S.R. Veeraraghavan @ Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, Chennai

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

Date: 02 Dec 2006

Organizer: Karthik Fine Arts

Vocal: Sri S.R. Veeraraghavan

Violin: Sri R. Ambika Prasad

Mridangam: Sri Erode Nagarajan

List of songs:

* vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadwani – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (S)

* srI vaidyanAtham – atANA – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

* nAda sudhA – ArabhI – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (AS)

* venkaTa ramaNa – latAngi – rUpakam – pApanAsam sivan 

* kANa kaN kODi – kAmbOji – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (ANST)

* kshaNamadunA – sumanEsa ranjani – Adi – jayadEva (O) (tuned by Sri Rajkumar Bharati)

* srIman nArAyaNa – bOwLi – Adi – annamAchArya

* piLLangOviya – mOhanam – Adi – purandaradAsa

* thillAna – behAg – Adi – m.bAlamuraLikrishnA

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

Sri S.R. Veeraraghavan is Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna personified in everything (including attire). His song renditions, raga alapanas, kalpana swarams are all heavily influenced by Dr. BMK. I think he must be BMK’s student for sure.

Sri Ambika Prasad on the violin was very good at following the vocalist and did a very good job as an accompanist. Sri Erode Nagarajan was simply awesome. He is Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman personified in his taniavartanams and while playing for songs.

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