Vocal : Sikkil Gurucharan
Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam
Mrudangam : H S Sudheendra
Ghatam : G Omkar Rao
01 ninnE kOri ( varnam ) – vasanta – Adi – Tachur Singarachari ( N )
neraval @ ‘sUnacAruNi bAri kOrvalErA ‘
02 annapUrnE vishAlAkSi – sAma – Adi – Dikshitar ( O, S )
03 ikanaina rA moravina rAdA – puSpalatika – Adi – Thirupati Narayanaswamy ( A,S )
04 jambUpatE mAm pAhi – yamunAkalyANi – tishra Ekam – Dikshitar
05 rAma bANa trANa shaurya – sAvEri – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval @ ‘tammuDu baDalina vELa suraripu temmani cekkara pancIyaga gani’
06 RTP – nAsikAbhUSaNi – khaNDa tripuTa , tisra naDai , +2 aksharam eDuppu ??
pallavi line ‘ mAravairi ramaNi , manjubhASiNi’
rAgamAlika swaras in shrIranjani, mOhanakalyANi , shivaranjani
short tani Avartanam
mAravairi ramaNi – nAsikAbhUSaNi – Thyagaraja
07 dharma shravaNa videtakE – durga – Adi – Purandara Dasa ( O )
08 viruttam ( kunita puruvavum ? ) – kApi ( O )
thillAna ( dhi thillAna taka thillAna taka jhunu dhIm ) – kApi – chaturashra jhumpa – Tanjavu S Kalyanaraman
09 mangaLAm – saurAStram / madhyamAvati – Adi – Thyagaraja
The last of the October leg of the Nadasurabhi 25th year festival. Skipped the day 2, of Ranganatha Sharma. Sikkil Gurucharan gave a very good concert yesterday at the Heritage Academy. The early part wasn’t as appealing to me as the second part. From the sAvEri, onward it was very very good.
As he has developed a USP these days, there was a neraval for the varnam. It wasn’t very attractive. But credits to him for singing the vasanta varnam, not often heard these days. Annapoorne vishalakshi was also not impressed me. Probably because he kept singing the pallavi line as ‘visAlAkSi’ instead of ‘vishAlAkSi’. He wasn’t addressing the one with the ‘wide eyed’ one. I couldn’t care for the rest. But he sang some nice swaras for sAma.
Pushpalatika was the first alapana and that was decent. No surprise there with ‘ikanaina’. He commented about its proximity towards manirangu on one side and rudrapriya on the other. Few rounds of swaras as well. Dikshitar’s jambUpate came after and I yawned thrice.
From here, it was different. Very good alapana of sAvEri. Very well planned and progressed. Ramabana was sung beautifully. Elaborated neraval at a long line. No excesses , no unwanted stretch or bhruga sways on certain words. Very stylish. Equally brilliant was the kalpana swaras , in two speed with some exhibition of laya variations.
There was the interruptions by the organisers, done quickly. KSSR guaranteed that a pallavi is coming. It was nAsikabhooshani. two phase raga alapana was nice. But the highlight and probably the best of the evening was the tanam. An outstanding effort by Gurucharan and even better return by Charulatha. Applause galore ! Short pallavi line, trikalam and ragamalika as expected. After a short tani avartanam, he sang the Thyagaraja kriti, from where the pallavi line was taken, in full. Sanjay does it often.
Post main had a nice durga, sang beautifully. A viruttam followed by the kApi thillana of Tanjavur Kalyanaraman, which I haven’t heard this before. As I said, not very gung-ho about the first 45 minutes, but very happy with the rest.