R. Vedavalli @ Lakshmipuram, Chennai

Venue: Lakshmi Hall, Srinivasa Perumal Koil, Lakshmipuram, Chennai

Date: 30th Oct 2006

Organizer: Srinivasa Music & Fine Arts

Vocal: Smt. R. Vedavalli

Violin: Smt. Charulatha Ramanujam

Mridangam: Sri N. Manoj Siva

Ghatam: Sri N. Guruprasad

List of songs:

1) gnAnAnanda mayam (slOkam) – nAttai – vEdAnta dEsikan

2) pavanAtmajA – nAttai – kanDa chApu – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (S)

3) OrajUpuchUchEdi – kannadagOwLa – Adi – thyAgarAja

4) mammu brOchu patla – simhEndramadyamam – Adi – vInai kuppaier (ANS)

5) tuLasammA – dEvagAndhAri – Adi – thyAgarAja

6) Azhi ezha – sarasAngi – Adi – nammAzhvAr (?)

7) venkaTashaila – hamIr kalyANi – Adi – subbarAya sAstri

8 ) srI vEnkaTagirIsham – suruTTi – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (O)

9) O ranga sAyi – kAmbOji – Adi – thyAgarAja (ANS – main)

10) chediyAy (viruttam) in rAgAs kharaharapriyA, sAvEri, mOhanam and sindhubhairavi

naDanda kAlgaL – sindhubhairavi – Adi (tisra gati) – tirumAzhisai AzhvAr

11) pathiki hArathi – suruTTi – Adi – thyAgarAja

12) pavamAna (mangaLam) – sOwrAshtram – Adi – thyAgarAja

(Key: O = raga outline; A = raga alapana; N = neraval; S = kalpana swaram)

SVK, who organizes concerts at Nada Inbam, Raga Sudha Hall in Mylapore was asked to speak a few words before the concert started and I think he aptly summed up what Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli’s music stands for in the words “… times have changed but if there is one person whose quality of music is still the best without any dilution, it is probably Smt. R. Vedavalli”. This concert is the first one being organized by the new sabha Srinivasa Music and Fine Arts and I don’t think they could have wished for a better concert to start their sabha with.

Smt. R. Vedavalli’s music I feel stands for its purity and pure classical music it was yesterday too throughout the concert. The simhEndramadyamam and kambOji raga alapanas, the step by step neraval and kalpanA swarams were all a treat to the ears. Vedavalli mami also sang two songs in suruTTi, one of my favorite ragas. (A few days back, I had gone to Sugandha Kalamegam mami’s concert and there also had been treated with two kritis in suruTTI raga).

Smt. Charulatha Ramanujam, who is no stranger to playing for Vedavalli mami, followed her like a shadow and played really well. Sri Manoj Siva and Sri Guruprasad also accompanied very well, playing with lot of sowkhyam and never beating their instruments loudly.

A trip to Gingee (Senji) Fort

While on our way to attend a friend’s marriage in Villupuram, Tamilnadu, four of us (the youths in the group ;-) ) decided to visit the historic Gingee (Senji) fort which gets its name from the place where it is located viz., Gingee (Senji). It is located about 160 kms away from Chennai and was apparently once termed by the Maratha ruler Shivaji as the “most impregnable fortress in India”.

To reach the fort from Chennai, one has to take National Highway no. 45 (NH45) and proceed till Tindivanam from where there is a road going towards the right which connects to NH66. The road till Tindivanam is awesome and it is just the opposite after Tindivanam. The Gingee fort is located about 25kms from Tindivanam, on either side of this road that leads to Tiruvannamalai.

The fort is supposed to remain open from 8AM to 5PM. One is not allowed to climb up the hills to reach the top in case one comes after 4PM. It is preferable to avoid the climb if it rains as the rocks and the steps can get pretty slippery.

Here are some snaps from the trip (please click on the thumbnails to get the enlarged view):

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There was not much sign of human life at the entrance to the fort. Just when we parked our vehicle, the parking ticket guy emerged out of nowhere. These parking-walas are just present everywhere:

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Information about the fort:

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Snaps from the fort:

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Kamalakanni Amman Temple, located en-route to the top:

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Hanuman ji on a rock:

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View from above:

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Thats Raam (not me, the other Raam in our group, whom we call Honda) on the roof of one of the buildings at the top of the fort:

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Sri Ranganatha Temple (there is no idol inside) at the top of the fort:

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This I think is the watch tower at the top:

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The snap below shows an adjacent hill that houses one more part of the fort. When seen carefully, one can observe a wall running from the portion of the fort from which this snap has been taken to the other portion on top of the hill in the centre of the snap and then to one of the hills on the right side:

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View from the top of the fort of the monuments housed in and around the fort:

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… and now the team of youths that scaled the peaks, despite discouragement, lack of enthusiasm and non-participation from the lazy oldies in the group ;-) , to reach the top of the fort:

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(L to R:) Raam (not me), Ram (thats me), KR and Suresh

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(Top to bottom:) KR, Ram (thats me) and Suresh

… and to sum it all up, the topmost point in the snap below is where we reached:

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More information on the fort can be found in the links below:

1) Wikipedia

2) Villupuram district tourist places

Charumathi Ramachandran on Srividhya, the actress/musician

There is an article by famous singer Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran in Newindpress on Srividhya (the actress-cum-musician daughter of one of the legends of Carnatic music MLV) who passed away recently. The article can be accessed by clicking here.

The line that struck me from the article is “It leads one to ponder on the private and sad lives of stars and celebrities and how much they have to sacrifice in life, to remain stars and celebrities in the fickle eyes of the public

TM Krishna @ Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai

Venue: Satguru Gnanananda Hall, Narada Gana Sabha, TTK Road, Chennai

Date: 27th Oct 2006

Occasion: Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy’s 80th birthday celebrations

Vocal: Sri T.M. Krishna

Violin: Sri Sriram Parasuram

Mridangam: Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman

Khanjira: Sri B. Sree Sundar Kumar

List of songs:

1) alarulu kuriyaga – shankarAbharaNam – Adi – annamAchArya (S)

2) jAnaki ramaNa – sudha sImantini – Adi – thyAgarAja

3) tuLasi bilva – kEdAragOwLa – Adi – thyAgarAja (AS – main)

4) jAnaki ramaNa – kApi – Adi – vAnamAmalai jeer

5) tillAnA – kamAs – Adi – patnam subramanya iyer

The concert was supposed to start at 7:30PM and last for 90 min. It started only around 8:30PM due to delay in the performances scheduled before it and lasted for just over an hour. Even in this short time, TMK gave a very good performance. The last mOra-kOrvai played by Sri Sivaraman was simply superb.

Its pouring

Its been raining cats and dogs in Chennai for the past two days. It is quite normal that rains follow me wherever I go. It started drizzling in Chennai as soon as I came here. Hyderabad had a healthy rainfall when I was there last year. It rained in Bangalore too when I was there about a month or so back … and if that was not enough, it suddenly started raining in Delhi when I went home after finishing that blood and money-sucking year at Hyderabad. In fact it suddenly started raining the day I landed in Chennai on a short trip last year and in 10 minutes, the entire road to my mamaji’s place had turned into the river Cauvery, as it flows in Karnataka. May be its high time to start cultivating some entrepreneurial spirit to take advantage of such happenings …. not exactly the way Dev Anand tried it out in the Hindi movie Guide though. (Actually its been raining rather too much in Chennai this time, may be because the gods are happy that my friend Rajani had moved away from Chennai for a few weeks).

The electricity board in Chennai seems to be doing a much better job than the met department when it comes to predicting when the rains are about to come. For instance, I was sitting at home yesterday night and suddenly the power went off. The first reaction from my brother was “oh … it would have started to rain or a shower must be just a minute or two away”. I opened the door leading to the namesake balcony (that ends before it starts) and I saw the first few drops landing on the balcony floor.

Its been a struggle traveling outside home. Places that were just around the corner till about two days back now look very distant. Roads have turned into waterways with ferrymen gunning their boats without the slightest sympathies for creatures wading near the shore. I saw this old man in front of me get into one of the lakes that had formed last evening, stop there and look helplessly at an autorickshaw heading towards him from the opposite direction. What next? … the familiar Hajmola ad scene was enacted once again and the auto driver sped away adding a few new colors to the old guy’s life.

Meanwhile, a few people have been making hay while the sun doesn’t shine ….. the cinema houses in the city have apparently wisnessed a rise in ticket sales. This I think can be attributed to the fact that people travelling near the movie halls get a good option to take cover from the prolonged rains. What else can explain people sitting through horrible tam movies that have been released last week like … well …. I am not taking names. I think the time is not far off when the tamil movie industry starts organizing events/pujas for invoking the rain god alongwith the usual once-in-five-year-thanksgiving-ones they have been religiously organizing once a new Chief Minister gets elected, for god knows what.

Sugandha Kalamegam @ Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai

Venue: Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, TTK Road, Chennai

Date: 24th Oct 2006

Theme: Dikshitar Day – Muthuswami Dikshitar Compositions

Vocal: Smt. Sugandha Kalamegam

Violin: Sri V. Srikanth

Mridangam: Sri K. Arun Prakash

Khanjira: Sri B. Purushottam

List of songs:

1) rakta gaNapatim – mOhanam – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (S)

2) angArakam AshrayAmyaham – suruTTi – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

3) santAna rAmaswAminam – hindOLa vasantam – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

4) srI dum durgE – srIranjani – kanda Ekam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (AS)

5) aruNAchala nAtham – sArangA – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

6) pAhimAm ratnAchala – mukhAri – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (A)

7) kanjadaLAyatAkshI – kamalAmanOhari – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

8 ) akshaya linga vibhO – shankarAbharaNam – misra chApu – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (ANS – main)

9)  akhilAndEshwari – jujAvanti – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

10) sOmasundarEswaram – suddhavasantA – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

11) lalitA paramEswari – suruTTi – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

Every aspect of this concert was good, be it the raga alapanas, song renditions or the percussive support. Shankarabharanam alapana was beautifully executed by both the vocalist and the violinist. Sri Arun Prakash and Sri Purushottam played a very short and simple taniavartanam in misra chApu talam. Smt. Sugandha Kalamegam treated listeners with two songs in suruTTi, one of my favorite ragas.

Gayathri Venkatesan @ Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai

Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall, East Mada St., Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 23rd Oct 2006

Organizer: Ganamukundapriya

Vocal: Smt Gayathri Venkatesan

Violin: Sri H.V. Raghuram

Mridangam: Sri Tiruvidaimarudur A.  Shankaran 

Ghatam: Sri J. Ramdas
List of songs:

1) vanajAkshi (varnam) – kalyANi – Adi – rAmanAthapuram srInivAsa iyengAr (S)

2) pAlimpa rAvadElarA – Arabhi – rUpakam – pallavi sEsha iyer

3) sundara tara dEham – pantuvarALi – Adi – thyAgarAja (ANS)

4) aparnA pArvati – naLinakAnti – rUpakam – kalyANi varadarAjan

5) rAga sudhA rasa – AndOlikA – Adi – thyAgarAja

6) tAmadam En swAmi – tODi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (ANS – main)

7) Ehi mutham dEhi – rAgamAlikA – Adi – nArAyaNa tIrtar (?)

8 ) thillAnA – mAnD – Adi – lAlguDi g. jayarAman

9) satyasya (viruttam) – rAgamAlikA

10) pavamAna (mangaLam) – sOwrAshtram – Adi – thyAgarAja

This is the first time I am hearing a concert of Smt. Gayathri Venkatesan and the first thing that struck me when the concert began was how beautiful her voice was. I feel hers is one of the most attractive female voices in the carnatic circuit today. As Prof T.R. Subramaniam said towards the end of the concert, a good voice alone can’t help and Smt. Gayathri had enough substance to go along with her good voice. In fact, she was single handedly responsible for making the concert a good one.

Of all the accompanists, the mridangist was probably the only one to actually play well technically but he banged his way to glory. His “hard-hitting” accompaniment coupled together with a more-than-necessary amplification resulted in many in the audience closing their ears at times. So unbearable it was at one point in time that one gentleman in the audience tried his best to point it out to the mridangist as well as to the organizer without any positive results. This particular gentleman was so frustrated that when the taniavartanam was about to start, he made a quick exit quoting the line from the charanam of the song using which vocalist did neraval on his way out i.e., “idhu inimEl mudiyAdhu …… porukka mudiyAdhu (roughly translated: I can’t bear it anymore)

Shankari Krishnan @ Sri Parvati, Chennai

Venue: ‘Sri Parvati’, 28, Eldams Road, Chennai

Date: 22nd Oct 2006

Organizer: Music Education Trust, Chennai Chapter

Vocal: Shankari Krishnan

Violin: Amritha Murali

Mridangam: J. Balaji

List of songs:

1) dEvar munivar (varnam) – shanmukhapriyA – Adi – lAlgudi jayarAman

2) aingaran illAmal – kEdAram – Adi – periasAmi thUran (S)

3) sivalOka nAdanai – mAyAmALavagOwLai – rUpakam – gOpAlakrishna bhArati (oS)

4) kAmAkshi srI varalakshmi – bilahari – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

5) syAma sundarAnga – danyAsi – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (A)

6) padumanAbhan marugA – nAgaswarAvaLi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

7) sEshAchala nAyakam – varALi – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (ANS)

8 ) mahita pravrudhE – kAmbOji – tisra triputa – thyAgarAja (AS – main)

9) gaNapati rAyan – rAgamAlikA – Adi -subramanya bhArati

10) namO namO – dEsikatOdi – Adi (tisra gati) – thyAgarAja

11) thillAnA – maduvanti – Adi – lAlguDi g. jayarAman

12) pavamAna (mangaLam) – sOwrAshtram – Adi – thyAgarAja

(Thanks to Sri Lakshman Ragde for pointing out the composer of song #2)

If there was one thing that was unsatisfactory in this good concert, it was the poor turnout. The maximum number of people in the hall at any time including the artists and the guy who handled the mic/speakers was 23. The hall itself was very small but still looked deserted.

HAPPY DIWALI !!!!!!!

Wishing you HAPPY DIWALI !!!!!!!!

Had an awesome Diwali experience this year … celebrated it along with all my kith and kin who are there in Chennai ….  the little ones in the family made the experience all the more special. Traveled to Bharani’s house with 3 more friends of mine from ISB and had a great time there ….. thanks a ton Bharani for the same. The best part of course was getting some awesome ghar ka khana from mamaji’s house and some really fundu diwali snacks from Bharani’s place.

  

Akkarai Sisters @ Sastri Hall, Chennai

Venue: Shastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 19th Oct 2006

Organizer: Youth Association for Carnatic Music (YACM)

Violin Duet: Akkarai Sisters – Subhalakshmi & Swarnalatha

Mridangam: R. Sankaranarayanan

Khanjira: B. Sree Sundar Kumar

List of songs:

1) sarasijanAbhA (varnam) – kAmbOji – kanda ata – swAti tiruNAL

2) atukArAdani – manOranjani – Adi – thyAgarAjA (aS)

3) ALAva dennALO – paras – Adi – UthukkAdu venkata subbaiyer

4) umA gOwri – pUrvikalyANi – misra chApu – n. ravikiraN (AS)

5) mAyammA – Ahiri – Adi – syAma sAstri

6) marivErE – latAngi – kanda chApu – pattanam subramaNya iyer (NS)

7) chakkani rAja – karaharapriyA – Adi – thyAgarAjA (ANS – main)

8 ) visvEshwar – sindhubhairavi – rUpakam – swAti tiruNAL

9) thillAnA – kalyANavasantam – kanda chApu – n. ravikiraN

10) pavamAna (mangaLam) – sOwrAshtram – Adi – thyAgarAjA

I think the sisters gave a commendable performance despite the absolutely pathetic sound system, intermittent noise of diwali crackers and sound of vehicles plying on the road outside (and their horns). The person who was incharge of the equipment didn’t know what to do at all. He was just sitting there as he usually does blissfully unaware of how to set things right. Though I have never seen a proper sound system at Sastri Hall, the amplification is usually a bit too loud and it drowns any noise from outside. But today the amplification was totally screwed up. When the sisters started playing, there was a trembling sound that came out through the speakers. Kudos to them for giving a good concert despite all this.

The highlight of the concert was the kharaharapriya raga alapana. It was done for more than 12-13 minutes by Akkarai Subhalakshmi and was simply awesome. R. Sankaranarayanan on the mridangam played almost like his guru Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao with beautiful kanakkus at many places. B. Shree Sundar Kumar on the khanjira is no stranger to the concert circuit and as usual played well.

TM Krishna @ The Music Academy, Chennai

Venue: The Music Academy, TTK Road, Chennai

Date: 18th Oct 2006

Organizer: Kala Mandir Trust

Theme: “Sri Sharada Vandanam” – a collection of songs on Goddess Sharada

Vocal: Sri T.M. Krishna

Violin: Sri Sriram Parasuram

Mridangam: Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman

Ghatam: Sri T.V. Vasan

List of songs:

1) bhArati maddishaNA – dEvamanOhari – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (S)

2) shAradE vINA – dEvagAndhAri – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (A)

3) kalAvatI kamalAsana – kalAvati – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

4) shAradE sadAshrayE – shankarAbharaNam – rUpakam – krishnaswAmi iyer (AS – main)

5) shAradE karuNAnidhE – hamIr kalyANi – misra chApu – chandrasEkara bhArathi

The short dEvagAndhAri raga alapana and the detailed shankarAbharaNam alapana were very well executed both by Sri Krishna and Sri Parasuram. The amplification that was too loud for the first song was brought under some control after a lady from the audience intervened and gave a feedback to the artists on stage. The short taniavartanam played by Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman and Sri T.V. Vasan was also very good. It involved the chatusra and tisra nadais followed by a kuraippu.

The entire concert lasted for some 1 hr 15 minutes only and just left me wanting for more at the end of it considering the combination of artists that performed on stage.

Madhirakshi – An album of a different kind

I bought “Madhirakshi“, an album by Sikkil C. Gurucharan and Anil Srinivasan which happens to be Charsur’s latest release, last week. The album is of a different kind in that Gurucharan is accompanied only by Anil on the piano. No violin, no percussion instruments. The songs chosen are also ones that are melodious and can do without percussive support.

The song that I took an instant liking to is “Omana thingal kidAvO“, a lullaby written by Irayimman Thampi, may be because I like lullabies or because I simply love to sleep ;-) . This lullaby is supposed to have been written by Thampi to put the young Maharaja Swati Tirunal to sleep and is sung even today by many Keralite mothers to the same effect. It is very beautifully written. Though traditional renditions are in the raga kurinji, Gurucharan seems to have sung it in the raga Arabhi. Why I say ‘seems to have’ is because though Gurucharan sings it in Arabhi, Anil plays a few phrases that are not characteristic of that raga in the background, which I think is acceptable anyway as this is not a carnatic classical album in the strict sense. I must say that I now like Gurucharan’s Arabhi version more than the kurinji version.

N Vijay Siva @ Raga Sudha Hall, Chennai

Venue: Raga Sudha Hall, 85/2, Luz Avenue, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 15th Oct 2006

Vocal: Sri N. Vijay Siva

Violin: Sri Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli

Mridangam: Sri Palghat Raghu

Khanjira: Sri Abhishek Raghuram

List of songs:

1) vanajAkshi (varnam) – kalyANi – Adi – rAmanAthapuram srinivAsa iyengAr

2) rAma nannu brOvarA – harikAmbOji – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (NS)

3) visAlAkshIm – kAmavardani – misra chApu – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (AN)

4) srI dum durgE – srIranjani – kanDa Ekam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (AS)

5) gandarva (viruttam) – bEgaDA

kAmAkshi – bEgaDA – Adi – syAma sAstri

6) chinnanADena – kalAnidi – Adi – thyAgarAja

7 ) sri subramaNyO – tODi – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (ANS – main)

8 ) pArkum disai (viruttam) – hamIr kalyANi, Ahiri, mOhanam, srI

srI abhayAmbA- srI – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

9) mAdar pirai – chenchurutti – rUpakam – thirunAvukkarasar

10) viruttam – dEsh

vittala talagOswAmi – dEsh – Adi – purandaradAsa

11) thiruppugazh – danyAsi – Adi – aruNagirinAthar

12) pavamAna (mangaLam) – sOwrAshtram – Adi – thyAgarAja

Its been a long long time since I heard Sri Vijay Siva live and I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to hear him at Raga Sudha Hall. In addition, Sri Palghat Raghu was playing for him and in the past 2 months, I have at least gone to 3 concerts where he was supposed to play, only to come to know that he couldn’t make it to the concerts as he was unwell. It was a big relief for me when I saw Sri Raghu walk in to the hall for this concert.

Coming to the concert, Sri Vijay Siva sang superbly with his trademark clarity of diction. The tODi raga alapana was the show stealer. Sri Chandramouli played well though he didn’t seem to be in his peak form today. Sri Palghat Raghu was as usual superb and Sri Abhishek Raghuram on the khanjira supported him very well. Sri Abhishek Raghuram also played very well during the taniavartanam, especially during the kuraippu. Playing along with his grandfather Sri Raghu must anyway be nothing new to him, having performed in many such concerts in the past.

On Jon. B. Higgins

I first heard about Jon B. Higgins when I was a kid. I was listening to one of the All India Radio channels and after the broadcast ended, the announcement named the singer as Jon B. Higgins. I was quite surprised as back then I had thought only Indians, that too South Indians, sang carnatic music. Another fact that added to the surprise was that there was no accent as such in the rendition to suggest that someone non-Indian was singing.

An article in Worldspace Voice brought back these old memories today. Here are some links providing more info on Jon Higgins:

On a slightly different note, here is an article titled “Globalization and Indian Classical Music: The North American Scene

Bangalore Ramamani @ Sastri Hall, Chennai

Venue: Sastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 13th Oct 2006

Organizers: Balaganamrutam & Karnataka College of Percussion

Vocal: Smt. Bangalore R.A. Ramamani

Violin: Kum. Akkarai Subhalakshmi

Mridangam: Sri Tanjore Kumar

Ghatam: Sri H. Sivaramakrishnan

List of songs:

1) sAmi idi vELa (varnam) – kannada – Adi- pattaNam subramaNya iyer

2) gam gaNapatE – hamsadwani – Adi (tisra gati) – harikEsanallUr muthiAh bhAgavatar (S)

3) sObillu – jaganmOhini – rUpakam – thyAgarAjA (S)

4) lalitE srI – bhairavi – Adi – thyAgarAjA (ANS)

5) bAlAmbikE pAhi – manOranjani – kanda chApu – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

6) kA vA vA – varALI – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (A)

7) ratna kanchuka – kAmbOji – misra chApu – harikEsanallUr muthiAh bhAgavathar (ANS – main)

8 ) sri chakra rAja – rAgamAlikA – Adi – agastya

9) rAghavEndra daya – shubapantuvarALi – Adi – kamalEsha vittala (?)

10) pavamAna (mangaLam) – sOwrAshtram – Adi – thyAgarAjA

It took some time for Smt. Ramamani to get set but once she did, beautiful AlApanAs of bhairavi and kAmbOji followed. varALi AlApana was done for a very short time. With the passage of time, the rAga AlApanAs went on getting better and better with kAmbOji being the best.

But the star of the evening was certainly Akkarai Subhalakshmi on the violin. Her bhairavi, varALi and kAmbOji were simply out of the world. Veteran musicians in the audience like Sri T.R. Subramaniam were seen enjoying every bit of what she played.