Violin Duet: Vid. Lalgudi GJR Krishnan Vid. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
Mridanga: Vid. HSSudheendra
Ghata : Vid. Ranganatha Chakravarthy
Venue: St Johns (Nurse College) Auditorium
01 amruthavarshini varNa Adi Lalgudi G Jayaraman
02 sharaNu siddi vinAyaka saurAshtra miSra cApu purandhara dhAsa (O)
03 I vasudhA nIvanti dhaivamu shahana Adhi thyAgarAja (A, S)
Swara@ I vasudha
04 kanulu tAkani parkAntala kalyANavasanta rUpaka tyAgarAja (O)
05 nA jIvAdhara nA nOmuphalama bilahari Adi tyAgarAja (O S)
Swara@ nA jivAdhAra
06 pakkAla nilabaDi golicE muccaTa bAga delpa kharaharapriyA tripuTa tyAgarAja (A N S T)
Nereval @ manasUna dalachi
07 RTP shaNmukhapriyA SankIrNa cApu
Pallavi Line: SharavaNabhava guhane shaNmughane guru parane
I recognised it as Edupu 8 akshara after samam 18 akshara cycle (or 3/9 as verified through artists)
RagamAlika in BrindAvana sAranga, dEsh , chandrajyOthi , surUTi , bEhAg ,
And reverse order of RagamAlika to wind up
08 bhajan miSra mAND
09 rAma rAma rAma rAma rAmA enniro tilAng thishra Adhi purandara dAsa
10 tillAna miSra shivaranjani LGJ
11 nI nAma rUpamulaku mangaLa sourAshtra Adhi thyAgarAja
Being a long weekend full of festivities, it was a weary date to start the last music season of the year at Bangalore. Rushed back to Bangalore not to miss my favourite duo on stage, who have not been frequenting Bangalore that often. And when they do come, they bring the rains...
Was welcomed with a short stint of showers post noon, and it had set up the best weather in Bangalore to listen to a captivating concert by the Brother-Sister Duo.
For all the commotion between the artist's homeland state and Karnataka, Amrithavarshini was the apt choice of rAga to ease the tension. Bring rains!!
The varNa was a breezy start after a (fairly long) opening ceremony for the festivities at Nadasurabhi. A brief outline of saurashtra (sounded more like Sri gaNapatIni played in a low tempo) made way for Purandara dAsa composition "sharaNu siddi vinAyaka". If you were to be there in the hall and listened to the concert till now with closed eyes, you would have had just experienced a studio quality stereo recording plugged to the hall speakers..that was the sync between the 2 violins on the stage. There was great camaraderie that was demonstrated, and it was obvious that they grew together with their violins and Father/Guru.
The first of the four AlApane for the day came in form of sahAna (a request) with I vasudha. For all the melody sahAna embodies, the track was a tad fast for their usual style of performance. Seemed like they were rushing as they had already lost 30 mins of the concert due to inaugual program. However, it did not compromise on the melody aspect / the manodharma of long and short burst of swaras.
kanulu tAkani parkAntala - not a frequented track in KalyANa vasantha was a filler. It was a welcome change, than the usual nAdalOluDai.
bilahari outline - rather a long outline was followed by a captivating recapitulation of the old LP record of Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman and his sister (Smt Shrimati Brahmanandam); a magnum opus with a 14 sangati pallavi presentation, rendered with all its purity by the siblings. It created a feeling of butterflies in the stomach as the sangatis unfolded. Short and long burst of swaras that followed the krithi were aptly framed to perfection.
A short AlApane rather for a main song of the concert, kharaharapriya was the pick of the duo, which was crisply embellished. It did not take much time, to guess the track to follow. Pakkala nilabaDi followed with all its grandeur. manOdharma occupied a longer share of the 20 mins presentation.
Tani started with a slow tempo, building to crescendo. The volume levels were apt to bring out the subtle tonalities Vid. HS Sudheendra and Vid. Ranganatha Chakravarthy wanted to demonstrate.
With more time permitted by the organisers, the duo dwelled into a deep and long shaNmukhapriyA rAga and tAna. This (IMHO) was the best part of the whole concert, though the whole concert was top notch. Pallavi in sankIrNa cApu (2 counts on the beat, 2 counts in little finger, 2 counts in ring finger, 3 (1.5*2) counts in middle finger) beat cycle with an eDupu after 8 akshara showcased the expertise and finesse of the team to handle intricate tALa. After a few rounds of sangati of pallavi line, short series of rAgamAlika in BrindAvana sAranga, dEsh, chandrajyOthi, surUTi, bEhAg and a reverse order to wind up brought an end to the memorable RTP.
A bhajan, tilAng composition of p.dAsa, tillAna in miSra shivaranjani occupied the last few minutes of the concert before the curtains came down through conventional mangaLa.
It was a very classical start to what will I'm sure, be a cracker of a festival at nAdasurabhI!