Back at ISB

Wow !!!! Feels great to visit the ISB campus after a long gap. In fact on entering the campus I felt as though I was just living there till about a few days back. Went to almost all the hangout spots. Visited the DVD library where I have spent sufficient part of the time during my year at ISB scouting for movies. Looks like there hasn’t been much addition to the collection since the time my batch left. I couldn’t find much life on campus both yesterday as well as today as people were  mostly either busy attending pre-placement talks or holed up in the student villages.

Here is wishing everyone at ISB and other B-Schools all the best for placements. Just hang in there. Its just a matter of time before you get the job you like. Remember that the job you get just after B-School is not the end of it all. So even if you haven’t for some reason been able to find the (realistic) fit you are seeking immediately after your B-School, you will surely find one in due course of time.

Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ R.R.Sabha, Chennai

Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Main Auditorium, East Mada St, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 27 Jan 2007

Organizer: Rasika Ranjani Sabha (R.R.Sabha)

Vocal: Sri. Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin: Sri S.Varadarajan

Mridangam: Sri Neyveli Venkatesh

List of songs:

1) chalamu sEyanEla (varnam) – hindOLam – Adi – tiger varadAchAriAr

2) kalayAmi – kannaDa – misra chApu – swAti tiruNAL (OS)

3) sundaratara dEham – pantuvarALi – Adi – thyAgarAja (ANS)

4) paruvam pArka – danyAsi – rUpakam – Anai ayyA (A)

5) srI subramaNyAya – kAmbOji – tisra Eka – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (AST)

6) yAr pOi solluvAr – tOdi – misra chApu – ghanam krishna iyer

7) tEril ErinAn – kalyANi – rUpakam – pApanAsam sivan

8 ) tirisila giriyAr – chenchuruTTi – Adi – ??

9) kAdi mOdi (tiruppugazh) – shankarAbharaNam – ** (see below) – aruNagirinAthar

10) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – sowrAshTram – Adi – thyAgarAja

** each avartanam of talam for song 9 was put as two tisra chApus followed by a kanDa chApu followed by a kanDa ekam

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

Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan never ceazes to amaze me. What a repertoire of songs !! What quality raga alapanas !!! What an imagination !!!! I could just go on and on. One thing I think will surely happen is that about 10-15 years from now, there will be at least 10 songs that would be associated with his name for having been popularised by him.

Sri Sanjay began this wonderful concert of his with the awesome hindOLam raga varnam of Sri Tiger Varadachariar, one of my personal favorites. The relatively short pantuvarALi alapana that came after the song kalayAmi was beautifully executed by both Sri Sanjay and Sri Varadarajan. It was as though a crash course in pantuvarALi alapana singing was being provided for the benefit of rasikas and students of music. The alapanas, neravals, kalpana swarams, song renditions etc can all be described with the most choiciest adjectives and would yet probably fall short of describing the way Sri Sanjay performed.

Sri Varadarajan and Sri Neyveli Venkatesh have played in so many concerts now for Sri Sanjay and this, along with the fact that they are playing for such a top class performer would obviously be extracting the best out of them. Sri Venkatesh played a very good taniavartanam in tisra Ekam comprising the chatusra and misra naDais.

A very very satisfying concert indeed !!!!!

Gayathri Girish @ R.R.Sabha, Chennai

Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Main Auditorium, East Mada St, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 27 Jan 2007

Organizer: Rasika Ranjani Sabha (R.R.Sabha)

Vocal: Smt. Gayathri Girish

Violin: Sri H.N. Bhaskar

Mridangam: Sri Poongulam Subaramaniam

Ghatam: Sri N. Guruprasad

List of songs:

1) sAmi ninnE (varnam) – pantuvarALi – Adi – shaTkala narasayyA (OS)

2) enna solli – kAnaDA – Adi – ambujam krishnA

3) marakata vaDivE (viruttam) – lalitA

     nannu brOvu – lalitA – misra chApu – syAma sAstri

4 ) sandEhamunu – ramAmanOhari – Adi – thyAgarAja (AS)

5) nAn enna tavam – khamAs – Adi – UthukkADu venkaTa subbaiyer

6) srI rAjagOpAla – sAvEri – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (ANST)

7) unnai anri – bhavAni – rUpakam – m.m. danDapANi dEsikar

8 ) gAyati vanamAli – gAvati – Adi – sadAsiva brahmEndra

9) dhIm tArE nArE nArE (tillAnA) – hamsAnandi – Adi – harikEsanallUr muthiAh bhAgavatar

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

A delightful concert with shades of TNS appearing at a lot of places. Certainly an artist who looks to be on her way to making it really big in the field.

T.M.Krishna @ R.R.Sabha, Chennai

Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Main Auditorium, East Mada St, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 26 Jan 2007

Organizer: Rasika Ranjani Sabha (R.R.Sabha)

Vocal: Sri T.M. Krishna (TMK)

Violin: Sri Vittal Ramamurthy

Mridangam: Sri B. Ganapatiraman

Ghatam: Sri N. Guruprasad

List of songs:

1) valachi (varnam) – rAgamAlikA – Adi – kothavAsal venkaTrAma iyer

2) bhakti bichamiyyavE – shankarAbharaNam – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (OS)

3) mundu vENuka – darbAr – Adi – thyAgarAja (AS)

4) rAga sudhA rasa – AndOLikA – Adi – thyAgarAja

5) vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadwani – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (ANST)

6) kANavEnDAmO – srIranjani – rUpakam – pApanAsam sivan

7) pibarE rAmarasam – yamunAkalyANi – Adi – sadAsiva brahmEndra

8 ) krishNam kalaya – mukhAri – Adi – nArAyaNa tIrtar

9) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – sowrAshTram – Adi – thyAgarAja

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

One of the many reasons I admire TMK is the fact that despite being one of the busiest musicians around giving so many concerts, he manages to make each one of them a success. Today’s concert was yet another example of this. TMK started with the navarAgamAlikA varnam and went on to sing Sri Thyagaraja’s “bhakti bichamiyyavE” with kalpana swarams put at the pallavi line. An elaborate alapana of darbAr followed this serving as a prelude to a moving rendition of “mundu vEnu“. A fast paced GNB style “rAga sudhA rasa” in AndOLikA came next. It had one of these beautiful sangathis for the words “nAdOnkAra swara” in the charaNam which I can’t remember havind heard anyone sing before. What followed next would have surely taken many by surprise. Hamsadwani as the main raga for the day !! A detailed raga alapana was followed by “vAtApi” which I have never before heard being sung anywhere else but at the beginning stages of a concert. TMK did a great job with the alapana, with the kriti rendition and with the neraval and kalpana swarams which were put at “parAdi chatvAri vAgAtmakam, praNavaswarUpa vakratuNDam“. I especially loved the slow speed kalpana swarams where TMK kept traversing the lower octave and the lower half of the normal octave.

Sri Vittal Ramamurthy followed TMK well and played in a somewhat restrained fashion. Sri B.Ganapatiraman and Sri Guruprasad were brilliant. Kudos to Sri Ganapatiraman for playing so beautifully for all the songs !! The taniavartanam in Adi talam played by the percussion duo comprised the chatusra and tisra naDais. Here also Sri Ganapatiraman played some really difficult sollus with unbelievable ease.

Remember the famous dialogue from the Bollywood blockbuster Sholay “pachas kos door gaon mein jab koi bacha rota hai toh maa kehti hai: so jaa bete warna Gabbar aa jaayega“. In TMK concerts, whenever a mama or mami gets up during the mangalam, his/her neighbours tell him/her: “Baith jaao warna TMK ko gussa aa jaayega (sit down, else TMK will get angry);-)

Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Muthamizh Peravai, Chennai

Venue: Satguru Gnanananda Hall, Narada Gana Sabha, TTK Road, Chennai

Date: 25th Jan 2007

Festival: Muthamizh Peravai’s 31st Music Festival

Vocal: Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin: Sri S. Varadarajan

Mrudangam: Sri Neyveli Venkatesh

Ghatam: Sri Trichy Murali

List of songs:

1) undan pAda (varnam) – shankarAbharaNam – kanDa aTa – madurai subramNya iyer (O)

2) chandiran oLiyil – malayamArutam – misra chApu – subramaNya bhArati (ONS)

3) aDuthAnai – yadukulakAmbOji – tisra tripuTa – tirunAvukkarasar (AS)

4) kA guhA shanmugA – kOsalam – rUpakam – kOTIswara iyer (ANS)

5) karuNAlaya nidhiyE – hindOLam – Adi – vEdanAyakam piLLai

6) thillai chidambaramE – kApinArAyaNi – Adi – mArimutha piLLai (O)

7) yArO ivar yArO – bhairavi – Adi – aruNAchala kavi (AST)

8 ) kunrin mIdhu ninru kanDEn (?) – khamAs – rUpakam – ?? (O)

9) batti mudalAm – rAgamAlikA (Ahiri, hamIrkalyANi & suruTTi) – misra chApu – vEdAnta dEsikan (O)

10) mAlOn maruganai (viruttam) – kAmbOji, sAvEri, bEgaDa, shanmukhapriyA, mOhanam & jOnpuri

      mAlAsai kObam – jOnpuri – Adi – aruNagirinAthar

11) vAzhiya senthamizh – madyamAvati – Adi – subramaNya bhArati

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

Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan sang an interesting, exclusive Tamil compositions concert for Muthamil Peravai at the Narada Gana Sabha. He was at his usual best, delivering a quality performance once again, ably assisted by the accompanying artists. Everything about the concert was so good except for the fact that the auditorium folks had probably decided to give a feeling of the North Indian winter to Chennai folks assembled there. It was biting cold inside the auditorium, at least in the area where I was sitting.

Sri Neyveli Venkatesh and Sri Trichy Murali played a taniavartanam in Adi talam comprising chatusra and sankIrna nadais and a kuraippu in tisra nadai.

Papanasam Ashok Ramani @ TTD Info Center, Chennai

Venue: TTD Information Center, Venkatanarayana Road, T. Nagar, Chennai

Date: 23 Jan 2007

Vocal: Vid. Papanasam Ashok Ramani

Violin: Vid. Lalgudi G. Vijayalakshmi

Mrudangam: Vid. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman (UKS)

Morsing: Vid. Srirangam Kannan

Konnakkol: Vid. Konerirajapuram Varadarajan

List of songs:

1) nI inda mAyam (varnam) – danyAsi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

2) jaya jaya – nATTai – kanDa chApu – purandaradAsa (S)

3) teratIyagarAdA – gowLipantu – Adi – thyAgarAja

4) venkaTaramaNA – latAngi – rUpakam – pApanAsam sivan (ANS)

5) gAnamUrtE – gAnamUrti – Adi – thyAgarAja

6) hechariga – yadukulakAmbOji – kanDa chApu – thyAgarAja (AST)

7) srIpatE – nAgaswarAwaLi – Adi – thyAgarAja

8 ) koluvamaragadA – tODi – Adi – thyAgarAja (ANST)

9) jagadOdhAraNA – kApi – Adi – purandaradAsa

10) sivaperumAn krupai – suruTTi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

11) shAntAkAram (viruttam) – sindhubhairavi

venkaTAchala nilayam – sindhubhairavi – Adi – purandaradAsa

12) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – sowrAshTram – Adi – thyAgarAja

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

Sri Ashok Ramani started his concert with Sri Papanasam Sivan’s beautiful varnam in danyAsi, which I am hearing for the first time. latAngi and tODi alapanas were very well executed by both the vocalist and violinist. After Sri Ashok Ramani sang the yadukulakAmbOji kriti, Sri UKS launched himself into one of the best taniavartanams I have heard for a long time now. Playing a good taniavartanam in kanDa chApu in the kalapramanam at which the song was sung is a very difficult task and Sri UKS simply excelled at that. What naada and what clarity even while playing lightning fast patterns !!!! He played the chatusra and tisra naDais. Sri UKS and Sri Ashok Ramani discussed something on the stage after the tODi alapana got over, the result of which was that Sri Konerirajapuram Varadarajan, who was present in the audience, was called on stage to do konnakkOl for the tODi kriti as well as play the taniavartanam after the kriti along with Sri Srirangam Kannan. The taniavartanam here comprised of chatusra and tisra nadais with Sri UKS joining in the end to do the kuraippu and play the mOrA and kOrvai. This is the first time I am hearing the use of konnakkOl in a vocal concert.

Lalgudi GJR Krishnan/Vijayalakshmi @ Hamsadhwani, Chennai

Venue: Youth Hostel, Indira Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

Date: 21 Jan 2007

Organizer: Hamsadhwani

Violin Duet: Vid. Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan &  Vid. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

Mridangam: Vid. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman

Ghatam: Vid. E.M.Subramaniam

List of songs:

1) nIvE gatiyani (varnam) – naLinakAnti – Adi – lAlguDi g. jayarAman (O)

2) aparAdamula – rasALi – Adi – thyAgarAja (OS)

3) thyAgarAja yOga – Anandabhairavi – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (AS)

4) aparAdamula- latAngi – Adi – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer (AS)

5) eppaDi manam – husEni – misra chApu – aruNAchala kavi

6) sItammA mAyammA – vasantA – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (O)

7) eduTa nilachitE – shankarAbharaNam – Adi – thyAgarAja (AST)

8 ) nI dayarAdA – vasantabhairavi – rUpakam – thyAgarAja

9) rAgam tAnam pallavi – saraswati – kanDa tripuTa (kanDa gati) (T)

    pallavi wordings: “sabarI girIsham sadA bhajAmi, shAstAram harihara sutam”

   kalpanA swarams in saraswati, kEdAram, sAvEri, madyamAvati, sahAnA, danyAsi, sAmA, kalyANavasantam , rEvati & dEsh

1o) tunga tarangE – hamsadwani – Adi – sadAsiva brahmEndra

11) enna solli – kAnadA – Adi – ambujam krishnA

12) thillAnA – brindAvani – Adi – lAlguDi g. jayarAman

13) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – sowrAshTram & madyamAvati – Adi – thyAgarAja

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

Vid. Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan & Vid. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi presented a melodious, thoroughly enjoyable violin duet concert. What was most impressive was the way they played the compositions so beautifully as though they were singing it with full bhava rather than playing it on the violin. If you knew the compositions, you could just sit there, sing along if you wanted and note what all beautiful sangathis could be put. If you didn’t know the kritis, you could simply sit there and enjoy the melodious journey.

Sri Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan’s shankarAbharaNam alapana was the hallmark of the concert. Neraval was conspicuous by its absence. Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman was in top class form and he played a gem of a taniavartanam along with Sri E.M. Subramaniam for the shankarAbharaNam kriti. The percussionist duo also played a short taniavartanam for the ragam tAnam pallavi.

The ragam tanam pallavi in the raga saraswati was set to kanDa jAti tripuTa tALam in kanDa gati. The pallavi wordings were “sabarI girIsham sadA bhajAmi, shAstAram harihara sutam”. The pallavi line was structured as follows (B=beat, C=count; 1 avartanam of the talam = 22.5 B = 22.5×4 C = 90 C): (eDuppu = 0.5B after samam) sa (1.5B) ba (1.5B) rI (1B) gi (1B) rI (1.5B) sham (1.5B) sa (0.5B) dA (1.5B) bha (0.5B) jA (1.5B), mi (+gap=3B)  shA (1B) stA (1B) ram (1B) ha (0.5B) ri (1B) ha (0.5B) ra (1B)  su (0.75B) tam (0.75B).