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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Manda Sudharani, Sri Maruthi Baktha Samaj

31st December 2005 6:30 pm

Sri Maruthi Baktha Samaj - Nanganallur Anjaneya Temple.

Manda Sudharani - Akkarai Subhalakshmi - B Ganapathiraman - Adambakkam Shankar

ninnE nannu - ranjani varNam - Adi (R)
tsAlakallalA - Arabhi - Adi - T (R S)
nI daya rAdA - vasanta bhairavi - rUpakam - T (R)
pAlintuvO pAlimpavO - kAntAmaNi - Adi - T (R N S)
srI vENugOpAla - kuranji - misra jhampa - MD (R)
vara rAgalayA - chenchukAmbhOji - Adi - T (S)
R T P - kEdAragauLa, kEdAram, gauLa - catusra jAti aTa tALam [catusra naDai] 2 kaLai
'kEdAragauLanE pADerA kEdAranAtuni vEDarA gauLAnguni pogaDurA'
taniyAvardanam
tillAnA - dhanashrI - Adi - ST
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTRam - Adi
short srI rAgam AlApanai

An excellent concert to say the least. Starting for the ranjani varNam, almost all the pieces are quite rare ones. Each AlApanai had something different to show. The choice of apt sancarams one after another and the logical building of each alapanai left one in a good mood all thro' the concert. The Arabhi AlApanai, svarams and the vasanta bhairavi alapanai were good. Choosing the vivadi, kAnTamaNi for sub-main made one expect a lot and she did full justice to the ragam and the kriti and the neraval svarams which followed.

Singing an AlApanai of kuranji in the middle of a concert, with the dIkshitar kriti in perfect kAlapramANam left an impact on the audience. It was easily the highlight of the concert.

The three raga pallavi was very careful set in catusra aTa tALam. One could guess that each set of 4 beats, would take a ragam. The way Smt Sudharani structred the pallavi was interesting. The kEdAragauLa part started 2 aksharams from the start of talam. The kEdAram part started 4 aksharams from the start of the second laghu and the gauLa part started 6 aksharams from the start of the first drutham. Thus making 4.5 beats each for kEdAragauLa and kEdAram and 3 beats for gauLa.

The matured fashion in which she kept moving from one rAgam to another was very scholarly and rendition of the pallavi itself was very good. The AlApanai, the change from one ragam to another and changing the rAgam while singing tAnam in durita kAlam were all nice. The svarams in each of the ragams the kOrvai which had all the three rAgams were good also. A very enjoyable concert on the whole.

The violinst was very good and she tried to play all that Smt Sudharani did. She got most of them right. She was very sensible in her replies all thro' the concert.

The mridangist provided sensible support. In steping in mel kAlam and/or kIzh kAlam as the occasion demanded. They were good and their tani in catusra aTa tALam was very nicely structured as well.

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