Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh
Morsing : Bhagyalakshmi Krishna
01. celimi kOri( varNam ) – gauLa – Adi – Veena Kuppiyer?
02. kanu koNTini – bilahari – Adi – Thyagaraja ( S )
03. ninnuvinA marigaladA – rItigauLA – Adi tisragati – Shyama Shastry ( A,N,S )
neraval & svara @ ‘ shyAmakRSNanuta bhakta paripAlanamu sEyuTaku’
04. annai jAnaki vandALE – sAvEri – Adi x 2 – Arunachala Kavi ( A )
05. entha cheluvagE magaLu – yAgapriya – Adi – Purandara Dasa ( A )
06. shrI subrahmaNyAya namastE – kAmbOji – Adi x 2 – Muthuswamy Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T)
neraval & svara @ vAsavAdi sakaladEva vanditAya’
07. mAlOn maruganai ( viruttam) – SaNmukhapriya – Arunagiri Nathar
sharavaNabhava enum – SaNmukhapriya – Papanasam Sivan
08. RTP – jaganmOhini – mishra naDai
pallavi line ” ‘shivakAma sundari amba vandaruL, tandaruL’
rAgamAlika swaras in mukhAri, kalyANi, rEvati and dEsh
09 lALisidaLu maganA – dEsh – Purandara Dasa
10. mangaLAm – saurAStram – Thyagaraja
Yet again, despite reaching ahead of time, braving the evening traffic, I had to be contend with the ‘Balcony seat’. May be next time, I would take half a day leave and reach by 3:00 pm or so. The seats were largely occupied by the handbags and kerchiefs than human beings. So, alternately, I would send a proxy an hour early with my hand-kerchief. Is ‘denzo’ listening ? 5:45pm was the starting time and one would expect him to start at samam. But yesterday there was an ‘atheetha eDuppu’ by about 2 mins.
One couldn’t ask for more. 5 elaborate alapana, one master class of kAmbOji with a real heavy composition, a pallavi, a rare vivAdi in the mix. A fabulous evening of enriching music. A short gauLa varnam to start ( too short even to notice ; it got over in 3 mins) and a bilahari that followed, were just warm up stuff. The game shifted with the reetigaula. He always sings that well, but I was super impressed with the return by Varadarajan. Good neraval and svaras to add to the brilliance. I have to say the same for sAvEri alapana too. Very good, and again Varadarajan was special here. Annai Janaki vandale was a surprise.
He started a vivAdi alapana and as we were deciphering the raga ( by successive elimination method from gAngEyabhUSani to calanATa), he came to our rescue by announcing yAgapriya. 31st mELam, mostly known for Dikshitar’s kalAvatim kamalAsanayuvatim ( kalAvati as it is called in Dikshitar’s school – not to be mistaken with the other kalAvati of ‘ennaDu jUtunO’) . Impressive alapana especially from Sanjay followed with a dEvarnama. I notice this trend in his concerts for the last 3-4 years in Bangalore, where he sing one of the Dasa kritis upfront with an alapana and neraval / svara in almost all the concerts, not restricting them to the post main section, which I appreciate.
No fillers, as he started a classy kAmbOji alapana. I predicted a Dikshitar composition to follow and here comes ‘ShrI subramaNyAya namastE’. Awesome stuff by him and Varadarajan as they presented it with all its grandeur. Outstanding neraval, fitting kalpana swaras ( percussion was left wanting at times) for one hell of an affair. Tani avartanam, to my pleasure was much subdued and done very well, a welcome change from him.
When he started the viruttam, I thought we are not likely to have a pallavi. But soon he started the alapana of jaganmohini. After a grand kAmbOji, this couldn’t have bettered the impact on me. But, it was good nonetheless with some impressive ragamalika swaras especially the rEvati ( Varadarajan again steel my applause) and dEsh which is extended to the dEvarnama lAlisidaLu maganA.
For a change, the organisers did not want to interrupt. Upon Sanjay’s indication he came on to stage and made very short proceedings of thanking the artists and announced the next days program. One saw Sanjay, contemplating and physically warming up and was thinking of a viruttam or thillAna to come which wasn’t there.
These days, it is very rare to get five detailed alapanas in a concert without compromising on other aspect of music. This calls for him planning and structuring the concert impeccably. If one has to make a template and tick the appropriate squares , this concert would have all those covered. One wonder, how he manages to do this day after day, every concert across all the parts of the world.