S. Malavika @ HCL Concert Series, Chennai

Venue: Kasturi Srinivasan Hall, Music Academy, TTK Road, Chennai

Date: 26 May 2007

Organizer: HCL & Music Academy (HCL Concert Series)

Vocal: Vid S. Malavika

Violin: Vid Akkarai Swarnalatha

Mrudangam: Vid Trivandrum Hariharan

List of songs:

1) vanajAkshi (varnam) – kalyANi – kanDa aTa – pallavi gOpAla iyer (O)

2) tatvamariya taramA – rItigowLa – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (S)

3) sharavaNa bhava enum tirumandiram – shanmugapriyA – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

4) sarisamAna deivamulEdani – viTapi – Adi – spencer vENugOpAl (S)

5) tyAgarAjAya namastE – bEgaDA – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (A)

6) durmArga carAdamulanu – ranjani – rUpakam – thyAgarAja

7) swAmikku sari evvarE – kEdAragauLa – misra cApu – pApanAsam sivan (AS)

8 ) nArAyaNA ninna – sudha danyAsi – kanDa cApu – purandaradAsa

9) rAgam tAnam pallavi – kalyANi – Adi (2 kaLai) (T)

pallavi wordings: “kAmAkSi mAtangi brOvavE, kamalanayanE kanci”

10) dhIm tana dhIm (tillAnA) – behAg – Adi (tisra gati) – lAlguDi g. jayarAman

11) sIr siRakkumEni (tiruppugazh) – rAgamAlikA – kanDa tripuTa – aruNagirinAthar

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

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

Vid S. Malavika, a student of veteran vaiNika Smt. Padmavathy Ananthagopalan, presented a very very impressive concert. Her singing showed a lot of maturity. It was as though one was hearing a very experienced artist. She sang each sangati multiple times adopting an unhurried approach. Bhrigas seemed to come to her effortlessly. Her alapanas had many of those piDis that characterize the ragas she chose for elaboration. kEdAragauLa and kalyANi alapanas need special mention.

She was very ably accompanied by Vid Akkarai Swarnalatha on the violin and Vid Trivandrum Hariharan on the mrudangam. Vid Swarnalatha was especially impressive in the pallavi rendition. She seemed to grasp the calculations very quickly, both while playing the pallavi in trikAlam as well as while playing kalpana swarams in tisra gati. Vid Hariharan played well for all the songs. His accompaniment for the aTa tALa varnam needs special mention. Taniavartanam had the catusra and tisra naDais.

The pallavi was structured as follows (B = 1 beat, 1 Avartanam of Adi (2 kaLai) = 16 beats, starts 1B after samam ):

kA (1.5B) mAkSi (1.5B) mA (1B) tangi (1.5B) brO (1B) va (0.5B) vE (+ gap = 3.5B) ka (0.5B) ma (0.5B) la (1B) na (0.5B) ya (0.5B) nE (1B) kanci (1.5B)

Whoever tuned the (rAgamAlikA) tiruppugazh she sang has done a nice job. Each set of 2-3 lines brought out the essence of the rAga it was based in. If I remember correctly, the ragas were shankarAbharaNam (?), husEni, sArangA, aTANA, vasantA, sAmA, amrutavarshiNi and suruTTi.

Vid Malavika is certainly an artist to watch out for.

 

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6 thoughts on “S. Malavika @ HCL Concert Series, Chennai

  1. Sathej says:

    Two pieces in the same Ragam-Kalyani!I remember a TMK concert in Hamsadhwani for KVN Day where he began with Viriboni and went on to present an RTP in Bhairavi, the Pallavi being Enakku Avar Sonthamadi.The unhurried approach would have to do with the fact that she is the disciple of Vid.Padmavathy Ananthagopalan of the famed Lalgudi lineage.
    By the way,I could not make it to Krishna Gana Sabha yesterday.Was held up somewhere else.I was free only by 7:00 and I don’t believe in walking into concerts beyond one hour from the start!I was hoping for Deva Deva with an elaborate Ragam.It is a long time since I heard someone sing it.Anyway,she is singing in June. And no concerts for today!
    Sathej

  2. Ram says:

    IIRC, I have heard recordings of concerts of Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar where the varnam was sung in the same raga as the main kriti.

    Today is a dry day 😦 May is a dry month 😦

    Hope the revival happens in June. Looking forward to GV’s & Sanjay’s concerts in June.

  3. Vignesh says:

    I have heard many concerts with RTP and varnam in the same ragam. I was told by one of my friends that many cases KVN started and sang the pallavi in same ragam.. There is a KVN concert released commerically from Kosmic, in case u need any evidence..

  4. Ram says:

    True … wonder when such a thing would have started. Sri Ariyakudi did this at least in some of his concerts for sure. With Sri KVN being his student, I expect the same to have figured in some of his concerts as well.

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