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Friday, January 29, 2010

T M Krishna, Nada Inbam

T M Krishna - R K Shriram Kumar - Manoj Siva - V Anirudh Athreya

Nada Inbam
26 Jan 2010. 6 pm

mAtE mayalatvaja pANdya - khamAs
srI nIlOtpala nAyikE - nAri rItigauLa - rUpakam - MD (RS)
moratOpu - sahAnA - tisra tripuTa - K (R)
krupajUcuTaku - chAyA taraNgiNi - Adi - T
aparAdamula - latAngi - Adi - PSI (RNS)
sAmi nI - Anandabhairavi - aTa - VK [varNam] (RNS)
tani
suTTum vizhi - bilahari, bhairavi, sAmA, vasantA - tisra naDai - Bharatiyar
vagalADi bodanalaku - bEhAg
varugalAmO - mAnji
vandE mAtaram - dEsh

It was a good concert. The AlApanais of sahAnA and Anandabhairavi were both very elaborate and very enjoyable. The latAngi was crisp and left one longing for more. The accompanists were very good and provided excellent support to the main artist. The concert was overall good.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sangeetha Sivakumar, MFAC

Sangeetha Sivakumar - R K Shriram Kumar - Manoj Siva - N Guruprasad

Thyagaraja Aradhanai Series.
Mylapore Fine Arts Club.
25 Jan 10. 6:30 pm

vidulaku mrokkEdA - mAyAmALAvagauLa - Adi (NS)
nijamarmamulanu - umAbaraNam - Adi
nAdOpAsanacE - bEgaDa - Adi (R)
eTi yOcanalu - kiraNAvaLi - Adi (RS)
endu dAgi nADO - tODi - misra cApu (RNST)
ennagA manasuku - nIlAmbari - Adi
tavadAsOham - punnAgavarALi - Adi
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi

It was a very good concert. I enjoyed all the kriti renditions. The bEgaDa was elaborate and heavy. The main tODi was grand and majestic. The kiraNAvaLi was very good and well presented too. The accompanists were very good and played just the way that is needed to boost the concert.

Much enjoyable concert

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

S Varadarajan, Fiddle solo, Nada Inbam

S Varadarajan - N Manoj Siva

Marungapuri Gopalakrishna Iyer Fiddle Festival
Nada Inbam
16 Jan 10. 6 pm

sAmi daya jUDarA - kEdAragowLai - Adi
raghunAyakA - haMsadhwani - Adi - T (S @ pallavi)
sArasAkSha paripAlayamAm - kAmavardhini - Adi - ST (R, NS @ bhAmini samudAya)
santAna gOpAlakrushNam - khamAs - Adi - MD (R, S @ narttana muralIdharam)
nIvADa nE gAna - sAranga - khaNDacApu - T
kArtikEya gAngEya gauri tanayA - tODi - Adi - PS (R, NS @ mAlmaruga, T)
ala sara paritApam - suruTTi - mishracApu - ST
kaNDudhanya - behAg - rUpakam - Kamalesa Vittala Dasa (R)
mAdhava mAmava - nIlAmbari - Adi - NT (R)
karuNai deivame - sindhubhairavi - Adi - Madurai T Srinivasan (R)
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAShTra - Adi - T

It was a wonderful concert from the beginning. All pieces seemed to have been carefully chosen and presented neatly. I personally enjoyed the khamAs very well. The Alapanai was totally moving and the kala pramaNam in which the kriti was presented was indeed really really amazing. The swarams were matching too. Earlier the kAmavardhini was very nice. The main tODi was given its due weight and rendered amazingly. Mridangam accompaniment was perfect and totally in tune with the songs that were rendered. The tani was great as well.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Season 2009

Period taken into consideration: 3rd December to 12th January
Number of concerts sampled ~ 35

i. Best Concerts (in no particular order)
Almost all evenings I was in raga sudha and they were all thoroughly enjoyable concerts. I am not able to decide which to list.

ii. Best Singular Renditions (in no particular order)
evarikai - V Subramanian & Palai Ramachandran at Raga Sudha
nekkurugi - Sangeetha Sivakumar at BVB
nIrajAkshi kAmAkshi - Prasanna Venkataraman at MA
cEta srI - Ritha Rajan at Raga Sudha
moratOpu - Rama Ravi at Raga Sudha

iii. Best Violin Accompaniment (in no particular order)
V V S Murari for Ritha Rajan at Raga Sudha
R K Shriram Kumar for R Vedavalli at Raga Sudha

iv. Best Mrudangam Accompaniment
V Kamalakara Rao for Trivandrum Venkataraman at Raga Sudha
K Arun Prakash for Chingleput Ranganathan at Raga Sudha

Best tani:
Erode Nagaraj, N Guruprasad and Nerkumar Shankar at Raga Sudha for Jayalakshmi Santanam

v. Congeniality Prize for Most Popular Ragam of the Season
Heard many kAmbhOjis and madhyamAvatis during this season. hence, no complaints.

v (b). Raga I Missed the Most during the Season
shankarAbaraNam, sAvEri

vi. People i wish i had heard atleast once during the season.
T N Krishan, R K Srikantan, Parassala Ponnammal, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, J Venkataraman, Seetha Narayanan, Sanjay, TMK, TNS, Sowmya,Manda Sudharani, V Sumitra, Amritha Murali, Vidya Kalyanaraman, D Vardhani, Prema Rengarajan, Sathur Sisters,

vii. Best Sabha Food
ate only at Academy canteen and liked their coffee

viii. Best Listening Environment
Raga Sudha Hall & Music Academy Main Hall (downstairs)

ix. Word/ Name of the Season:
bore

I pretty much ended up at Raga Sudha Hall on many days and enjoyed almost all the concerts there.

I found myself pretty much unmotivated thro' the season. Had to drag myself to concerts on some days.

Random thoughts:
Ranjit Warrier is a good upcoming youngster and sings very well. hope to find him more often in concert circuits.

Jayashree: her one hour concert at Tamil Isai Sangam. I am still shocked to see that list. She did not hurry, nor did she skip sangatis. Her presentations were crisp and weighty. should find more about her.

Prasanna Venkataraman seems to have got all the more impressive and popular this season.

Jayalakshmi Santanam, into her 70s is still spirited and attends concerts all through the day and gives stunning concerts too.

Attended the last concert of Trivandrum Venkataraman, never knew it would be his last back then.

For the first time I was on stage. Not a concert, thankfully, but a panel discussion. Never knew that, once on stage time flies faster.

Wish I was little more motivated, had some more time, attended more concerts of popular/unpopular/young/old artists and found more people to listen too.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

V Navaneet Krishnan, Music Club IIT Madras

V Navaneet Krishnan - S P Anantapadmanabha - K S Ramana

Music Club IIT Madras
12 Jan 10. 7 pm

Era nApai - tODi - Adi - PSI
rAmachandra sItAmanOhara - bEgaDa - Adi - Adibhatla Narayanadas (RNS)
kanukonu - nAyaki - rUpakam - T
kshINamai - mukhAri - Adi - T (RNS)
kalugunA padanIrajasEvA - pUrNa lalitA - Adi - T
mitri bhAgyamE - kharaharapriyA - Adi - T (RNST)
rAmachandram - vasantA - rUpakam - MD
caraNam caraNam enRAnE - saurAshTram - misra cApu - AK
RTP - shanmukhapriyA - Adi (1/2 eDuppu, 6 aridi)
tAraka brahma svarUpiNi tAmarasa vilOcani
vigna vinAyaka mUrtikku mangaLAm - madhyamAvati - Adi - PS

It was a good concert. The pieces were rendered well. The manodarmam was good too. The accompanists did a very good job in accompanying.

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Name on paper

Reason to blog:

An article about a panel discussion that I participated has appeared on 'The Hindu'. And what more, it has a group photo too with some carnatic music greats.

Link:
http://beta.thehindu.com/arts/music/article77511.ece

Monday, January 11, 2010

V Bharat Kumar, Music Club IIT Madras

V Bharat Kumar - M Rajeev - R Sankaranarayanan

Music Club IIT Madras
11 Jan 10. 7 pm

sAmi ninnE - kannaDa - Adi - PSI (short sketch S)
kancadaLAyadAkshi - manOhari - Adi - MD
ninnu sEvincina - yadukula kAmbhOji - misra cApu - Subbaraya Sastri (R)
rAmA nI samAnamevaru - kharaharapriyA - rUpakam - T (RNS)
paralOka bhayamuleka - mandAri - Adi - T
RTP - bEgaDa - kaNDa tripuTa ( 1 1/4 eDuppu, 5 aridi)
kaDaikkaN pArvai adu pOdumE - sarasija lOcanA unadu
rAgamalikA svarams in kalyANi (pankaja lOcanA unadu), darbAr (kamala lOcanA unadu), mOhanam (rAjIva lOcanA unadu), khamAs (kaDaikkaN pArvai)
tani
tillAnA - darbAri kAnaDA - misra cApu - TSK
nirupamAna sAmi - bEhAg - rUpakam - RSI
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T
sriyatkAntAya - madhyamAvati

It was a very good concert. The songs seemed to be carefully chosen and were all well rendered. The manodarma parts were all pretty good and handled with a lot of maturity and ease. The accompanists were very good and did a wonderful job in providing the right kind of accompaniment to boost the concert.

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Padma Shankar, Nada Sudha

Padma Shankar - Vocal
Aarthi Shankar - Fiddle
Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan - Mrudangam

Nadha Sudha, Ganapathi Sacchidananda Ashram, Velachery
9 Jan 10. 5 pm

nAdasvarUpiNi - nIlAmbari - Adi - LGJ [varNam] (short sketch)
srIman nArAyaNa - bauLi - Adi - A
mahita pravrudda srImati - kAmbhOji - tisra tripuTa - T (short sketch)
AnandAmrutakarshiNi - amrutavarshiNi - Adi - MD
sabhApatikku - AbhOgi - rUpakam - GKB (RS)
ten madurai vAzh - hamsarUpiNi - Adi - LGJ
EtAvunarA - kalyANi - Adi - T (RNST)
jagadhOdhAraNa - kApi - Adi - PD

It was a good concert. It was pretty interesting to hear the popular violinst sing. She has a good voice and gave a pretty interesting concert with some rare kritis. They were presented well. The songs and the manOdarmam were good and had a strong punch of her lineage. The accompanists were good too.

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R Sriram, Music Club IIT Madras

R Sriram - Veenai
B Srivatsan - Mrudangam
G Harihara Sarma - Kanjira

Music Club IIT Madras
8 Nov 09. 7 pm

siddhi vinAyakam - shanmukhapriyA - rUpakam - MD (S)
mAkElarA - ravicandrikA - Adi - T
janani ninnuvinA - rItigauLa - misra cApu - Subbaraya Sastri (R)
Ananda naDamADuvAr - pUrvikalyAni - rUpakam - NS (RS)
sarasa sAma dAna - kApi nArAyaNi - Adi - T
rAma nIvE - nArAyaNi - Adi - T
kapAli - mOhanam - Adi - PS (RtS)
rAgamAlikA tAnam in Ahir bhairavi, brindAvana sArangA, hamsanAdham, lalitA, kalyANi, varALi
tani
pAl vaDiyum mugam - nATTakuranji - Adi - Oothukkadu
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was a good concert by the young vainika. He had good control of the veenai and played all the kritis well. The manodarmam was good too. The accompanists played very well and boosted up the concert.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Mangalam Shankar, Nada Inbam

Mangalam Shankar - Padma Shankar - Nellai Balaji

Nada Inbam
6 Jan 10. 6:15 pm

karuNimpa idi - sahAnA - Adi
pAlum teLi tEnum - viruttam hamsadvani
karuNai seivAi - hamsadvani - Adi - PS (S)
rangapura vihArA - brindAvana sArangA - rUpakam - MD
ninnuvinA - pUrvikalyANi - cApu - SS (RNS)
parAku nI kElarA - kiraNAvaLi - Adi - T (S)
nArAyaNA ninna - suddha danyAsi - kANDa cApu - PD (R)
nE jEsina nEramu - pUrNa candrikA - Adi - PSI
bhOgIndra sAyinam - kuntaLa varALi - kANDA cApu - ST
enduku peddalavalE - shankarAbaraNam - Adi - T (RNS)
tani
innu daya bAratE - kalyANa vasantam - kANDa cApu - PD
praNata surEsha - chandrakauns - Adi
karuNai deivamE - sindhubhairavi - Adi - Madurai Srinivasan
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was a very good concert. The seasoned vocalist provided the audience with high quality classical music that was traditional and bhava-laden. The renditions were all very heavy and enjoyable. The accompanists matched to the main artist and made it very enjoyable.

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Iyer Brothers, Chamber Concert

Iyer Brothers - TK Ramakrishnan

Chamber Concert
4 Jan 10. 4:30 pm

sarasijanAbhA - kAmbhOji - aTa - Vadivelu
praNamAmyaham - gauLa - Adi - MV (S)
narasimha mAmava - Arabhi - kANDa cApu - ST (R)
mAmava mInAkshi - varALi - misra cApu - MD (RS)
marivErE - Anandabhairavi - misra cApu - SS (R)
sAma gAna lOlE - hindOLam - rUpakam - GNB (R)
enduku peddalavalE - shankarAbaraNam - Adi - T (RtNS)
tani
rAgamAlikA tanam in kAmbhOji, sAvEri, hamsAnandi, srI, bEhAg
sAramaina - bEhAg - rUpakam - ST
enna tavam - kApi - Adi - PS
tillAnA - misra sivaranjani - Adi - LGJ
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was a very good concert. The naadham of the veenai with-out any paraphernalia and the sublime mridangam accompaniment were totally moving. The choice of ragams and kritis added more to the feel-good feeling. The presentation by the artists only enhanced the same. On the whole, it was an enjoyable evening.

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Ramakrishnan Murthy, Nada Inbam

Ramakrishnan Murthy - K P Nandini - Rajna Swaminathan

Nada Inbam
2 Jan 10. 4 pm

entO prEma - suruTTi - Adi
nijamarmamulanu - umAbaraNam - Adi - T (S)
saundararAjam - brindAvana sarAnga - tisra Ekam - MD
birAnavarAlirchi - kalyANi - tisra Adi - SS (RNS)
rAma kathA sudhA - madhyamAvati - Adi - T (RNST)
iDadu padam tUkki - khamAs - Adi - PS
rAma rAma prANasakhi - bhairavi - Adi - K
UrilEn kANi illai - pAsuram - bEhAg
orutti maganAi - bEhAg - Adi - ANDAL
sOdhanai sumaikku - kApi - Adi - PS
tillAnA - paras - Adi - RSI

It was a good concert by the youngster who did a very commendable job with the choice of kritis and in presenting them. The accompanists were very good and played well.

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Varalakshmi Anandkumar, Music Academy

Varalakshmi Anandkumar - Melakkaveri Thyagarajan - V R Jayakumar

Music Academy
24 Dec 09. 1:45 pm

mahAgaNapatE - naTanArAyaNi - Adi - MD
OrajUpu - kannaDa gauLa - Adi - T
ninnE nera namminAnurA - kAmavardhini - rUpakam - T (RNS)
nannuviDaci - rItigauLa - misra cApu - T
srI raghuvara - kAmbhOji - Adi - T (RNST)
RTP - danyAsi - tisra tripuTA
'ten pazhani vaDivElanE deivAnai manALanE'
indhA vibhishaNA - khamAs - Adi - AK

It was a very good concert. The pieces were all rendered very well with the traditional vigour and weight. The accompanists were ok. Good concert.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Prasanna Venkataraman, Nada Inbam

Prasanna Venkataraman - Charumathi Raghuraman - K Arun Prakash - B S Purushottaman

Nada Inbam
1 Jan 2010. 6:15 pm

vanajAkshi ninnE - kalyANi - aTa - PDI
vidulaku mrokkEdA - mAyAmALavagauLa - Adi - T (NS)
kOrinavaramu - rAmapriyA - rUpakam - PSI (RNS)
mundu vEnuka - darbAr - Adi - T (RS)
yagnAdulu - jayamanOhari - Adi - T
ADum deivam - kAmbhOji - Adi - PS (RNS)
tani
peRRa tAi tanai - viruTTam in mukhAri, madhuvanti, sAmA
tillai stalam - sAmA - Adi
tillAnA - gambIra vANi - Adi - T K Govinda Rao
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was an excellent concert. The choice of ragam and kritis was apt and they were presented exceptionally well. The violinst was very good and sometimes even a shade better than the vocalist in her replies. The percussion department was marvellouslly handled. Overall, the concert was extraordinary.

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