2014 Feb 07 TM Krishna, HK Venkatram, Tumkur B Ravishankar @ rAgi guDDa
Panaromic view of the hall
Vocal: Vid TM Krishna
Violin: Vid H K Venkatram
Mridanga: Vid Tumkur B Ravishankar
01 rAma bANa thrANa sAvEri Adhi thyAgarAja
02 sujana jIvana rAma kAmAch rUpaka thyAgarAja
03 dEvagAndhAri AlApane foloowed by kshIra sAgara shayana dhEvagAnDhAri Adhi thyAgarAja
04 mAyAmALavagauLa AlApane followed by mEru samAna DhIra mAyAmALavagouLa madhyAdhi thyAgarAja and tani
05 viruttum - mauLau ganga (mukhAri, kApi and yamuna kalyANi)
06 ViTalA SalahO SwAmi dEsh p.dAsa
07 nI nAma rUpamulaku mangaLa sourAshtra Adhi thyAgarAja
This traditional concert of TMK will stay if not eternally atleast for some days in our heart and soul.. ,(not to his usual format) with a brisk sAvEri as opening number then another brisk khamAs, followed by meditative, dEva gAndhAri as sub main,then mAyAmALavagauLa as main with ragamalika sloka of mahan "appayya dikshitar" (the sloka given in the begining of this review) in ragas mukhAri, kApi and yamuna kalyANi, closing the concert with good dEsh, here only we can see bit vishamakara krishna after giving a shade of dEsh and encouraged his violinist to present the rest of the AlApana (what a short and sweet dESh!!!!) and concluded with a dEvarnAma.
TMK presentation of dEvarnAma should be an example for the other vidhvAns and vidUshis also to show them there are other format of presenting a dEvarnAma.
Is this not a traditional concert format which purist are arguing TMK has abandanded? But this rAgi guDDa concert has proved TMK can present a concert to the likes of purists also.
KhamAs AlApana was short and followed by "sujana jIvana " of saint tyAgarAja. neraval and swara prastAra at charanam line "cAru nEtra shrI kaLAtra " was divine one could really visualise the beautiful eyes of lord rAma as described by saint as "cAru nEtra"
kshIra sAgara shayana a simple melting song with no extra pleading in the form of neraval at "tAraka rAma" etc. the dEvagAndhAri AlApana was also with more bhAva created the mood for the kIrtana continued in mAyAmAlava gauLa AlApana and kIrtana that followed.
One could get a sowkhyam feeling and made us to soak in the rAga bhAva and nadam TMK and his team created. Swara prastAra was in both viLamba kAla and also in madhyama kAla. Some of the mandra stAyi swaras in madhyama kAla by TMK was brilliant. He never moved out of the sowkhyam feeling even in second kAla swaras.
In this concert as well as the RLKM concert, the concerts were raised to high level not only by TMK but also by accompanist. The Akkarai elder sibling who used to give jet speed vocal concert (and accompanies jet speed vocalists too) has changed her style totally to synchronize TMK as in RLKM concert.
So this rasika is wishing one of RaGa sisters should accompany TMK in future, yes it will be a concert made for each other.
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mauLau ganga shashAnkau
kara caraNa talE shItalAngA bhujangAha
vAmE bhAgE dayArdrA himagiri tanayA
idam shItam prabhUtam
tava kanakasabhA nAtha sODum kva shaktihi
cittE nirvEda taptE yadi bhavati na tE
nitya vAsO madhIyE
On your locks are the river Ganga and the moon. On your your feet and arms are the cold serpents.
On your left is the compassionate daughter of the snow mountains and you have applied the cool sandal all over your body.
How, O Lord of the Golden Cosmic Hall, are you able to bear such cold atmosphere?
You are welcome to stay eternally in my heart which is hot due to the sins I commit.