T.Lokanadha Sarma @ Nadopasana, Chennai

Venue: Dakshinamurthy Auditorium, P.S. High School, R.K. Mutt Road, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 04 Feb 2007

Organizer: Nadopasana

Vocal: Sri T. Lokanadha Sarma

Violin: Sri V. Sanjeev

Mrudangam: Sri Parupalli Phalgun

Khanjira: Sri Venkataramanan

List of songs:

1) vighna nivAraNa vinAyakA – nATTai – Adi – ?? (A)

2) raghunAyakA – hamsadwani – Adi – thyAgarAja (S)

3) viruttam (couldn’t get the words properly) – sAvEri

    eTu namminavO – sAvEri – Adi – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer (ANS)

4) sarasa sAma dAna – kApinArAyaNi – Adi – thyAgarAja

5) sundari nI – kalyANi – Adi – thyAgarAja (ANST)

6) visvEshwar – sindhu bhairavi – rUpakam – swAti tiruNAL (A)

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

    sriya kAntAya (mangaLa slOkam) – madyamAvati

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

This is the first time I am hearing Sri Lokanadha Sarma sing. He presented a very simple concert devoid of frills. Sri Phalgun on the mrudangam was very impressive. He played very well for songs. I first heard him play for Sri Shashank (Flute) a few months back and from then on I have been wanting to hear more of him. His style of playing and fingering looks very similar to that of Sri Patri Satish Kumar, one of my favorite mrudangists in the concert circuit today. He uses the middle finger as an anchor while playing, in place of the ring finger which most other mrudangam artists use.

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