Venue: Sivagami Pettachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Organizer: Brahma Gana Sabha
Vocal: Sri Sanjay Subramanian
Violin: Sri S. Varadarajan
Mridangam: Sri Pathri Satish Kumar
Morsing: Sri Bangalore Rajasekar
I reached this concert after attending Sri Karaikkudi Mani’s taniavartanam concert when Sri Sanjay was singing the main composition of the day. I missed out listening to the intial set of songs. Here is the partial song list (may be some one else who attended can help complete this list) :
* ADum deivam nI – kAmbOji – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (ANST)
* rAgam tAnam pallavi (RTP) – hamsAnandi (pallavi also in ragas sahAnA, sAvEri, sudha danyAsi, naLinakAnti & bahudAri) – Adi
pallavi wordings: “karuNincharA lOkAdhAra”
* pagaivanukkaruLvAi – rAgamAlikA – Adi (tisra gati) – subramaNya bhArati
* kunram yEndi (viruttam) – shanmukhapriyA, behAg, sindhubhairavi & sAmA
nArAyaNa naLinAyada – sAmA – Adi – pApanAsam sivan
* gaNTA maNi ADudhu – kAnadA – Adi – gOpAlakrishna bhArati
* english nOte – sankarAbharaNam – Adi (tisra gati) – harikEsanallUr muthiAh bhAgavathar
* pavamAna (mangaLam) – sOwrAshtram – Adi – thyAgarAja
(Key: O=raga outline, A=raga alapana, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram, T=taniavartanam)
It feels so great to be back in Chennai during the season after what seems like ages. To add to this feeling, I was able to attend three superb concerts during the day – one fully and two partially.
The day’s listening session culminated with a fabulous concert by Sri Sanjay Subramanian and his team of accompanists who assisted him brilliantly. Though I managed to reach this concert only when Sri Sanjay was doing neraval in the main kriti, I was able to enjoy it fully thanks to a brisk ragam tanam pallavi that followed it. While singing the pallavi in ragas other than hamsanandi, Sri Sanjay used popular songs in those ragas to set the tune to the pallavi lines. For example, Sri Sanjay sang the pallavi wordings but used the exact tune of entanErchinA (sudha danyAsi), manavyALakin (naLinakAnti) and brOva bAramA (bahudAri). This made the audience connect with the pallavi well (because of selection of songs they are used to hearing so often).
I am at a loss of words to describe Sri Pathri Satish Kumar’s wizardry on the mridangam. He was his usual self displaying great anticipation skills and mastery over the instrument. Sri Rajasekar on the morsing played very good replies to Sri Satish Kumar’s sollus during the taniavartanam that comprised the chatusra and misra nadais.