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Friday, August 21, 2009

Ramakrishnan Murthy, IMScCA

Ramakrishnan Murthy - L Ramakrishnan - Thanjavur Praveen Kumar

Ramanijam Auditorium, Institute of Mathematical Sciences Cultural Association
21 August 09. 6 pm

valaci vacci - navarAgamAlikA - Adi - PSI (short sketch of kEdAram)
marivEradikkevarayya rAmA - shanmukhapriyA - Adi - PSI (NS)
shankari nIvE - bEgaDa - rUpakam - Subbaraya Sastri
munnu rAvaNa - tODi - jhampai - T (RNS)
bhOgIndra sAyinam - kuntaLa varALi - kaNDa cApu - ST
bAla gOpAla pAlayAsumAm - bhairavi - Adi - MD (RNST)
parulanna mATa - kApi - rUpakam - DS
marukkulAviya - pUrvikalyANi - vilOma rUpakam - Thiruppugazh
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T
suruTTi short sketch

It was a very good concert. The elaborations of both tODi and bhairavi were very good and done in a very matured fashion. The kriti choice and handling were both very elegant and very bhava laden. The accompanists did a fantastic job in raising the concert to a much more enjoyable level. It was very good concert over all.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

P Unnikrishnan, Music Club IIT Madras

P Unnikrishnan - R K Shriram Kumar - K Arun Prakash - S V Ramani

Clasfest 09. Music Club IIT Madras
Central Lecture Theatre
12 August 09. 6:45 pm

vandanamonarinchi - vAchaspati - Adi - Tiger Varadachariar
varAlendu - gurjari - Adi - T (S)
karunayelagaNTe - varALi - Adi - T (NS)
Arukku thAn theriyum - dEvamanOhari - Adi (RS)
darisithaLarndu mukti pera - latAngi - misra jhampai - MT (R)
upachArmulanu - bhairavi - adi - T (RNST)
maharAjukarammanE - bEhAg - rUpakam - DS
rAma rAma rAma sItA - tilang - rUpakam - PD
brahmam okaTE - bauLi - Adi - A
tillAnA - chandrajyOti - Adi - KS Raghunathan (short sketch)
vijaya gOpAlatE mangaLam - suruTTi - Adi - NT

It was a nice concert. The elaborations of dEvamanOhari and latAngi were good. The kritis were rendered well. The neraval svarams passages were nice also. The main bhairavi was pretty elaborate. All accompanists were excellent.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sowmya, Music Club IIT Madras

S Sowmya - Embar S Kannan - N Manoj Siva

Clasfest 2009. Music Club IIT Madras
Central Lecture Theatre
11 August 2009. 6:45 pm

neranammiti - kAnaDA - aTa tALam - RSI
sivalOka nAtanai - mAyAmALavagauLa - rUpakam - GKB (NS)
vinatA suta rA rA - husEni - rUpakam - T (RS)
intA prabhuva kANinO - mOhanam - Adi - Vijaya Dasa
nI daya rAdA - vasanta bhairavi - rUpakam - T (R)
srI rAmam - nArayaNa gauLa - Adi - MD (S)
O rangasAyI - kAmbOdhi - Adi - T (RNS)
tani
sEdi solla vandhOm - dvijAvanti - Adi - GKB
smara sundarAnguni - paras - Adi - DS
ninnayE rati - sindubhairavi - Eka tALam - Bharatiyar
rAma nAmam bhajarE - madhyamAvati - Adi - T
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was a great concert. The elaborations of husEni and vasanta bhairavi were very creative and filled with rAga bhAvam. The choice of kritis and ragams was very nice and made it a very good concert. The kriti renditions were quite impressive and the manodarmam parts were all very good. The main kambhOji was pretty exhaustive and made it a very pleasent experience to listen to. The popular number was rendered with appropriate neraval and svarams. All the songs were well rendered. The accompanists did a very good job in playing for the songs and their solo versions.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Vijay Siva, Music Club IIT Madras

N Vijay Siva - Amrita Murali - N Manoj Siva

Clasfest 2009. Music Club IIT Madras
Central Lecture Theatre
10 August 2009. 6:45 pm

pagavAri - hamsadvani - Adi - PSI
pAhI srI girirAja sutE - Anandabhairavi - tisra Ekam - SS (NS)
idi nIku nyAyamA - gamanAshrama - misra cApu - MV (RNS)
rAmAbhi rAmA - danyAsi - Adi - T
cintayE mahAlinga - paras - Adi - MD (RS)
nATi mATa maracitivO - dEvakriyA - Adi - T
shankA rUpENa - slOkam in shankarAbharaNam
sankarAcAryam - shankarAbharaNam - Adi - Subbarama Dikshitar (RNS)
tani
kalyANOllAsa sImA - slOkam in kApi, yamuna kalyANi, karnATaka dEvagAndhAri
bhajarE rE mAnasa - karnATaka dEvagAndhAri - Adi
Ehi annapurNE - punnAgavarALi - Adi - MD
ADum cidambaramO - bEhAg - Adi - GKB
veTTa veLi tannil - folk tunes - Kudumbai Siddhar
shAradhA bhujangam - naLinakAnti, nATTakurinji, shrI, kIravANi, latAngi, sAmA, jaganmOhini and chArukEsi
timira udadi - mOhanam - tisra Adi - Thiruppugazh
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T
svastiprajApya - saurAshTram

It was a great concert. The pieces were all rendered with a lot of bhavam and with perfect diction. The choice of songs and rAgam was very nice and quite out of the box. The choice of gamanAshrama and paras for elaboration was very good and they were both done extensively. It was great to hear these two rare ragams. The main course, shankarAbaraNam was wonderful. It was just majestic and was only getting better with the kriti and neraval and svarams. The neraval svarams were all very good. The accomanpanists were very good and played their parts very well. It was a superb concert.

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Shreevidhya Chandramouli, Brahaddwani

Shreevidya Chandramouli - vINai
Trichur C Narendran - mrudangam
N Govindarajan - Ghatam
Kapila Chandramouli - vINai support
Susruta Chandramouli - tamburA

Brahaddwani. Rajeswari Padmanabhan Memorial Concert
Raga Sudha Hall
8 Aug 09. 6:30 pm

viribhONi - bhairavi - aTa tALam - PA
sarasIruhAsana priyE - nATTai - Adi - PDI (RtS)
sarasa sAma dAna - kApi nArAyaNi - Adi - T
ninnu cheppaka - mandAri - Adi - PSI (RS)
Ora jUpu - kannaDa gauLa - Adi - T
sankari nIvE - bEgaDa - tisra Ekam - Subbaraya Sastri (RtS)
tani
naDanda kAlgaL - sindhubhairavi - tisra Adi
sItA kalyANa - kuranji - kaNDa cApu - T

It was a very good concert. I have heard Smt. Rajeswari Padmanabhan play live, only once. I was still able to make a striking similarity in the way Smt. Chandramouli was on stage. With a similar face cut, her stage presence was a lot like her mother. And her sons had joined their mom in paying tribute to their grandmom.

All pieces that were presented were the trademark pieces of the Karaikkudi Style of vINai playing. They were all presented with the necessary gait and the grandeur of the version of their school was very beautifully showcased. The manOdarma parts were all very nice and inspiring. The accompanists were very good and played with perfect anticipation. It was a great and fulfilling concert.

Also, Sri Subramanian (brother of Smt. Rajeswari) spoke on the occasion giving some facets of vINai music, the kAraikkuDi style and the power of sAdagam etc.

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