
10  muddugArE yashOda – kurinji – Annamacharya
Sri Modumudi Sudhakar is another artist I wanted to listen to. My previous experience of listening to him was a couple of Doordarshan telecast, which was impressive.  He too comes with a rich voice, with clear strength at lower octaves ( he did have issues at the high octaves yesterday). One has to listen to the entire concert to realy have an opinion. This case, I could not reach back from a business call, to experience that. Hence my observation is limited to the little that I’ve heard.
As I was entering the hall, the hindOlam kriti was going on. I am not sure of what was performed prior to this, and if there was any alap or neraval for this kriti. But what I enjoyed was the kalpana swaras, especially the long continuous swaras towards the end. Unlike the previous concert ( of Abhishek), he did it with such a soothing fashion, never getting hyper, never ever raising the tempo or voice, but with control and command. Kharaharapriya kriti came with no ‘baroque-ness’, played plain and simple followed by a ragamalika kriti. The short huming of Brindavana saranga was nice.
The main poorvikalyani alapana was decent, nothing to talk home about. The violin return was also apt. A not so familiar kriti ( in fact except okapari and muddgare, the rest of them were new to me) was sung. He choose to do neraval at the pallavi line, which was very good. Again, the kalpana swaras were brilliant. Very similar to the earlier hindolam expereiance, taking it to a brilliant closure.  The percussion trio completed their tani avartanam in quick time.
Post main had a kriti sung in shubhALi ragam.  I heard him saying it was composed by him. I could be wrong here. He said, this is Shubhali, a janya of shubhapantuvarali without the panchamam. The concert was concluded with the popular muddugare yashoda, which I think wsa a request, a shout from a gentle man in the front rows.

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