Vocal : Malladi Brothers ( Sriram Prasad & Ravi Kumar)
Violin : H K Venkataram
Mrudangam : Tumkur Ravishankar
Ganjira : Guruprasanna
01. sarasijanAbha ( varNam) – kAmbOji – Swathi Thirunal ? ( O )
02. Ee panikO janminchitinani – asAvEri – Thyagaraja ( O,S )
03. tuLasamma – dEvagAndhAri – Thyagaraja
04. SrI dum durgE Siva samsargE – SrI ranjani – Dikshitar ( A,S )
05. kOrinavara mosagumayya – rAmapriya – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( A,N,S)
neraval & swara @ ‘ parichara vAnara samUha pApadahana pArivAra’
06. marivErE gatiyammA – Ananda bhairavi – Syama Sasthri
07. Emi nEramu nannu brOva – SankarAbharaNam – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @’ dIna bAndhuvani dEvadEvuDani‘
08. RTP – jaganmOhini – chaturasra triputa x 2 kaLai , tisra naDai , +1 ( little finger) eduppu
pallavi line : “sharaNAgata janarakshaki nannu kAvavE janani, karuNAkari kAmESwari jagadISwari kArthyAyani”
rAgamAlika swaras in ‘ mOhanam , sAvEri, shaNmukhapriya ‘
09. abhayadAyakuDa vade nIvE gati – bhauLirAmakriya ? – Annamacharya
10. sundara mUrthy mukhya prANa – chenchurutti – Purandara Dasa
11. Dasaratha rAma gOvinda nanu – mukhAri – ?
12. kElaTi bhinDAdE?? – sindhubhairavi – Bhadrachala Ramadas
13. mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
After missing the first three days of the annual festival at Nadasurabhi, I was eager to get in to the hall at the beginning of the program. There were a large crowd walking along with me, as I managed to enter the hall. The timing was perfect with the musicians taking their seats on the dais. The customary bouquet and other organiser’s formalities were quickly done, a good practice I see with Nadasurabhi (during the annual festival and not necessarily at their monthly concerts) to offer the stage for uninterrupted music.
Malladi Brothers seldom disappoint. Yesterday was no different. While this might not be a concert I go ‘gaga’ over and over, it indeed was very pleasing overall. The ramapriya albeit a few glitches was the best of the day. A longish alapana by Sriram Prasad, with some fascinating passages, was nearly and neatly replayed by HK Venkatram. What a neraval that was in store. After few rounds of singing the line, they beautifully extended the line to complete the charanam with ‘ kari rakshaka varada venkatEshwaranura ninnE’ with a few and clever extension of the previous line. It was very charming and appealing. The swara was matching to the overall effect of the kriti and fabulous neraval.
Kamboji varnam was very nice, not sure if it is due to the way they sang it ( as a pada varnam) with the complete charanam ( or so I thought). The not often heard Asaveri was also brilliant with the swaras that accompanied the kriti. Dikshitar’s Sriranjani kriti was ok, nothing significant in the alapana( Ravikumar) or the kalpana swaras. There was a few request chits that came in at this time, rather early in the day. I guess they looked at it and obliged to one of the requests, singing Ananda bhairavi, sprouting a smile on my ‘ vAmabhAgE..’.
Sankarabharanam main started very well, with pleasing sancharas in the slow tempo. It lost steam in the middle foa a while before Ravi Kumar gathered it back in control with some very nice passages. Some of those interesting patterns were reproduced by HKV during his turn, which was also of high caliber. Emi Neramu was nice, but I thought they rushed through the neraval and swara for making up time for pallavi. Neraval was short and was for a short line. For a 2 kaLai kriti , a longer neraval line would have been impressive to this shorter version. Kalpana swaras , even though done in 2 speeds, was just adequate. Percussion duo soon performed a decent tani avartanam. Their accompaniment was good enough and played along aptly with few occasional glimpses of excellence from Ravishankar and Guruprasanna.
Then there has to be a pallavi. Despite the overwhelming YES from the audience for an extension of time, they chose to do a shorter version of Pallavi. Jaganmohini was an interesting. The alternating alapana ( one phrase by one and the immediate by the other) was very good. Tanam was very short, with only one round among the three. Pallavi was superb, with a very cleverly ‘configured’ line to the nadai with the right ‘purvangam’ and ‘uttarangam’ proportion. The ‘trikalam’ was executed impeccably with some brilliant support from percussion team.
A flurry of ‘tukkadas’ came in post pallavi in typical Malladi Brothers fashion, comprising of a couple of devarnamas, Annamacharya nad Bhadrachala Ramadas kritis. Very satisfying concert with a ramapriya, etched in memory for a few days more.