Veena : D Balakrishna
Flute : Vamshidhar
Mrudangam : Anirudh Bhat
Ghatam : Raghavendra Prakash
01 mAtE malayadhwaja (daru varNam) – khamAs – Adi -Muthaiah Bhagavatar
02 shrI varalakSmi namastubhyam – shrI – Roopakam – Dikshitar ( S )
03 cintayAmi jagadambam – hindOLam – Mishra Jhumpa – Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar
04 shrI cAmuNDEshwari pAlayamAm – bilahari – Adi x 2 – Mysore Vasudevachar ( A,S )
05 mAmava janma doDDadu – pUrvikalyANi – Mishra Chap – Purandara Dasa ( A,S )
06 OrajUpu jUcEdi nyAyamA -kannaDa gauLa – Adi – Thyagaraja
07 birAna varalicci – kalyANi – Adi Tisra naDai – Shyama Shasthri ( A,t,N,S,T )
neraval & swaras @ ‘shyAmakRSNa sOdari gauri, paramEshvari girijA’ (?)
08 mAnasa sancararE – sAma – Adi – Sadashiva Brahmendra
09 jagadOdhAraNa – kApi – Adi – Purandara Dasa
10 thillAna – cencurutti – Veena Seshanna
11 mangaLAm – saurAStram – Thyagaraja
shLOkam in madhyamAvati
Very good start of the annual festival of Nadasurabhi, who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year. Congratulations to the Nadasurabhi team on this momentous occasion. They have been doing a commendable job over this years and wishing them all the success in future.
You cant ask for a better start to their proceedings of this year’s festival, but with a sedate Veena concert of one of the leading artists of the Mysore School. True to his lineage, the concert was memorable. Largely selected on devi, and from the Mysore composers ( and one piece each from the Trinity), nice mix of talam, it was evident that a lot of thought had gone into the preparation.
To me, the concert livened up from the bilahari. I am not hinting that the prior compositions lacked anything, but one could see a marked difference with the kalpana swaras of bilahari. The pUrvikalyani alapana that followed was delectable. Vamshidhar was very good in his turn of alapana. The swaras that followed were top class.
Kalyani alapana started with a bang ( as they say). I loved the start ( well, then on it was kalyani 🙂 ). However, the tanam which came in was outstanding. Very very elaborate, exquisite and arguably the best part of the concert. It is always a pleasure to listen to tanam on a Veena. Shyama Shasthri’s kriti was nice. There was few rounds of neraval followed by a masterly kalpana swaras, which has some of the intelligent variations on display. The percussion duo played an impressive tani avartanam. I should add that Anirudh Bhat accompanied brilliantly through out the evening.
There was not much to hope for post main, as the crowd was sparse by then. There was time ( until 9:00, said the organisers on his query on how long can I go on) for a couple more. Veena Sheshanna’s thillana was a worthy mention in this segment. Here again, I think the Chencurutti thillana is ‘tailor-made’ for Veena playing.
Impressive concert by Vid Balakrishna and the team on Day1 / Phase1 of the Nadasurabhi Annual Festival.