Vocal : Pavan Rangachar
Violin : Nagaraj Mandyam
Mrudangam : Renukaprasad
01. siddhivinAyakam sEvEham – mOhanakalyANi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar (A )
02. chintayAmi jagadamba – hindOLam – Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar ( A,S )
03. varalakSmi namOstutE – gaurimanOhari – Mysore Vasudevachar ( A,S )
04. kEshavanolumeyu Aguva tanakA – thODi – Kanaka Dasa (A,N,S,T)
neraval & swara @ ‘varavElApurAdi kEshavana smarisuvavanigE mOkSavu tappitE’
05. harihara ninnanu mechisa bahudu – sindhubhairavi – Purandara Dasa
06. shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – mdhyamAvati
First time listening to Pavan Rangachar in a concert. He has a very sweet, mellifluous voice, very similar to a play back singer or one used to hear in ‘light music’. His singing style is also matching to his voice. Not a typical open throat-ed powerful and stressing at appropriate places as we see in the classical singers. However, his ability and manodharma is at par with the leading artists of the day and he presented a scholarly concert yesterday at Nadasurabhi.
First of all, he stayed to the theme of the concert, selecting and limiting his choices to ‘karnataka composers’. Even in that, he picked some interesting mix and presented them very well. Concert did have a feeble start, with both mOhanakalyani and hindOLam did not really appeal to me. But, with the gowrimanohari kriti onwards, he seems to have found his rhythm. Short alapana, the kriti and the kalpana swaras are presented with such a command and it was pleasing to listen. Swaras were top class,too.
The main, thodi alapana was again done very well, especially some of the long fast paced , bhriga laden sangatis in ‘akara’. Couple of instances of improper breath breaks (he had a trouble during gowri manohari swaras as well) could have been avoided, especially since he was on a smooth flow at that instance. Otherwise,his thodi was again of very high caliber. Kriti was a very pleasant surprise. I am a ‘sucker’ for long neraval lines and he did a wonderful job here. So was the kalpana swaras, which brought Sri Renukaprasad to limelight with some impressive accompaniment. He played a short tani avartanam suiting to the occasion. Concert concluded with a devarnama, post the main.