Vocal : T V Gopalakrishnan
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mrudangam : Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
Morsing : M Gururaj
01 sarasUDa ( varNAm) – sAvEri – Kottavasal Venkatarama Iyer ( O )
02 vandisuvadalli gaNanAthA – nATa – Purandara Dasa ( A,S )
03 tera tIyada rAdA – gauLipant – Thyagaraja
04 Enu dhanyaLO lakumi – hindOLam – Purandara Dasa (A )
05 manavi nAlakinca rAdatE – naLinakAnti – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
06 sAmagAna vinOdini nin manamE – hamsAnandi – Lalita Dasar ( A,S )
07 guruvAyUrappanE abhayam – shankarAbharaNAm – Nadopasana Srinivasan ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ urugAdE manam?
08 paripAlaya paripAlaya paripAlaya raghunAthA – rItigauLa – Thyagaraja
09 sAramaina – behAg – Swathi Thirunal ( A )
10 lOka bharitanO ranga – mAND? – Vadiraja Swamy
11 indina dinavE shubhadinavu – madhyamAvati – Guru Raghavendra Swamy
12 thillAna ( dhiraNA tanadhImta dhiraNA) – chenchurutti – Veena Seshanna
13 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja
shLOkam ( mangaLam kOsalEndrAya) – shrI
Sri TVG was awarded the prestigious ‘Sangitasurabhi’ award for 2016 today morning during the 23rd Annual Music Festival of Nadasurabhi. An award increases it value and credibility by the recipients of those awards. Nadasurabhi had been not only maintained the standard but by awarding this year award to another stalwart of Carnatic music, enhanced its reputation and value.
The award ceremony was crisp and brilliantly coordinated. I love the way Nadasurabhi conduct their annual festival. No dragging speeches, on stage review of concert, undue praising a mediocre performance as a concert of the century. This is the model other organisers to emulate. Mysore Subramnya spoke with elan as exepcted. TVG’s reply was short and sweet. Hence we had ample time for an almost full concert.
He started saying, as they wished him 100 yrs of life, he is planning to sing a 100 min concert. But, the occasion grew on him and he sang for almost 2:15 hrs in the company of some of the best accompaniment one can ask for. The voice had the traces of aging. But the spirit and energy was undiminishing. Despite the difficulty to hold breath for very long duration ( I meant literally very long), he was at ease. The voice traversed all the octaves with considerable ease. The fast paced bhrigas and kalpana swaras were flowing at will. At 85, he seems to be brimming with exuberance and confidence. Chatting with the team, responding to the listeners delightful reactions and lavishing praises on his co-players.
Concert itself was a tribute to his Guru and to Kannada. Looked like the decision of ragam and kritis were largely prompted by his supporting team ( mostly his daughter/desciple and Varadu). Nata made its third visit in last 36 hrs. Interestingly, it provided a new facets in each of the occasion. TVG sang few short nice raga alapanas from nata, hindolam, nalinakanti and hamsanandi. Selected interesting kritis for each, sang swaras for nata, nalinakanti as well as hamsanandi.
Shankarabharanam alapana was much more detailed. And he joined Varadarajan as he played some interesting phrases in his turn. Another new kriti for me as he decided to sing Nadopasana Srinivasan’s composition of Lord Guruvayurappan. An oneline, one repeat neraval and another short rounds of kalpana swaras made the whole affair short. Otherwise, it would have been a grand affair. Ananthakrishna Sharma initially refused a tani, wanting the legend to continue, but TVG nudged him to play. The percussion duo played a nice tani avartanam.
Post main had one of my favourite ‘paripalaya paripalaya’, immortalised by MDR. Another beautiful behag alapana came soon. Varada ‘passed’ his turn,and he sang Swathi kriti. After singing ‘indina dinave shubhadinavu, he suddenly remembered the presence of Sri Subramanya, and sang the chenchurutti thillana of Veena Seshanna. Checked if it is ok to sing mangalam, and on confirmation concluded with ‘nI nAma rUpamulaku’ and a shlokam. Very good concert.