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Friday, October 30, 2009

Rama Ravi, Nada Inbam

Rama Ravi - M R Gopinath - Shertalai R Anantakrishnan

Concert in Memory of Vidwan Sri P N Raghava Rao
Nada Inbam, Raga Sudha Hall
30 Oct 09. 6:30 pm

viribhONi ninnEkOri - bhairavi - aTa - PA
daritApulEka - sAvEri - Adi - T (S)
entuku nirdaya - harikAmbhOji - Adi - T (RS)
mOmu jUpavEmi rAmA - darbAr - rUpakam - Thirupathi Narayanaswamy (R)
saravaNa bhava - madhyamAvati - Adi - PS
marivEre dikkevvarO - latAngi - kANDa cApu - PSI (NS)
kAppaduvE unadu - Ananda bhairavi - rUpakam - Sivanandam
nAdOpAsanajE - bEgaDa - Adi - T (RNST)
engE tEDi piDittAyaDi - saurAshTram - Adi - GKB
nEra mora jArachOra - hamsadvani - misra cApu
bhAmarO mUvagOpAluDu - kEdAragauLa - misra cApu - K
mODi jEsE - khamAs - Adi
mAyalADi bOdana - suruTTi - Ekam
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was a great concert. Smt. Rama Ravi started off with a few words about Sri Raghava Rao and mentioned she would include a few compositions that were taught to her by Sri Raghava Rao. It was later mentioned during the concert that they were the darbAr, madhyamAvati and latAngi pieces.

The concert was filled with deep classicism from the word go. The kritis renditions were all precisely perfect. The manodarmam was very apt and measured for each kriti. The concert had a wonderful start in the bhairavi varNam. The sAvEri kriti followed up with a quick round of svarams. The harikAmbhOji AlApanai was short and yet very appealing. The kriti rendition was stunning and appropriate svarams followed.

The darbAr, was something i personally enjoyed the best in the kriti. The AlApanai was quite inspiring and the kriti was a rare one, rendered very beautifully. The madhyamAvati and latangi kriti, with neraval and svarams, followed thro'.

The Anandabhairavi kriti with its intricate cittai svaram rendered with various permutations, led to the main piece. bEgaDa was very elaborate and bhava laden. The kriti was rendered with beautiful neraval and svarams.

The saurAshTram padam was very beautiful. The hamsadvani piece was stunning and rendered with a lot of weight. The kEdAragauLa padam was great too. The khamAs and suruTTi javaLis were very nice too.

Smt. Nandita Ravi provided very apt vocal support to her mom-cum-guru. The accompanists were very good and played their parts perfectly. The violinst was very good in both following the main artist and in giving sensible replies. The mridangist played with good anticipation and in tune with what was presented. His tani was good also.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

V Bharath Kumar, Astika Samajam Thiruvanmiyur

V Bharath Kumar - L Ramakrishnan - Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar

Amarabharati
Astika Samajam, Thiruvanmiyur
26 Oct 09. 6:30 pm

karuNimpa idi - sahAnA - Adi
vAgartAdi - slOkam in nATTai
paramEsvara jagadIsvara - nATTai - Adi - MD
karpagAmbikE - bilahari - rUpakam - PS (RS)
nI dayacE - yadukula kAmbhOji - Adi - T
karuNajUDavammA - varALi - misra cApu - SS (RN)
rAkA sasivadanA - takkA - Adi - T
upacAramulanu - bhairavi - Adi - T (RNST)

It was a good concert. Sri Bharat Kumar sang instead of somebody else as a last minute replacement. He did a very good job at his task. The kriti renditions were good and apt. The choice of kriti was nice too. The elaborations of the ragams were suited for the mood of the kritis that came up later. The neraval svaram parts were all done well also. The accompanists were very good and did a good job in raising the concert to a more enjoyable state.

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Sowmya, Sastri Hall

Sowmya - B U Ganesh Prasad - Manoj Siva

Sastri Hall
24 Oct 09. 6:30 pm

chalamEla - shankarAbaraNam - aTa - ST
nArada gAna - aTANA - rUpakam - T (S)
sandEhamu - rAmapriyA - Adi - T (RNS)
kumaran tAL - yadukula kAmbhOji - Adi - PS
srI gurunA - pADi - rUpakam - MD (S)
koluvaiyunnADE - bhairavi - Adi - T (RNS)
tani
vagalADi - bEhAg - rUpakam (short sketch)
yAr pOi solluvAr - tODi - misra cApu
bhUlOkla kumAri - karnATaka dEvagAndhAri - Adi - Bharatiyar
tillAnA - pUrNacandrikA - Adi - RSI
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was a good concert. Smt. Sowmya chose pieces very carefully to make it a string of popular but yet not very often heard in concert circuits. The rAga improvisations were quite innovative and involved very many phrases which gave new perspectives to both the ragams that were elaborated. They were both very elaborate. The neraval was done in a chaste fashion as well. The swarams were all good. Those in aTANA and pADi were just amazing, while rAmapriyA and bhairavi were very good as well. The accompanists were very good and gave sensible support to the main artist.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Alamelu Mani, Music Club

Alamelu Mani, Sarayu Srinivasan - V V S Murari - B Sivaraman

Dilip Veeraraghavan Birthday Rememberance Concert.
Music Club IIT Madras.
7 Oct 09. 6:45 pm

sAmi nI kOri - kAmavardhani - Adi
sarasIruhAsanapriyE - nATTai - Adi - PDI (S)
paripAlincu - suddha sAvEri - kANDa cApu - Thiruvisanallur Venkataramana Bhagavathar (S)
srI kAmAkshI kaTAkshi - vasantA - Adi - Thiruvarur Ramaswami Pillai (R)
bantu rIti - hamsanAdham - Adi - T (RNS)
vAcAma gOcaruNDani - aTANA - Adi - Mysore Sadasiva Rao (R)
dayajUchuTakidi - gAnavArdhi - Adi - T
manasu svAdhIna - shankarAbaraNam - misra cApu - T (RNS)
tani
kuvalayAkshirO - gauLipantu - misra cApu - K
yAla padarE - bEgaDa - tisra tripuTa - K
muTTa vaddu rA - sAvEri - Adi
kAdhi mOdhi - sArangA - thiruppugazh
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi
madhyamAvati short sketch

It was a great concert. The choice of ragams and kritis was very interesting and the presentation was wonderful too. The kritis were rendered beautifully. The AlApanais of vasantA, hamsanAdam, aTANA and shankarAbaraNam were all very classical, moving and fitting the kritis that were being presented. The neraval and svarams were all measured and presented fittingly. The renditions of the padams and javali were moving. The accompanists did a very good job in accompanying.

It was a Superb Concert

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Adyar S Padmanabhan, Music Club IIT Madras

Adyar S Padmanabhan & M Balasubramanian - Nadaswaram
Mangalam Asan & Thiruvallikkeni T S Prabhu - Thavil
G Mani - Sruti
Kathirvel - Talam

Music Club IIT Madras
5 Oct 09. 7 pm

gajAnanayutam - vEgavAhini - Adi - MD (R)
dEva dEva - mAyAmALavagauLa - rUpakam - ST
bhOgIndra sAyinam - kuntaLa varALi - kaNDa cApu - ST (R)
mahamudir hanumantA - dharmavati - Adi - A (RS)
tani
mAmava sadA - nATTaikuranji - rUpakam - ST
tillAnA - sivaranjani - Adi (R)
kAvaDi cindu - senjuruTTi - Adi
madhyamAvati short sketch

It was a very nice concert. The starting AlApanai of vEgavAhini was very nice. The short elaboration of kuntaLavarALi and the main elaborate dharmavati were both very good. The dharmavati was very elaborate and classical. All kritis were rendered well. It was a short and sweet concert.

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T M Krishna, Chamber Concert

T M Krishna - Mullaivasal Chandramouli - Manoj Siva

Chamber Concert
4 Oct 09. 7 pm

vanajAkshI ninnE - kalyANi - aTa - PGI (S)
sUryamUrtE - saurAshTram - dhruva - MD (RN)
amba paradEvatE - rudrapriyA - kaNDa cApu - Krishnaswamy Ayya
RTP - nArAyaNagauLa - Adi (2 kaLai) sama eDuppu, 5 akshara aridi
cEta srI rAmam cintayE jImuta shyAmam
tani
muTTa vaddu rA - sAvEri - Adi [jAvaLi]
mAnasa sancararE - sAmA - Adi - SB
varugalAmO - mAnji - misra cApu - GKB
praNatAtihara - senjuruTTi - kANDA tripuTa (2 kaLai) - MV
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T
short sketch - maNirangu, vasantA, danyAsi

It was a wonderful concert. The AlApanais of saurashTram and nArAyanagauLa were both very elaborate and made it a fantastically classical affair. The tAnam was beautiful too. The short pallavi was very nicely presented. The kritis were all presented with the necessary weight. The svarams in kalyANi and neraval in saurAshTram were both very nicely rendered too. The accompanists were very good and made it a concert to remember for a long time.

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