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Sikkil Gurucharan @ Nadasurabhi Annual Festival , 21 Oct 2018

Vocal : Sikkil Gurucharan

Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam

Mrudangam : H S Sudheendra

Ghatam : G Omkar Rao

List:

01 ninnE kOri ( varnam ) – vasanta – Adi – Tachur Singarachari ( N )

neraval @ ‘sUnacAruNi bAri kOrvalErA ‘

02 annapUrnE vishAlAkSi – sAma – Adi – Dikshitar ( O, S )

03 ikanaina rA moravina rAdA – puSpalatika – Adi – Thirupati Narayanaswamy ( A,S )

04 jambUpatE mAm pAhi – yamunAkalyANi – tishra Ekam – Dikshitar

05 rAma bANa trANa shaurya – sAvEri – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval @ ‘tammuDu baDalina vELa suraripu temmani cekkara pancIyaga gani’

06 RTP – nAsikAbhUSaNi – khaNDa tripuTa , tisra naDai , +2 aksharam eDuppu ??

pallavi line ‘ mAravairi ramaNi , manjubhASiNi’

rAgamAlika swaras in shrIranjani, mOhanakalyANi , shivaranjani

short tani Avartanam

mAravairi ramaNi  – nAsikAbhUSaNi – Thyagaraja

07 dharma shravaNa videtakE – durga – Adi – Purandara Dasa (  O )

08 viruttam ( kunita puruvavum ? ) – kApi  ( O )

thillAna ( dhi thillAna taka thillAna taka jhunu dhIm ) – kApi – chaturashra jhumpa – Tanjavu S Kalyanaraman

09 mangaLAm – saurAStram / madhyamAvati – Adi – Thyagaraja

The last of the October leg of the Nadasurabhi 25th year festival. Skipped the day 2, of Ranganatha Sharma. Sikkil Gurucharan gave a very good concert yesterday at the Heritage Academy.  The early part wasn’t as appealing to me as the second part. From the sAvEri, onward it was very very good.

As he has developed a USP these days, there was a neraval for the varnam. It wasn’t very attractive. But credits to him for singing the vasanta varnam, not often heard these days. Annapoorne vishalakshi was also not impressed me. Probably because he kept singing the pallavi line as ‘visAlAkSi’ instead of ‘vishAlAkSi’. He wasn’t addressing the one with the ‘wide eyed’ one. I couldn’t care for the rest. But he sang some nice swaras for sAma.

Pushpalatika was the first alapana and that was decent. No surprise there with ‘ikanaina’. He commented about its proximity towards manirangu on one side and rudrapriya on the other. Few rounds of swaras as well.  Dikshitar’s jambUpate came after and I yawned thrice.

From here, it was different. Very good alapana of sAvEri. Very well planned and progressed. Ramabana was sung beautifully. Elaborated neraval at a long line. No excesses , no unwanted stretch or bhruga sways on certain words. Very stylish. Equally brilliant was the kalpana swaras , in two speed with some exhibition of laya variations.

There was the interruptions by the organisers, done quickly. KSSR guaranteed that a pallavi is coming. It was nAsikabhooshani. two phase raga alapana was nice. But the highlight and probably the best of the evening was the tanam. An outstanding effort by Gurucharan and even better return by Charulatha. Applause galore ! Short pallavi line, trikalam and ragamalika as expected.  After a short tani avartanam, he sang the Thyagaraja kriti, from where the pallavi line was taken, in full. Sanjay does it often.

Post main had a nice durga, sang beautifully.  A viruttam followed by the kApi thillana of Tanjavur Kalyanaraman, which I haven’t heard this before.  As I said, not very gung-ho about the first 45 minutes, but very happy with the rest.

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Posted by on October 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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D Balakrishna with Vamshidhar ( Veena-Venu) at Nadasurabhi Annual Music Festival, 19 Oct 2018

Veena : D Balakrishna

Flute : Vamshidhar

Mrudangam : Anirudh Bhat

Ghatam : Raghavendra Prakash

List:

01 mAtE malayadhwaja (daru varNam) – khamAs – Adi -Muthaiah Bhagavatar

02 shrI varalakSmi namastubhyam – shrI – Roopakam – Dikshitar ( S )

03 cintayAmi jagadambam – hindOLam – Mishra Jhumpa – Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar

04 shrI cAmuNDEshwari pAlayamAm – bilahari – Adi x 2 – Mysore Vasudevachar ( A,S )

05 mAmava janma doDDadu – pUrvikalyANi – Mishra Chap – Purandara Dasa ( A,S )

06 OrajUpu jUcEdi nyAyamA -kannaDa gauLa – Adi – Thyagaraja

07 birAna varalicci – kalyANi – Adi Tisra naDai – Shyama Shasthri ( A,t,N,S,T )

neraval & swaras @ ‘shyAmakRSNa sOdari gauri, paramEshvari girijA’ (?)

08 mAnasa sancararE – sAma – Adi – Sadashiva Brahmendra

09 jagadOdhAraNa – kApi – Adi – Purandara Dasa

10 thillAna – cencurutti – Veena Seshanna

11 mangaLAm – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

shLOkam in madhyamAvati

Very good start of the annual festival of Nadasurabhi, who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. Congratulations to the Nadasurabhi team on this momentous occasion. They have been doing a commendable job over this years and wishing them all the success in future.

You cant ask for a better start to their proceedings of this year’s festival, but with a sedate Veena concert of one of the leading artists of the Mysore School. True to his lineage, the concert was memorable. Largely selected on devi, and from the Mysore composers ( and one piece each from the Trinity), nice mix of talam, it was evident that a lot of thought had gone into the preparation.

To me, the concert livened up from the bilahari. I am not hinting that the prior compositions lacked anything, but one could see a marked difference with the kalpana swaras of bilahari. The pUrvikalyani alapana that followed was delectable. Vamshidhar was very good in his turn of alapana. The swaras that followed were top class.

Kalyani alapana started with a bang ( as they say). I loved the start ( well, then on it was kalyani 🙂 ). However, the tanam which came in was outstanding. Very very elaborate, exquisite and arguably the best part of the concert.  It is always a pleasure to listen to tanam on a Veena. Shyama Shasthri’s kriti was nice. There was few rounds of neraval followed by a masterly kalpana swaras, which has some of the intelligent variations on display. The percussion duo played an impressive tani avartanam. I should add that Anirudh Bhat accompanied brilliantly through out the evening.

There was not much to hope for post main, as the crowd was sparse by then. There was time ( until 9:00, said the organisers on his query on how long can I go on) for a couple more. Veena Sheshanna’s thillana was a worthy mention in this segment.  Here again, I think the Chencurutti thillana is ‘tailor-made’ for Veena playing.

Impressive concert by Vid Balakrishna and the team on Day1 / Phase1 of the Nadasurabhi Annual Festival.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2018 in Concert songlist

 

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Vani Satish at Nadasurabhi , Karnataka Vaibhava , 19 Aug 2018

Vocal : Vid Vani Satish

Violin : Mathur Srinidhi

Mrudangam : Trichy G Aravindh

Ghatam : G Omkar Rao

List:

01  jaya jaya jaya jAnakI kAnta – nATa – Khanda Chap –  Purandara Dasa  ( O,S )

02  gOvindA ninna nAmavE chandA – janasammOdini – Adi – Purandara Dasa

03  Enu dhanyaLO lakumi entha mAnyaLO – thODi – Roopakam – Purandara Dasa ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘ sarvatrAdi vyAptanAda sarvadOSa rahitanAda’

04 nInE gati nInE mati nInE svAmi – madhuvanti ? -khanda chap –  Purandara Dasa

05 Enu sukrtava mADidaLu yashOdE – nIlAmbari – mishra chAp – Vadiraja ( O )

06 dAsa dAsara maneya – hindOLam – khanda chap – Kanaka Dasa ( A )

07 hari chitta satyA – jOnpuri – Adi – Purandara Dasa

08 mAnava janma doDDadu – pUrvikalyANi – Mishra Chap – Purandara Dasa ( A,S,T )

09 kSIrAbdhi kannike – rAgamAlika – Adi – Purandara Dasa

10 nArAyaNa ninnA nAmada – shudha dhanyAsi – Khanda Chap – Purandara Dasa

11 ugabhOga ( ninna bhaktarendelisida? ) – nAthanAmakriya

dAsana mADiko enna – nAthanAmakriya -Adi – Purandara Dasa

12 tAraka bindige ( muNDige ) – tilang ? – Adi Tisragati – Purandara Dasa

13 shLOkam ( vandE mukundam ) –  kApi

jagadOdhAraNa – kApi – Adi x 2 – Purandara Dasa

14 shLOkam ( man manObhISTha  on Purandara Dasa) – madhyamAvati

mangaLam jaya mangaLam – madhyamAvati – Adi – Purandara Dasa

Special day and a special concert by Vidushi Vani Satish.  It was announced as a Purandara Dasa compositions concert, hence the setting was clear. She did more than justice to the theme ( despite including a couple of other Dasa Composers).  Many familiar compositions, but when the Karnataka Singers perform, they have a different feel to them.

She started with a beautiful rendition of the Nata kriti. I found it very refreshing from the usual lot that we hear. The swaras followed was good too. An average thodi alapana, short too. But she sang some commendable neraval at ‘sarvatrAdi’ and few rounds of swaras. Couple of not often heard compositions came, one of Vadiraja set in neelambari. Nice little kriti seeped in bhakti. Not sure who set this to tune, but was a few imperfections at places. Another short alapana of hindolam, which was good.

Pruvikalyani was the main and it was obvious that the choice is going to be mAnava janma. The alapana was detailed and very well constructed and sung. Srinidhi was also chipped in with some nice work. There was no neraval, but the swaras were done in elaborated ,two speed presentation. Young perussion team did a good job through out, played a commendable tani avartanam.

Lot more had to come post the main. Ugabhoga, a mundige, couple of shlokas ( one on Purandara Dasa).  True to her strength, they were all sung beautifully.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Amritha Murali at Nadasurabhi, 17th June 2018

Vocal : Vid. Amritha Murali

Violin : H M Smitha

Mrudangam : B C Manjunath

Ghatam: S N Narayana Murthy

List:

01 shLOkam ( sadguru gajasyavANim)

pankajAkSi nI pai (varNam) – kAmbOji – Adi – Ramaswami Sivan

02 rAmA ninnE nammi nAnu – husEni – Adi – Thyagaraja  ( O,S )

03 tyAgarAjAya namastE – bEgaDa – Roopakam – Dikshitar ( A,S )

04 vihara mAnasa rAmE – kApi – Mishra Chap – Swathi Thirunal ( A,N,S )

neraval & swara @ ‘karuNArasa nilayE sarasIruha nAbhE ‘

05 mAyamma yaninE – Ahiri – Adi x 2 – Shyama Shasthri

06 venkaTaramaNanE bArO – paras – Adi – Purandara Dasa

07 RTP – thODi – mishra jhumpa , 2 kaLai , + 3 akSaram eDuppu

pallavi line : ‘shankaram lOkashankaram bhakta vashankaram, sadA bhajE shiva-‘

rAgamAlika swaras in malayamArutam, khamAs, amrutavarSiNi

tani Avartanam

08 hari chitt satya – jOnpuri – Mishra chAp – Purandara Dasa

09 shLOkam ( kastUri tilakam) – behAg, sindhubhairavi, bhAgEshrI

sAgara shayana vibhO – bhAgEshrI – Adi x 2 – MDR

10 thillAna ( ni ri ni ri ga ma ga ri sa ) – pUrvi – T Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar

11 mangaLam – saurAStram / madhyamAvati – Thyagaraja

 

 
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Sandeep Narayan @ Nadasurabhi , 18th March 2018

Vocal :  Sandeep Narayan

Violin : Mathur Srinidhi

Mrudangam : K U Jayachandra Rao

Ghatam : G Omkar Rao

List:

01 mahA gaNapatE pAlayAshumAm – naTanArAyaNi – Adi – Dikshitar

02 nAda tanumanisham – cittaranjani – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

03 saundararAjam AshrayE – brindAvana sAranga – rUpakam – Dikshitar ( A )

04 kAdiruvEnu nAnu – ranjani – Adi -Ambujam Krishna ( A,N )

neraval @ ‘pAdAmbujagaLa pUjeya mADi ‘

05 mahAlakSmi jaganmAtA – shankarAbharaNam – mishra chAp -Papanasam Sivan ( A,S,T )

06 ninnayE ratiyenru – bhAgEshrI – rUpakam – Subramanya Bharati (  O )

07 mayilmIdu viraindODi – cArukEshi – Adi – ??  ( o )

08 candrashEkharA Isha sundarEshvara – sindhu bhairavi – Adi – Anai Vaidyanatha Iyer ( O )

09 thillAna ( tAm tAm tAm udani ) – khamAs – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( O )

10 mangaLam – saurASTran – Thyagaraja

Brilliant concert by the young vidvan yesterday at Nadasurabhi.  He sang with such an elan, composed and in control.  Despite some of his mannerism and singing style which regularly reminded us about his guru, he was on a roll.

Very sedate start with the natanarayani piece, which has a folkish tune to it, was a great way to get in.  Both on the pallavi line and the ‘ragamudra’ line, he sang ample sangatis, which I liked.  Chittaranjani alapana was top class. Gave the hint by singing the ‘sarigamapadhani’ phrase of the composition in his alapana. Not heard many chittaranjani full alapana in concerts, hence it indeed was welcome. Other impressive of his singing ‘nAda tanumanisham’ was at the anupallavi.  He sang with the break at ‘mOdakara nigamOttama’ unlike ‘ nigamOttama sAma’ as many artists sing. Very good. Some good rounds of kalpana swaras followed at the pallavi line. The concluding round by both the artists, I thought, were superb.

A fabulous brindavana saranga alapana started soon. Surprised to see two janya of kharaharapriya back to back. Of course, they have different feel and musical beauty. Brindavana sarang alapana was mesmerising . Srinidhi was equally aswesome in his turn. Full marks. The composition was sung with all it grandeur. To me, this was the best part of the concert.

A rather shortish ranjani alapana followed ; decent with some of the standard phrases. Srinidhi tried some innovative strokes. Amubjam Krishna’s composition was nice.  HE sang a compelling neraval at pAdAmbujagaLa pUjeya mADi’ with some nice twists and turns. Good work here. There was no swaras.

Soon, a detailed shankarabharanam alapana started. The way it was progressing, it was evident that he is not taking up some of the well known compositions. Very good effort in alapana, little to and fro, odd phrases of class, some impressive longer phrased upper octaves. Srinidhi played much more standard shankarabharanam. Mahalakshmi Jaganmata was a nice choice , even though I was expecting a Shyama Shastry composition to come. There was no neraval ;surprising on two counts a) There was only one neraval in the entire concert b) he did not sing a pallavi.  Kalpana swarams are mostly done as two long takes, one at the lower speed and one the shorter phrases at the faster tempo. The repeats from Srinidhi was equally eloquent. Jayachandra Rao, who did a commendable job through out the evening, played a structurally intricate tani avartanam with Omkar.

There was no pallavi, but sang couple of songs and a requested thillana. He sang all of them after a short raga sketch. Some good team play, triggered by the vocalist in the khamas thillana was nice change.

His powerful voice, open throat style of singing, command over lyrics and laya etc are the highlights of his singing. Yesterday’s concert was no different. Hope to see and listen to him more in Bangalore.

 

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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