Venue: Sivagami Pettachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai
Date: 30 Dec 2006
Organizer: Brahma Gana Sabha
Vocal: Sri T.N.S. Krishna
Violin: Sri Mysore V. Srikanth
Mridangam: Sri Neyveli Venkatesh
List of songs:
1) rAjIvAksha bArO – shankarAbharaNam – Adi – swAti tiruNAL
2) mundu vENu – darbAr – Adi – thyAgarAja (A)
3) rAga AlApanA – latAngi
teriyEn bAlakanAi (viruttam) – latAngi
aparAdamula – latAngi – Adi – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer (ANS)
4) rAga AlApanA – mOhanam
kulam tarum selvam (viruttam) – mOhanam
nArAyaNa divya nAmam – mOhanam – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (AST)
5) sundari en soppanathil – khamAs – rUpakam – rAmanAtapuram c.s. sankarasivam
6) tOm tridAni tadara tAni (thillAnA) – hamIr kalyANi – Adi – ??
7) rAga outline – madyamAvati
(Key: O=raga outline, A=raga alapana, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram, T=taniavartanam)
Take Sri T.N.Seshagopalan (TNS) in full splendour. Add a youthful voice. Shake well, stir and serve as it is. That is what is Sri T.N.S.Krishna (TNSK) for you. The hier apparent to Sri TNS musical legacy gave a splendid performance today.
The first alapana of the concert was that of raga darbAr which was very skillfully executed by both TNSK and Sri Mysore Srikanth. Then followed the latAngi alapana in which I was given an awesome guided tour. aparAdamula was sung at a fast pace. When the mudhra “venkaTEsha” came in the charanam, TNSK jovially pointed towards the mridangam vidwan Sri (Neyveli) Venkatesh. The song ended with racy kalpana swarams involving good kanakkus at the end.
The next raga alapana was that of mohanam. It was 18 minutes filled with pure ecstasy. I do not have words to describe the beauty of the alapana. Graha bhedam was done with gAndhAram as the base to give hindOLam. Not to be left behind, Sri Mysore V. Srikanth also gave a very beautiful delineation of the raga. What a beautiful rendition of the kriti it was by TNSK !! For sometime, I just felt like Sri TNS himself was sitting there on stage and singing it.
Sri Neyveli Venkatesh played very softly and aptly for all the songs.
I had this feeling of immense satisfaction after listening to the concert. Certainly one of the best concerts I have attended in the past few days. TNSK surely deserves an evening slot in the next season.