Maharajapuram Srinivasan @ Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai

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

Date: 21 Dec 2006

Organizer: Brahma Gana Sabha

Vocal: Sri Maharajapuram Srinivasan

Vocal Support: Sri Maharajapuram S. Ganesh Viswanathan

Violin: Sri M.A. Sundareswaran

Mridangam: Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman

Morsing: Sri Srirangam Kannan

List of songs:

1) sarasUDa (varnam) – sAvEri – Adi – kothavAsal venkaTrAma iyer

2) pAhi pAhi bAla gaNapatE – mazhavAi chidambara bhArati (S)

3) sEnApatE namOstutE – gOwLa – Adi – UthukkADu venkaTa subbaiyer (S)

4) paripAlaya – pantuvarALi – Adi – swAti tiruNAL (S)

5) nAdalOluDai – kalyANavasantam – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (AS)

6) purahara nandana – hamIr kalyANi – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (A)

7) praNaumI satatam – jaganmOhini – misra chApu – v.v.srIvatsA

8 ) dAsharatE – tODi – Adi – thyAgarAja (ANST)

9) nIraja daLa nayanA – mAnD – Adi – mannArguDi sAmbasiva bhAgavatar

10) rAgathil siranda – rAgamAlikA – Adi – kaDalUr subramaNiam

11) suTTum vizhi chuDar – rAgamAlikA – Adi – subramaNya bhArati

12) namah pAravatI patayE – rEvati

bhO shambhO – rEvati – Adi – dayAnanda saraswati

13) viLayADa idu nEramA – shanmukhapriyA – Adi – t.r. bAlu (?)

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

shubha mangaLam – madyamAvati

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

A decent concert, the good points being step-by-step development of sangatis for many songs in Sri Maharajapuram Santhanam style, a very good violin accompaniment by Sri M.A. Sundareswaran and of course the excellent mridangam accompaniment by Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman. Sri Srirangam Kannan on the morsing played like Sri Sivaraman’s shadow assisting him well and enhancing the quality of the percussion support. The auditorium was close to empty thanks to the so many good concerts happening in the Mylapore area itself, one of them being Sri Sanjay Subramaniam’s concert at Raga Sudha Hall nearby which my brother tells me was simply superb.

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Ranjani & Gayathri @ The Music Academy, Chennai

Venue: The Music Academy, Main Auditorium, TTK Road, Chennai

Date: 21 Dec 2006

Organizer: The Music Academy

Vocal: Vid. Ranjani & Gayathri

Violin: Sri H.N. Bhaskar

Mridangam: Sri Manoj Siva

Ghatam: Sri Udupi Sridhar

List of songs (partial):

1) enthO prEma (varnam) – suruTTi – Adi –  pallavi gOpala iyer

2) nI bhajana gAna – nAyaki – Adi – thyAgarAja (OS)

3) inta kaN – bilahari – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (AS)

4) kA vA vA – varALi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (O)

5) kAmAkshI (swarajati) – bhairavi – misra chApu – syAma sAstri (ANS)

…….

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

(The above list is partial as I had to leave the concert after the swarajati).

It seemed like all the mamas and mamis in town had decided to invade The Music Academy today. What else except attraction for Ranjani & Gayathri’s music would explain the huge crowds that thronged the academy for a 4:45PM concert on a weekday !!

The concert was an absolutely delightful one (at least till the time I was present there). The sisters sang with a lot of involvement and with very good support from the violinist and the percussionists. “nI bhajana gAna” was sung very melodiously. The bhairavi swarajati was also sung very well, though a heavier voice would have helped highlight some portions even better. All the songs, in general, were very melodiously rendered. I might have probably been treated with an RTP had I stayed … don’t know what all I missed out on.