T.M.Krishna @ Kapali Fine Arts, Chennai

Venue: Dakshinamurthy Auditorium, P.S. High School, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 29 Dec 2006

Organizer: Kapali Fine Arts

Vocal: Sri T.M. Krishna (TMK)

Violin: Sri H.K. Venkatram

Mridangam: Sri Trichy Sankaran

Khanjira: Sri B.S. Purushottaman

List of songs:

1) vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadwani – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (S)

2) sujana jIvana – khamAs – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (O)

3) mArubalka – srIranjani – Adi – thyAgarAja (AN)

4) dEvi brOva – chintAmaNi – Adi – syAma sAstri

5) O ranga sAyi – kAmbOji – Adi – thyAgarAja (ANST)

6) parulanamATa (jAvaLi) – kApi -rUpakam – dharmapuri subbarAyar

7) shringAram kshiti (viruttam) – mAyAmALavagowLa, sAmA, sArangA, aTANA and kApi

enna tavam – kApi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

8 ) OsOsi – mukhAri – misra chApu – muddu naTEsA

9) niraimadi (tiruppugazh) – hamsAnandi – Adi – aruNagirinAthar

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

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

TMK started the concert with the popular hamsadwani kriti “vAtApi gaNapatim”. After a brief outline of khamas and rendition of the kriti “sujana jIvana”, TMK then started a detailed srIranjani alapana which was a treat to the ears. The way he sang the composition “mArubalka” brought back memories of Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Sri Trichy “Sowkhyam” Sankaran and Sri B.S. Purushottaman literally stole the show in this song with their fantastic accompaniment.

I simply love it when TMK takes slow songs and renders them with a lot of azhutham where required. This is precisely what he did with the next composition “dEvi brOva”. Again Sri Trichy Sankaran played beautifully for this song using his awesome gumukis to create a great effect.

The main song for the day was “O ranga sAyi”. I had been hoping against hope that TMK sings some other song as this song is very common whenever a singer takes up kAmbOji as the main raga for the day. Sri Trichy Sankaran again almost played the entire pallavi on his mridangam !! The taniavartanam which comprised the chatusra and misra naDais was very enjoyable.

The slow “OsOsi” and the fast tiruppugazh “niraimadi” provided a great end to a good concert.

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3 thoughts on “T.M.Krishna @ Kapali Fine Arts, Chennai

  1. Sathej says:

    Hello,
    The kutcheri was good.Not only Marubalga,the opening piece Vaathapi Ganapathim was also rendered in identical fashion to Semmangudi.The Kambhoji Kalpana Swaras were soothing.Some people just rush up and down the octaves at a lightning speed.TMK showed such racy Swaras were not necessary to capture the essence of Kambhoji.
    Sathej

  2. Sathej says:

    Hello Ram,
    I guess you will be attending one of the special Kutcheris this season – by Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman(to my knowledge,he has performed only once in this entire season and very rarely this year) at MFAC on Jan.1,2007.
    PS:Your earlier observation about TMK was correct-the watch-removing ritual at the end of the first composition.Must be a good charm!
    Sathej

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