T.M.Krishna @ The Music Academy, Chennai

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

Date: 23 Dec 2006

Organizer: The Music Academy

Vocal: Sri T.M.Krishna (TMK)

Violin: Sri S.Varadarajan

Mridangam: Sri Poongulam Subramaniam

Khanjira: Sri B.S.Purushottaman

List of songs:

1) chelimi kOri (varnam) – gOwLa – Adi – vINA kuppaiyer

2) alakalalla lADaga – madyamAvati – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (OS)

3) brOchEvA – khamAs – Adi – mysore vAsudEvAchAr (AS)

4) AnandEshwarEna – Anandabhairavi – misra chApu – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (A)

5) garuDagamana – nAgaswarAvaLi – rUpakam – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer

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

7) mahishAnti mUrtim – nATTakurinji – Adi – v.v.srIvatsA (?)

8 ) rAgam tAnam pallavi – saraswati – chatusra rUpakam (2 kaLai) 

     pallavi wordings: “umA ramA saraswatI, sEvita shiva yuvati”

     kalpana swarams in saraswati, sahAnA, kAmbOji

9) tandai tAyum (viruttam) – mAyAmALavagOwLa, yadukulakAmbOji, varALi & kharaharapriyA 

     navasidhI peTrAlum – kharaharapriyA – misra chApu – nIlakanTa sivan

10) adi nIpai (jAvaLi) – yamunAkalyANi – Adi – dharmapuri subbarAyar

11) pavamAna (mangaLam) – sowrAshTram – Adi – thyAgarAja

      mangaLam kOsalEndrAya (slOkam) – suruTTi

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

TMK sang to an almost packed auditorium at The Music Academy (well, at least the balcony and the stage were packed). Beginning with the gOwLa varnam “chelimi kOri”, he then sang Sri Tyagaraja’s madyamAvati kriti “alakalalla lADaga” in which he put racy and attractive kalpana swarams at “samayamuna tyAgarAja”. A slow and moving “AnandEshwarEna” followed a song later. To me, the tODi alapana by Sri TMK and the saraswati alapana by Sri S. Varadarajan were the highlights of the beautiful concert.

The pallavi in the saraswati RTP “umA ramA saraswatI, sEvita shiva yuvati” was structured as follows (B=beat): starts at samam – umA (1B) ramA (1.5B) sara (1B) swa (0.5B) tI (+gap= 3.5B) sE (1B) vita (1B) shiva (1B) yuvati (1.5B). Total = 12B = count of chatusra rUpakam (2 kaLai).

Sri S. Varadarajan was simply brilliant throughout and proved why he is one of the best in the business. Sri Poongulam Subramaniam and Sri B.S.Purushottaman played a taniavartanam comprising chatusra and tisra naDais.

One of the most disturbing issues with a packed house surfaced many times today – the issue of people farting at will, the effect lingering on for a while and then someone else taking over the mantle 😦  Someone needs to think of a solution to this acute problem ….. may be air freshener sprays get turned on automatically very close to the point of release serving the double purpose of resolving the problem as well as pointing out the criminal 😉

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