T.N.S.Krishna @ Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai

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

Date: 30 Dec 2006

Organizer: Brahma Gana Sabha

Vocal: Sri T.N.S. Krishna

Violin: Sri Mysore V. Srikanth

Mridangam: Sri Neyveli Venkatesh

List of songs:

1) rAjIvAksha bArO – shankarAbharaNam – Adi – swAti tiruNAL

2) mundu vENu – darbAr – Adi – thyAgarAja (A)

3) rAga AlApanA – latAngi

teriyEn bAlakanAi (viruttam) – latAngi

aparAdamula – latAngi – Adi – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer (ANS)

4) rAga AlApanA – mOhanam

kulam tarum selvam (viruttam) – mOhanam

nArAyaNa divya nAmam – mOhanam – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (AST)

5) sundari en soppanathil – khamAs – rUpakam – rAmanAtapuram c.s. sankarasivam

6) tOm tridAni tadara tAni (thillAnA) – hamIr kalyANi – Adi – ??

7) rAga outline – madyamAvati

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

Take Sri T.N.Seshagopalan (TNS) in full splendour. Add a youthful voice. Shake well, stir and serve as it is. That is what is Sri T.N.S.Krishna (TNSK) for you. The hier apparent to Sri TNS musical legacy gave a splendid performance today.

The first alapana of the concert was that of raga darbAr which was very skillfully executed by both TNSK and Sri Mysore Srikanth. Then followed the latAngi alapana in which I was given an awesome guided tour. aparAdamula was sung at a fast pace. When the mudhra “venkaTEsha” came in the charanam, TNSK jovially pointed towards the mridangam vidwan Sri (Neyveli) Venkatesh. The song ended with racy kalpana swarams involving good kanakkus at the end.

The next raga alapana was that of mohanam. It was 18 minutes filled with pure ecstasy. I do not have words to describe the beauty of the alapana. Graha bhedam was done with gAndhAram as the base to give hindOLam. Not to be left behind, Sri Mysore V. Srikanth also gave a very beautiful delineation of the raga. What a beautiful rendition of the kriti it was by TNSK !! For sometime, I just felt like Sri TNS himself was sitting there on stage and singing it.

Sri Neyveli Venkatesh played very softly and aptly for all the songs.

I had this feeling of immense satisfaction after listening to the concert. Certainly one of the best concerts I have attended in the past few days. TNSK surely deserves an evening slot in the next season.

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2 thoughts on “T.N.S.Krishna @ Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai

  1. Sathej says:

    Hello,
    What a dissapointment!Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman did not play.They should have told it earlier and not merely put it in the morning’s papers.I went to Shri TN Krishnan’s Kutcheri at the Academy.Great.Will post the pieces soon.And Carnatica’s Midnight Fest at the Academy was great.
    Sathej

  2. Ram says:

    Hmm … sad …. I read it in the morning papers and so knew about it. Looking forward to your view on the TNK concert and the midnight fest.

    Ram

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