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Sunday, January 05, 2020

Neela Ramgopal, Nada Inbam

Neela Ramgopal - V Sanjeev - Guru Raghavendra - BS Purushottaman

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
4 Jan 2020 6:15 pm

slOkam in asAvEri
E paNikO - asAvEri - T (S)
jambUpatE - yamunA kalyANi - MD (R)
O jagadamba - Ananda bhairavi - Adi - SS (RS)
kapAli irukka vIN kalakkam En unakku - sAvEri - kaNDa cApu - PS (NS)
nannu brOvakanu - shankarAbaraNam - misra cApu - T (RNST)
vA vA vEl murugA - sindhu bhairavi - Mayuram Viswanatha Sastri (R)
nI nAma rUpamulaku

An exquisite experience this concert this was. The yamuna kalyani was so pleasing. Ananda bhairavi was so moving. A crisp and fast saveri that was so beautiful. A grand and majestic shankarabaranam. A pleasing sindhu bhairavi. The team gave a very wonderful concert

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Thursday, January 02, 2020

S Sowmya, Sri Parthasarathy Swami sabha

S Sowmya - L Ramakrishnan - Neyveli Narayanan - G Chandrasekhara Sarma - Payyanur Govinda Prasad

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha
Vidya Bharathi
28 Dec 2019 6:30 pm

sarasuDa ninnE - sAvEri - Adi - KSI
mAnasa guruguha - Ananda bhairavi - MD (RS)
paralOka bhaya - mandAri - Adi - T (S)
vandhAlum varaTTum - balahamsa - Adi - GKB (R)
srI nAthAdi guruguhO - mAyamALavagauLa - Adi - MD (S)
RTP - yadukula kAmbhOji - Adi (2 kaLai) 1/2 eDuppu 5 akshara aridi
sindanai sei manamE - periyOrgaL sonna mOzhiyai
tani Avartanam
bhUlOka kumAri - karnATaka dEvagandhAri - Adi - Bharathiyar
puLLi kalAba mayil - kAvaDi cindu
nI nAma rUpamulaku

An awesome concert. A sedate Anandabhaiavi. An educative and elaboroate balahamsa. A grand yadukula kAmbhOji.  It was a much enjoyable concert presented so beautifully.

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Handling allied ragams.

Planning a concert is one of the first steps to its success. That makes the play-field set and ready. Sometimes when your set-plan may change, and yet, you may still win the game in a better way. It is hard for listeners to read the mind of the artists and even harder to get to know ring-side stories on how the concert came to what it was. Still, the overall experience of a concert is what that matters.

When Sowmya started a detailed alapanai of ananda bhairavi, rather early in the concert, it was refreshing. The exploration of a classical rakthi ragam done in the most chaste manner. It was a fitting prelude to Dikshitar's magnum opus manasa guruguha, presented in a leisurely pace. Swarams were presented in a matching fashion. L Ramakrishnan on the violin was giving apt accompaniment and responses. A fast paced rendition of paraloka bhayamu (mandari kriti of thyagaraja) was next. A good contrast to the earlier item. There were lightning fast svarams sung for this kriti. Neyveli Narayanan who is usually up-beat on stage, was in his elements now and added to the presentation of this kriti. Chandrasekhara Sarma on the Ghatam and Payyanur Govinda Prasad on the morsing, joined in the celebratory mood.

The next alapanai was that of a ragam which was apparently new to some rasikas. A couple of them walked up to the artist to ask which ragam it was, after the alapanai. If only they knew that tell-tale sancharams like m r m g s were presented right at the start of the alapanai to anchor balahamsa. A pracheena ragam, with atleast a dozen compositions by the trinity, but rarely taken up for elaboration in concerts. A detailed alapanai of this ragam in a classical manner, with all the essential phrases was such a wonderful experience to listen. L Ramakrishnan gave a good reply to this alapanai which was followed up with vandhalum varattum of gopalakrishna bharathi. The kriti was presented neatly with good percussion support.

sri nathadi guruguho was presented a little quicker than the usual sedate treatment it gets. mayamalavagaula making an appearance in the middle of a concert with elaborate svarams was indeed good to listen.

The main alapanai of the evening was a grand yadukula kambhoji. This team had just minutes ago presented a detailed presentation of one of its closest cousins. Should that matter? it did not. An alapanai that was done in an unhurried manner, characteristic of the ragam and befitting the grandeur of a main item. A steady build-up and succession of sancharams one after another, it was much enjoyable to listen. L Ramakrishnan played a sweet version of the ragam for this turn. Then came a beautiful tanam in the ragam. Tanam is generally considered as a manodarma element of medium and fast tempo, while yadukula kambhoji is considered a slow ragam. General thinking and feelings are not for that day. A tanam in yadukula kambhoji was superb that evening. A pallavi in Adi talam 'sindanai sei maname - periyorgal sonna mozhiyai' was presented with detailed neraval and tri kalam and elaborate kalpana swarams.

When the time for tani came, all the three percussion artists on stage did their job very well. They played an elaborate tani for the pallavi. The concert was brought to a close with subramanya bharathi's bhooloka kumari in karnataka devagandhari and a kavadi chindu.

This concert was special one. An experience of its kind. The artist chose to present two closely allied ragams in an elaborate manner. This was done in a clean way to show the differences correctly. A memorable evening.

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RK Shriram Kumar, Nada Inbam

RK Shriram Kumar - K Arun Prakash - N Guru Prasad - Anirudh Athreya

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
1 Jan 2020, 6:15 pm

srI gaNanAtam bhajarE - Isa manOhari
rAma bhakti sAmrAjyam
cani tODi dEvE - harikAmbhOji - Adi - T (RS)
dalacina vAru - danyAsi - Adi - Subbaraya Sastri (R)
vara nArada - vijayasrI - Adi - T (RNS)
vazhi maraittirukkudhE - nATTakuranji - misra cApu - GKB (sketch)
pArvati ninnu - kalgaDa - tisra Adi - SS
bAla gOpAla - bhairavi - Adi - MD (RNST)
ambA nIlAmbarI - nIlAmbarI - Adi - PP
shAradhE karuNAnidhE - hamIr kalyANi
vanga kaDal - suruTTi
nI nAma rUpamulaku

A wonderful concert. The harikAmbhOji and danyAsi were so beautiful. Rendition of vazhi maraitthirukkudhe was so sedate and emotive. vara narada was rendered in a quick kala pramanam. 'Bhairavi was too good and Balagopala was awesome with neraval and svarams at 'mANikya makuTa haravalaya dhara'.

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V Sumithra, Nada Inbam

V Sumithra - Charulatha Ramanujam - N Manoj Siva - BS Purushottaman

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
31 Dec 2019 6:15 pm

slOkam in nATTai
cElimi kOri - gauLa - Adi [varNam]
praNavAkAram siddhi vinAyakam - Arabhi - OVK
pAhimAm ratnAcala - mukhAri - MD
baktuni cAritramu - bEgaDa - T
mAmava mInAkshI - varALi - misra cApu - MD (RNS)
kaNDEn kaNDEn - vasantA - Adi - AK
manasu svAdIna - shankarAbaraNam - misra cApu - T (RNST)
oorilEn kANi illai - pAsuram rAgamAlikA
srikAnta enagIshTu - bAgE srI - Adi - PD
patiki hArati - suruTTi - Adi - T
nI nAma rUpamulaku

A beautiful concert. The varALi was awesome. shankarAbaraNam was grand and much enjoyable. The kritis were all rendered with amazing clarity. The manodarma parts were all filled with classical phrases and handled so beautifully. Chaste music presented so well.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

TN Krishnan, Nada Inbam

TN Krishnan & Viji Krishnan & Sriram Krishnan - KMS Mani - Vaikom Gopalakrishnan

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
29 Dec 2019 6:15 pm

endarO - srI - Adi - T
manavyAlakim - naLinakAnti - Adi - T (R)
manasA eTulO - malayamArutam - rUpakam - T (RNS)
heccharikagA rA - yadukula kAmbhOji - kaNDa cApu - T
RTP - tODi - Adi 2 kaLai
rAgamAlikA tAnam in mOhanam, shanmugapriyA, bilahari and kApi
A song in sindhubhairavi
marubAri

What a concert that was.  A grand opening with the sri raga pancharatnam. A crisp nalinakanti. A memorable and enjoyable malayamarutam. A wonderful todi. Great concert

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Vijayalakshmi Subramanian, Chennai Cultural Academy

Vijayalakshmi Subramanian - VL Kumar - Mannarkoil J Balaji - B Subba Rao

Chennai Cultural Academy
Rama Rau Kala Mandap, Karnataka Sangha School
29 Dec 2019, 4 pm

pancha mAtanga - malahari 
nAdupai - madhyamavathi - Adi - T S)
parama pAvanA - ranjani - Adi - Meesu Krishna Iyer (RS)
enRaikku siva krupai - mUkhAri - misra cApu
gAnAmrutam - gAna mUrti - Adi - KI
dakshiNAmUrtE - shankarAbaraNam - misra jhampa - MD (RST)
kAvi kamala kazhaluDan - viruttam in rAgamAlikA
brundAvana sArangan maruganE - brundAvana sArangA - Adi
puNyapara upakAra 
tillAnA - brindAvani - Adi

A good concert by the team.  I reached during the svarams in madhyamavati. ranjani and shankarAbaraNam were neatly presented.

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Hyderabad Brothers, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha

Hyderabad Brothers (D Seshachari & D Raghavachari) - Delhi Sunderrajan - Trivandrum Balaji - Udupi Srikanth

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha
Vidya Bharathi
25 Dec 2019, 4 pm

evvari bOdhana - AbhOgi - Adi - PSI
cinnanADEnA - kalAnidhi - Adi - T
entha ninnE - mukhAri - rUpakam - T (sketch NS)
ekkAlathilum maravEnE - nATTakuranji - tisra Ekam - Ramaswamy Sivam
sarasIruha nayanE - amrutavarshiNi - Adi - T (RNS)
paramAtmuDu - vAgadIsvari - Adi - T
Emi jEsitEnEmi - tODi - misra cApu - T (RNST)
ragupatE rAmA - sahAnA - rUpakam - T
rAkA sasi vadanA - takkA - Adi - T
taruNi nyAn - dvijAvanti - misra cApu - ST
bhAvayE pavamAna nandanam - yamunA kalyANi - misra cApu - BR

A very good concert. An absorbing mukhAri. Sedate nATTakuranji. A very classical and educative amrutavarshiNi. A grand tODi and mesmerizing dvijAvanti.

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Concerts by masters are always an experience to watch for. They always give the listener new things to learn and also present time-tested master pieces in their own nice way to make the overall concert
experience a great one.

When Seshachari (of Hyderabad brothers) took mukhari as the first ragam of their evening concert, it made the audience sit up. The mood was already set with a racy rendition of the abhogi varnam and thyagaraja's kalanidhi one-hit-wonder 'chinnanaadena'. The mukhari was crisp and neat. It showed the essential flavours of this joyous ragam. Thyagaraja's entha ninne was presented with neraval and swarams at 'kannulaara sevinchi'. It was beautiful and enjoyable. Delhi Sunderrajan on violin was in his elements showing the contours of the ragam in his own way. An emotional and sedate rendition of ekkalatilum maravene (nattakuranji, Ramaswamy Sivan) was the next number. A masterpiece presented by masters. Trivandrum Balaji on the mrudangam and Udupi Srikanth on the kanjira gave an able support to this sedate rendition.

When Seshachari took up amruta varshini as the next ragam for elaboration. It was a joyous moment. The alapanai was in detail and developed in a good progression. A classical and anchored alapanai of the ragam got an equally good response from Sunderrajan. Saraseeruha nayane, a rare thyagaraja kriti was presented neatly with elaborate neraval and svarams at 'vara dAyaki amruta varshiNi'. The neraval and svarams by both Seshachari and Raghavachari were gelled well with amazing coordination. The brothers sang paramathmudu of thyagaraja as the next item, as chosen by a rasika who walked up to them and asked for it.

The main alapanai was in todi. The brothers shared the alapanai and it was a good rendition of the ragam by both vocalists and the violinst. Thyagaraja's master piece emi jesithenemi was rendered with neraval and svarams at 'kAma mOha dAsulai shrI rAma'. very interesting svara patterns. sa da kAma moha was one such example which lead the audience to a splitting laughter as Seshachari commented about it. There was an elaborate tani which followed through.

With about more than half-an-hour of concert time left, it was not clear what would come next. When a slow ragahupathe rama in sahana followed, one thought a pallavi could come. Then came a racy rAkA sashivadana in takka. This is when another rasika walked upto the stage and asked for a song on Hanuman, since it was hanumath jayanthi that day.

Seshachari then asked the audience if they want padam and javali or songs on hanuman. The unanimous response was that both were wanted. Dvijavanthi padam tharuni nyaan was presented next in a very enjoyable manner followed by bhavaye pavamaana nandanam in yamuna kalyani.

The concert was a great presentation by the vetaran artists who were supported well, by their accompanists. It was an awesome concert. The amruthavarshini was a learning experience while the todi was a masterpiece, presented in style.

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Vishnu dev Namboodri, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha

Vishnudev Namboodri - VS Gokul Alankode - NC Bharadwaj - Vellattanjoor Sreejith

Sri Parthasarathy Swami sabha
Vidya Bharathi
22 Dec 2019. 2 pm

taruNam idammA - gauLi pantu - Adi - SS
maravakavE O manasA
kamalAmbhA bhajarE - kalyANi - Adi - MD (RNST)
manasulOni - hindOLam - T
RTP - kamala manOhari and dEva manohari - tisra jhampa misra naDai 2 akshara eDuppu 5 akshara aridi
srI kamalA manohari pAvani - paramEsvari dEva manohari

A beautiful concert by the team. Neatly presented kalyANi, which stood out. It was a classical exploration showing the majesty of the ragam. The pallavi was well structured and presented nicely.

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Sticking to the tradition and still showing innovations is always a tight rope to walk. And to do that within a short span of time, needs a lot of courage and knowledge and many other things.

When Vishnudev Namboodri started Kalyani alapanai, right after a brisk maravakavE O manasA, it was surprising a choice. One did not expect a main already, but the alapanai began in a grand manner and indicated of something big. The alapanai was done in a very relaxed and elaborate manner. Neatly dwelling in each svara and showing the essential sancharams and moving ahead, it gave a fitting prelude to the navAvarNam that was going to be taken up. VS Gokul Alakonde, on the violin, was following well and gave a good alapanai when his turn came. The kriti was rendered beautifully, both Gokul and NC Bharadwaj on the mrudangam played each line and sangati so very well gelled with Vishnu's rendition of the kriti. It was an excellent presentation. But, thats not all, there was a neraval at 'nitya kalyanim katyayanim' which was again very good and sang with many interesting sangatis. Then came an elaborate round of svarams in 2 speeds along with a korappu, which was designed in a very aesthetic manner to fit the start of the line. Gokul was good in his responses in these sections. Bharadwaj and Vellattanjoor Sreejith played an elaborate tani in stages that suited the grandeur of the kalyani presented. Overall, this kalyani was very impressive and memorable to this write.

Earlier the concert had began with Shyama Sastri's tarunam idhamma. Then came a racy rendition of manasuloni marmamulu. One was not sure if the concert would end soon or if there was anything else coming up. When Vishnu started an alapanai of kamala manohari, it was clear that a pallavi was in the offing. An artist who keeps his audience guessing and still keeps them engaged and excited, is always going go places. Vishnu was doing this very ably. After an elaboration of kamala manohari in the lower half of the octave, he moved to deva manohari in the next half. Then the two ragams were alternated during the alapanai by Vishnu before handing the baton over to Gokul, who gave a very similar and fitting response. Both of them chose to do an alapanai alternating between the two ragams, once in a few phrases, instead of doing one ragam at a time. Then came a tanam which was crisp and again in both ragams, similar to the alapanai. The pallavi 'Sri kamala manohari paavani - paramesvari deva manohari' was set in tisra jhampai, misra nadai. The poorvanga and uttaranga were in kamala manohari and deva manohari respectively. The neraval of the pallavi was done well along with tri kaalam. The swarams were sung in both ragams ending up in the corresponding sahitya, to finally finish off with a korappu and korvai in kamala manohari.

On the whole, it was a very good concert by Vishnu who showed his grip of tradition and training with the kalyani and his intelligence with his pallavi. Gokul, Bharadwaj and Sreejith supported him well, during his outing.

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

R Vedavalli, Nada Inbam

R Vedavalli & V Sumithra - RK Shriram Kumar - K Arun Prakash - N Guru Prasad

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
25 Dec 2019 6:15 pm

slOkam on ganesha and guru
budamAshrayAmi - nATTakuranji - misra jhampa - MD
tuLasi daLa - mAyamALavagauLa - rUpakam - T (RNS)
yagnAdulu - jayamanOhari - Adi - T
unnai allAl vErEgati - simmendra madhyamam - Adi - KI (RNS)
nIlOtpalAmbikAyAh - kaNNaDagauLa - Adi - MD
saraguNa pAlimpA - kEdaragauLa - Adi - RSI
cEtulArA sringAramu - kharaharapriyA - Adi - T (RNST)
pAsuram in bEhAg
oruthi maganAi - bEhAg 
nI nAma rUpamulaku

A truly divine concert. mAyAmALavagauLa was amazing. simmEndra madhyamam was wonderful. kharaharapriyA with cEtulArA was too good. Though only the kriti, both kaNNaDa gauLa and kEdAragauLa kritis were so touching. 

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Thamarakkadu Govindan Namboodri, Nada Inbam

Thamarakkadu Govindan Nambudiri -Edapally Ajith Kumar - Trichur Narendran - Udupi Sridhar

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
24 Dec 2019 6:15 pm

sAdinchanE - Arabhi - Adi - T
rAma rAma pAhi - bhUpALam - ST
anAthuDanu gAnu - jingLA - Adi - T
ambA nIlAyadAkshI - nIlAmbarI - Adi - MD (RS)
sadaramava nirupama - sarasvati - Adi - ST (S)
dAsaratI - tODi - Adi - T (RNST)

A memorable concert. The nIlAmbari was a gem of a presentation. The AlApanai and kriti renditions stood out. 

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Suguna Varadachari, Nada Inbam

Suguna Varadachari & Aishwarya Shankar - RK Shriram Kumar - K Arun Prakash - N Guru Prasad

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
23 Dec 2019 6:15 pm

viribhONi - bhairavi - aTa
rA rA mA iNTi - asAvEri - Adi - T (S)
varadarAja - gangA tarangini - rUpakam - MD
Ora jUpu - kaNNaDa gauLa - Adi - T (RS)
ninnu minchina - nATTakuranji - Adi - Srinivasa Iyer (RNS)
karuNajUDa ninnunammina - srI - misra cApu - SS (sketch)
endu dAgI nADO - tODi - misra cApu - T (RNST)

A wonderful concert. Each piece was rendered with pristine classicism soaked in bhava. An ultra rare nATTAkuranji kriti, a stamp of the school was presented so well. tODi was too good. Extraordinary concert it was.

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Seetha Rajan, Nada Inbam

Seetha Rajan - Charulatha Ramanujam - Guru Raghavendra - BS Purushottaman

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
22 Dec 2019 6:15 pm

tuLasi daLa - mAyamALavagauLa (NS)
ElA nI daya - aTANA (sketch S)
kanakAmbari - kanakAmbari - rUpakam - MD
gAngEya vasana - hamIr kalyANi - ST (R)
aDigi sukhamu - madhyamAvati - misra cApu - T (RNS)
ardhanArIsvaram - kumudakriyA
lOkAvanacaturA - bEgaDa - Adi - T (RNST)

What a concert that was. The hamIrkalyANi was memorable. A madhyamAvati that was too good and the bEgaDa was atrociously superb. A concert that was so wonderful and mesmerizing and absorbing. Awesomeness all the way.

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Aswath Narayanan, Charsur

Aswath Narayanan - L Ramakrishnan - Delhi Sairam - KV Gopalakrishnan

Charsur Arts Foundation
Ramanujar Millennium Hall
22 Dec 2019, 4 pm

cala mEla - nATTakuranji - Adi - Rangaswami Nattuvanar (S)
subramaNyEna - suddha danyAsi - Adi - MD
Ongi ulagaLanda - Arabhi - Adi (S)
rAju veDala - tODi - rUpakam - T (RNS)
tyAgarAja yOga vaibhavam - Ananda bhairavi - MD
sivakAma sundari - jagan mOhini (S)
sarOja daLa nEtri (RST)
candra cUDa siva - darbAri kAnaDA
nADi tEDi - bAgEsrI (tiruppugazh)

A good concert. tODi and shankarAbaraNam were elaborated in a neat manner. Some of the items were rendered in a rather fast tempo, which was still good, but, some reduction of speed may not be wrong either. 

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Seetha Narayanan, Nada Inbam

Seetha Narayanan - Mullaivasal Chandramouli - Thanjavur Kumar - Nerkunnam Shankar

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
21 Dec 2019 6:15 pm

sarasija nAbha - nATTai - Adi
vandhi suva - hamsadvani - Adi - PD
vihara mAnasa rAmE - kApi - misra cApu - ST (RNS)
andha rAma saundaryam - kEdara gauLa - Adi -AK (R)
parama pAvanA - ranjani - Adi - Meesu Krishna Iyer (RNS)
koluvamAragadA - tODI - Adi - T (RNST)
Rangatha ashtakam of Adi Sankara as rAgamAlikA
Tulasi das bhajan in jenjuTTi

A wonderful concert. The rendition of the varNam in trikAlam gave a great start to the concert. The elaborations of kApi and ranjani were classical. kEdaragauLa was beautiful. tODi was awesome. A very classy AlApanai and an intricate neraval that was so awesome. Great concert

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Rama Ravi, Nada Inbam

Rama Ravi & Nanditha Ravi - RK Shriram Kumar - Manoj Siva - BS Purushottaman

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
19 Dec 2019 6:15 pm

nA manavini - saurAshTram - catusra dhurva - SS
intakannAnandamEmi - bilahari - rUpakam - T (S)
danyuDevvaDO - malayamArutam - Adi - PSI (NS)
dhyAnamE varamaina - danyAsi - Adi - T (RS)
ambA saurambA - Arabhi - Adi - Ponniah Pillai
sivakAma sundari - mUkhAri - Adi
talli ninnu neranammi nAnu - kalyANi - cApu - SS (RST)
appuDu manasu - khamAs - Adi
payyada - nAdanAmakriyA - tisra tripuTa - K
prANa sakhuDiTu - senjuruTTi - Adi - DS
mukti aLikkum - senjuruTTi - Adi - GKB
dasarata suta - jaunpuri - rUpakam 
tillAnA - hindOLam - kaNDa Ekam
nI nAma rUpamulaku

An awesome and unforgettable concert from the entire team. One is out of words to describe the feeling. Both danyAsi and kalyANi were phenomenal. All items presented were beautiful. Needless to say that the padam jAvaLi was section was establishing her authority on the school's music. 

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Vaikom Jayachandran, Nada Inbam

Vaikom Jayachandran - Mullaivasal Chandramouli - Umayalpuram Mali

Nada Inbam
Raga Sudha Hall
15 Dec 2019, 6:15 pm

jalajAksha - hamsadvani - Adi (S)
bhaja mAnasa - bahudAri - Adi - Tulasi vanam (RS)
jaya jaya padmanAbha - sarasAngi - Adi - ST (RS)
kadamba vana vAsini - bhUpALam - misra cApu - HMB (RS)
pAlimparAvadElarA - Arabhi - tisra Adi - Pallavi Seshayyar (sketch)
sAmba sasi chUDA vandE - dharmavati - misra cApu (RNST)

A beautiful concert from the entire team. The bhUpALam was blissful. It was itself sufficient for fulfilment. The Arabhi was refreshing. sarasAngi and dharmavati were very good. 

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Monday, September 02, 2019

Rama Ravi, Rukmani Arts and Music Trust

Rama Ravi - vocal
Nanditha Ravi - vocal support
MA Krishnaswamy - fiddle
Kallidaikurichi S Sivakumar - mrudangam
Hariharan - tambura

Rukmani arts & music trust
Bombay Ramachandran Memorial concert
Ragasudha Hall
31 Aug 2019, 6:30 pm

evarE Emi - sahAnA - aTa - PSI
gaNanAtAya namastE - gauLa - Adi - Ambi Dikshitar (S)
manasu karugadEmO - hamsadvani - rUpakam - PSI (S)
vAsudEvamanisam namAmyaham - kAnaDA - kaNDa tripuTa - MV (RS)
maruva nIkU - pUrvikalyANi - Adi - Pallavi Seshayyar (RNS)
pizhaigal ellAm porutu - nAyaki - Adi - Ramaswamy Sivam
mahilOna yOcanalu - kOlAhalam - Adi - T
rAmA nIyaDa - kharaharapriyA - Adi - T (RST)
tillAnA - vasantA - Adi - Ammachathram Kannuswami Pillai
uruvAi aruvAi - madhyamAvati - kaNDa cApu
srI rAmachandranukku jaya mangalam

A wonderful concert. It started with a brief welcome talk and an introduction. The concert started with a rare varNam. Smt. Rama mentioned that Sri Ramachandran was a great vidwan with a huge repertoire and was known for his offbeat selections to teach and perform. She mentioned that she would present such compositions in this concert.

As she mentioned, except for the main kriti, all other pieces were rare and unheard off, to this writer. Some of which were not easy to find on google either. Still, each piece was rendered with a traditional gait and grandeur. The manodarma aspects were handled even better. One is short of words to express the feeling for each of the pieces. Should it be called satisfaction or the contending of the mind or soul! Was it the music! Was it the rendition! Whatever it be, one had to be there to listen and understand the feeling this concert created. It was an awesome concert and one to remember for a long time.

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