Vocal : T V Shankaranarayanan
Violin : C N Chandrasekharan
Mrudangam : C Cheluvaraju
Ghatam : Srishylan
01. shLOkam ( gajAnanam bhUtagaNAdi) – Arabhi
vighnEshvara shubha kAraka – Arabhi – Tulaseevanam ( S )
02. sakala graha bala nInE – aThANa – Purandara Dasa ( starting at anupallavi)
03. bhuvanEshvariyA – mOhana kalyANi- Muthiah Bhagavathar ( A,S )
04. abhaya varadE shAradE – hindOLam – Indira Natesan ( A,S )
05. venkaTa ramaNA – latAngi – Papanasam Sivan ( A,N,S )
niraval & svara @ ‘alamEl mangai maNALA, ambujanAbha dayALA’
06. intha sowkhya – kApi – Thyagaraja ( A,S,T )
07. viruttam ( vandAy manam pugazhndAy ?? ) – hamsAnandi
shrInivAsa tiruvenkaTa – hamsAnandi – Papanasam Sivan
08 eppO varuvArO – jOnpuri – Gopalakrishna Bharathi
09. Western styles notes
10. mangaLam – saurAshtram / madhyamAvathi – Thyagaraja
The last concert I heard a couple of months back at Ranjani Fine Arts was one of the best for me in 2015. That memory still linger as I decided to attend this concert at the last moment. This does not match upto the expectation set by the previous one, but was another good concert by the senior musician. The virtuosity and energy continued here, but the selection of ragas and the songs were from the staple list of a TVS concert. The hindolam piece probably was an exception and that was the only one, I missed in predicting. As soon as he started the alapana of mohanakalyani, latangi, kapi or the viruttam, it was easy to predict what is coming next. From that point, this concert did not give any high. But, what he sang was true to his stature and what one expect from his concert. Not a moment of dullness, always pleasant to watch and listen.
Starting with the gajananam sholkam, deliberating on various words building the mood and atmosphere for the evening, it rolled in smoothly with the Arabhi kriti of Tulaseevanam. He started the athana kriti at the anupallavi at ‘ravichandra budha neene’ to some good effect. Mohanakalyani was the first alapana, fairly detailed and typical sangatis. CNC did his bit of improvisation in his return. It had to be bhuvanesvariya. He sang some brilliant swaras at the end, which probably one of the high point of the concert.
A shortish hindolam alapana was nice. It was clear he is not singing samaja vara gamana or rAmanukku mannan as the phrases deployed mostly sounded towards shudha hindolam ( I could be wrong). Indira Natesan’s kriti was a pleasant surprise. Another impressive rounds of swaras came in.
Another detailed latangi alapana, decent but nothing extra ordinary to talk about. Venkata ramana was to be the choice. An elaborate neraval at ‘alamel mangai’ was classy. Another high point of the evening. Some of the impressive sangatis and styling around ‘alamel angai’ was very very good. A second speed kalpana swaras followed in his typical style. I was thinking this would be the main as is the standard timing at the Surabharathi. At 8:35 pm, he started kApi alapana. Slowly building up from the short phrases to some impressive hindustani-ish sangatis ( he mentioned during the alapana that though kApi is considered as a janya of Kharaharapriya, it has more appeal if we do some mishra prayogas similar to hindustani style). CNC did almost similar phrase in his return. Intha sowkhya was sung beautifully, a bit faster than normal. There was no veraval but another classy rounds of kalpana swaras in two speed. Cheluvaraju played adequately through out the evening played an impressive tani avartanam with Srishylan.
Post main was again the standard list. Eppo varuvaro and the notes has to be there, to the waiting audience. I thought some one requested that. A decent crowd at the beginning of the concert by then slimmed to a handful count by the time the concert was over.
Another typical concert of TVS with most of the regular songs and ragas.