Saturday, 30 November 2013

2013 Nov 29 ChitravINA N Ravikiran , Akkarai Subhalakshmi, Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma, Guruprasanna, NMKRV

Concert organised in follow up to chitravINA N ravikiran being awarded sagIta sAmraT - National Award in memory of Sri vINA L rAjA rAo

Had a very short visit to the concert hall, (spent almost waiting for an hour) for the concert to start due to speeeeeeeeeeech that followed the award function. 

Even though I'm not a fan of these speeches, this one was pretty interesting as it highlighted the talent exibited by  Ravikiran during his younger days at Mysore and Bangalore :)

Track List

01 varNa - sarasUDa - sAvEri

02 ora jUbuju - kannaDagauLa - tyAgarAja

03 srI mAtrubhUtam - kannaDa

had to leave at this point. Even though the concert started at 7.40 .. i assume it would have ended pretty early, cutting short an opportunity for a great concert. From the very go the veterns on the stage were in 200% sync and I believe they would have had a great time throughout the concert.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

2013 Nov 29 - RaGa sisters, HM Smitha, HS Sudheendra SN NarayanaMurthy @ nAdasurabhi

Vocal : Vid(s) Ranjani and Gayathri
Violin     : Vid H.M.Smitha
Mridanga : Vid  H.S.Sudhindra
Ghata : Vid S.N.Narayanamurthy

01 evari bOdhana vini - abhOgi - Adhi - patNam subramhaNya iyer (s)

02 venkaTEshA daya mADo - sahana - P.dasa

03 nI vAdanE gAna - sAranga - jhampa - thyAgarAja  (A, N S)
Nereval @ sathyambu
Swara @ sathyambu

04 nannu brOvu lalita - lalita - m.cApu - shyAmA shAstri

05 jagadishwari kripai - mOhana - thiruvarur ramasami  pillai adi 2 kalai (A S T)
Swara @ jagadishwari and Tani

06 marivEre gathi nAkevaru - MALavi - Adhi - GNB

07 nATakapriya - rtp
Misra jhampa 2 kalai .. gopucha pattern
Vasumahitaam sumahitaam mahitaam hitaam taam aashraye nATakapriyAm
Off samam 2 beats ... starts at 3rd beat
RAgamAlika hamsadhwani. .KAnaDa. .rEvati. . dEsh. .

08 viruttum - kadalAgi kashindu kaNNi - sAvEri..brindAvana sAranga bEhAg. .

09 idadAno tillai sthalam - bEhAg

10 yAke kadegaNNinda nODuve - Ahir bhairav

11 abhang - bholAva viTTala

12 mangalam

On a gloomy day (I dont need to remind that SRT retired today) even as the almighty was weeping profusely, really needed something special to uplift my mood. RaGa sisters did a great job in doing so by bringing in some special compositions for this concert.

Took a calculated risk of leaving home earlier than normal. To my surprise, the hall was fairly full by 5.30 even though it was raining all afternoon. By that time, even artists had arrived.

A welcome note to a gloomy evening was done through AbhOgi varNa

Sisters always make an attempt to sing few (new) kannada songs when they perform in Bangalore. So did they with Venkatesha daya mADo. Even though it was a repeat of rAga , the composition was neatly rendered without any frills.

sAranga Alapane had masterly touch dwelled in good length.  nEreval and swaras were equally good and violinist traced them well.

Lalita followed as a filler.

Gayathri presented the mOhana AlApane, repeating the excellence in every sangati performed. jagadIshwari presented for the first time to Bangalore audience was dwelled well. Missed nereval and directly jumped into kalpana swaras.

mAlavi filler was followed by nAtakapriya RTP. A refreshing change from the routine rAgAs. Was quick to recognise it. Violinist HM Smitha needs a special mention here. She showed her talent par excellence in each return she played for Alapane and tAna.

gOpuchha pallavi was pretty elegant. a tough tAla with and eDUpu posed a good challenge to all accompaniments and especially HS Sudheendra enjoyed playing to this piece.

routine fillers followed last 30 mins of the concert.

Bangalore audience was on their toes to listen to the fillers,(may be like someone who attends a dinner only for desserts leaving away the main course). I wish they lookout for something new rather than the same 2 abhang every time. Artists were compelled to sing this one.

The standout piece of the day was RTP and not to forget the upcoming violinist HM Smitha. May be its time to announce she has arrived ! She is going to make it into the big league of good accompanists.

Friday, 15 November 2013

2013 Nov 15 Malladi Brothers, HK Venkatram, Tumkur B Ravishankar, G Guruprasanna @ nAdasurabhi

Vocal Duet  : Malladi Brothers Vid Sriram Prasad and Ravikumar  
Violin         : Vid H.K.Venkatram
Mridangam  : Vid Tumkur B Ravishankar     
Khanjira     : Vid Guruprasanna                     

01 sarasijanAbha kAmbOdhi aTa varNa swAthi thirunAL (Sketch of rAga and sung as pada varNa)

02 E panikO janminchitinani nannencha valadu shri asAvEri Adi thyAgarAja (Sketch , Swara @ vAlmIkAdi)

03 shrI tuLasamma mayinta nelakonavamma dEvagAndhAri Adi thyAgarAja

04 shrI dUm durgE shiva sAmsarge chidrasavarge Shriranjani KEka m.dhIkshitar (A)

05 kOrina vara mosagumayya kOdanDa rAmapriyA rUpaka paTNam subramaNiya Iyer (A, N S) 

06 marivEre Ananda bhairavi m.cApu shyAmA shAstri

07 emi neramu nannu brOva yenta bharamu navalla shaNkarAbharaNa Adi thyAgarAja (A, N, S, T)

08 rAga tAna pallavi jaganmOhini c.tripuTa 2 kaLai 
rAgamAlika - mOhana sAvEri shaNmukhapriyA

Pallavi Line : 
Sharanagata janarkashi nannu kapave janani
karunakari kameshwari jagadishwari katyayani

09 abhayadaayakuda vani nive gati Bauliramakriya aNNammAchArya

10 sundara mUruti mukhya prANa janjhUTi Adi p.dAsa

11 dasharatha rama gOvinda nsmamu daya choodu mukhAri chApu

12 khEelati pindAnde bhagavAn sindhubhairavi Adi Sadashiva Brahmendra

13 nI nAma rUpamulaku-sourAshtra-Adhi-thyAgarAja

2013 Nov 14 Sajay Subrahmanyan, HK Venkatram, KU JayachandraRao, Bangalore Rajashekar @ nAdasurabhi

Vocal          :Vid. Sanjay Subrahmanyan   
Violin         : Vid. H.K.Venkatram             
Mridangam  : Vid. K.U.Jayachandra Rao    
Morsing      : Vid. Rajasekhar                  

01 chalamu hindOLa Adi varNa Tiger varadAchAr

02 sObillu saptaswara jaganmOhini rUpaka thyAgarAja (N dhara rig sAmA,  s)

03 AndhOLikA vAhanane Anandabhairavi m.cApu swAthi thirunAL (A)

04 onde manadali bhajisi chArukEshi p.dAsa (A, N, S)

05 siva kAma sundari mukhAri p.sivan

06 parama pAvana rAma pUrvikalyANi Adi pUchi SrinivAsa Iyengar (A, N @ Kanakambaradhara , S, T)

07 Evvare rAmayya gAngEyabhUshani

08 rAga tAna pallavi sahana Adi 2kalai 
Pallavi : rAma ika nannu brOva rAda, daya lEda srI
rAgamAlika in AbhEri.. ranjani.. sAlaga bhairavi.. kuntalavarali.. kApi..

09 chinnam chiru kiLiye-rAgamAlike-thishra chApu-subrahmaNya bhArathi

10 karpUram nArumO-khmAas-aNDAL nAciyAr tirumozhi

11 nI nAma rUpamulaku-sourAshtra-Adhi-thyAgarAja

While I agree with Jayan in his review, Im just adding my views on the concert. When you have already tasted and still sulking under the achievement of a double century, you would certainly feel tasteless when you reach a 100 in the very next innings. We would not even have come to terms with the glory of 200. I had the same experience when i came out of the concert in comparison to what I heard in Bangalore Gayana Samaja a couple of weeks back.

Concert was indeed a cracker at the same venue by the same artist. The dhanyAsi of last year music festival at nAdasurabhi is still lingering in my ears 

Arrangements at the venue has improved and over a period of time the hall has got used to the music system.  Certainly this place has one of the best accoustics as compared to other veteran sabhas in Bangalore. Parking space too is ample enough to accomodate the vehicles ferrying the audience.

Coming to the concert, I was in a dilemma to place a request for a song / not. finally decided "Not to" as the master would have already prepared to delivery a century.

And everything that happened after that is history. From the very word Go, Sanjay demonstrated the same form that other master (#SRT) demonstrated earlier during the day. It also reminds me of the introduction at the beginning of the concert, when the organiser drew a parallel between Sachin and Sanjay. (BTW.. I admire both of them)

First of my favorites came right after the varNa.. sObillu saptasawara. It was presented with all grandeur (for a song no 2 in the concert) of a soulful nereval.

The moment i heard the first notes of Anandabhairavi flowing down, the same AndOLikA vahanane came to my mind as i had read a review of the same song being presented to Chennai audience a couple of days back, and i was wondering when would Sanjay treat us with this song. And the hunch became a reality. One would certainly get carried away with the soulful rendering of Sanjay's rendition of Anandabhairavi.

It was indeed heartening to listen to a new kannaDa composition by Sanjay (in the month of Karnataka Rajyotsava)

I had never heard a pUrvikalyANi presentation by Sanjay inspite of attending a good number of his concerts. Really enjoyed the alapane and kriti. A 3 hr concert of Sanjay can never end without an RTP and the treatment of Sahana by Sanjay had masterly touch. 

HKV could have scaled better heights understanding his potential and performances that I have seen earlier. KUJ and BRR played as a team throughout the concert. 

Overall an excellent experience listening to a masterly performance by Sanjay and his team.

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