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.