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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Jayalakshmi Santanam, Music Club IIT Madras

Jayalakshmi Santanam, Padma Srinivasan - Dr. Hemalatha - J Vaidhyanathan - Pudukkottai Ramachandran

Music Club IIT Madras. CLT
12th Nov 2008. 7 pm

gnAnandamayam dEvam - slOkam in vasantA
ninnE kOri - vasantA - Adi (varNam)
vAtApi gaNapatim - hamsadvani - Adi - MD (S)
budamAshrayami - nATTAkuranji - misra jhampa - MD (R)
varuvArO varam taruvArO - sAmA - Adi - GKB (short sketch)
pAvana gurupavana purAdIsham - hamsAnandi - rUpakam - Lalitha Dasa
en thAyum enakkaruL thandaiyum nI - viruttam in bEgaDa (by Smt. Padma Srinivasan)
vA murugA vA - bEgaDa - rUpakam - Spencer Venugopal (R)
sankari samkuru - sAvEri - rUpakam - SS (RNS)
Azhi mazhai kaNNA - varALi - Adi - Andal (NS)
venkatEsa nAtham - brindAvana sarangA - tisra Adi - Gauri Sthapathi
nambi kettavar illavO rangayyA - kalyANi - misra cApu - PD (RNS)
tani Avarththanam
anupama guNAmbudhi - aTANA - kaNDa cApu - T
kshINamai tirugA - mukhAri - Adi - T
villinai oththa puruvam - Kavadi Chindu
siRsiRakkum mEni - senjurutti - kaNDa tripuTa
vanga kaDal kaDaindha - suruTTi - rUpakam - Andal
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T
sriyatkAntAya - madhyamAvati

That was one amazing concert. From the right go, Smt Jayalakshmi Santanam made every rasika sit up and listen very keenly. It was a fully classical affair with each ragam over-shadowing the other.

The slOkam and the varNam in vasanta were a very good start. The hamsadvani kriti to follow was rendered very beautifully with a fitting round of svarams to follow. The nATTakuranji AlApanai was very good. The kriti and the sAmA and hamsAnandi numbers which followed were rendered in a very rich fashion.

The AlApanai of bEgaDa was superb. The viruttam was good. The kriti was reminiscent of renditions by old masters. The sAvEri AlApanai was filled with some vintage sancArams. The kriti with neraval and svarams was rendered beautifully. The varALi thiruppAvai was a surprise and the neraval and svarams were much enjoyable. The brindAvana sAranga number, which i was later informed as a DKP favourite was also very good.

The main kalyANi was very good and it was rather refreshing to hear a dEvarnAma for main against all expectations. The aTANA and mukhAri after the main were quite surprising but nevertheless too good to not enjoy. The finishing pieces were all very good and make one totally fulfilled with the concert.

Dr Hemalatha was very good in all parts of the concert. Her solo versions and following of the main artist were both commendable and were very apt for the concert. Sri Vaidhyanathan was very good and embellished the music with his anticipatory playing and some very nice patterns that he produced. Sri Ramachandran was very supportive. The tani they shared was nice also.

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