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Vasudevan R at Pranava Fine Arts , 02 Aug 2014

Vocal : Vasudevan R

Violin : Shankar Rajan

Mrudangam : Vadiraj Bhat

List:

01. SLOkam ( Apadamapa hataram) – kalyANi  ( O )

vanajaksh0 ( varNam ) – kalyANi – Pallavi Gopala iyer?

02.  shakti gaNapatim bhajEham – nAta – Muthaiah Bhagavathar ( S )

03.  manavi chekonavayya – sarasAngi – Ramanathapuram Srinivas Iyengar

04. kalyANa rAma – hamsanAdam – Oothukadu Venkata Kavi  ( A )

05.  appa rAma bhakti – pantuvarALi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )

neraval & swara @ trippaTalanu dIrchi kaNTi reppavalEnu gAchu mA

06. guruvAyUrappanE appan – rItigauLa – Ambujam Krishna ( A )

07. giripriyam gangAdharam – kadanakutUhalam – Muthaiah Bhagavathar

08. ambA nIlAmbari – nIlAmbari – Ponnayya Pillai

09. Azhi mazhai kaNNA – varALi – Andal thiruppavai

10. sarOja dalanEtri – shankarAbharaNam – Shyama Shastri ( A,t,S,T )

11. ayyanE vA appanE vA – sindhubhairavi –  TNS’ mother  ( short sketch )

12. pavitra gangE pAvana tungE – sindhubhairavi – Sudha Bhai

13. thillAna – basant – T N Seshagopalan

14. jaya mangaLam nitya shubha mangaLam –  Vijaya Gopala Dasa

Last time I heard him was almost 8 year ago. But I did attend a couple of the programs he organised under ‘Nadaloka’ – the morning concerts sans accompaniment called ‘prabhata sangeetham’ and recently a concert of his guru Sri Palakkad K S Narayanaswamy. That coupled with the invitation from Sri Thiagarajan who successfully conducts monthly concerts under Pranava Fine Arts since January this year, guided me towards Haralur road, instead of the inaugural concert of Gokulashtami Series at Unnati. While I do not know what was the impact there, I for one was very very pleased with the evening at Pranava Fine Arts. Sri Vasudevan presented a full three hour concert of very high standard along with his accompanying artists.

Starting bang on time at 4:00 ( and stopping as the clock strikes 7:00 – a feat worthy of emulation) with a fabulously sung slokam, the artists made their intention clear for the evening. Kalyani ata tala varnam followed with Muthaiah Bhagavatar’s kriti in Nata. Few rounds of fast paced kalpana swaras got every one in the groove. A short kriti in sarasangi came in before the first detailed alapana in hamsanadam. Shankar Raman echoed the main artist and hinted the pallavi line of the more popular kriti of Thyagaraja in his turn. However, to my pleasure, Vasudevan decided to sing kalyAnarama, a fabulous Oothukad kriti, and I had the TNS’ singing in mind.

Pantuvarali was grand. Beautifully orchestrated alapana with some brilliant ‘drutakala sancharas’ progressing brilliantly through out, made it memorable. Shankar Rajan was equally eloquent in his return. Appa rama bhakti came in its grandeur. I always like a pantuvarali or purvikalyani in the middle of the concert with a powerful neraval and kalpana swaras. So, it was. Neraval was very well constructed and the kalpana swara was structured around some interesting laya patterns to start with and ending with a TNS-style ( which I mentioned to him later), long rendering pivoting around the same swara phrase, making it very attractive. Shankar Raman was given a chance after the vocal effort to show his mettle which was done splendidly by the violinist. There was a mention of a short tani, and Vadiraj Bhat made the most of it, playing a spirited tani avartanam.

The next phase was filled with a flurry of short kritis, probably a short dampner on the build up. Ritigaula ( with a short noce alapana ) and a tricky and ultra fast giripriyam, an super slow neelambari in quick succession probably could have managed better. He had to add a varali to sort of nullify the effect, which was also not anything to worth mentioning.

The team quickly covered the lost ground with a grand shankarabharanam. Starting a bit patchy, the alapana grew from there in stature to a brilliant affair. His strong point of those ‘akara’ fast phrases were very impressive through out. Some breath taking passages at the higher octave added to the overall impact to the alapana. Shankar Raman did justice to the main artist with another classy alapana from his side. Vasudevan, clarifying it as not a ragam tanam pallavi, sang few rounds of tanam, starting at madhyama kala, and increasing the speed as it progressed.  A Dikshitar kriti or Shyama Shastri kriti was my expectation seeing the list, and Saroja Dalanetri it was. Kriti handled to its merits was pleasing to listen. Few sangati’s around ‘sAma gAna vinOdini’ gave me a hope for a neraval, but that wasn’t to come. The team played some marvelous kalpana swaras, this time converging at the Mani Iyer-popularised phrase, brilliantly executed. There was one more tani avartanam for Vadiraj Bhat, who accompanied brilliantly for the kritis.

Two sindhubhairavi pieces contributed to the post main affair. TNS’s thillana in basant ( I was thinking hamsanandi all the while) concluded the memorable evening before the mangalam. Very good concert, well supported by the accompanying artists( Shankar Raman was very good) through out and a great ambiance made it a good experience.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Concert songlist

 

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Vasudevan @ Heritage Academy Koramangala 28 Oct 2007

Had been to the concert of Sri Vasudevan organised by Rama Seva Mandali , 5th Blk Koramangala at the Heritage Academy hall.  Here are the detais…

Vocal  : Sri Vasudevan

Violin  : Shankararajan

Mrudandam : S C Balakrishnan

Ganjira : Navin

01 viribONi  ( varnam )  – bhairavi – pachimiriyam adiyapayya

02 srI raghukula ( O,S ) – hamsadhwani – Thyagaraja 

03 entharA nI – harikAmbOji – Thyagaraja

04 aparAma bhakthi ( A,N,S) – panthuvarALi –  Thyagaraja     

neraval @ “tripa talanu

05 vAncha thOnu – karNaranjini – Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar

06 telisi rAma – pUrNachandrika – Thyagaraja

07 ambA nIlambari – nIlambari – Ponnaiah Pillai

08 pankaja lOchana  ( A,N,S,T )- kalyANi – Swathi Thirunal

neraval at ‘sundara tara rUpa’

09 ayyanE vA appanE vA – sindhubhairavi –  ?

10 thillAna – hamsAnandi – Swathi thirunal ?

11 mangaLam – sourAshtram

Started the concert very patchy, with lot of shruthi lapses, but gained confident as the concert progressed.  His body language also improved with his confidence.  Relatively unknown set of performers ( could be my ignorance) and a saintly looking vocalist, it was a decent affair, to sum it all.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2007 in Concert songlist

 

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