Venue: R.K.Swamy Auditorium, Near Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Mylapore, Chennai
Date: 16 Nov 2006
Organizer: Oothukkadu Venkatakavi Academy Trust (Oothukkadu Venkatakavi Jayanthi Concerts – 2006)
Vocal: Sri Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan (TNS)
Vocal Support: Sri T.N.S. Krishna
Violin: Sri V.L. Kumar
Mridangam: Sri Trichur Narendran
List of songs:
1) azhum torum azhaikkum annai (viruttam) – shankarAbharaNam
shollinilE varum sukhamE – shankarAbharaNam – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer
2) krishnA krishnA (viruttam) – mOhanam
swAgatam krishnA – mOhanam – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer
3 ) adaram maduram (viruttam) – aTANA
madura madura – aTANA – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (A)
4 ) padmAvatI ramaNam – misra chApu – pUrvikalyANi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (S)
5) krishnAya vAsudEvAya (viruttam) – sahAnA
vAsudEvAya namO namastE – sahAnA – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer
6) asaindADum – simhEndramadyamam – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer
7 ) sonnAl ozhiya – kannaDa – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer
8 ) naTavara taruNi saha – kannaDagOwLa – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (O)
9) ponninboLi (viruttam) – hamsanAdam
kalyANa rAmA – hamsanAdam – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer
10) konjum mazhalai – kAmbOji – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (ANST)
11) ethanai kEttAlum – bhairavi – tisra tripuTa – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer
12) vandu kEtpArillayO – rAgamAlikA – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer
13) muddu krishnA – chenchuruTTi – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer
14) nAdru dIm tadana (thillAnA) – sindhubhairavi – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (A)
15) vijayagOpAlatE – suruTTi – Adi – nArAyaNa tIrtar
(Key: O=raga outline, A=raga alapana, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram, T=taniavartanam)
It feels like heaven – two awesome concerts of TNS in two days. Awesome. Simply awesome !!!!!! Just what hardcore TNS fans like me would ask for !!
The concert started with a beautiful viruttam in shankarabharaNam. padmAvati ramaNam brought back memories of TNS singing the same song in his youth. I have a very old audio cassette back home which has the song beautifully rendered by TNS. sahAnA viruttam that followed it was simply awesome. kalyANa rAmA, one of my favorite songs, was also rendered very beautifully. A classic kAmbOji raga alapana followed that. Sri V.L. Kumar on the violin played a short, crisp and beautiful kambOji alapana in response. I think this performance is one of Sri Kumar’s best I have heard in recent times. One of the many good things that Sri Kumar did in this song was to play a small kanakku in the kalpana swarams in response to a plain piece sung by TNS. That set off TNS into kanakku mood for some time resulting in mathematically brilliant, yet melodious kalpana swarams for some time. These of course were somewhat troublesome for Sri Kumar to follow beyond a certain point but he played his replies well. Sri Trichur Narendran played non-intrusively for the songs and his style seemed to match that of Sri Palghat Raghu at many places. He played a short taniavartanam that had just the chatusra naDai.
There was an exclusive Oothukkadu Venkatakavi compositions concert presented by TNS just a few days back at the Narada Gana Sabha which was also good. The concert yesterday overshadowed that may be because yesterday’s venue was a much smaller hall with good acoustics and may be also because of the choice of songs.
The good news for TNS fans is that he seems to be in great form. I think we can certainly look forward to some great concerts in the season.