Saturday, 18 February 2017

2017 Feb 18 AbhishekRaghuram BUGaneshPrasad PatriSatishKumar VSuresh @ Choudaiah Memorial Hall / Bharatiya Samagana Sabha



Vocal: Vid. AbhishekRaghuram 
Violin: Vid. BUGaneshPrasad 
Mridanga: Vid. PatriSatishKumar 
Ghata: Vid. VSuresh 

Occasion : Bharatiya Samagana Sabha - Tyagaraja Aradhana
Venue: Choudaiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore


01 rAma nI pai thanaku kEdhAra Adi tyAgarAja (S)
swara @ rAmA nI pai

02 sItamma mAyamma shrI vasanta rUpaka tyAgarAja (A, S)
swara @ dharaNija bhAgavatAre

03 raghupatE rAma rAkshasabhIma sahAna rUpakA tyAgarAja (A)

04 ADamODi galadE rAmayya cArukEsi Adi tyAgarAja (A, N, S, T)
nereval and swara @ ADamODigalade

05 kOluvai yunnADE kOdanDapANi dEvagAndhAri Adi tyAgarAja

06 pAlintuvO pAlimpava kAntAmaNi Adhi tyAgarAja (A, S)

07 inta soukhya manInE kApi Adi tyAgarAja (O)

08 navanIta chOra vasudEva nandana navarOj tyAgarAja

09 nI nAma rUpamulaku mangaLa sourAshtra Adi tyAgarAja

Sunday, 12 February 2017

2017 Feb 11 RanjaniGayathri HNBhaskar SaiGirishar NGuruprassad RLKM (Spring Festival)


Vocal: Vid. RanjaniGayathri 
Violin: Vid. HNBhaskar 
Mridanga: Vid. SaiGirishar 
Ghata: Vid. NGuruprassad 

Organiser: Sri Rama Lalita Kala Mandira
Occasion: Spring Festival

01 sarasija nAbha mAm pAhi varNa nATa Adi paramEShwara bhAgavathar

02 sharANu benakane kanaka rUpane bilahari Adi purandara dAsa (CS, S)
swara @ sharaNu benakane

03 arivAr yAr unnai arivAr mukhAri aruNAcala kavi

04 ninnu jeppa kAraNamEmi mandAri patnam subhramanya iyer (A, N, S)
nereval and swara @ ghanalOlaina vEnakTEsha

05 chEtah sri bAlakrishnam bhajarE dwijAvanthi rUpaka m.dikshithar

06 rAmA nIyeDa prEma rahitulaku kharaharapriyA Adi tyAgarAja (A, S, T)
swara@ pada sowkhya

07 DaNgUrava sArIrayya vasantha Adi p.dAsa

08 rAga tAna pallavi sarasAngi khaNDa tripuTa (chaturaSra , tiSra naDai   dwinaDai)
grahabEdha to ranjani (by gAyatri) during rAga AlApane
Pallavi Line: rAgarasa rAgayuta sarasa rasanE rAsa vilAse sarasAngi krite
Ragamalika Swara : Anandabhairavi, bahudAri, shubhapantuvarALi, kumdakriya, dEsh

09 Viruttum (kuLir mazhai kAkka...) (rAgamAlikA in dhanyAsi, valaji, kAnaDa ) followed by 
enna solli azhaittAl kAnaDa Ambujam Krishna

10 aparAdhi nAnalla rEvati purandara dAsa

11 atha kOTHe dAve mana mana abhang bhImpalAs tukArAm

12 nInAma rUpamulaku mangaLa sourAshtra Adi tyAgarAja



If even at 2045 when the concert is supposed to end, the audience are taking a sneak peek into the hall to find a seat to sit, then undoubtedly, it must be Ra Ga sister's delivering yet another stellar concert. Today was one such day where Bangalore Gayana Samaja's capacity was tested .

With hall filled to the brim 1 full hour before the concert, supplemented by the weekend factor, the sisters were in best of their form another extended concert to the delight of the audience and the organisers. Sisters gave an unforgettable nectarine concert to an "class" audience today, assisted by 2 students playing 2 tambUri for each one of them. 

The concert started on schedule, with a nATa varNa composed by paramEshwara bhAgavatar (although I was expecting one composed by PSI). 

The obesceince to Ganapathi was the apt choice through presenting a purandara dAsa composition in bilahari. The chiTTeswaras (im damn sure it was not a part of the original composition, probably added by the Sisters) and each enunciated sAhitya syllable demonstrated their perfunctory approach in mastering the kannada songs. The swaras @ sharaNu benakane was apt in the choice of cycles and duration. I belive it was their first presentation to a Kannada audience. The jump into chiTTeswaras with ri ga pa mA ga ri sa... added punch to the presentation.

They skipped the convetional AlApane for the 3rd song directly dwelling into a leisurely persentation of mukhAri kriti, an indication of the length of the concert to come. They were unhurried in their approach and emotive.

mandAri AlApane was well paced. Starting with lower speeds and registers, Vid. Ranjani traversed the 0.5 + 1.0 + 0.5 octaves with ease to bring out the essence of the rAga. There was no doubt during any part of the AlApane. Violin accompaniment left wanting more volume for the last row audience. Vid. HN Bhaskar on the violin was good and received abundant applause and frequently through the concert. Ninnu jeppa, the popular composition from PSI was the speedy presentation. The composition ended in a jiffy, inspite of being embellished by nereval and swaras at  ghanalOlaina vENkaTEsha.

chEtah Sri bAlaksrishnam, though a filler, was dealt in a leisurely pace. Sisters make it a point to have one druta gati and viLamba gati fillers in their concert, and today was no exception.

Kharaharapriya AlApane, by Vid gAyatri showcased the depth of creativity and strenth of spontenity. There were many moments of violin exactly replicating the AlApane sangaitis pepping her up to deliver more.  She efforlessly soaring from lower, middle and upper sthayi and seamless traversing between them quite frequently is a delight to watch, with violinist adding the finer touches as he followed like a shadow throughout the concert, especially in the AlApane. The hand signs to increase the violin volume fell on blind eyes of the sound engineer, who hardly made any changes to the volume level. It needed pin drop silence and high levels of attentiveness to grasp the violin returns throughout. Since it was long enough, it gave a clue of a possible pratimadhyama rAga RTP to follow.

rAmA ni yeDa had its full fledged embellishments. Nereval was done in multiple cycles, so was swaras. Vid. Sai Giridhar dominated the percussion support almost like an opening batsman playing with 11th man trying to save the match. There was hardly any opportunity for the non striking partner Vid. N Guruprassad, which I felt was unfair. 

Tani brought out the best of what Vid. N Guruprassad had in store, but could not show through the accompaniment for the songs till then.

Druta kAla filler , yet another kannada in rAga vasanta was delightful. 

Though I felt a higher traces of chArukEshi, sarasAngi rAga tAna shared by the sisters was a delight to listen. Till now, none of the rAgas had repetition to any of the previous concert on this stage during this season. Such was the meticulous preparation as they had the last possible slot to perform in this season.  This AlApane in tandem also swelled into grahabEda (ranjani / dharmavati?) showcasing their strong fundamentals.

They are known to take challenging pallavi, and today was no exception. The dwi-naDai pallavi in khaNDa tripuTa and a pretty long pallavi line with an eDupu challenged each one on the stage to be on their toes for the 30 minutes of pallavi rendition. Few rAgamAlika rounds were delivered leisurely. While most of them were popular, kumudakriya was announced at the end of its rendition.

Vote of thanks (which I usually dont review / speak about) deserves a mention for 2 reasons. Sri Krishna Prasad has been doing a yomen service to the cause of music. He deserves applause from the whole house for organising such a glitch free high quality SPRING FESTIVAL. God bless such organisers. It was also announced that SANGEETHA VEDANTA DHUREENA 2018 will be conferred on the Sisters, next year on the same day ! Even before the sentence was completed, the audience stood up to applaud, one of the longest that I had heard in today's concert. It was a surprise announcement, and the expression on the sister's face was worth a capture, which i missed being in the last rows of the hall today.

rAgamAlika viruttum (kuzhir mazhai kAkka... ) followed by enna solli by Ambujam Krishna and aparAdhi nAnalla in rEvati by purandara dAsa were fillers before the customary abhANG. 

An hour of waiting and 3.5 hrs of concert had not drained me either. Audience were still trying to thong inside the hall to get a glimpse of the stage. The song list shows you how they well deserve the award they would be conferred next year in this sabha. Wide selection in terms of composers, language, tALa is just a glimpse of their repoirtre. They are in the best of their form and one would not want to miss their 2 more visits in as many weeks to Bangalore in the near future. Looking forward for that.

Left with a feeling of 100% satisfaction, as I was accompanied by my K and G, who rarely join me in my concert exploration journeys.

Friday, 10 February 2017

2017 Feb 09 AbhishekRaghuram CharulataRamanujam AnanthaRKrishnan GGuruprasanna RLKM


Vocal: Vid. AbhishekRaghuram 
Violin: Vid. CharulataRamanujam 
Mridanga: Vid. AnanthaRKrishnan 
Khanjira: GGuruprasanna 

Organiser: Sri Rama Lalita Kala Mandira
Occasion: Spring Festival

01 vanajAkSirO I viraha kalyANi varNa Adi rAmanathapuram srInivAsa iyengAr (O)

02 O jagadambA Anandabhairavi Adi shyAmA sAstri (O)

03 shObhillu saptasvara jaganmOhini rUpakA tyAgaraja

04 nijamuga nI mahimalu shahAna Adi tyAgarAja (A, N, S)
nereval @ nijamuga

05 sAramEgAni anya mArga vicharametike kAmavardhini tripuTa tyAgarAja (A, N, S, T)
nereval @ sAmagAna lOluDou

06 hechcharikAgA rA yadhukula kAmbOdhi khanda jhampa thyAgarAja (O)

07 nAma kusumamulacE pUjincE shrI Adi tyAgarAja (A, N)
Nereval @ vinOduni

08 rAga tAna pallavi shankrabharana tiSra TripuTa 1 Kalai
pallavi line: vinavayya pancha nagadIsha
rAgamAlika: KalyaANi, tODi

09 Adi dEva paramAtma vEda vEdAnta vEdya rEvati aNNamacharya

10 patiki hAratIrE sItApatiki hAratIrE suraTiAdi tyAgarAja

11 nInAma rUpamulaku mangaLa sourAshtra Adi tyAgarAja

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

2017 Feb 08 ShashankSubramanyam HNBhaskar PatriSatishKumar RLKM(SpF)


Flute: Vid. ShashankSubramanyam 
Violin: Vid. HNBhaskar 
Mridanga: Vid. PatriSatishKumar 

Occasion: SRLKM Spring Festival, Bangalore Gayana Samaja

01 chalamEla jEsEvura sArasa varNa shankarAbharaNa khanda Ata swAthi thirunAL (O)

02 praNamAmyaham shri gaurisutam gauLa mysore vAsudEvacarya (O)

03 dAriNI telusukoNTi tripura sundari shuddha sAvEri Adi thyAgarAja

04 ETi janmam idihA O rAma varALi tripuTa thyAgarAja (A, S)
swara @ ETi Janma

05 rAga tAna pallavi vAgadIshwari chaturaSra tripuTa (no eDupu)
pallavi: dEvi brOva samyamide, ativEgame vachhi
rAgamAlika in hamsAnandi, kApi, shubhapantuvarALi

06 bArO krishNayyA rAgamAlike Adi kanakadhAsa (O)

07 jagadOddhArana kApi Adi Purandara dAsa (O)

08 venkatAchala nilayam sinDhubhairavi Adi p.dAsa (A)


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

2017 Feb 06 SanjaySubrahmanyan SVaradarajan NeyveliBVenkatesh BRajashekar @ RLKM(SpF)


Vocal: Vid. SanjaySubrahmanyan 
Violin: Vid. SVaradarajan 
Mridanga: Vid. NeyveliBVenkatesh 
Morsing: Vid. BRajashekar 

Occasion: SRLKM Spring Festival @ Bangalore Gayana Samaja

01 sariyO nI sheyyum tAmadam enpAl (tv) bEgaDe Adi Tiger Varadachari (O)

02 ninna nambide nIraja shyAma mukhAri purandara dAsa (S)
swara @ ninna nambide

03 srI kamalAmbikAyA sahAnA tripuTa m.dikshithar (A)

04 eppaDi manam tuNindadO husEni aruNAcala kavi (A, S)
swara @ eppaDi

05 Enna rakShisO nInu dEvara dEva shubhapantuvarALi Adi purandara dAsa

06 enduku peddala shaNkarAbharaNa Adi tyAgarAja (A, N, S, T)
nereval @ enduku peddala

07 mAmava sadA janani kAnaDA rUpaka swAtitirunAL

08 Indu shruti smriti baLasi sArutide kOsala Jhampa purandara dAsa

09 rAga tAna pallavi Anandabhairavi chaturaSra tripuTa 2 kaLai 1 beat eDupu
pallavi line:murugaiyanE pannirukaiyanE... vaLLi daivAne manALane
rAgamAlika : kEdAra, hamsAnandi

10 ellAm sivan seyal enrE kalyANi sudhAnanda bharati

11 nanda tanaya gOvinda bAgEshrI KChApu purandara dAsa

12 nAdi tEdi tiruppugazh bAgEshiri aruNagirinAdhar

13 nInAma rUpamulaku mangaLa sourAshtra Adi tyAgarAja



After a disastrous SankrantiFestival Season @ RLKM (read my views HERE), I was on a self-declared hiatus on listening to concerts. Though I could not resist myself from the 2 concerts in between, I was looking forward to a spectacular series at SPRING FESTIVAL by SRLKM.

I could not attend the inaugural of the event but did not want to miss Vid. Sanjay (it's almost 2 months ! since his last concert at Bangalore). Was back in town and the vocational engagements were minimal on a Monday which paved way for an early exit from office. Concerts being scheduled at 1745 puts additional pressure (unlike other concerts which are usually scheduled at 1830 in Bangalore) to leave office earlier than normal. 

When I reached the hall at around 1715, the hall was filling up. The artists had already arrived, with Sanjay flying down from Singapore where he had delivered another 3 full hour concert, the previous evening. What an energy this team pumps in, for each of their performances!!

The humming behind the screens of recently renovated hall of Bangalore Gayana Samaja was crystal clear with improved acoustics. The audience set their clock to 1745 when the curtains rolled aside. It was yet another ON THE DOT start for the concert.

The bEgaDe varna, one of the newest entries into Varna quiver of Vid. Sanja was presented in 2 speeds. Both his white musketeers have learned the art of running along with him when he presents something new on stage.

First of the surprises for the evening, another new track for Bangalore audience, a purandara dAsa composition in mukhAri ringed the ears. Flourishing swaras added to the clear diction and pronunciation of the kannaDa lyrics of the song. Obviously, the song ended to a thunderous applause from the audience.

Very rarely, Vid. Sanjay takes up a sedate rAga for the first AlApane of the concert, but today was an exception. The very take off till the landing of violin return carried audience to a different world. The kamalAmba vibhakti krithi that followed did not have any embellishments. The AlApane had already taken care of delivering the necessary manodharma for the composition

Without wasting time for a filler, the husEni AlApane followed to the delight of the audience.  eppaDi manam tuNindadO with 2nd-speed swaras back at Pallavi added punch to the presentation. Vid. B Rajashekar was creative in his accompaniment while he attempted to play the swaras on morsing.

2nd purandara dAsa song came in form of enna rakshiso in shubha pantuvarALi was another delightful presentation for the evening. The undoubted enunciation of lyrics reflected the long hours of practices that must have gone behind adding the musical touch and strokes.

The detailed AlApane showcased the creative brilliance, Vid. Sanjay and Vid. Varadarajan carries through their experience. Lasting over 35 mins, the AlApane did not sound boring or repetitive. Neither of them was in a hurry. It was presented very leisurely, of course with some trademark style that Sanjay adds to his presentation. Every time the speed remained constant, I was wondering whether it would eat into the RTP slot in a 3-hour concert.

Enduku peddala and its leisurely paced presentation was a delight to listen as Sanjay seemed to have embellished his own previous best presentation of this Krithi. Detailed cycles of nereval before venturing into swaras at Pallavi was the hallmark of the presentation. Swaras in both speeds and 2 octaves added to the illustrious presentation.

Tani between Vid. Venkatesh and Vid. Rajashekar was akin to watching Sachin and Dravid bat in tandem to score their record partnership 331 in 1999 against New Zealand. The long spells and short cycles had all the finesse and creativity abundantly sprinkled all through the 20 mins performance.

2.5 hours into a 3-hour concert ensured that there was no scope for an RTP. 

A momentary outline into kAnaDa and dwelling into a brief presentation of mAmava sadA janani certainly delighted his first-row audience (Prince Rama Varma) who was all ears and attentive through the concert. 

Indu Shruti smruthi baLasi (in kOsalam), another of the purandara dAsa composition added to Kannadiga Audience. While 2.45 hrs was already into the concert, Vid. Sanjay and team threw the biggest surprise for the audience delight. With octagenarian and septuagenarian VIPs already vacating the front seats by then, I had an opportunity to shift to front seats. 

I had to rub my eyes and ears a couple of times, to believe that Vid. Sanjay had actually taken up RTP at that hour ! Abundant energy indeed. Yet another leisurely presentation of rAga and tAna added more brownie points delighting the audience. Time tested Pallavi line: murugaiyanE pannirukaiyanE... vaLLi daivAne manALane with ragamAlika swaras in pleasing ragas to go with the main raga made the experience more complete. 

ellAm sivan seyal enrE in Kalyani, the first of the flurry of tail pieces had its justified pace and elaboration. 4th (yes 4th) of the purandara dAsa song nanda tanaya added to the delight of the audience who had stayed back till the very end. It was my first experience in a non Kannadiga main artist concert to listen to 4 purandara dAsa (or for that matter, any Karnataka / Kannadiga composer) songs on the trot. 

A tiruppugazh before the customary Pavamana brought an end to the 3.5 hours concert. 

The accompanying artists, Vid. Varadarajan on violin, Vid. Neyveli Venkatesh on mridanga and Vid. B Rajashekar in morsing are all highly accomplished, senior artists demonstrated perfect understanding with Vid. Sanjay and provided excellent support throughout. I think that added to higher energy levels throughout the concert.

Vid. Sanjay is one such artist that none would mind listening longer than the scheduled close. Kudos to Vid. Sanjay for such a meticulous planning and execution of such a memorable concert, with many new tracks by him for the first time to Bangalore audience. A cool pleasant evening had come to and it was indeed one of the best concerts that I had heard by Vid. Sanjay. It was a perfect antidote to the way year started musically for me.

Friday, 3 February 2017

2017 Feb 03 GayathriVenkataraghavan HMSmitha HSSudheendra Srishaila @ Bangalore Lalitakala Parishat

Vocal: Vid. GayathriVenkataraghavan 
Violin: Vid. HMSmitha 
Mridanga: Vid. HSSudheendra 
Ghata: Vid. Srishaila 

Organiser: Bangalore Lalitakala Parishat
Venue: National College, Jayanagar, Bengaluru

01 entarAni tanakenta pOni nI centa viDuvajAla harikAmbOdhi Adi tyAgarAja (O, N, S)
nereval @ Agama 

02 shankari shamkuru candramukhi sAvEri Adi syAma sAstri (N, S)
nereval @ shyAmakrishNa sOdari

03 bhajare rE mAnasA abhEri c thripuTa MysUru VAsudhEvAchAr (A)

04 Kallusakkare koLLirO nIvellaru kalyANi aTa p.dAsa (A, S, T)
Nereval @ kallu sakkare koLLiro 

05 jagadOddhArana kApi Adi Purandara dhAsa

06 ugAbhOga followed by nAnEke baDavano nAnEke paradEshi bEhAg p.dAsa

07 iyal isaiyil tiruppugazh dEsh aruNagirinAdhar

08 nInAma rUpamulaku mangaLa sourAshtra Adi tyAgarAja

Monday, 23 January 2017

2017 Jan 22 Dr JayanthiKumaresh TumkurBRavishankar PramathKiran @ Gudiya Sambhrama




vINA: Vid. Dr JayanthiKumaresh 
Mridanga: Vid. TumkurBRavishankar 
Tabala, Moring: Vid. PramathKiran 

Organiser: Gudiya Sambhrama
Venue: Sri Ramanjaneya Temple, Gavipuram, Bangalore

01 kanjadaLAyatAkSi kAmAkSi kamalamanOhari m.dIkshitar (O)

02 sItamma mAyamma vasanta rUpaka tyAgarAja (S)

03 tuLasI bilva mallikAdi kEdAragauLa Adi tyAgarAja (A, S)

04 pAlintuvO pAlimpava kAntAmaNi Adi tyAgarAja

05 RTP brindAvana sAranga Adi
Pallavi Line : rAma raghukula sOma tanayuni brOva bArama.. dasharatha tanaya
Ragamalika : nATakuranji, varamu, vAsanti

06 srI rAmachandra kripAlu bhajamana yamunakalyANi tulsidAs (O)

07 tillAna dwijAvanti LGJ

08 kAmAkShi lOkasAkShi madhyamAvathi thriputa shyAma shAsthri