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Friday, November 21, 2008

Walk-in Concerts at The Hindu November Fest

Ranjani Hebbar & K Gayathri - Vocal
Bavani Prasad - Veenai
L Ramakrishnan - Fiddle
R Sankaranarayanan - Mrudangam

The Hindu Friday Review November Fest
Music Academy TT Krishnamachari Auditorium
19 Nov 08 5:15 pm

High Tide. Programme on Ghana Ragams

nATTai (Ragam - RH, LR and Tanam - BP)
gauLai (Ragam - KG, LR and Tanam - BP)
Arabhi (Ragam - LR and Tanam - RH, BP)
varALi (Ragam - LR and Tanam - KG, BP)
srI rAgam (short sketch - LR)

pallavi: 'endarO mahAnubhAvulu antariki vandanamulu' - Adi (2 kaLai) 1/2 eDuppu, 5 akshara aridi.

The pallavi was rendered with varying speeds. Svarams were first sung in srI rAgam and then in all the 5 rAgams eventually finishing in a kOrvai set in Arabhi, varALi and srI rAgam.

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iraNDAm gana rAgangaL - rItigauLa, nArAyaNagauLa, kEdAram, bauLi, nATTaikuranji - Adi - Suguna Purushottaman

The concert was good. The vocalists were both good in their own way. Ranjani's renditions were weightly and had some very beautiful phrases. Gayathri was banking more on the melody and voice modulations. Bhavani Prasad was very good and the veenai was handled very beautifully to give some divine music. Ramakrishnan was good and played well. Shankaranarayanan was very accomodative and played with good anticipation.

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V Sumithra & Nandita Ravi - Vocal
Akkarai Swarnalatha - Fiddle
B Ganapathiraman - Mrudangam

The Hindu Friday Review November Fest
Music Academy TT Krishnamachari Auditorium
19 Nov 08 6:30 pm

Deep See. Programme on Naya Ragams

nIsAti deivamendu - srIranjani - Adi (daru)
bhajarE rE citta - kalyANi - misra cApu - MD (RNS) [Sumithra]
taNigai vaLar - tODi - kaNDa cApu - PS (RNS) [Nandita]
peRRa tAi tanai maga marandAlum (viruttam) - sAvEri, sahAnA, shanmukhapriyA, suruTTi
tillAnA - suruTTi - Adi -MV

Both the vocalists were true to their styles and did full justice to their tradition and yet it gelled amazingly well. It was a treat to hear them both sing the first and last pieces together and the co-ordination during the viruttam was quite good also. In the individual parts, they were, needless-to-say, very good and quite weighty in rendering the kriti and with equally fitting AlApanai preceding and neraval, svarams to follow, it was indeed quite an evening. One only felt they could have sung a little longer. The accompanists were good and did well to play along for the songs.

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Sandeep Narayan - Vocal
B Vijaya Gopal - Flute
S J Arjun Ganesh - Mrudangam
Nerkunam S Sankar - Kanjira

The Hindu Friday Review November Fest
Music Academy TT Krishnamachari Auditorium
19 Nov 08 7:45 pm

Cascade. Programme on Desiya Ragams

rINamatanuta - bEhAg - Adi - ST
saundararAjam - brindAvana sArangA - rUpakam - MD
apadUru - khamAs jAvaLi - Pattabhiramayya

The bEhAg piece was rendered well. brindAvana sArangA was elaborated in hindustani style with both of them going phrase by phrase. I couldnt stay till the end.

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