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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

T N Krishnan, Nadopasana

T N Krishnan & Viji Krishnan Natarajan - N Manoj Siva - N Guruprasad

Nadopasana
Raga Sudha Hall
20 Jan 2013. 6:15 pm

ninnukOri - mohanam - Adi - RSI
niravati sukhadA - ravicandrikA - Adi - T (S)
giripai nelakona - sahAnA - Adi - T (R)
koluvamAra gadA - tODi - Adi - T (RNST)
samayamidE rA rA - behAg  (R)
bhAgyada lakshmi bArammA - madhyamAvati - Adi - PD (R)
tillAnA - senjuruTTi - Veena Seshanna (R)
suruTTi AlApanai
nI rAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram

It was a great concert. Krishnan mama in great form. The concert was preceeded by a short speech by Sri Srinivasan of Nadopasana and handing over of a purse to Vidwan Sri KR Saranathan as part of an endowment instituted by Chitraveenai Sri N Narasimhan in memory of his father, Gottuvadhyam Vidwan Sri Narayana Iyengar. The meeting was scheduled for 6:15 and the concert for 6:30. However, the function began at 6:05 and the concert by 6:10 pm. Something this writer still refuses to believe, that a meeting concert started and ended before it was scheduled to happen.

The varnam was started in a rather less leisurely pace, however the kAlApramANam was so wonderful especially the second speed was too good. The ravicandrikA piece was played with the usual vigour with an elaborate round of svarams. The AlApanai was sahAnA was dripping with classical phrases everywhere. The rendition of giripai was so touching. The elaborate main AlApanai of tODi was touching unknown frontiers of the rAgam and sailing across the ocean of the rAgam with utmost ease. What an AlApanai that was! The kriti was rendered with its regular gait. There was a grand finale with wonderful neraval and svarams to lead to the tani. The AlApanais of all the post main pieces were all sweet and the pieces were rendered so well.

Sri Krishnan was in his usual best rendering music that was touching the soul and soothing to the ear. Smt. Viji provided excellent support to her and shared all parts giving able support. There was probably very little difference and the transition between the father and daughter were so smooth and were unnoticed. Sri Manoj Siva and Sri Guruprasad provided wonderful support to the concert. They embellished the concert with their playing and their tani was awesome too.

A totally fulfilling concert.

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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Season 2012

I had a rather different season this time. Attended far few concerts this season than many previous years. And for some reason, forgot to write down songlists during some concerts and misplaced some of them sheets when I did write down. Originally one wasnt planning to make a post here and hence wasnt really keen on keeping lists, however, felt very bad for not being part of the group here and therefor, have a few full lists here and points/items from my memory for the others. 

After Seshampatti Sri Sivalingam's concert at BVB, one took a long hiatus.

Heard Smt. Nanditha Ravi's concert at Ragasudha Hall. A well presented concert representing one of the old traditions of classical music. One then attended concerts of Smt. Suguna Varadachari and Smt. Ritha Rajan at Ragasudha Hall on the 17th and 18th of December 2012. Both were great concerts. As usual with the great vidushis, they were concerts of pure  classical music out-and-out. Smt. Suguna's kalyani AlApanai and kAntimatim were both wonderful. The main of the evening, tuLasi bilva with neraval at karuNatO was so moving. Smt. Ritha's renditions of the shankarAbaraNam and bEgaDa padams (mAnamE bhUshaNamu and yAlapadarE) were both stunning and so was the nATTaikuranji jAvaLi (tArumAru). Earlier her suruTTi AlApanai and angArakam in the old-world-version in cauka kAlam were amazing.


Palkulangara Ambika Devi - Trivandrum Sampath - Syamakrishanan - Nerkunam Sankar
21 Dec 2012. Raga Sudha Hall

ninnujUchi - saurAshTram (S)
jaya jaya padmanAbha - manirangu
gAngEya vasana - hamIr kalyANi (R)
bhavathi viswasome - mukhAri - misra cApu - ST (RS)
pAlimparAvadElarA - Arabhi (R)
dEva dEva jagadIswara - pUrvikalyANi (RS)
ninnADa - kannaDa
ninne nammi nAnu - tODi (RNST)

It was a concert of a different kind. A music that touched heart and soul. A stirring hamIrkalyANi, touching mukhAri. An Arabhi that flowed like a pravAham with no frills. indeed a sublime tODi. kAmAkshi kanchadalAyadAkshi neraval left each of the 40-odd people in tears.


R Vedavalli - Dr R Hemalatha - K Arun Prakash - N Guruprasad
23 Dec 2012. Music Academy

srI rAjagOpAla - sAvEri (NS)
nEnendu vedakudurA - karnATaka behAg
brOvasamayamidE - gauri manOhari (R)
rAmAbhi rAmA - darbAr - misra cApu - T
nagumOmu - AbhEri - Adi - T (RNS)
srI abhayAmbhA - srI
nIvADa nEgAna - sArangA
RTP - kAmbhOji - kaNDa tripuTa (rAgamAlikA tAnam in varALi, rItigauLa)
ranganE tiruvaranganE unadu pAdam tuNai
OrilEn kANi illai - ragamAlikA pAsuram in shanmukhapriyA, sahAnA, sindhubhairavi, bhAgEsri
srikAnta engaishTu - bhAgEsri - Adi - PD

Was a classical concert. The grand beginning was so wonderful with srI rAjagOpAla. The gauri manOhari AlApanai was great. The classical AbhEri (that with suddha dhaivatam) was a grand affair with an elaborate AlApanai, neraval and svarams at 'jagamElE paramAtmA'. The kAmbhOji AlApanani was wonderful and the tAnam was very moving. It was a superb pallavi fitting the occasion of 'vaikunTa EkAdasi'



Heard Trichur brothers and Prasanna Venkataraman at Music Academy. Trichur brothers sang dAchukOvalEnA. Prasanna's lalitA was moving. Heard Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath at Kapali Fine Arts. She sang O jagadambA for submain and O rangasAyee for main. It was a well presented concert which ended with Ahiri padam. Sri T N Krishnan's concert at Raga Sudha began with kAmbhOji varnam. The teratIyagarAdhA was great. 'dinamani vamsa' and 'paridAnamicchidE' were played well as well. After listening to Smt. Vedavalli's kAmbhOji, Prasanna's harikAmbhOji and mOhanam and Aishwarya's kEdAragauLa (varNam) and kAmbhOji, TNK's kambhOji, harikAmbhOji and bilahari in quick succession, it was a long string of same and/or related ragams and one just couldnt sit anymore. I m told TNK played mohanam for main.



R Vedavalli - RK Shriram Kumar - K Arun Prakash - N Guru Prasad
25 Dec 2012 Raga sudha Hall

entarA nItanaku (NS)
subramaNyEna - suddha danyAsi
nIkEla nAyaDa - dEvamanOhari
EtAvuna nErchitivO - yadukula kAmbhOji (RS)
nenarunchi nAnu
EkAmbrEsa nAyaki - shanmukhapriyA - Adi - MD (RTNS)
rAgamAlikA tAnam in bEgaDa, varALi, rItigauLa
tani
srI guruguhamUrtE - udayaravicandrikA
OsOsi - mukhAri
mOdi jEsevElarA - khamAs
tillAnA - hamsAnandi

a grand concert. The yadukulakAmbhOji and shanmukhapriyA were both so moving and sublime.


Rama Ravi - RK Shriram Kumar - K Arun Prakash
28 Dec 2012, Raga sudha Hall

intha mODi - sArangA
vinarAdanA manavi
srI sukra bhagavantam
Ananda naTana prakAsam (RS)
brOvasamayamidE - gauri manOhari
kAmAkshi gauri - sAvEri - Adi - PS (RS)
krupajUchuDaku vElarA
dalachina vAru - danyAsi
pAlayamAm pArvatIsA - kannaDa
raksha bettarE - bhairavi (RNST)
tArumAru - nATTaikuranji
bAla vinavE - kAmbhOji
paripOvalarA - bilahari
dalachu koNTE - kuranji
dAsaratE  sri rAma - khamAs - Adi - BR
harismaranE mADO - yamuna kalyANi

A great concert. The kEdAram was wonderful fitting the occasion of 'ArudrA darisanam'. the vAra kriti was well presented. The sAvEri and bhairavi were both wonderful. dalachina vAru was moving. The kAmbhOji padam was superb and the kuranji padam was just out of the world was a really rare treat. A touching concert.


Thamarakkadu Govindan Namboodri's concert at Raga sudha hall was awesome. His mAkElarA was perfect and superb. The danyAsi Alapanai and mAyuranAtam were both so wondeful. The aTANA AlApanai and srI kumAra nagarAlayE were awesome. The main was mari mari ninnE left one spellbound. Indeed a great concert.
Thanks to bad health, that was the last concert for me this season.

Its my bad that i missed noting down concert lists and don't remember what was sung in many of them. Hope to have a better season next time. Hope floats!

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