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.

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