R. Vedavalli @ Raga Sudha Hall, Chennai

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

Date: 06 Nov 2006

Organizer: Naada Inbam – AL.AR. Chokkia Chettiar Memorial Concert

Vocal: Smt. R. Vedavalli

Violin: Sri M.R. Gopinath

Mridangam: Sri Manoj Siva

Ghatam: Sri S. Karthick

List of songs:

1) evari bOdhana (varnam) – AbhOgi – Adi – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer (S)

2) eti yOcanalu – kiraNAvaLi – dEsAdi – thyAgarAja

3) unDEdi rAmuDu – harikAmbOji – tisra Eka – thyAgarAja (NS)

4) marivErE gati – Anandabhairavi – misra chApu – syAma sAstri (A)

5) antaranga bhakti – shaDvidamArgiNi- Adi – kOtIswara iyer

6) tuLasi bilva – kEdAragOwLa – Adi – thyAgarAjA (ANS)

7) mOkshamugaladA – sAramati – Adi – thyAgarAja

8 ) bhajarE rEchita – kalyANi – misra cApu – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (ANST)

9) hariya nenayaDa – hamsAnandi – Adi – purandaradAsa

10) oruthi maganAi – bEhAg – Adi – AnDAL

11) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – saurAshtram – Adi – thyAgarAja

(Key: A=raga alapana, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram, T=taniavartanam)

It was yet another great concert by Vedavalli mami, very ably supported by all the accompanying artistes, who themselves were of very high calibre. The short kEdAragOwLa alapana brought out the essence of the raga very well and so did the detailed kalyANi alapana. bhajarE rEchita in raga kalyANi was the main kriti of the evening in which neraval was done with the line “dEvIm shakti bhIjOdbhava mAtrikArNa sharIriNIm“. Special mention must be made of Sri S. Karthick who, as usual, played superbly. He almost played all the songs on the ghatam and played good kOrvais in the taniavartanam too that had the chatusra and the tisra nadais.

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