Violin : R K Sriramkumar
Mrudangam : K Arun Prakash
Ganjira : B S Purushotham
01. jayati jayati bhArata mAtA – khamAs – Mayuram Viswnatha Shasthri
02. mEru samAnA – mAyAmALavagauLA – Thyagaraja (A,S)
03. O jagadambA – Anandabhairavi – Shyama Shasthri ( A )
04. sarasa sAmadAna – kApi nArAyaNi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & svara @ ‘hitavu mAtalentO’
05. soundararAjam AshrayE – brindAvana sAranga – Dikshitar ( O )
06. padavi ni sadbhaktiyu – sALagabhairavi – Thyagaraja
07. akshayalinga vibhO – shankarAbharaNam – Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & svara @ ‘badari vanamula?’
08. pUnkuyil kuvum – kApi – Kalki Krishnamurthy
09. kaNDu dhanyanAdE shrI uDupi kriSNanA – behAg – Kamalesha Vittala ( A )
10. taruNi njAn enthu cheyvU – dvijAvanti – Swathi Thirunal ( O )
11. dhanno dhanya – bengali song ??
12. anri ivvulagam – sindhubhairavi – Andal thiruppavai
13. shAnthi nilava vENDum – tilang ? – Sethumadhava Rao
14. mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
Arvind, in his post concert commentary(?), mentioned the words of Poet Veerabhadrayya, which said, the words are not necessary to convey the meaning or the essence of the world. I cant find a better words to mention here about this concert yesterday. What a fabulous evening it had been. Mesmerising and enthralling music.
Sriramkumar took lot more time than my self induced patience limit, to set multiple shruti instruments to unison, meticulously squeaking and turning this knob and that of 2 tanpuras and his violin, to the i-POD that seemed to be the reference. Once he was satisfied with all 4 instruments, a satisfactory smile broke out and it was non-stop music, flowing as a river in the plains for the rest of the evening. It was spellbinding to say the least.
To the spirit of the Independence Day, concert started with ‘jayati jayati bharata mAtA’ . I, indeed, was expecting this towards the end of the concert, but he aptly decided to begin the proceedings with the respect to the mother nation. An awesome alapana of Mayamalavagaula came in soon. Meru samana followed by an awesome display of virtuosity in the form of kalpana svaras. What a way to begin. Another interesting alapana in the form of Anandabhairavi came soon. Both MMG and AB alapana had an interesting take off point, before moving on to the regular phrases. O jagadamba was brilliant.
Another classy alapana with some brisk phrases in kapi narayani was exquisite. Many aha moments during the alapana. As expected, there was neraval at ‘hitavu matalento’, lifting up the tempo as progressed. One, remembered Madurai Mani Iyer. The kalpana svaras were equally brilliant. After a short sketch, Dikshitar’s ‘soundararajam’ was the next. Both the sketch and the way he begun the kriti had some strong influence of Shri ragam to me, which of course, quickly evaporated. A fast filler of ‘padavi ni’, set the stage for the grand main course.
Sankarabharanam alapana was very detailed and have many many impressive passages. While it the brilliance was shown at many a places during the alapana, it wasn’t a mouth watering affair to me. But, the magnum opus akshayalinga vibho with its grand neraval and an outstanding kalpana svaras compensated for the earlier short fall, if any. It was wonderful to sit and listen to the whole experience unfolding. Superb stuff. Arun Prakash and Purushotham played out a brilliant tani avartanam. There was no high decibel banging on the poor instrument, no vigourous shaking of heads, no lifting the side of the mrudangam and the triumphant smile at the end of the ruthless beating. Such an intricate playing, as calm to even make you think if he is present at the stage, is his attributes. Tani avartanam was thoroughly enjoyable,
After all these, it was only natural for one to hope for a pallavi as an icing on the cake. But, it wasnt there. What replaced it was equally great. Kapi kriti and an outstanding behag devarnama and dvijavanti padam (immortalised by KVN ) were amply covered for the pallavi. Another couple of songs on the occasion ( 15th Aug) concluded the concert. Beautiful day !