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Rudrapatnam Brothers @ Ranjani Fine Arts, 14 March 2015

Vocal : Rudrapatnam Brothers

Violin : Nalina Mohan

Mrudangam : C Cheluvaraju

Ghatam : Sukanya Ramgopal

List:

01  intha mODi (varNam ) – sAranga – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya

02 praNamAmyaham shrI gaurIsutam – gauLa – Mysore Vasudevacharya ( S )

03 divAkara tanujam – yadukula kAmbOji – Dikshitar

04 mOhanakara muttukumara – nItimati – Koteeswara Iyer ( A,S )

05 evarikkai avatAramE – dEvamanOhari – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

06 pArvati ninnu nE – kalgaDa – Shyama Shasthri

07  swara rAga sudhA – shankarAbharaNam ( A,t,N,S,T )   * a mix of kriti and RTP, pallvi after neraval with trikAlam

neraval & pallavi at ‘paramAnandamE kamalamupai

rAgamAlika swaras in ranjani , janaranjani, karNaranjani, manOranjani

08  narajanma bandAga – kApi – Purandara Dasa

09  thillAna – Ananda bhairavi – Tanjavur Sankara Iyer

10  mangaLam – saurAshtram / madhyamavati

Ragam – Tanam – Krithi – Neraval – Pallavi – TrikAlam – Swaras – Ragamalika Swara and then tani avartanam.  Probably a first of its kind. First for me, for sure. I have seen / attended ragam-tanam-kriti many a times. There were a few cases of ragamalika swaras at the end of the main kriti as well. But, yesterdays concert was unique in that front. That probably the highlight of the concert.

Sankarabharanam alapana ( alternated between the two) was somewhat ok, nothing to rave about it. Nalina Mohan did some beautiful passages in her turn adding to what the main singers did. Tanam was much better. There was a short discussion between the brothers during the violin alapana and I was sure something is in the offing. But then, they started singing swara ragasudha, which of course is a favorite of mine. The neraval (only one in the concert) was very nice and was done at the anupallavi line. Now the interesting turn of events. The neraval line is then extended as a pallavi line with trikalam singing and all that. The kriti itself was started half beat after samam. There was extensive kalpana swaras in Sankarabharanam. The karvai concluded and Cheluvaraju started his tani avartanam, but no, there was more to come. The elder brother started singing swaras in ranjani. Cheluvaraju retreated with an appreciative remark. They did a ‘ranjani mala’ of kalpana swaras between them, each time giving Nalina Mohan a chance to replay the same. She did a commendable job here. The whole thing concluded with a few rounds of pallavi line before handing over to Cheluvaraju and his companion. I liked the whole idea and it was done creditably well. They probably would have done the ‘ragamalika’ swaras as in a Pallavi before concluding the Sankarabharanam swaras. Cheluvaraju and Sukanya did an inspiring tani avartanam.

The rest of the concert was also good. Some nice rounds of gauLa swaras, shortish alapanas of neetimati and devamanohari ( violin version were even shorter for some reason). There was no other neraval. The kind of ragas selected for better treatment probably would not have made any impact with neraval. But the devamanohari swaras were very good. Started of on short, brisk swaras, they switched to very slow melodic longish phrases to some brilliant effect.

They have soft voices, softer for Dr Taranathan. Unlike other dueling vocalists (no pun intended), their voice do not add up to the usual 1+1=2 formula. They also do not have the aggressive musical posture. Their style of alapana , thus are usually sober affair. So is the swaras, but the impressive array of phrases and the synergy they bring is what I thought the specialty of their music, apart from the clear,’baroque-less’ singing with strict adherence to tradition.

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Posted by on March 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Rudrapatnam Brothers @ Spring Festival, NMKRV College , 12 Feb 2009

Vocal : Rudrapatnam Brothers

Violin : Akkarai Subbalakshmi

Mrudangam : Mannargudi Easwaran

Ghatam : M A Krishnamurthy

Song list:

01 sAmi ninne ( varNam) – srI – Garbhapurivasa ?

02 srI vighna rAjam – gmbhIranattai – Oothukkad Venkata Kavi

03 srI mAtrubhUtam – kannaDa –  Muthuswami Dikshitar ( N,S )

      neraval at ‘srI mAtrubhUtam’

04 rAju vedala – thODi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S)

     neraval & swara @ ‘shevanu kuni’

05 kaligiyuNTE gatha – kIravANi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

      neraval & swara @’bAguga shrI raghu rAmuni padamula ‘

      tani Avartanam

06 gOvindana dhyAna – sahAna – Purandara Dasa ?

07 RTP – varALi –   tisra triputa , 2 kaLai

     Pallavi line ” mAmava mInAkshi rAjamAtangi’

     rAgamAlika swaras in ‘kuntaLavarALi , shubhapantuvarALi , dharmavati , SAma

08 thillAna ( dhim tana tArE dhiraNa ) – behAg –   Muthaiah Bhagavathar

09 mangaLam ( navanIta chOrA) – kurinji – ?

I reached during the neraval of thODi kriti, while few of my friends were already seated there in time. I go for Rudrapatnam Brothers concert , primarily to listen to an un-adulterated music.  There will not be any frills and extra ordinary excitement, theire concert usually give you a very good feeling at the end. However, yesterday things weren’t all that great. First of all, I thought both were having some diffuculty with their voice. Both seems to be uneasy at the higher octaves. To add to this, the amplification settings were imperfect. The listening experience in the auditorium was not the best yesterday.  They also had trouble withthe feedback speakers , and had to stop singing for a while during the thOdi krithi.

Keeravani main was an average affair. Varali RTP had a promising start, but there was always a time pressure. Tanam was a “single round” relay, a short pallavi with trikalam and the usual few round of ragamalika swaras.  The dasa krithi in sahana and the mangalam were new to me and that was the only take from the concert.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2009 in Concert songlist

 

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Rudrapatnam Brothers at Suswaralaya Concert, Banshankari 04 Nov 2007

Rudrapatnam Brothers-Vocal Duet

(Vid.Sri.R N Thyagarajan & Vid.Sri.Dr. R N Taranathan)

Vid.Sri.Mysore M Nagaraj-Violin

Vid.Sri.Umayalapuram K Shivaraman-Mridangam

Vid.Sri.Sundarkumar-Khanjari

Another power packed concert with all the stalwarts on the stage. To be honest, I went for this concert to listen to Mysore Nagaraj and to see Sri UKS perform. And I was not disappointed on both fronts.  Concert of Rudrapatnam Brothers are always a subtle event. Very smooth, without the noise and gimmicks and I like their soft approach.  Nagaraj was very good as always, expecially during the Thodi Alapana. At the end of the thodi swara singing, UKS asked him to play again for a fitting finish, which he obeyed with some marvellous playing.  There were two tani-avartanams in the concert, one after the main krithi and one shorter version at the end of the RTP. Sri UKS treated the audience , which included Srimushnam RajaRao, Sudheendra, Krishna, Jayashankar and other who is who of Bangalore percussion scene, with some speedy fireworks with his fingers.

Here is the concert song list :

01 vanajAkshi ( varNam) – kalyANi – Pallavi Gopala Iyer

02 mEru samAna ( N,S) – mAya mALava gowla –  Thyagaraja

neraval at “gaLamula shObhillu

03 rudrakOpa ( A,S )  – rudrapriya – Muthuswami Dikshithar

04 tOli janma ( A,S ) – bilahari – Thyagaraja

05 dAtsu kOvalEna ( A,N,S,T) – thODi –  Thyagaraja

neraval at “sowmitri thyagarAju nI”

06 pArvathi ninnu nE – kalgaDa –  Shyama Shastri

07  RTP (T) – kalyANi

Pallavi line ” kamalAsanE sundari chandravadanE  kamalAyaka vilOchini”

No ragamalika swras. At the end of the swaras, Sri UKS gave another round of tani avartanam ( about 10 mins).

08 erAthaguNathara  ( jAvaLi) – kEdAragowLa –  Dharmapuri Subbarayar

( requested by UKS )

09 rAmanAma pAyasakE – Anandabhairavi – Purandara Dasa

10 mangaLam – sourashtram

The mid concert speach started with the host Sudheendra and he handed over the mike to his Guru to do the honours. Srimushnam Rajarao, speaking in Kannada, did a good job with his very humourous style.  Some relief from the usual “praise all” secretaries.  He then requested Sri UKS to speak a few words and bless the students , which he obliged.

UKS requested the duo to sing Pallavi before ending the concert,  and they chose the same raga used in Varnam to sing the Pallavi taking the clue from Sri Raja Rao who in his introduction noted that in earlier days, main krithi used to be sung in the same raga of Varnam.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2007 in Concert songlist

 

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