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Mysore Nagaraj & Mysore Manjunath , “Music Maja” , Ranjani Fine Arts 3rd Annual Fesitval, 14th Feb 2014

Violin :  Mysore Nagaraj & Mysore Dr.Manjunath

Mrudangam : K U Jayachandra Rao

Ghatam : Giridhar Udupa

Cajón , Rhythm Pad, Morsing, Chime  : Pramath Kiran  ( with a whole variety of other small percussion instruments)

Theme : Music Maja – A Children’s Special

Magicians : Satish Kumar & Revathi

List:

01. shrI gaNanAtha  – malahari – Purandara Dasa ( O )

02  vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadhwani – Dikshitar ( A,S )

03  nArAyaNa ninna – sudha dhanyAsi – Purandara Dasa  ( S )

04  rAmA nI samanamevvaru – kharaharapriya – thyagaraja ( A,N,S )

05 girirAjasutA tanaya – bangALa – Thyagaraja

06 brOchEvAravarurA – khamAs – Mysore Vasudevacharya

tani Avartanam

07 sAmaja vara gamanA – hindOLam – Thyagaraja  ( O )

08 enna tavam seithanai – kApi –  Papanasam Sivan

09 bhAgyAda lakshmi bAramma – madhyamAvathi – Purandara Dasa

Music Maja is an unusual theme. Not sure if they meant it to be ‘maja’ with music or music itself is ‘maja’, if you are able to understand and appreciate it. It was also announced as a ‘Children’s special’.. well, on ‘Valentine’s Day’. The intend was to get kids and young ones attracted to classical art forms. The only way to do that is to make it appealing to them. In his speech, the Secretary of Karnataka Fine Arts , Sri Aravind Brahmakal talked about ‘Rights to FineArts’ to every students in the country. How to make it appealing to the kids is to have an interactive musical session and also provide ‘space’ for them to have fun while listening to music. Whatever little amount of musical knowledge they gather, is going to help them in future. If it succeeds in avoiding an aversion in them against a classical piece of art, these attempts are partially successful.

While the artists tried their bit in making it interactive with the kids, at least in the initial part, it was more the parallel stream of activities, connected to music and otherwise that kept the children engaged. The understanding between the magicians and the artists on the stage was admirable. Having said that the music that was presented was un-adulterated or was not diluted in any way. It would have been difficult to retain their poise and concentration with all the other activities going around in between each presentation, especially when they were also participating in them to whatever small extent.

After a brief inaugural function, the concert started with Manjunath explaining the theme. He said, even they aren’t planned anything in particular but wanted to go with the theme of Music Maja. He interestingly started with ‘lambOdhara’, which he said would be known to most of the students of music. He then put a question to the kids if they have heard ‘hamsadhwani’. an overwhelming ‘yes’ came from the audience, and he proceeded with a question on which kriti do they heard in hamsadhwani. Majority were , not surprisingly , vAtApi and they decided to play the same. A short alapana preceded the kriti from Manjunath. There was an extended swaraprasthana with the percussion team coming into action. Pramath Kiran chipped in witih a variety of the instrument here from cajon, Rhythm pad to morsing. Some impressive interplay between violin and percussion kept the audience alive. Magician came into play at this time. Picking a few kids and putting them on some task until the next song was played out. There was whole lot of action in front of the stage, while the artists continued their act with ‘nArayana ninna’.

Kharaharapriya main came in soon. manjunath started the alapana, which was shared between the two as it progressed. There was no ‘maja’ part here, but pure classical fair to its grand stature. Well, there was a small impressive tAnam round as they completed the alapana. Samanamevvaru started fabulously with a brilliant engagement from the mrudangam. Short neraval at ‘paluku paluku’ before another grand kalpana swaras with percussion team running riot to an enthralling effect.

Another interaction with the youngsters begun now with a quiz. Seated in front some 12 senior kids were given a pre-set question paper to answer before the next kriti was presented. A request ‘ grirAjasuta tanaya’ gave them ample time to write their answers. The quiz continued with another 5 questions , 2 from the artists and 3 from Ravathi. Taking on from her , the artists played khamas kriti of Vasudevacharya before handing out to the percussion for Tani Avartanam.

The percussion team was having fun on stage, and was free to express the way they deemed fit to the occasion. While many different sounding instruments in percussion aren’t very appealing in a classical concert, under the ‘majA’ umbrella they all made a lot more fun and enjoyable. Pramath Kiran made most use of his ‘possessions’. While the magicians continued their art on stage, the artists concluded the concert with few quick pieces ( selected out of the pouring requests) and ‘bhagyada lakshmi bAramma’.

The atmosphere was electric. There were a lot of distractions , planned and executed carefully. The hall was in abundance of kids and young ones, who had a ball of a time. Artists were also visibly upbeat and having fun in their own way ( a few paper ball throwing at each other, a hidden ‘Cadbury Chocolate’ piece secretly savoured, pulling each other on occasionally , trying to balance the fun outside the music with their own ..etc). Given these ‘music maja’ elements, serious listeners also had a good fair in the concert.

Good attempt from the organisers to bring kids into the concert hall and engage them musically and otherwise for over 2hr and 30 mis were laudable. This may not be the final destination, but a step in right direction. With more mind at work, there is definitely scope to build on this.

Staying with the “music Maja” theme, I couldn’t resist this observation from sharing. This is the first time I’m seeing four ‘macaroni headed’ artists together on stage 🙂

PS : The second concert of the day was a much more serious affair. Pt Sanjeev Abhayankar presented a brilliant hindustani vocal concert. A fabulous rAgEshri, followed by an outstanding ‘Madhukauns’ were the highlights. Shorter versions of dEsh, a devotional song and an abhang in sindhubhairavi were the rest of the items.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Mysuru Nagaraj & Mysuru Manjunath , Violin Duet, Nadasurabhi annual Festival 11 Nov, 2014

Violin :  Mysuru Nagaraj & Mysuru manjunath

Mrudangam : Arjunkumar  & Tumakuru Ravishankar

List:

01  jananI ninnuvinA – rItigauLa – Subbaraya Shastry

02  manasu nilpa – AbhOgi – Thyagaraja  ( short Sketch , S )

03  vEnugAna lOluni – kEdAragauLa – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

04  himagiri tanayE hEmalatE – shuddha dhanyAsi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar

05  guNijanAdinuta guruguhOdayE – gurjari – Dikshitar

06  ninnE nammitinayya – simhEndramadhyamam – Mysuru Vasudevacharya ( A,N,S,T)

07  thIrAtha viLayAttu piLLai – rAgamAlika – Subrahmanya Bharathi

08  nArAyaNa ninnA – shuddha dhanyAsi – Purandara Dasa

09  bhajan – hamIr kalyAni – ?  ( Short Sketch)

10  mangaLam – saurAshtram/madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja

As they say, the 21st Annual Music Festival of Nadasurabhi started with a ‘bang’.  Exhilarating experience. Two violin and two mrudangam on stage. Naturally aggressive style of violin playing and two mrudangam artists taking turn in their playing  to join together at the end of the spirited finishing of kalpana swarams created an electrifying atmosphere in the auditorium.

Despite late start from office, I wasn’t late to arrive. the inauguration function probably took few extra minutes. The artists were readying themselves as I reached the venue. Started with a sedate janani ninnuvina, slow and soothing.  Manasu nilpa was announced to follow. A shortish alapana from Manjunath eased into the kriti. Kalpana swaras for abhogi, turned on the ‘heat’. A typical slow to high speed multi-octave fair from the pair.  Nagaraj played a beautiful kEdAragauLa alapana, with many interesting phrases, refreshing from the usual. Venugana loluni with another round of similar kalpana swaras followed.  Two quick fillers came in succession before the main. The gurjari kriti of Dikshitar was very nice.

Manjunath’s simhEndramadhyamam alapana was grand and superbly delivered. To me this was the best part of the day. Some innovative takes ( few plain notes ?) , some clever bowing keeping the audience in awe. Brilliant stuff. Vasudevachar’s kriti was to come, presented with neraval ( not sure at what line) done in detail and multi speed and long kalpana swaras befitting the main. Tani avartanam by wo leading percussionists from Bangalore was top class. Arjunkumar, the birthday boy, lead the pair with some nice intrinsic patterns matched eloquently by his companion. The pair had amazing coordination amongst them while playing for the sone and kalpana swaras.

Post main mainly remembered for the hamir kalyani bhajan. He said it would be taken up in detail. It had a short alapana and a series of hindustani-ish ‘give and take’ playing which was very impressive. However, despite his ‘assurance’ of a bhajan, bhakti was not the  feeling it invoked in me.

Very typical concert as in the expected line. Very energising and involving. Overall ambiance was of high energy. Good way to start the week long concert series.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Mysore Nagaraj& Manjunath, Raga Sambhrama, Chowdiah Memorial Hall 03 Feb 2012

Violin Duet : Mysore Nagaraj & Dr.Manjunath

Mrudangam : Arjunkumar

Ghatam : Giridhar Udupa

Organised by : Bharatiya Saamagaana Sabha

Raga : Hindolam

Day 3 of the Raga Sambhrama Festival organised by bharatiya Saamagaana Sabha. I missed the first 2 days, and the first concert of the 3rd day. I liked the ida of ‘rAga sambhrama’, one hour concert each by the performer on a ‘selected raga’. Having Shanmukhapriya ( Abhishek Raghuram),Sarasangi ( Shashank), Keeravani ( Unnikrishnan) on Day 1, Shulini ( R K Padmanabha) , Darbari Kanada( Jayatheerth Mevundi -hindustani) and Mohanam( Ganesh&Kumaresh) on Day 2, Day 3 was for Thodi , Hindolam and Anandabhairavi. I missed the Thodi of Rudrapatnam Brothers.

01   alapana – hindOLa

         tAnam – hindOLa

        pallavi ‘ kailAsapatE paSupatE umApatE’

        no Ragaalika swara

        tani avartanam

Myspre Brothers, chose to sing a pallavi in hindolam. Manjunath anchored the proceedings, and started the alap in mellifluous way. Detailing the phrases slow and deliberate, easing into the faster paced and higher octave prayogas, alternating between them, I personaly liked the alapana.  I thought, Manjunath cleverly incorporated  some folkish tunes brilliantly into the alap. Thanam was rather short, but highly effective. Being a shorter version of the concert, I thought it would have been appropriate to have the percussion to join in for tanam. Manujnaths closure rounds of tanam was brilliant. 

Pallavi was set to Adi ( chatursra triputa) and deploying ‘naDai’ variations. Pallavi was good, but the highlights were on the kalpana swara that followed. It was the typical affair, one expect in their concert. Beginning in slow shorter variations, increasing hte duration and the speed, reaching the cresendo in high speeed and high octave , mesmerising the audience as it progressed, ending with a thuderous applause fro mthe audience. These efforts were amply supported by equaly enthused and excited percussion team.

While there was no ragamalika swaras, which could have added some flavour to the overall concert, they gave sufficient time for a short tani avartanam. Arjunkumar and Giridhar Udupa, made the best use of the time given to them with some brilliant ‘stroke play’ ( apologise for the use of such word).

As the ‘expert’ who commented in his speech, for the first time, the concert was apt to the name of the series, ‘raga sambhrama’. Good 1 hr concert by Mysore Nagaraj and Dr.Manjunath with a captivating hindola.

 

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Concert songlist

 

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Mysore Nagaraj&Manjunath @ IIMB , Yamini Jan 25, 2009

Violin : Mysore Nagaraj&Manjunath

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Ghatam : M A Krishnamurthy

Songlist:

01 sAmajavara gamana – hindOLam – Thyagaraja ( O,S )

02 akhilAnDEswari – dwijAvanti – Muthuswami Dikshitar

03 nannu pAlimpa – mOhanam – Thygaraja ( A,S )

04 rAgasudhA rasa – AndOLika – Thyagaraja

05 RTP – shaNmukhapriya – Tisra triputa

     Ragamalika swaras in sahAna,ranjani, sindhubhairavi

 05b tani Avartanam

06 thIrAtha viLayADu piLLai – rAgamAlika – Subramanya Bharati

07 bhajan ( raghupati rAghav ) – misrapIlu

What a scintillating concert !  Yamini, the wholenight music and dance program conducted by IIM, Bangalore was less flamboyant affair this year. However, this one performance of  yesterday night was all that one could hope for. From the word go, it did produce some marvellous moments to the audience. Outstanding hindOLam, with some special give and take dual between Manjunath and Neyveli Venkatesh, brilliant mOhanam alapana and swara by Nagaraj, and an awesome swara playing of sindhubhairavi during the RTP. Even the fillers dwijavanti and AndOLika were very moving. No words to express. Awesome.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2009 in Concert songlist

 

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