O.S.Thyagarajan @ The Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai

Venue: Balamandir German Hall, T.Nagar, Chennai

Date: 19 Dec 2006

Organizer: The Indian Fine Arts Society

Vocal: Sri O.S. Thyagarajan

Violin: Sri Mysore Manjunath

Mridangam: Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman

Khanjira: Sri B. Sree Sundar Kumar

List of songs:

1) tyAgarAja swAmi – kharaharapriyA – Adi – tiruvOtriyUr tyAgayyA (ONS)

2) apparAma bhakti – pantuvarALi – rUpakam – thyAgarAja

3) mAmava sadA karuNaya – khamAs – rUpakam – lalitAdAsar (AS)

4) Emi jEsitE – tODi – misra chApu – thyAgarAja (ANST)

5) sAgara shayana – bAgEswari – Adi – m.d.rAmanAthan  (O)

6) ArabhimAnam – rAgamAlikA – Adi – tanangambaDi panchanAda iyer

7) vinAyakuni – madyamAvati – Adi – thyAgarAja

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

Sri O.S. Thyagarajan (OST) gave a wonderful performance filled with a lot of sowkhyam and shruti sudham.  Starting with a not very commonly sung kriti “tyAgarAja swAmi guruniki” in kharaharapriya, he then sang “apparama bhakti” in pantuvarALi. The speciality was that he sang the first charanam that starts with “lakshmi dEvi valachunA ……” which is not much heard in concerts these days and then sang the usually-sung final charanam that starts with “kapi vAridhi dATunA”. The next song “mAmava sadA karuNaya” was a pleasant surprise as I have not heard OST sing it before. The elaborate toDi alapana that followed was done by OST alone for 25 minutes. Sri Mysore Manjunath followed it up with a 10 minute alapana on the violin.

OST then sang Sri MDR’s composition “sAgara shayana” at the organizer’s request. The request itself was an elaborate affair with the organizer trying to sing the song himself and even trying to do a small alapanai of bAgEswari before asking OST to start singing to which OST jovially asked – “have you finished singing” (so that I can start) ?  🙂

Percussion support of the highest calibre was provided by veteran mridangam maestro Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and by Sri B. Sree Sundar Kumar on the khanjira. The taniavartanam in misra chApu taLam was a delight to hear.

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