Nisha Rajagopal @ Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai

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

Date: 10 Dec 2006

Organizer: Kartik Fine Arts

Vocal: Kum. Nisha Rajagopal

Violin: Sri R. Satishkumar

Mridangam: Sri Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar

Khanjira: Sri Papanasam Sethuraman

Here is the partial list of songs as I reached the concert about 15 min late:

* mA pAla – asAvEri – Adi  – thyAgarAja (A)

* manavyALakim – naLinakAnti – Adi – thyAgarAja

* gowri manOharA – gowrimanOhari – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (AS)

* sArasamukhi – gowDamalhAr – rUpakam – harikEsanallUr muthiAh bhAgavatar

* bhajarE rEchita – kalyANi – misra chApu – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (ANST)

* tungA tIra – rAgamAlikA – Adi – kamalEsa viTTala dAsa

* chalO man gangA – jOnpuri – Adi – mIrAbAi

* thillAnA – bAgEswari – Adi – lAlguDi g. jayarAman

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

A decent concert powered by a good voice. Special mention must be made of Sri Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar who played very well for the songs.

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Priya Sisters @ Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai

Venue: Sivagami Pettachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 09 Dec 2006

Organizer: Brahma Gana Sabha

Vocal: Priya Sisters

Violin: Sri M.A. Krishnaswamy

Mridangam: Sri Pathri Satish Kumar

Ghatam: Sri Madipakkam Murali  

List of songs:

1) mahishAsura mardanI (varnam) – AndOlikA – Adi – harikEsanallUr muthiAh bhAgavatar

2) tatvamariya taramA – rItigOwLa – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (S)

3) nallani mEni – pUrvi kalyANi – Adi – annamAchArya

4) rAma bANa – sAvEri – Adi – thyAgarAja (ANS)

5) enadu manam – harikAmbOji – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

6) kAmAkshI kAmakOTi – simhEndramadyamam – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (AS)

7) mI valla – kApi – kanDa chApu – thyAgarAja

8 ) mOhana rAmA – mOhanam – Adi – thyAgarAja (ANST)

9) kattEdurA vaikunTamu – hindOLam – Adi – annamAchArya

10) perumAL un tirunAmam – sindhubhairavi – Adi – ??

11) telisitE mOkshamu – rEvati – Adi – annamAchArya

12) tamaru mamaru (tiruppugazh) – hamIr kalyANi – rUpakam – aruNagirinAtar

13) pavamAna (mangaLam) – sOwrAshTram – Adi – thyAgarAja

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

A well planned concert which kept the audience interested throughout. There has been minimal overlap, if at all any, of the songs in the 3-4 Priya Sisters concerts I have attended in the past few weeks. They seem to have a very good repertoire of kritis, especially Annamacharya kritis and the tukkadas that come towards the end. A large part of the audience stays on even after taniavartanam for hearing the tukkadas in their concerts.

Sri Pathri Satish Kumar on the mridangam was in awesome form today also. The taniavartanam had chatusra and misra naDais and the korvai in the end was classic stuff that blended perfectly with the start of the song at the end of the taniavartanam. Sri Madippakkam Murali played his supportive role on the ghatam very well. Sri M.A. Krishnaswamy was impressive on the violin. His mohanam alapana was really good.