Vocal : Pattabhirama Pandit
Violin : TKV Ramanujacharyulu
Mrudangam : K U Jayachandra Rao
01. shrI patE nI pada – nAgasvarALi – Thyagaraja ( Short Sketch, S )
02. parama pAvana rAma – pUrvikalyANi – Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @’kanakAmbaradhara karuNAnvita sura’
03. viDalAjaturA – janaranjani – Thyagaraja
04 RTP – thODi – chaturashra triputa, +1 eDuppu
pallavi in rAgamAlika ‘thODi, bilahari, rEvati’
pallavi line ‘ dAsharathE karuNApayOnidhE, ina kula tilakA ‘
rAgamAlika swaras in thOdi, bilahari, rEvati
05 rAma rAma rAma sItA tAma ennirO – tilang – Purandara Dasa
06 kaNDu dhanyanAdE – behAg – Kamalesha Vittala Dasa’ ( A )
07. jagadodhAraNa – kApi -Purandara Dasa
08. mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja
shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – madhyamAvati
Seldom we witness a concert were the second item is taken up as main. Well, I am excluding TMK from this. That lifts the expectation high and it would be a huge task for the artists to sustain the same vigour and standard through out the rest of the evening. Yesterday’s concert of Pattabhirama pandit was one such. What an opening and the first half he had. Beautifully started the concert with a nagasvarali piece after humming through a short alapana in such a moving way. Shripate nee pada was sung very well. He and the team also extended it with some splendid swara patterns. Brilliant start. He soon launched into a classical purvikalyani. Few faster intial phrases moved away to some outstanding passages at the slow speed middle and lower octaves. After a few deliberations he switched the gear with faster akara phrases initially in the lower octaves moving to the higher one. Some breath taking alapana came in at high, full of exquisite combinations and full throated singing. Top class stuff. Ramanujacharyulu was equally brilliant in his turn, largely playing around the same theme and a few improvised takes. Parama pavana rama, was a treat. Very elaborate neraval, at kanakambaradhara was very well done. Kalpana swaras sung at the end was the pinnacle of the performance yesterday. The team jelled well presenting some outstanding swaras. Jayachandra Rao was excellent here. The team was so moved, that Ramanujacharyulu , upon completion of his return, wanted to play along for another rounds before closing down. Unexpectedly, tani was indicated and expectedly Jayachandra Rao played a fitting tani avaratanam.
Having completed only 2 kritis so far, there was an anticipation for a pallavi and I was praying it to be anything other than Keeravani. There was a short janaranjani kriti before pallavi. Thodi it was, but wasn’t one that you talk home about. A fast alapana with few twists and turns came in two spurts, not really impressive. Violin return trid to restore some parity but it was very short to really make an impact. Tanam however was far better. Both the artists played some delectable rounds of tanam. Interestingly pallavi was sung in 3 ragams. There was no trikalam or any structural intricacies in pallavi execution. Ragamalika swaras followed the same pallavi pattern.
Behag kriti was beautifully sung. A short alapana preceding it was good too. Jagadodharana, which brought in the memory of his legendary guru, was ok. And that ended the concert.
Pattabhirama pandit sang very well. The purvangam of the concert was awesome, and some of those dwindled out as the concert progressed towards the second half. He would have got into the time pressure, and adjusted pallavi to fit into the overall schedule. Very good concert, would have been outstanding with a small tweak in the planning.