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Monday, April 28, 2008

Kalpakam Swaminathan, Nada Inbam

Kalpakam Swaminathan - vINai
SR Padmavathi & SR Radha - vINai support
Thanjavur Kumar - mrudangam
Ganesan - tamburA

Nada Inbam, Raga Sudha Hall.
28th April 2008. 7 pm

neranammiti - kAnaDA - aTa tALam
gaNarAjEna rakshitOjam - Arabhi - Adi - MD (R)
nItu mUrthini - nATTaikuranji - Adi - PGI (RS)
srI satyanArAyaNam - shubapantuvarALi - rUpakam - MD (R)
paripAlaya - darbAr - misra cApu (RS)
parAkEla nannu - kEdAragauLa - Adi - SS (R by SRP)
karuNinchudaku - sindhu mandAri - Adi - PSI
EkAmranAtEsvarENa - caturangiNi (R)
abhimAnam vaitthu - shankarAbaraNam - Adi (2 kaLai) - Anai ayyA (RTNS)
smara janaka - bEhAg - Adi - ST (R)
caraNu caraNu - senjuruTTi
tillAnA - kApi - Adi
nI nAma rUpamulaku

It was a very nice concert. The AlApanais were all awesome. The nATTaikuranji was mesmerising. The shankarAbaraNam was very moving. All the pieces were rendered very beautifully. Smt. Swaminathan played another classically rich concert of rare pieces. Sri Kumar was very accomodative and played well. Earlier in the evening, an audio CD of Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan was released.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Rama Ravi, Nada Inbam

Rama Ravi, Nandita Ravi - M A Krishnaswamy - Neyveli Narayanan

SVK birthday series, Nada Inbam, Raga Sudha.
22nd April 2008. 6 pm

EmAnaticcEdivO - sahAnA - rUpakam - T
mAmava raghurAmA - sArangA - rUpakam - T (S)
tuLasi jagajjanani - sAvEri - rUpakam - T (RS)
kAmAkshI varalakshmI - bilahari - Adi - MD (RS)
parAmukam ElarA - suruTTi - Adi - T
'en tAyum enakku aruL thandaiyum nI' - viruttam in kAmbhOji
iyanE ATkoL meiyyanE - kAmbhOji - tisra tripuTa - KI
ninnuvinA - purvikalyANi - vilOma cApu - SS (RNST)
nAri maNi - khamAs - Adi - DS
mOsamAyE - Ahiri - misra cApu - Pollavaramuvaru
kANAmal vINilE - nIlAmbari - Adi - Muthu Thandavar
Eru mayil - mOhanam - misra cApu - A
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was one of the awesome concerts one has attended in recent times. The starting couldnt get better, with the sahAnA making such a beginning. The sAvEri and bilahari, back-to-back was a great treat. With kAmbhOji and pUrvikalyANi to follow, there was nothing short of a beautiful concert. Throwing in a sArangA and suruTTi, added spice to the concert. The khamAs jAvaLi and Ahiri padam made the ending just perfect. The kalpitam and manOdarmam were both just out of the world. The accompanists were their usual selves.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Seshampatti T Sivalingam, CLT Inauguration

Seshampatti T Sivalingam - Nadasvaram
K Selvam - Second Nadasvaram
M Subramanian & S Gajendran - Thavil
Subramanian - Talam & Sruthi

Concert to celebrate the inauguration of the renovated Central Lecture Theatre, IIT Madras.
21st April 2008. 5:30 pm

gajAnanayutam - chakravAkam - Adi - MD (RS)
marugElarA - jayanta srI - Adi - T (short sketch)
nArAyanA - madhyamarAvaLi - kaNDa cApu - NT (short sketch, S)
mAmava vAsudEva - sAmA - rUpakam - MV (RS)
vAsudEvayani - kalyANi - Adi - T (RS)
rAgamAlikA svarams in Ananda bhairavi, sAvEri, sahAnA, mOhanam, kApi
tani Avarththanam
sArasamulADEDu entuku - kApi - Adi - RSI (R) (jAvaLi)
karuNai deivamE - sindhubhairavi - Adi - Madurai T Srinivasan (R)
muraLidharA gOpAlA - mAND - Adi
ADum cidambaramO - bEhAg - Adi - GKB (R)
kARRinilE varum gItam
tillAnA - rEvati - Adi (R)
Eru mayil - madyamAvati tiruppugazh
madyamAvati short sketch.

It was a nice and enjoyable concert. All the songs were presented well. All the AlApanais were beautiful. The accompanists did a good job.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

R S Jayalakshmi, Nada Inbam

R S Jayalakshmi - Thanjavur Kumar - N Rajaraman

SVK Birthday Series. Nada Inbam, Raga Sudha
19th April 2008, 6 pm

chalamEla - nATTaikuranji - Adi - Rangaswami Nattuvanaar
jaya jaya padmanAbha - maNirangu - Adi - ST (short sketch)
appa rAma bhakti - kAmavardini - rUpakam - T (RNS)
akhilANDEsvari - dvijAvanti - Adi - MD
parama purusha - vasantA - Adi - ST (short sketch,S)
janani ninnuvinA - rItigauLa - misra cApu - Subbaraya Sastri (R)
sarOja daLa nEtri - shankarAbaraNam - Adi - SS (RTNS)
rAgamAlikA tAnam in ghana pancha rAgams
tani Avarththanam
annapUrNE - sAmA - Adi - MD
bAmarO - kEdAragauLa - misra cApu - K (short sketch)
marubAri - khamAs - Adi
bhajarE yadunAtam - pIlU - Adi
venkaTAcala nilayam - sindhubhairavi - Adi - PD (short sketch)
tillAnA - danAsrI - Adi - ST
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was a nice concert. Smt Jayalakshmi kept the audience captive with very enjoyable music. The kalpitam and manodarmam were both equally enjoyable. The accompanists did a good job while accompanying and during the tani.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

T K Govinda Rao, Nada Inbam

T K Govinda Rao - Vocal
Radha Ramji & Prasanna Venkataraman - Vocal Support
Charulatha Ramanujam - Fiddle
T K Murthy - Mridangam
B Sivaraman - Mridangam
Ganesan - Tampura

SVK Birthday Series
Nada Inbam, Raga Sudha Hall.
16th April 2008. 6 pm

sarasijanAbha - kAmbhOji - aTa (varNam)
mEru samAna - mAyAmALavagauLa - Adi - T (S)
ikanainanA moravina - pushpalatikA - Adi - TN (NS)
nA morAlakimpa - dEvagAndhAri - rUpakam - T
evarani - dEvAmrutavarshini - Adi - T (S)
tani Avarththanam
bArayyA venkaTaramaNA - sAvEri - misra cApu - PD (RS)
kaNamum maravAdE - sAmA - Adi - Ambujam Krishna (S)
bhaktara manEgE bArO - sung as slOkam in mAND
bArO krishNayyA - mAND - Adi
venkaTAcala nilayam vaikuNTa puravAsam - sung as slOkam in sindhubhairavi
venkaTAcala nilayam - sindhubhairavi - Adi - PD
arum ponnE maNiyE - viruttam in senjuruTTi
manju nihar - kAvaDi chindu
antakana dUtarigE - rAgamAlikA - kaNDa cApu - PD
hari samaraNE mADO - yamuna kalyANi - Adi - PD
pAhi rAmacandra rAghavA - yadukula kAmbhOji - rUpakam - T
tillAnA - gambIra vANi - Adi - TK Govinda Rao
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

That was an amazing concert. Sri Govinda Rao was just out of the world. All those present had an experience of a life time. It was just amazing. The renditions of each of the pieces and the manOdarmam were just too good. The svarams in mAyAmALavagauLa were amazing. The pushpalatikA nerval and svarams were beautiful. The sAvEri AlApanai and swarams were awesome. The svarams in dEvAmrutavarshiNi and sAmA were both fitting and gelled well. The violinst, Smt. Charulatha, was good and gave appropriate replies to the veteran. Sri Murthy was playing very much in tandem with the music and it was a treat to watch these two veterans perform together. Sri Sivaraman also ably assisted in adding effect to the concert.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

R Vedavalli, Nada Inbam

R Vedavalli - Vocal
R Malini - Vocal Support
Sumathi Krishnan - Vocal Support & Tampura
Padma Shankar - Fiddle
Patri Satish Kumar - Mridangam
S Karthick - Ghatam

SVK Birthday Series
Nada Inbam, Raga Sudha Hall.
15th April 2008. 6 pm

pagavAri - hamsadvani - Adi - PSI (varNam)
rAma rAma pAhi - dEvagAndhAri - tisra Ekam - ST
kOrinavara - rAmapriyA - tisra Ekam - PSI (NS)
nI madhi challaga - Ananda bhairavi - Adi - Kavi Matrubhoothayya (R)
nI dayacE - yadukula kAmbhOji - dEsAdi - T (RS)
enta ninnE - mukhAri - tisra Ekam - T (NS)
akshaya linga vibhO - shankarAbaraNam - misra cApu - MD (RTNS)
tani Avarththanam
na jAnAmi dhAnam - slOkam in sAvEri, shanmukhapriyA, kApi, nAdanAmakriyA, suruTTi
patiki hArati rE - suruTTi - Adi - T
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T
svasti prajApya - saurAshTram


It was a beautiful concert. Everything just fell in place. All the AlApanais were done in a very scholarly fashion. There a special touch in each of the rAgams, with some special prayOgams employed in each of the rAgams. The Anandabhairavi and yadukula kAmbhOji were moving and absolutely marvellows. The shankarAbaraNam was majestic. It was an affair of heavy music from scratch. I enjoyed the concert thoroughly. The accompanists did an amazing job in following the main artists and in their solo versions.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Suguna Varadachari, Music Club IIT Madras

Suguna Varadachari - Padma Shankar - Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar

DoMS Hall. Music Club IIT Madras.
9th April 2008. 7 pm

suguna mami concert

paramEsvara - nATTai - Adi - MD
entamuddO - bindumalini - Adi - T
manasAvruta - AbhOgi - Adi - PSI (S)
dEhi tava pada bhakti - sahAnA - Adi - T (RS)
kanugoNTini - bilahari - dEsAdi - T
srI kAntimatIm - hEmavati - Adi - MD (RNS)
bhOgIndra ShAyinam - kuntaLa varaLi - kaNDa cApu - ST
vAridhi nIku - tODi - misra cApu - T (RNST)
lAli lAlayya lAli - kEdAragauLa - kaNDa cApu - T
rAma rAma rAma rArA - senjuruTTi - rUpakam - T
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

That was an amazing concert. All AlApanais were awesome. The kritis were all majestic and rendereing amazingly. The opening piece in nATTai was beautiful. The bindumAlini piece was rendered with a kAkali nishAdam, as a janyam of sUryakAntam. The AbhOgi kriti was followed up with a quick round of svarams.

The first elaborate AlApanai for the evening was a moving sahAnA. The kriti, a rare tyAgarAja number, was rendered soulfully with a fitting round of svarams with the bilahari piece to follow. The AlApanai of hEmavati started off unambiguously and was developed very beautifully. The kriti was rendered with elaborate neraval and svarams as "sukha saunakAdi sadA ArAdithAm suddha tAmraparaNi taTastitAm". The quick kuntaLavarALi was followed by a grand tODi. The AlApanai was amazing. It was developed very carefully and the kriti followed was rendered beautifully with a lot of intricate sangatis, to followed with elaborate neraval and svarams at "sAreku nI hrdayAravinda munanu". The two utsava sampradaya kritis were also rendered beautifully to lead to the mangaLam.

The scholarly vidwat of Smt Suguna Varadachari was evident thro' her concert. Each piece rendered with utmost perfection and the necessary amount of gait and each phrase perfectly falling in place.

Smt Padma Shankar ably supported the main artist on the violin. Her replies were all perfect and matched up. Her solo versions and the accompanying were both very good. Sri Sivakumar on the mridangam played with good anticipation and added a nice flavour to all the compositions presented.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Gayathri Girish, Karpagam Gardens Sat Sangam

Gayathri Girish - L Ramakrishnan - Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar - B Sree Sundar Kumar

Karpagam Gardens Sat Sangam, Karpagam Vinayagar Temple.
8th April 2008. 7 pm

karpaga vinAyakA - gauLa - Adi
suguNamulE - chakravAkam - rUpakam - T (S)
punniyam onru - hamsAnandi - Adi - Ambujam Krishna (R)
bhajarE rE mAnasa - karnATaka dEvagAndhAri - Adi (R)
marivErE - shanmukhapriyA - Adi - PSI (RNS)
sukhi evvarO - kAnaDA - Adi - T (short sketch)
karuNathO - mEgaranjani - Adi - RSI (S)
dAsarathI - tODi - Adi - T (RNST)
slOkam followed by pravisha rAdhE - sivaranjani - kaNDa cApu
smaravaram varam - jOg - Adi
slOkam followed by mangaLa mUrthi - madhuvanti - Adi
kAdi mOdi - hindOLam thiruppugazh
nI nama rUpamulaku

nice concert. all alapanais were elaborate and kritis were well rendered also. the accompanists were good as well

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Vijay Siva, KVN Memorial Day

Vijay Siva - Amritha Murali - Neyveli Narayanan

K V N Memorial Day. BVB main hall
1st April 2008. 7 pm

sadA bAla rUpApi - slOkam
vidulaku mrokkEdA - mAyAmALavagauLa - Adi - T (NS)
aruNAcala nAtam - sArangA - tisra Ekam - MD (RS)
samaja varadA nIku - suddha sAvEri - rUpakam - RSI (R)
dEvi brOva - cintAmaNi - Adi - SS
karuNinchuDaku - sindhu mandAri - Adi - PSI
pakkala nilapaDi - kharaharapriyA - misra cApu - T (RNST)
vAniLavarasu - viruttam in naLinakAnti, jOnpuri, bEhAg
oruthi maganAi - bEhAg - Adi - ANDAL
veTTa vELi tanil - kuDumbai siththar
nAda bindu - tiruppugazh
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T
svasti prajApya - saurAshTram

It was a very enjoyable concert. The renditions of the cintAmaNi and kharaharapriyA pieces were outstanding. The AlApanai and neraval for the main piece was beautifully rendered. It was a perfect concert in all respects including the accompanists, who made it all the more enjoyable.

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