Music Season 2007


Another gem from Master BMK. This time in Brahma Gana Sabha @ Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium. Accompanied by Nalina Mohan (Violin) & Trissur Narendran (Mridangam) & a young lad on Kanjira (name??)

I intentionally chose to attend Master this time and he did not disappoint. Sanjay was in the audience for about an hour of the concert. First ever time I saw a contemporary artist attending a junior’s concert.

While it was a grand RTP in Kambhoji at MA, this time he started with Kambhoji Varnam in Ata Tala. The main was Keervani. Asaveri, Kannada & Vasantha Bhairavi were the other highlights.

Kamboji Varnam – Sarasijanabha – Ata Tala
Nattai – Mahaganapatim – (brief sketch, S)
Asaveri – Lekana – Adi – T
Ramapriya – Korinavaramu – Rupakam – PSI (RNS) – Sounded like Pantuvarali to me. First ever time I hear Ramapriya though.
Manirangu/Pusphalathika? – Paradevate Un Padham Nambinen – (brief sketch, S)
Kannada – Shri Mathrubootham – Misra Chapu – MD (swaras at the madhyama kalam passage)
vasantha bhairavi – nee dayarada – Adi – T (haunting and beautiful. the one I use as yardstick is the one by NCV).
Keervani – Kaligiyunte – Adi – T (RNST)

http://www.rasikas.org/viewtopic.php?id=4514

Malladi Brothers, V Sanjeev, K V Prasad & Kanjira (Artiste?)

They sang to a packed hall.

Nattai – Jaya Jaya Swamin – Adi – Narayana Theerthar? (S)
sarasangi – Neekela dayaradhu – Adi – Ramaswamy Sivan/Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan (S). The raga was announced.
Begada – Gatti ganu nanu – Rupakam – T (S)
Vagadeeswari – Paramatmudu – Adi – T (RS at hari hara)
varali – Mamava Meenakshi – Misra Chapu – D
Brindavana Saranga – Kamalapta kula – Adi – T (S at kamalapta kula)
Kambodhi – Ma Janaki – Adi – T (RNS T?)

I had to leave as they started nereval at Ma Janaki courtesy my long trek back home 😦

The brothers have such powerful voice. The vagadeeswari alapana was a tad long and it jarred on my ears. Mebbe because of its vivadiness. However, the kambodhi essay was pure bliss in three octaves. The brother (shorter one) shone in the higher octaves with his long held karvais. Sanjeev’s vinyasa of Kambhoji was perfect as well.

I haven’t heard any of these songs except for Paramtmudu (TKR) & Ma Janaki (MMI) in recordings.

Overall I am very satisfied that I chose to attend them yesterday.

http://www.rasikas.org/viewtopic.php?id=4513

Those of you that did not attend the concert yesterday, please feel free to rue the day of your misfortune.   Master BMK was just grand.

Bhairavi – Viriboni – Ata Tala Varnam (brief sketch of raga, 2 speeds) – Pachimiriyam Adiyappaya
Mayamalavagowlai – Deva Deva – Roopakam (NS at jatarupa) – Swati Tirunal
Vagadeeswari – Paramatmudu – Adi – Thyagaraja
Simmendramadhyamam – Ninne nammitinayya (R, NS at pannagendra sayana) – M Chapu – Mysore Vasudevachar
Yadhukulakambhoji – Yarendru ragavanai (Brief raga sketch, moving nonetheless) – Adi – Arunachala Kavirayar
Dhenuka – Theliyaleru – desadi – Thyagaraja
Karaharapriya – Chakkani – Adi (elaborate R, S at kantiki, no neraval though) – Thyagaraja

Had to leave as he started swarams at kantiki.

TK Murthy proved his worth at Chakkani.  The sound of his mridangam itself is quite different from other mridangams.  It really is a mrudu angam.  The way he played for each and every sangathi was simply superb and embellished the song.  Think the tani would have been quite enjoyable as well.

Usha Rajagoplan on violin did a fantastic job on Simmendra madhyamam & Karaharapriya.  There was no dull moment in the concert in that 2 hours I was there. 

TK Murthy had one of his sishyas also assist him on mridangam.   Kanjira – I could not get the young lad’s name even from the organizers 😦 

http://rasikas.org/viewtopic.php?id=4458

Over the last 2 days I was lucky to listen to 3 good concerts.  Thanks be to TM Krishna @KGS (Dhanyasi/Meenalochana, Chatur Raga Pallavi in Sankarabaranam, Thodi, Kalyani, Darbar), Sanjay Subrahmanyan @KGS(Manirangu/Jaya jaya padmanabha & an out of the world Mayamalavagowlai/Merusamana) and OS Thiyagarajan @ Sri Ram Samaj (Atana/Narada gana lola, Mohanam/Evarura Ninnuvina) for memorable moments.   The last really surprises me.  I am not that much of a Mohanam fan and tune out usually.  However OST’s alapana was amazing.  An absolute cascade of brighas!

The tani’s of TM Krishna & Sanjay’s concerts were superb as well!

For more info, http://rasikas.org/viewtopic.php?id=4423 & http://rasikas.org/viewtopic.php?id=4417

Here is a partial song list from the concert

Varnam – Sri – Adi – Karur Devudu Iyer?
Ananda Natana – Kedaram – Misra Chapu – MD (S)
Manasaramadhiyanai Sivan Maganai – Saramadhi – Adi – Thanjavur Sankara Iyer
Ninne nera nammi – Pantuvarali – Rupakam – T (RNS)
An item that started emaku evaru manaku samana – no idea what raga it was devagandhari – Adi – T
Palimsu Kamakshi – Madyamavathi – Misra Chapu – SS (RNST)
Okapari Judaga – Kalavati – Adi – T

Started Sankarabaranam Kambodhi (note to self: listen more) alapanai and I had to leave, courtesy Rain God 😦  Guess I missed all the abhangs and other thukkadas and playing to the gallery too, courtesy Rain God 🙂

#3 – I am not sure what is great about TS compositions.  It sounded lame to me.
#4 – that was a racy neraval & the audience just lapped it up.  The alapanai sounded quite Purvikalyanish to in the intial stages.
#5 – awesome.  The nereval and swarams at slow pace were extremely pleasant.

Not exactly a crowded concert.  But then that may be due to the incessant rains yesterday.  There were heavy bouts of rain during the 1 hour 45 mins I was there and it added an element of natural rhythm now and then.

http://rasikas.org/viewtopic.php?id=4345

I missed the first 20 mins of the concert and reached the venue just as the violinist was concluding his Saranga vinyasa

Emi tova – Saranga – Adi – T (RS)
Brovavamma – Manji – Misra Chapu –  SS
Thiruvadi Saranam – Kambhoji – Adi – GKB (RNS)
Chintaye Mahalinga – Paras – Adi – MD
RTP (Paramananda Natabhairaveesa Jagadheesa) – Natabhairavi – Adi?? – Swaras in Natabhairavi, Anandabhairavi & Bhairavi & Tani
Matadabaradeno – Khamas – Misrachapu – Naraharidasa
Muddugare – Kurinji – Adi – Annamacharya
Thannaiyarindhu Inbamura Vennilave – ??
Thiruppugazh

I find the nasal twang of his voice quite appealing 🙂  IMO, Vijay’s sojourn in the upper reaches of Kambhoji was very good.  However I found the song not carrying much of a punch.  Guess I am spoilt with Musiri’s neraval and was measuring Vijay’s up against that.  His diction was just great.  I could understand the madhyamakala passage of Chintaye Mahalinga without any additional effort on my part.

For more info http://rasikas.org/viewtopic.php?id=4326

Overall, I would rate this **** out of *****.

PS:  I could not enjoy the other fun part as the concert was not a crowd puller and so the people part was not fulfilled 😦