Sikkil Gurucharan @ Tarangini Arts Foundation, Chennai

Venue: Tattvaloka, Eldams Road, Chennai

Date: 27 Dec 2006

Organizer: Tarangini Arts Foundation, Bangalore

Vocal: Sri Sikkil C. Gurucharan (SGC)

Violin: Sri V.V. Ravi

Mridangam: Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman (UKS)

Ghatam: Sri E.M.Subramaniam (EMS)

List of songs:

1) nIsATi daiva – srIranjani – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (O)

2) jaya jaya jaya jAnaki – nATTai – kanDa chApu – purandaradAsa (OS)

3) vinatA suta vAhana – jayantasEnA – Adi – thyAgarAja (S)

4) ETi janma – varALi – misra chApu – thyAgarAja (ANST)

5) mUDamatE (viruttam) – mAnD

     bhaja gOvindam – mAnD – Adi – Adi shankarAchAryA 

6) sApashyat – jOnpuri – Adi – tirupazhanam panchApakEsar

7) jagadhOdhAraNA – kApi – Adi – purandaradAsa

8 ) nAdrudIm tadana tOm (tillAnA) – sindhubhairavi – Adi – UthukkADu venkaTa subbaiyer

9) srI rAma jaya mangaLam (mangaLam) – suruTTi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

10) mangaLam kOsalEndrAya (slOkam) – suruTTi

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

The concert started a full hour behind schedule thanks to an extended DVD release function and lasted for about an hour and a quarter.  SGC quickly adjusted to the reduced time duration provided and gave a power packed performance. He started the concert with a beautiful raga outline of srIranjani followed by Sri Dikshitar’s composition “nIsAti daiva“. “jaya jaya jaya jAnaki” was rendered to some very good accompaniment by Sri UKS. The varALi alapana was a good one considering the paucity of time. Sri V.V. Ravi played it for even lesser duration understanding the time constraints. Neraval and kalpana swaram were at “sAgara shayanuni”. I am so used to hearing Smt. M.S. Subhalakshmi’s rendition of “bhaja gOvindam”. SGC sang it in a different style in the raga mAnD. My brother tells me that Sri Voleti Venkateswarulu has sung it similar to SGC in mAnD. The beautiful thillAnA in sindhubhairavi and Sri Papanasam Sivan’s mangaLam provided an apt finish to the good concert.

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