Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ Bhakta Anjaneyar Temple, Chennai

Venue: Bhakta Anjaneyar Temple, Alarmelmangapuram, Chennai

Date: 20 Jan 2007

Organizer: Guru Kaingarya Sabha

Vocal: Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin: Sri S. Varadarajan

Mridangam: Sri K. Arun Prakash

List of songs:

1) ninnu jUchi – sowrAshTram – Adi – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer

2) Ela nI dayarAdu – aTANA – Adi – thyAgarAja

3) toli janmamuna – bilahari – kanDa chApu – thyAgarAja (ANS)

4) rAmA nIvEgAni – nArAyaNi – Adi – thyAgarAja (AS)

5) kA vA vA – varALi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

6) mA jAnakI – kAmbOji – Adi – thyAgarAja

7) banTurIti – hamsanAdam – Adi – thyAgarAja(ANS)

8 ) kOri sEvimparArE – kharaharapriyA – Adi – thyAgarAja (AST)

9) vizhikku thuNai (viruttam) – sindhubhairavi

manadir kugandadu – sindhubhairavi – Adi – tanjAvUr shankara iyer

10) mAvalla kAdammA – mAnD – Adi – chittUr subramaNya piLLai

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

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

As I was searching for Bhakta Anjaneyar Temple, the venue of the concert in Alarmelmangapuram, I suddenly heard strains of nadaswaram music coming from one of the directions. I was kind of drawn to the music instantly. A few steps in the direction in which the music came from admiring the very good sunAdavinOdini alapana that was being played led me to the temple. As I entered, I was greeted by the start of Sri Mysore Vasudevachar’s kriti “dEvAdi dEva” played by a nadaswara vidwan who was seated in one corner of the small temple. What a good music being served as an appetizer to the great music to follow I thought !!

And what a great music it was on offer in the concert that followed from a team that has time and again given us the same great music !!! Beginning with beautiful renditions of “ninnu jUchi” and “Ela nI dayarAdu“, Sri Sanjay moved on to do a grand, detailed raga alapana of bilahari. Sri Varadarajan followed suit with a slightly smaller but divine alapana of the same raga. The kriti “toli janma” was taken up and neraval and kalpana swarams were beautifully put at “rAgi pairula chenta“. A very good elaboration of nArAyaNi followed. Both Sri Sanjay and Sri Varadarajan almost explicitly sang/played the start of the song “rAmA nIvEgAni” at the end of the alapana to indicate the raga.

The start of the hamsanAdam alapana triggered in me hopes of Sri Sanjay taking up “kalyANa rAmA“, one of my favorite songs in this raga. However, that was not to be the case and Sri Sanjay instead sang “banTurIti” brilliantly. The piece de resistance “kOri sEvimparArE” was rendered brilliantly after a detailed exposition of kharaharapriya. Sri Arun Prakash played a short but delightful tani comprising of chatusra and kanDa nadais. The highlight of the tani was the korvais he played, especially the ones that came at the end of the chatusra nadai and at the end of the tani itself.

mAvalla kAdammA” sung to some explosive accompaniment provided by Sri Arun Prakash and the traditional mangalam that followed it brought the awesome concert to an almost abrupt end.

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