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Sudha Raghunathan @ Nadasurabhi Annual Music Festival, Koramangala – 01 Nov 2018

Vocal : Sudha Raghunathan

Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam

Mrudangam :  Patri Satishkumar

Morsing : Bhagyalakshmi Krishna

List :

01 vanajAkSA ninnE kOri ( varNam) – mandAri – Adi – Mysore Vasudevachar

02 vAtApi gaNapatim bhajEham – hamsadhwani – Adi – Dikshitar  ( S )

03 bhajarE rE mAnasa – AbhEri – Adi – Mysore Vasudevachar

04 nannu brOvu laLitA – laLita – Mishrachap – Shyama Shastry ( A,N,S )

neraval @ ninnuvinA evarunnAru mA gati janani’

05 mella mellanE bandanE – mOhanam – Adi – Puranara Dasa

06 cEsinAdella maracitivO O rAmA – thODi – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & svara @ ‘asakonnaTi nannala pincuTaku mundu’

07 RTP – chatur rAga – mishra jhumpa, khaNDa naDai , 5 aksharam( +1 beat ) Eduppu

rAgam & tAnam in shudha dhanyASi, karNaranjani , shubha pantuvarALi , bEgaDa

pallavi lin : ‘nArAyaNa namO nArAyaNa shrI satyanArAyaNa, anudinamunu kAvumayyA’

swaras in shudha dhanyASi, karNaranjani , shubha pantuvarALi , bEgaDa

ragamalika swaras , shrutibhedam from shudhadhanyAsi are shudhasAvEri, mOhanam, madhyamAvati and hindOLam

08 viruttam ( koNDal vaNNanai kOvalanai ) – kApi

enna tavam seidanei – kApi – Papanasam Sivan

09 ugabhOga ( baliya manege vAmana bandantE ) – hamsAnandi, mAND – Purandara Dasa

bArO krSNayya – rAgamAlika – Adi – Kanaka Dasa

10 thillAna ( dhIm tadara dAni dhiraNA ) – rAgEshri – Lalgudi Jayaraman

11 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja

Thus the second leg of the 25th anniversary celebrations and Music Festival began. Nice selection of compositions. She showed her class in the Pallavi. Well, it was an afterthought. The audience, filled the hall, were loud with their chant of ‘devotional’ on her poll after the main. The time was 8:45 and she was concerned that the concert might extend to 9:30. To our delight, she decided to sing a pallavi instead of the long chain of the same often chewed cud.

And the Pallavi was top class. Very unusual combination of ragas in a 4 raga pallavi. Taking the first line ( or a part of it) of a popular composition of each raga and forming a pallavi line is not new. But it’s the way she dealt with it is commendable. The alapana was ok, nothing great to talk about. Even the switch from one to other wasn’t a smooth glide. But from tAnam, it changed. The maneuver was exquisite. The transition, the random jump from one to the other raga, the raise and fall of the ‘sthAyi’ , the variations of the speed etc etc were admirable. Except and unwanted involvement of the mrudangam.  Her skills , knowledge, intelligence and execution were at best during the pallavi neraval. A complicated talam, the eduppu, the arudi after satyanarayanam and the NAdai and speed variations in trikalam were phenomenal. Full credit to the team. Charulatha was equally adept and delivered commendably well. The nice shrutibhedam shift from shudha dhanyasi, albeit very short was again come out good.

She started with the mandAri varnam and a forgettable vatapi ganapatim in hamsadhwani. The swaras for hamsadhwani was good, but all three participant ( and a mute morsing) weren’t connected well.  Lalita was the first alapana, she had to come to the rescue by announcing it to people. Shyama Shastry’s composition with neraval at the anupallavi line and a short round of swaras.

Thodi main with a long alapana. Typical thodi fare. Decent. Charulatha was good in her turn. Cesinadella was a good choice. Fairly elaborate neraval at the anupallavi line with some nice sangatis. Two speed elaborate swara prasthana too. Patri Satishkumar was LOUD ( or the volume setting ) and we couldn’t hear the poor lady with a small metal piece for most of the times. However she came alive, since there was no other sound, during tani avartanam and as always received a lot of appreciation for her skills.

A viruttam followed by kApi and an ugabhOga before bArO krishnayya were the highlights of post main. I like when the artists take up viruttam, ugabhoga or shLokam during the concerts. Lalgudi thillana in rAgeshri concluded the concert with the mangalam.

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Posted by on November 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Sudha Raghunathan @ Unnati Center , Gokulashtami 08 Aug 2009

Vocal : Smt Sudha Raghunathan

Violin : Mysore V Srikanth

Mrudangam : Neyveli Skandasubramanian

Ghatam : Smt Sukanya Ramgopal

Song list:

01 ninnu kOri  ( varNam) – mOhanam – Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar

02 swAminAtha parupAlaya – nAttai – Muthuswami Dikshitar  (S )

03 hari nArAyaNa – kEdAram – Purandara Dasa

04 mOkshamu galadA – sAramati – Thyagaraja 

05 sharaNam bhava karunAmayE – hamsavinOdini – Narayana Theerthar ( A,S )

06 eTi yOchanAlu – kiranAvali – Thyagaraja

07 dayamADU ranga dayamADu – kalyANi – Purandara Dasa ( A,N,S,T)

       neraval & swara @ ‘ ihaparadali nInE indira ramaNa’

08 RTP – kharaharapriya – misra triputa , 2 kaLai

      pallavi line ‘ mAdhava kEshava gOvinda harE mukunda nErAyaNa harE harE’

     ragamalika swaram in valachi, pUrvi? , kharaharapriya

09 theerAtha viLayAttu piLLai – rAgamAlika – Subramanya Bharati

10 abhang (amrutaga nI gOre ??) – ?? – Thukkaram

11 viruttam ( pUjyAyE rAghavEndrAya)

      tungA thIra virAjam – yaman ?-  Kamalesha Vittala

12 kurai onrum illai – rAgamAlika – C Rajagopalachari

13 mangaLam – Sourashtram , madhyamAvathi – Thyagaraja

The final concert of the 15 day long Gokulashtami concert was yesterday. You couldn’t ask for more pleasing sight for the organisers as the hall, the projection TV rooms at the first floor and the basement was full with people. The concert was in the expected lines , to the satisfaction of the audience who throng to listen to her. The initial part were ordinary , execpt the alapana of hamsavinodini and a rare kriti that followed. Kalyani alapana was also a standard affair. However, I found the neraval pretty good.

The RTP was of top class. Both the alapana and the tanam was good so was the ragamalika swaras. Mysore Srikanth did a fins job, sitting with a serious looking face. Neyveli Skandasubramanian was enthusiastic and gave a good tani avartanam with Sukanya Ramgopal.

The post tani, surprisingly, was short as it was already past 9:30. She closed the concert with her signature kurai onrum illai to the waiting audience.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2009 in Concert songlist

 

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Sudha Raghunathan @ Odukathur Mutt 19 Aug

Attended an amazing concert by Smt Sudha Raghunathan yesterday at Odukathur Mutt. Awesome is the word to be used.

Here is the concert list

Vocal :  Sudha Raghunathan

Violin : Raghavendra Rao

Mrudangam : Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan

Ghatam : Dr.S Karthik

01 vanajAkshi (Varnam ) – kalyANi   Pallavi Gopala Iyer

02 swAminAtha paripAlayA sumA – nAttai – Muttuswami Dikshitar   N ,S
Neraval at vAmadEva pArvathi sukumAra

03 viruttam   ( vAsudEva sutham dEvam ) – jayanthasrI

shrIdhara pAhi dayA kare – jayanthasrI  – Mysore Vasudevachar (?)

04 athisaya varaprasAdini – manDAri –  Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar   A,S

05 gAnamUrte – gAnamUrthi  – Thyagaraja

06 kamalanayana vAsudEva – surutti – Bhadrachalam Ramdas

07 dinamaNi vamsha – harikAmbOji – Thyagaraja  A,S,T

…and what a thaniavartanam it was. Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan and Sri Karthik rocked the place. It was out of the world. The non-stop applauses at each stage and at the end of the thani were the appreciation , which made Sudha to comment “What will I sing after this now ? ”

08 pAdame thunai paramashiva – valachi – Papanasam Sivan

09 RTP  – thOdi   ( srIkrshNa gAnam vENugAnam madhuragAnam )

swaras at thODi , kAmbOji , simhEndramadhyamam (?) , nAttakurinji , kAnaDa .  After the kAnaDa swara she sang one line each of ” alaipAyuthe, pAlvadiyum, asanthADum , kuzhalUthi manamellAm and thAyE yashOda ” to end the RTP which was unique,  received with thuderous applause.

10 vishamakAra kannan – chenchurutti – Oothukadu Venkata Subbaiar

11 Viruttam ( Baliya manage ) – hamsAnandi , mAnD

bArO krishnayyA – mAnD , kApi , darbAri kAnaDa    – Kanakadasa

12 chakkani talliki chAngu bhala  – pADi – annaacharya

* my thanks to Dr.Shrikaanth for the correction. Interesting to learn that this is tuned in pADi.

13 kurai onrum illai – ragamAlika –  Rajagopalachari

14 mangaLam – sourAshtram

Amazing concert by Smt Sudha Raghunathan and superbly added JOSH by the percussioninsts to lift the level of concert to a very different level.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2007 in Concert songlist

 

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