Vocal : Sanjay Subrahmanyan
Violin : S Varadarajan
Mrudangam : Neyveli Venkatesh
Ganjira : Alathur Rajaganesh
01. madirAkshi nI pai (varNam) – mukhAri- Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya
02. marachEdi nyAyamA – hamsadhwani – Patnam Subramanya Iyer
03. paripAlayamAm – rItigauLa – Swathi Thirunal ( A )
04. buddhi rAdu buddhirAdu – shankarAbharaNam – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
05. shLOkam ( katilAlaka samyuktam)
jaya jaya gOkula bAla – rAgamAlika ( bhairavi,aThANa, kmbOji,kalyANi,surutti) – Narayana Theertha
06. shrI rAjagOpAla – sAvEri – Dikshitar ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & svara @ dhIrAgragaNya dIna sharaNya ‘
07. shrI mAdhava vAsudEva – behAg – Papanasam Sivan
08. viruttam ( UrilE kANiyillai? ) – kApi
ADugirAn ennuL pADugirAn kaNNan – kApi – Shuddhananda Bharati
09. kAkkai chirakinilE – dEsh – Subramanya Bharati
Attending concerts at Malleswarm on a weekday gives jitters to me. One has to leave early from office and brave the traffic across innumerable traffic blocks hoping to reach in time. It is also a nightmare to find a place to park your vehicle in the vicinity of the temple. Friday evening wasn’t an easy drive, but having reached there 15 mins behind the stipulated time, luck favouring the brave in finding a place to squeeze in your car to park, we rushed in to the hall. We were welcomed with a beauty of reetigaula alapana finding its way through the overflowing crowd thronged outside the hall.
Reetigaula is a perennial favourite and we could settle in before he started paripalayamam. I was told he sang a mukhari varnam ( hardly heard before) and a hamsadhwani kriti before we could make it. Soon a decent shankarabharanam alapana came in. It was good, but I heard him sing better. Buddhi radu was a good choice. I’ve heard him sing this before and an inspiring BMK rendition remain my all time favorite. Kalpana swaras were impressive.
Narayana Theertha’s jaya jaya gokula bala was apt and he preceded it with a beautiful shlokam. To me this was the high point of the concert. This was brilliantly sung shifting from bhairavi to athana smoothly. Even the chittasvaras ( not sure if it was his own addition) was superb.
Now that all the major ragams are already ‘used’, the main had to be something different. As I was discussing between saveri and mohanam as possible choices, he started of with an awesome saveri alapana. The first half , largely sung at the higher octave was outstanding. Through out the day his voice was in super form and he made some good use of it during the saveri alapana. Varadarajan’s return was sublime as always and at few places it even bettered the lead singer. There was no surprise on the choice of kriti here. He sang an incredible neraval at dheeragraganya, each time starting on a different pattern to some great effect. Kalpana swara started in typical slow speed. He did dwell into some intricate laya patterns as TNS, in a very playful mood. While Varadarajan was accurate in reproducing the same, percussion team was struggling a bit to match up. He concluded the swaras with some thunderous affair. Awesome feat in saveri.
Tani avartanam was riotous. Both Venkatesh and Rajaganesh brought up a high decibel high octane fare. Last Sunday I was witnessed to a ‘Double ( dual) tAyambaka’ by Porur Unnikrishnan and Udayan Namboodiri, both stalwarts at their field. One could see the raise in tempo and the reaction in the body language of the listeners at the ECA hall, shaking their heads and hands along with the ‘Chenda beats’, increasing the speed and displacement as the duo reached the crescendo. I can draw simile here. Many youngsters seated in front of the stage was going through a similar motion as if in trance. It seemed to have gone well with them, as the response at the end of the tani avartanam was huge. To his credit, Venkatesh’s first phase of the solo was brilliant, before he got carried away a bit in the second part. Alathur Rajaganesh was again a sound machine, but his case too, the first part of the solo was very impressive, for the patterns if not for the ‘nAdam’. They would have stopped their long solo affair after the first part, but Sanjay insisted ( probably from the response of the first part) Venkatesh to continue.
There was no pallavi. I am not sure why he decided against. It cant be the extended tani avartanam. He seems to be in a mood to conclude. Having decided not to sing a pallavi, he should have done a better planning with the post main. There was a very short viruttam before the kapi kriti. But, all that he sang after main was very good, especially the desh version of kakkai chirakinile, on the Subramanya Bharati remembrance day.
Despite listening to an awesome saveri and the brilliant ragamalika composition, the concert remain a bit incomplete to me for Sanjay’s standard, lasting around two and half hours. Of course, his listeners will have more chance to listen to him in Bangalore during the next 2 months, as he is scheduled to sing another 4 concert ( if I am not wrong) here before November end.