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Trichur Brothers @ Samyoga 2019, Ranjani Fine Arts 10 Feb 2019

Vocal : Trichur Brothers

Violin : L Ramakrishnan

Mrudangam : Trichur R Mohan

Ghatam : Kovai Suresh

List:

01 sumukhA EkadantA (varNam) – sarasvati – Adi – Keshavananda Bharathi

02 girirAja sutA tanaya – bangALA – Adi – Thyagaraja

03 jaya jaya jaya jAnakI kAntA – nATa – khaNDa chAp – Purandara Dasa ( O,S )

04 bhArati maddhiSaNA – dEvamanOhari – rUpakam – Dikshitar ( O )

05 kamalAptakula kalashAbdhi – brindAvana sAranga – Adi – Thyagaraja

06 sItamma mAyamma – vasanta – rUpakam – Thyagaraja ( N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ ‘dhara nija bhAgavatAgrEsarulu evarO vArellaru’

07 RTP – cArukEshi – mishrajAti jhumpa, tisra gati  +1(3 akSaram) eDuppu

pallavi line : ‘maragata maNimaya vilasita rAmayyA, maravAda guNa’

rAgamAlika swaras in ‘kAnaDa, behAg, ??, ??

08 tAL bOlE  chipali lA ? (abhang) – ? –  Thukaram?

09 shLOkam – madhyamAvati

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*One of the largest crowd I’ve seen in this part of the town for a concert. The duo, certainly had a huge fan following here.

*Concert started 25 min late – arrival + long sound setting ( which they excused and sought in advance). That , coupled with some confusion on the ‘end-time’ caused some disarray in their concert planning.

*Until the Vasanta kriti, it was somewhat unappealing to me, despite a ‘first time listening’ of a sarasvati varnam comprised of the 12 names of Ganesha, and some nice rounds of nATa swaras.

*There was no alapana, except for the pallavi. After about 5 compositions, they were planning to go for the pallavi, but some reconfirmation of the time/duration salvaged the situation. They sang a delectable sItamma mAyamma with the newly ‘obtained’ extra time.

*Super duper neraval by both with equally brilliant support from L Ramakrishnan. Fitting swaras too.

*Tani Avartanam was taken after vasanta, with the audience putting tAlam ( on request by the artists, easy as it was in Roopakam) , reminding me the Viking Clap. Good engagement idea.

*The sole alapana was for cArukeshi, shared between the bros. Fairly elaborate, many impressive phrases, very well done by all three. Impressive rAgamAlika tAnam, seamless transition from one to other, again pretty impressive. Similar fair during the ragamalika swaras as well. I couldn’t figure out if this was done as ‘grahabhedam’.

*Abhang followed, with the audience in ‘trance’ clapping ( this time involuntarily ) to the song and reaching near ecstasy during the chants ‘pANDuranga, pANDUranga’ and ‘viTTHala viTTHala’.  I am not a great fan of this.

*Good concert, especially the vasanta and pallavi. But I still feel a little bit of planning ( or re-planning) would have made it a lot more ‘complete’.

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Posted by on February 11, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Vasudevan Ram, Guru Utsava @ Ranjani Fine Arts, 21 Jul 2018

Vocal : Vid Vasudevan Ram

Violin : Anand Viswanathan

Mrudangam : Rakshit

List:

01 shLOkam ( guru brahmO gurur viSNO ) – kalyANi  ( O, violin return )

gaNapatE mahAmatE – kalyANi – Roopakam – Dikshitar  ( Ambi?? )

02 paripAlayamAm – rItigauLa –  Roopakam – Swathi Thirunal ( A )

03 viruttam ( en tAyum enakkaruL tantayum nI ) – kApi – Arunagirinathar ?

kArtikEyanai kaNNAra kANAvENDumE – kApi – Roopakam – Mayuram Viswanatha Shasthri

Shri Vasudevan presented the inagural concert of the 2 day long Guru Utsava of Ranjani Fine Arts. A short half an hour concert, which was planned beautifully. It is difficult to plan and control a short duration concert. You have to omit or miss more than what you could incorporate.

He started appropriately with the guru vandana shlokam, sang beautifully. Anand played a nice little alapana of Kalyani before the kriti. Nice idea of including the Guru and Ganesha in one piece. Another good alapana of reetigaula, with some innovative takes by Vasudevan, followed by Anand with a short reply. The time was running out and I could see Vasudevan was stepping up the tempo. Paripalayamam was sung at a pace faster than usual tempo.

A short viruttam from Kandar Anubhooti ( ?) before Mayuram Viswanatha Shastri’s composition to conclude the short but pretty nice concert.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2018 in Concert songlist

 

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V Murali, Nagaswaram @ Ranjani Fine Arts, 9 June 2018

Nagaswaram : V.Murali

Nagaswaram Support : K Chandrashekhar & M Durgesh

Thavil : Murugesh & P T Mani

Talam : S Murali

List:

01 pagavAri bOdhana(varNam) – hamsadhwani – Adi -Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( O )

02 shrI mahAgaNapati ravatumAm – gauLa – Mishra Chap – Dikshitar ( O,S )

03 raghuvamsha sudhAmbudhi – kadanakutUhalam – Adi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer

04 O rAma nI nAma EmirucirA – pUrvikalyAni – Adi – Bhadrachala Ramadas ( A )

05 entarO mahAnubhAvulu – shrI – Adi – Thyagaraja ( O )

06 sAmaja vara gamanA – hindOLam – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )

07  maguDi song ? – punnAgavarAli

08 tandanAna Ahi – bhauLi – Adi – Annamacharya

09 bhAgyAda lakSmi bAramma – madhyamAvati – Purandara Dasa

10 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

 

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Sanjay Subrahmanyan at Ranjani Fine Arts, 10 Feb 2018

Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin : S Varadarajan

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Ganjira : Anirudh Athreya

List:

01 ninnE kOriyunna nApai (varNam) – mALavi – Calcutta Krishnamurthy

02 inta parAkA – mAyAmALavagauLA – Roopakam- Anai Ayya ( N,S )

neraval & svaras at ‘kannatalli tanri sujanulanna tammu’

03 kAntimati annai nI gati – kAnaDa – Mishra Chap- Papanasam Sivan ( A )

04 munnu rAvaNa – thODi – Mishra Jhumpa – Thyagaraja  ( A,N,S )

neraval & svaras at ‘ rAjarAja virAjavAha ravikulAbdhi rAja’

05 jagadIshA sadA mAmava  – nAtakurinji – Adi X 2 Swathi Thirunal ( A,S,T )

06 evvarE rAmayya – gAngEyabhUSaNi – Thyagaraja

07 RTP – dharmavati – chaturashra tripuTa x 2 Kalai , 1/2 Eduppu

pallavi line ‘ unadu pAdam oru tuNai ena nambinEn, sadA dayai puriyum sharavaNabhava guhanE’

rAgamAlika Svaras in bahudhAri, ranjani and bhImplAs

08 manamE kanamum – bhImplAs – Papanasam Sivan

09 rAmakrSNaru managE bandaru – tilang – Purandara Dasa

10 viruttam ( theerthakkarayinilE ) – bhAgEshrI – Subramanya Bharati

ninnayE ratiyenru ninaikkirEn – bhAgEshrI – Subramanya Bharati

11 apadUruku lOnaitinE (jAvaLi) – khamAs – Pattabhiramayya

12 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

“Surprise us”, requested the organiser as he handed over the stage to the artists of the evening.  Did I notice a glimmer of a smile on his face. Well, he can’t surprise us. The element of surprise is part of the expectation and standard set by him over the years. So, the surprise to us is to have an ‘off day’, which  wasn’t the case to be. Second time in this week, he was here with yet another scintillating concert. Probably, the ‘munnu rAvaNa’ can be the the surprise factor for those who was looking for one.

I am itching to use the superlatives again. The evening excitement started with the mAyAmALavagauLA piece. Fabulous neraval and svaras with some innovative support from Venkatesh. I will pass the kAnaDa, but to say the sedate kriti was very nice. Brilliant thOdi by both the artists. Some of his typical forays:  the holding on to the svara with a loooong single breath singing  – which always have people applauding, and the build up to some mesmerising higher octave passages and a clever termination ( again a staple ingredient for instant gratification from the audience). But beyond these, some of the takes were really superb. So was the violin return. Haven’t heard him singing munnu rAvaNa before. Again, he was very impressive in the neraval and some of the intrinsic swaras that followed.

Natakurinji was the main piece, if you insist  ( To me it WAS the thODi , but the tani avartanam followed nAtakurinji ). Elaborate alapana again. Similar progress with some elegant phrases. Tried some of the lower octave takes, to some lesser effect. Jagadeesha sadA mAmava was against our speculations of ‘kuvalayadala nayana’ or ‘ mAmava sadA varadE’. No neraval ( hence not main 🙂 ), but had some nicely set svara patterns with a whole lot of sweeping gamakas at ma,ga,sa swaras ( which went on for a while). Neyveli Venkatesh was very good through out, except a few places during natakurinji swaras. He later played superbly for the pallavi, following Sanjay during his various takes and variations (Aniruddh struggled a bit here). The tani Avartanam, especially the closing sequences were very good.

Dharmavati pallavi, this time. Nothing great to talk about the alapana. Rather shortish. But the tanam ( compensated for the depth in alapana) was delectable. From the start it was destined for an outstanding affair. Varadarajan was equally brilliant.  Long pallavi line set to Adi tala , 2 kaLai. But, the purvangam and uttarangam were set to two different speeds ( I don’t think, there was a naDai variation) and that was the key essence of the pallavi singing. Everything, including the trikalam he did, was around these speed variations between pUrvAngam and uttarAngam.  The bhImplAs svaras during the rAgamAlika stood out, which followed up with Papanasam Sivan’s composition , as is his wont.

This time we did not have a quick wind up post pallavi. The khamAs jAvaLi was the pick of this section.

The organisers were pleased. The huge hall was full, fabulous ambience, excellent seating and amplification systems and a start one would hope for , for the Annual Festival. I can pardon Arsene Wenger for another lose, as I was listening to another Arsenal Follower, providing us some relief  ( taking the clue from the closing speech from the organiser again).

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Sumitra Nitin @ Ranjani Fine Arts, 26th Nov 2017

Vocal : Sumitra Nitin

Violin : Sowmya Ramachandran

Mrudangam : R S R Srikanth

Ganjira : Kiran Kumar

Theme : Triveni, Shyama Shastry compositions

List:

01 mAyamma yani nE – Ahiri – Adi x 2 – Shyama Shasthry

02 parAkELa nannu paripAlimpa – kEdAragauLa – Adi – Shyama Shasthry ( A,S )

03 pAravti ninnu nE – kalgaDa – Adi tisra nadai – Shyama Shasthry ( A )

04 ninnE nammi nAnu – thODi – mishra Chap – Shyama Shasthry ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ kAmAkSi kancadalAyadAkSi’

05 kAmAkSi lOkasAkSiNi – madhyamAvati – Trishra triputa – Shyama Shasthry

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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