Vocal : Amrutha Venkatesh
Violin : B K Raghu
Mrudangam : B S Prashanth
01. karuNimpa ( varNam) – sahAna – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya
02. shambh) mahAdEva – pantuvarALi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ shambhO mahAdEva sharaNAgata janarakSaka ‘
03. nagumOmu galanEni – AbhEri – Thyagaraja
04. bArayya venkaTaramaNa – sAvEri – Thyagaraja ( A )
05. mAyamma shubhamimma – ranjani – M D Ramanathan ( A,S )
06. riNa madanuta paripAlaya mAmayi – behAg – Swathi Thirunal
07. kaligiyuNTe gada – kIravANi – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )
08. ugabhOga ( ninnanE pADuvE ninnanE pogaLuvE ) – hamIrkalyANi
smarisO sarvadA hariya – hamIr kalyANi – Purandara Dasa
09. Aj AyE shyAm mOhan – mishra pahADi – Swathi Thirunal
10. eppO varuvArO – jOnpuri – Gopalakrishna Bharathi
11. tillAna ( dhIm nanana tittillAna tillAna) – brindAvani – Balamuralikrishna
12. mangaLAm – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
One of the important ingredient of any successful concert is the balance of the team. If that is set right, the concert will be one to cherish. Last evening’s concert at Ranjani Fine Arts was one such. There are many other aspect which made this concert a beautiful one, but the teaming definitely helped the cause. Amrutha was at her usual best. Very intelligent, clever and articulate in presenting a brilliant concert. But the supporting crew in Raghu and Prashanth, the concert rose to something special. Raghu, despite a personal loss, accepted the concert and played some delectable violin. His alapana for pantuvarali, ranjani and keeravani were top class and gave many aha moments. Prashanth, whom I first saw accompanying TNS at Sanjay Nagar, 5-6 years ago, has grown multi fold in his stature over the years.
Apart from a rare, interesting ranjani piece of MDR the overall concert was did not have any novelty factor. To my dismay ( not picking a defect here), there was only one neraval in the entire concert. Despite all this, the concert was of a very high standard. Her sahana varnam itself was brilliant with some very innovative takes and improvisations. Fabulous alapana for pantuvarali, largely on longer bhriga based phrases. Nice neraval ( singing neraval at the pallavi line – is this a new trend ?) and some awe inspiring swaras to end, aptly supported by Raghu. A short saveri alapana did not really make an impact. But the “Dasara pada” was quite nice.
A brilliant ranjani alapana, mostly build through short nice phrases lifted it up again. Am I the only one noticing some Sanjay traces in her singing alapana ( the quick takes , even the facial gestures at times). Raghu was even better. Expected the GNB composition to follow, but she announced the MDR composition, which was a pleasant surprise. The swaras were impressive too, anchoring around ‘sa ri ga’ for a long time. Keeravani main, with a very refreshing alapana. So much so that, for a moment I thought if it was ‘gowrimanohari’. Most of the alapana’s we here for keeravani are the same stale often chewed cud. This was indeed very different. Kaligiyunte was no surprise, what was surprising was her decision to skip neraval. There was elaborate swaras befitting the main. Prashanth, played a good tani avartanam, extending his good form through out the evening.
Post main is noted for the ugabhoga+devarnama in hamirkalyani and the mishrapahadi bhajan of Swathi Thirunal, set to tune by Sri Balamuralikrishna. The thillana and the jonpuri piece were ok. I haven’t been attending many concerts since the start of the new year, but this one was worth the time spent. Very well delivered concert.