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Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Gayana Samaja, Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira – Spring Festival 06 Feb, 2019

Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin : S Varadarajan

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Ganjira : K V Gopalakrishnan

Morsing : B Rajashekhar

List :

01 ninne kOriunnAdirA (varNam) – Ahiri – aTa – Tarangampadi Panchanada Iyer

02 tappaganE vacunA – shuddha bangALA – Roopakam -Thyagaraja ( S )

03 AnandAmrtakarSiNi – amrtavarSiNi – Adi – Dikshitar ( A,S )

04 ItanIga vAsudEvanu – nATakurinji – Roopakam – Kanakadasa ( A )

05 attaruNam abhayam – bhairavi – Adi – Papanasam Sivan ( N )

neraval @ ‘ uttamap- piravi aLittAy UnamillAda uDalum aRivum koDuttAy’

06 dAsharathE dayA shAradhE – kOkilapriya – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )

07 nannu brOvumaNi ceppavE – kalyANi – mishra chAp – Bhadrachala Ramadasu

08 RTP – suruTTi – chaturashra tripuTa x 2 kaLai , 5 aksharam eDuppu

pallavi line  : ‘putiyatOr ulagam seivOm, pOriDam ulagathai saipOm’

rAgamAlika swaras in dhanyAsi, bEgaDa and gOpikAtilakam

09 riNa madanuta paripAlaya –  behAg – Adi – Swathi Thirunal

10 ugabhOga ( sutta nadiyE kaNDE ) – pahADi ?

kaNDEnA uDupiya krSNarAyanna – pahADi ?? – Mishra chap – Purandara Dasa

11 rAmanai bhajitAl – mAND – Adi – Papanasam Sivan

12 nI nAma rUpamulaku (mangaLAm) – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

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*WHAT.A.CONCERT it was. The concert of the year for me. One of the best in the recent times.

* Everything was a gem. Nothing more to say.  Four super class alapana. I loved the amrutavarshini and kokilapriya alapana.

*Fabulous pallavi, very detailed. Mesmerizing ragamalika, especially the begada and gopikatilakam.

*I guess, Sanjay himself has set the Devarnama to tune. It was very appealing.

*shudha bangala swarams.. to me there are 3 references to shudhabangala. Madurai Mani Iyer for Rama bhakti samrajyam, Semmangudi for Tappagane and Nedunuri for toLi nE jEsina. But this was very good, especially the swaram that he sang yesterday.

* I am also liking him singing kannada compositions up in front and a new one this time. Commendable.

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Posted by on February 7, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Sree Venugopala Krishnaswamy Temple, Malleswaram 20 Jan 2019

Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin : S Varadarajan

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Ganjira : Alathur Rajaganesh

List:

01 entO prEmatO nE (varNam) – suruTTi – Adi – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya

02 ee vasudhA nI vaNTi deivamu – sahAna – Adi – Thyagaraja ( S )

03 shrI krSNam bhajarE – rUpavati – Roopakam – Dikshitar

04 enduNDi veDalitivO – darbAr – mishrachAp – Thyagaraja ( A )

05 dEva dEva jagadIshvara – pUrvikalyANi – Adi – Swathi Thirunal ( N )

neraval @ ‘ dArida magadha mahIpa yadUttama ‘

06 mA ramaNan umA ramaNan – hindOLam – Roopakam – Papanasam Sivan ( A,S )

07 eduTa nilicitE – shankarAbharaNam – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )

08 hE gOvind hE gOpAl – paTdIp – Roopakam – Surdas

09 harivAsarada upavAsada – sindhubhairavi – Adi – Purandara Dasa

10 viruttam ( tIrtHa karayinilE ) – bhAgEshrI

ninnaiyE ratiyenru – bhAgEshrI – Roopakam -Subramanya Bharathi

11 viruttam ( UraNi manOnmaNi ) – kAmbOji,bhImplAs?, behAg, SaNmukhapriya?,madhyamAvati

karpagamE – madhyamAvati – Adi – Papanasam Sivan

12 nI nAma rUpamulaku ( mangaLam) – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

*This was the concert ‘postponed’ from September.

*As usual another classy concert. Very interesting set of compositions.

* No pallavi, hence I would have preferred another neraval today. Neraval for Poorvikalyani was awesome.

*Brilliant alapana of Darbar, hindolam ( Varadarajan was fabulous) and Shankarabharanam.

*Lovely sahana swaras and the shankarabharanam.

*Expected ( hoped) him to sing ‘yArE ranganA yArE krSNana’ for hindOlam, for the occasion and the location 🙂

*Brilliant tani avartanam, especially from Venkatesh.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2019 in Concert songlist

 

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Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Nadasurabhi Annual Festival , 04 Nov 2018

Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin : S Varadarajan

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Ganjira : G Guruprasanna

List :

01 inta parAkEla namma ( varNam) – kunTaLavarALi – Adi – Calcutta K S Krishnamurthy

02 sUrymUrtE namOstutE – saurAStram – Chaturashra dhruvam – Dikshitar

03 sakala bhuvana nAyaka – kEdAram – Roopakam – Papanasam Sivan ( A,S )

04 shrI vaTukanAtha shiva samjAta – dEvakriya – mishrachap – Dikshitar ( A,N )

neraval @ ‘shakti sahita bhakti vihita dEva dEvakriyA ‘

05 kaligiyuNTE gada – kIravANi – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )

06 jaladhisutA ramaNEna – calanATa? – Adi – Swathi Thirunal

07 maneyoLagADO gOvinda – shrIranjani – Adi – Purandara Dasa

08 RTP – harikAmbOji – mishra tripuTa, 2 kaLai , 1/2 Eduppu

pallavi line :  ‘ nI bhaktiyuDan tODutta pAmalaikkiNaiyuNDO, subramaNya bhAratiyE’

rAgamAlika swaras in ranjani,dhanyAsi, kadanakutUhalam, kanakAngi

kriti : pAmAlaikkINai uNDO – harikAmbOji – Adi – Papanasam Sivan

09 ettanai kOTi inbam – dEsh – Adi – Subrahmanya Bharathi

10 apadUruku lOnaitinE (javaLi ) – khamAs – ?? – Pattabhiramaiah

11 viruttam ( UraNi manOnmaNi ) – mOhanam, sAvEri, AbhEri , behAg

karpakAmbikai nI allavO – behAg – roopakam – Papanasam Sivan

12 kuru yadunandana ( nijagAda sA yadunandanE ) – sindhubhairavi – Adi – Jayadeva

13 mangaLam – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

Two weekends in row, Sunday evenings are spent in the company of Sanjay and his team, and how he made both a memorable ones. Two splendid concerts. The only regret for me is that on both the weekends, Arsenal had to content with a draw and single points each 🙂

Some one commented after the concert that ‘kaligiyunte’ is the only kriti she was familiar with. I know it was an exaggeration but it shows the kind of selection he did for this concert.  The kuntalavarali varnam was a first time for me too, his Guru’s which had the ‘ragamudra’ cleverly incorporated. Very sedate, slow saurashtram , very moving. In general, the entire concert was singing mostly slow tempo kritis, especially in the first half of the concert.

Nice kEdAram alapana by both and mildly surprised with the Papanasam Sivan’s composition, as I probably was expecting MDR’s tyAgarAja gurum ashraye. Nice rounds of kalpana swaras as well. But the ‘piece de resistance’ of the evening to me was the dEvakriya. Fabulous alapana, again, slow and moving phrases. I’ve heard him sing devakriya before, but this was superb. Shri vatukanatha, of Dikshitar was very good and a grand neraval at the ‘dEva dEvakriya’ line. Awesome. He left me wanting for more, and if that is a measure of a good singing, here is one.

Keeravani alapana started with some delectable phrases. 5-6 years ago, I remember him singing this at Unnati.  To me, every one sings keeravani, the same way and I remarked after that concert that I was happy that there was some freshness in that alapana. Yesterday too, I liked the way he parlayed (sorry for that expression) the whole alapana. Brilliant. Kaligiyunte was good, but a little disappointed when he skipped the neraval. But, boy how did he compensate for that and more with a great swaras. The early phases were the traditional slow speed, with typical laya innovations and his usual change in sangatis. The second speed was very ‘Mani iyer’ influenced ‘sarva laghu’ style of singing. He was in some form by now. Interestingly, there was no exhilaration on his part , but the excited percussion support at time was very intrusive and wasn’t adding to the listening pleasure. The tani avartanam was good.

He sang two short kritis in quick succession before Pallavi. I would have been happy if he had skipped one and did a neraval for keeravani. Harikamboji was the pallavi raga, though it took a while to register. From the responses by many ( as seen on the social media), I wasn’t the only one who was scratching the head.  The opening sequence of the alapana, was teasing and flirting around shankarabharam and later kamboji. Tanam, as usual, was very good.  Pallavi line was, from the composition of Papanasam Sivan in the same raga. After the ragamalika swaras, he sang the kriti in full.

Post main was some of his usual list.  Javali was very nice. The rgamalika viruttam before the behag kriti was the highlight of the post main section. An ashtapadi, probably the only fast paced kriti in the concert, concluded a concert. Another enriching concert, with many not often heard compositions, by Sanjay, yet again.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Gayana Samaja 49th Annual Festival, 28 Oct 2018

Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin : S Varadarajan

Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh

Morsing : B Rajashekhar

List

01 E nAdamulO (varNam) – nATa – Adi – Balamuralikrishna

02 kumArasvAminam guruguham – asAvEri – Adi x 2 – Dikshitar

03 kalayAmi raghurAmam – bEgaDa – mishra chAp – Swathi Thirunal ( A,S )

04 evaritO nE telpudu rAma – mAnavati – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,S )

05 koluvai unnADE – bhairavi – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval& svara @ ‘manasu ranjilla sura satulu aNimAdulu koluva vEyi vannE ‘

06 viruttam ( mAnADa mayilADa ) – kalyANi

Ananda kUthADinAr ambalam tannilE – kalyANi – Gopalakrishna Bharathi

07  RTP – Arabhi – Khanda Eka  +1 eDuppu

pallavi line : rAjIvAkSA bArO, rAdhA ramaNa

ragamalika svaras in hamsadhvani, AbhOgi , kEdAram, ranjani, bahudhAri and hamsAnandi

08 beTTada mElondu manEya mADi ( vachana ) – nArAyaNi?? – mishra chAp – Akka Mahadevi

09 japat japat hari nAm – rAgamAlika – Swathi Thirunal

10 mangaLam – saurAStram – Adi – Thyagaraja

It’s been a while since he sang in Bangalore. He had ‘postponed’ two of his concert during the Gokulashtami series, hence the expectations were high. To avoid being ‘elevated’ to the balcony seats, I decided to reach early, even though that meant skipping the second half of the Bangalore Literature Festival. I managed to enter the gates before  the Central Minister Rajnath Singh’s convoy and the restrictions in front of the gate / road by the police. Their action reminded me of the kid’s outdoor games where one shouts ‘Freeze’.

Back to the concert. For some days, many will be talking about the bhairavi he sang yesterday. Stupendous. Brilliant alapana, with typical characteristics of his style. Many moments of public appreciation, the holding at a swara with long breath, some astonishing parleys at the higher octaves, some impressive fast akara phrases.  I heard more than one ‘brilliant’ shouts as he concluded the alapana. Varadarajan was equally good in his turn. I probably will shift towards him if I may have to choose. Koluvai Unnade was class, the ‘kOdaNDapANi’ sangatis were a gem.  Detailed neraval and ‘manasu ranjilla’ , some of which were breathtaking.

Begada was another gem. Very refreshing take during alapana, teasing sequences at the starting. Kalayami Raghuramam was not expected and hence a pleasant surprise. He was again teasing with ‘dyumaNi kula tilakam’ , raising a hope for a neraval, which did not materialize. Manavati, the other raga taken for alapana, was also nice. Very short rounds of swaras for manavati too.

Arabhi pallavi was rather short. Pallavi line was concluded after 3-4 repeats, and swaras for arabhi was also short. However, the alapana and tanam was fairly long. However, there was a long chain of ragamalika swaras.

Akka mahadevi’s vachana was beautifully sung. I was told that it was set to tune in nArAyaNi, but can’t be sure. Concert concluded exactly at 9, after a short ragamalika piece of Swathi Thirunal. This was after the over enthusiastic organiser made some funny and embarrassing moments for the artists. Another typical Sanjay concert. Full, with no dull moments, more than enough to keep the fans happy.  And, we will have him again here in a week for another treat.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2018 in Concert songlist

 

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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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