Vocal : Trichur V Ramachandran
Violin : M A Sundareswaran
Mrudangam : V Praveen
Ghatam : G Omkar Rao
01 inta cAlamu ( varnam ) – bEgaDa – Adi – Veena Kuppaiyer
02 vara vallabha ramaNA – hamsadhwani – Adi – GNB ( S )
03vallagadAnaka sItA – harikAmbOji – Roopakam – Thyagaraja ( S )
04 smaraNe ondE sAladE – malayamArutam – Adi – Purandara Dasa ( O )
05 sundaratara dEham vandEham – pantuvarALi – Adi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S )
neraval & svara @ ‘rAgAdi samhAram rAghavam udAram’
06 jananI ninnuvinA – rItigauLa – mishra chap – Subbaraya Shastry ( A,S )
07 E tAvunara – kalyANi – Adi x 2 – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & svaras @ ‘ shiva mAdhava brahma gOvinda ‘
08 himagiri tanayE – shudhadhanyAsi – Adi – Muthaiah Bhagavathar
09 muraLIdhara gOpAla – mAND – Adi – Periyasamy Thooran
10 kaNNanE kAnbadeppO – rAgamAlika – Adi – Subramanya Bharathi
11 dikku teriyAtha kATTil – rAgamAlika – Adi – Subramanya Bharathi
12 rAdhA samEtA krSNA – yamunAkalyANi ?? – Adi – GNB ??
13 shLOkam ( shrI rAmachandra ) – madhyamAvati
This years ‘Sangeethasurabhi’ recipient, presented a concert befitting his tradition and school in the morning hours at Nadasurabhi, with some remarkable accompaniment. Signature GNB school fare , probably one of the last true torch bearers of that bAni.
An outstanding kalyani was the highlight of the morning. shear brilliance. A classy alapana, despite an occasional issue at higher octaves, with many moments of aha ( knowing my preference to this rAga), splendid affair. Sundareswaran was added to it with his flare and a fabulous return. E tAvunara is a good choice, sang with a lot of intensity, emphasised and repeated the sangatis at many places. He also chose an interesting place for neraval , and by adding the last word of anupallavi to the shiva madhava brahma. Commendable neraval and a cracker of kalpana swaras, growing from the slow short phrases to a super duper finale. Highly impressed with Sundareswaran today. So was V Praveen, and percussion in general.
After a begada start, the first glimpse of the style was the GNB hamsadhwani. But, what brought the concert together and lifted was the harikamboji swaras. A not so impressive malayamarutam was followed with a GNB staple, sundaratara deham. Despite the neraval and swaras at rAgAdi samhAram, it did not really helped to maintain the tempo. A good reetigaula, brought things back in shape. Nice little alapana, an unhurried singing of the composition, nice and clear sangatis and commendable kalpana swaras. A good fore-piece before the main.
Post main was few songs which were sung well. Nothing to discuss greatly about. There was a request, which I guess was for rAdhA samEtA krSNA.
Earlier, Nadasurabhi’s President KSS Raghavan presented him with the ‘Sangeethasurabhi’ award in the presence of Vidushi Neela Ramgopal, who spoke about TVR and the GNB school and her admiration. Harini Raghavan, the secretary of Nadasurabhi, reading the citation, gave glimpses of his life and musical tradition. Sri Ramachandran gave one of the shortest acceptance speech, by thanking ( naming) each of his gurus from the early days to his hindustani learning.