Gayathri Venkataraghavan @ TTD, Chennai

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(Photos courtesy Sri Pyarilal of carnaticsangeetham.com)

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

Date: 23 June 2007

Organizer: TTD Information Center

Vocal: Vid Gayathri Venkataraghavan

Violin: Vid Charumathi Raghuraman

Mrudangam: Vid Erode Nagaraj

Ghatam: Vid H. Prasanna

Tambura: Vid Vijayalakshmi

List of songs:

1) valaci (varnam) – rAgamAlikA – Adi – kothavAsal venkaTrAma iyer (O)

2) nEnendu vEtukudurA – karnATakabehAg – Adi – tyAgarAja (S)

3) shrInivAsa nInE pAlisO – Anandabhairavi – rUpakam – purandaradAsa (AS)

4) nI irangAyenil – aTANA – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

5) shrI rAjagOpAla – sAvEri – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (AN)

6) ninnu vinA – navarasakAnaDA – rUpakam – tyAgarAja

7) nijadAsa varadA – kalyANi – Adi – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer (ANST)

8 ) ANAda selvathu (viruttam) – sahAnA & kApi – kulasEkara AzhwAr

jO achutAnanda – kApi – kanDa cApu – annamAcArya

9) nAdrudru dhIm tadiranA (tillAnA) – vasantA – Adi – ammAchatram kannusAmi piLLai

10) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – saurAshTram – Adi – tyAgarAja

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

It was an enjoyable concert that lit up my Saturday evening. All kritis were rendered well. Kalpana swarams were put at the pallavi line in “nEnendu” and “shrInivAsa nInE” and at “bhujagAdhipa shayana …” in “nijadAsa varadA“. Neraval was done for the same line in “nijadAsa varadA” and at “nArAyaNa tAraka divyanAma” for “shrI rAjagOpAla“. Vid Gayathri’s raga alapanas were very melodious and captivating. Her Anandabhairavi alapana was hailed as “brahmAnandabhairavi” by one of the rasikas.

Vid Gayathri was ably assisted by all her accompanists. Vid Charumathi’s raga alapanas were enjoyable. Vid Erode Nagaraj and Vid H. Prasanna played well for all the songs. Vid Nagaraj’s ghumukki laden accompaniment gelled very nicely with the songs. Taniavartanam played for the kriti “nijadAsa varadA” comprised the catusra and tisra naDais.

The concert ended with a tillAnA on Lord Anjaneya in raga vasantA and a traditional mangaLam.

Gokulashtami Concerts 2007 @ Odukkathur Mutt, Bangalore

This one is for rasikas in Bangalore. The schedule for SGBS Trust’s Gokulashtami Concerts is available at http://www.sgbstrust.org/ASP/Art.htm#mconcert

Reminds me of the same time last year when I attended most concerts in that series, traveling all the way from the opposite end of the city.

Schedule is pasted below for ready reference:

Music Concert

 

18.08.2007
Saturday
6-00 pm

Smt Shanmughapriya & Smt Haripriya (Priya Sisters)
Sri M A Krishnaswami
Neyveli Sri Skandasubramaniyam
Madipakkam Sri A Murali

19.08.2007
Sunday
6-00 pm

Smt Sudha Raghunathan
Sri.B.Raghavendra Rao
Neyveli Sri N. Narayanan
Dr.S. Karthick

20.08.2007
Monday
6-00 pm

Sri TM Krishna
Sri TKV Ramanujacharyalu
Karaikudi Sri R.Mani
Sri V. Suresh

21.08.2007
Tuesday
6-00 pm

Madurai Sri TN Seshagopalan
Sri VV Ravi
Srimushnam Sri V Raja Rao
Sri CP Vyasavittala

22.08.2007
Wednesday
6-00 pm

Sikkil Sri C.Gurucharan
Sri.MA Sundareswaran
Umayalpuram Sri K.Sivaraman
Sri EM Subramanian

23.08.2007
Thursday
6.00 pm

Mysore Sri M. Nagaraj & Dr.M Manjunath (Violin Duet)
Sri Arjunkumar
Vaikom Sri Gopalakrishnan

24.08.2007
Friday
6-00 pm

Sri U.Shrinivas (Mandolin)
Sri HK Venkatram
Sri B.Harikumar
Sri SV Ramamani

25.08.2007
Saturday
6.00 pm

Smt Nithyasree Mahadevan
Sri HN Bhaskar
Poongulam Sri S.Subramanian
Smt Sukkanya Ramgopal

26.08.2007
Sunday
10.30 am to
12.30 p.m

 

6.00 pm

Thematic Presentation on “the compositions of
Papanasam Sivam” by

by Papanasam Sri.Ashok Ramani
Sri P.Unnikrishnan;
Sri BU Ganesh Prasad
Sri K V Prasad
Sri ASN Swamy

27.08.2007
Monday
6.00 pm

Sri Sanjay Subramanyan
Mysore Sri M Nagaraj
Guruvayur Sri Dorai
Sri TV Vasan
28.08.2007
Tuesday
6.00 pm
Sri.Sriram Prasad & Sri Ravikumar (Malladi Brothers)
Sri. Sriram Parasuram
Sri.V.Kamalakar Rao
Sri BS Purushotham
29.08.2007
Wednesday
6.00 pm
Dr. Sreevalsan J Menon
Sri S.Varadarajan
Sri P. Satish Kumar
Sri N. Amrit
30.08.2007
Thursday
6.00 pm
Sri N Ravikiran (Chitraveena)
Kumari Akkarai Subhalakshmi
Mannargudi Sri A.Easwaran
Sri G. Guruprasanna
31.08.2007
Friday
6.00 pm
Kadri Dr Gopalnath (Saxophone)
Kumari Kanyakumari
Haridwaramangalam Sri AK Palanivel (Thavil)
Sri Giridhar Udupa
Sri B. Rajashekar (Morsing)

Sikkil Gurucharan @ Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai

Venue: Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, TTK Road, Chennai

Date: 20 June 2007

Occasion: Narada Gana Sabha & Papanasam Sivan Rasigar Manram

Vocal: Vid Sikkil C. Gurucharan

Violin: Vid Nagai Sriram

Mrudangam: Vid Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan


List of songs:

1) tuNai purindaruL – suddha hindOLam – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (S)

2) vEnkaTaramaNA – latAngi – rUpakam – pApanAsam sivan (OS)

3) nI irangAyenil – aTANA – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

4) tiruvazhundUr vAzh mAdhavA – danyAsi – misra cApu – pApanAsam sivan (ANS)

5) swAmikku sari evarE – kEdAragauLai – misra cApu – pApanAsam sivan (O)

6) shrInivAsa tava caraNau – kharaharapriyA – rUpakam – pApanAsam sivan (AST)

7) tAmarai malar tanil malarnda (viruttam) – shankarAbharaNam

mahAlakSmI jaganmAtA – shankarAbharaNam – misra cApu – pApanAsam sivan (O)

8 ) aDimaiyin uLLa kuDisaiyil ArAvamudan tOnrinAn (viruttam) – kApi

enna tavam seidanai – kApi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan (O)

9) rAmanai bhajithAl – mAnD – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

10) dhIm tana udAra diranA (tillAnA) – behAg – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

11) srI rAma jaya mangaLam (mangaLam) – suruTTi – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

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

It was one of those days when the whole of Chennai seemed to have landed at Narada Gana Sabha (NGS). All life on TTK Road just outside the sabha had almost come to a standstill. As I looked at the strong crowd that thronged the doors of the Satguru Gnanananda Hall (Main Hall), I wondered whether NGS had been chosen as a venue for the free TV distribution drive. Then I remembered reading in the morning papers that the Jaya TV Ragamalika show was celebrating its 200th episode in the Main Hall. I am amazed at Jaya TV’s and Maximum Media’s ability to to pull such huge crowds to whatever shows they conduct together (Margazhi Maha Utsavam, Jaya TV Pancharatna Kritis, Ragamalika etc). Apparently even Narada Gana Sabha’s secretary Sri Krishnaswamy, who was supposed to give a short speech before Vid Gurucharan’s concert at 6.30 PM, was not able to enter the premises (with his vehicle) from 6.05 PM till about 6.40PM (this was disclosed by Papanasam Sri Ashok Ramani later).

Vid Gurucharan’s concert was at the much smaller Mini Hall which was almost full when I walked in. Vid Gurucharan had by then started the concert and was singing his first number for the day “tuNai purindaruL“. Kalpana swarams were put at the pallavi line. Vid Nagai Sriram had already gotten into the act and whatever he played on the violin was so melodic and so very impressive. Kalpana swarams were put at “alarmEl mangai maNALA” in “venkaTaramaNA“, at “parivAi ranganAyaki …” in “tiruvazhundUr vAzh mAdhavA” and at “surEsha rAmadAsanuta” in “shrInivAsa tava charaNau“. Neraval was also done for the same line in the danyAsi kriti. Viruttam sung for song 7 was from the caraNam of Sri Sivan’s kalyANi composition “oru varam tandaruL“. Viruttam for song 8 was from the pallavi of the vasantA composition “aDimaiyin uLLa kuDisaiyil”. Taniavartanam was played in rUpaka tALam by Vid Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan and comprised the catusra and tisra naDais.

The choice of songs seemed very good. I came to know from one of my acquaintances that the theme of the concert was compositions of Sri Papansam Sivan on Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama and Goddess Lakshmi. Papanasam Sri Ashok Ramani announced just before the mangaLam that they had been holding such thematic concerts based on Sri Sivan’s compositions for quite some time now. He remarked that there were so many themes to draw upon from Sri Sivan’s works that even after conducting about 18 such different concerts, there were still an ample number left to be taken up in the future.

T.Rukmini & Amritha Murali @ STSVS, Chennai

Venue: Sri Thiagaraja Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam, Thiagarajapuram, Mylapore

Date: 19 June 2007

Organizer: Sri Thiagaraja Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam

Violin Duet: Vid. T.Rukmini & Vid. Amritha Murali

Mrudangam: Vid. Pathri Satish Kumar

Ghatam: Vid. S.Karthick

Tambura: Vid. Vaidyanathan


List of songs:

1) ninnE kOri (varNam) – vasantA – Adi – tAchUr singArAcAri (O)

2) gam gaNapatE – hamsadhwani – Adi (tisra gati) – harikEsanallUr muthiAh bhAgavatar (OS)

3) bAgAyanayya – chandrajyOti – Adi – tyAgarAja

4) entamuddO – bindumAlini – Adi – tyAgarAja (A)

5) paramAtmuDu – vAgadIshwari – Adi – tyAgarAja (A)

6) nidhicAla sukhamA – kalyANi – misra cApu – tyAgarAja (AST)

7) sogasu jUda taramA nI – kannaDagauLa – rUpakam – tyAgarAja

8 ) kaddanuvAriki – tODi – Adi – tyAgarAja (ANST)

9) bArO krishnayyA – rAgamAlikA – Adi – kanakadAsa

10) tillAnA – dwijAvanti – Adi – lAlguDi g. jayarAman

11) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – saurAshTram – Adi – tyAgarAja

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

Veteran Vid T. Rukmini and her disciple Vid Amritha Murali presented a melodic treat to rasikas assembled at the Samajam. Their violins simply sang. Listening to them play was like listening to someone singing the songs, doing full justice to them all the while.

The concert started with the vasantA varnam “ninnE kOri“. The entire varNam was played in two speeds to some brilliant accompaniment by Vid Pathri Satish Kumar and Vid S. Karthick. Kalpana swarams were put in “gam gaNapatE” at the pallavi line, in “nidhicAla sukhamA” at “surapati tyAgarAja nutuni … ” and in “kaddanuvAriki” at “niddura nirAkarinci …. “. Neraval was also done for the same line in “kaddanuvAriki“.  Though all the songs were played beautifully taking an unhurried approach, I especially liked the “entamuddO” and “bArO krishnayyA” renditions. The mAND in “bArO krishnayyA” just seemed to flow so freely, captivating me totally.

Vid Satish Kumar, one of my favorites when it comes to accompaniment for songs, was brilliant as usual. He almost played the songs on the mrudangam. His anticipation skills were extraordinary. Calculations seemed to be constantly running in his mind as he chose at will, endings that fit well aesthetically for different places in the songs. His experience and intelligence just shone through in the way he superbly, yet effortlessly played for the songs.

Combine Vid Satish Kumar with ghatam vidwan S. Karthick and you get a adorable percussion team that just does wonders. Vid Karthick was again very impressive. The camaraderie was there to be seen. Both the percussionists kept appreciating each other from time to time. The taniavartanam they played was very enjoyable. Vid Satish Kumar ended it in his usual style by playing a kOrvai that fit well with the start of the portion of the song at which the taniavartanam had been given.

A thoroughly enjoyable concert indeed.

Sanjay Subrahmanyan @ STSVS, Chennai

Venue: Sri Thiagaraja Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam, Thiagarajapuram, Mylapore

Date: 18 June 2007

Organizer: Sri Thiagaraja Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam

Vocal: Vid. Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Violin: Vid. Nagai Muralidharan

Mrudangam: Vid. Guruvayur Dorai

Khanjira: Vid. Neyveli B. Venkatesh


List of songs:

1) yOcanA – darbAr – Adi – tyAgarAja (OS)

2) rAmA ninnu namminA – mOhanam – Adi – tyAgarAja

3) nE pogaDakunTE – varALi – kanDa cApu – tyAgarAja (ANS)

4) adi kAdu bhajana manasA – yadukulakAmbOji – Adi – tyAgarAja (A)

5) nIkE teliyakapOtE – Anandabhairavi – Adi – tyAgarAja

6) sattalEni dinamulu vaccenA – nAgAnandini – Adi – tyAgarAja (AS)

7) nI daya rAvalegAka – tODi – Adi – tyAgarAja (AST)

8 ) vandanamu raghunandana – sahAnA – Adi – tyAgarAja

9) sAgaruNDu veDale nidO – yamunAkalyANi – rUpakam – tyAgarAja

10) rAmacandra nI daya – suruTTi – Adi – tyAgarAja (O)

11) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – saurAshTram – Adi – tyAgarAja

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

How would a Carnatic musician feel if fans in Chennai – the “Mecca of Carnatic Music” eagerly await his/her performance almost every time it is scheduled to happen? What a feeling it would be if for him/her to see people of all ages assembled in large numbers, right from tiny tots to veteran rasikas to veteran artists themselves, just to hear him/her sing !!!! It is a privilege only very few chaste classical musicians enjoy and one among them is Vid Sanjay Subrahmanyan.

I don’t even remember when I last saw such a huge turnout at the Samajam. Rasikas came in large numbers in anticipation of a great concert and Vid Sanjay delivered, the way he does almost every single time he performs.

Vid Sanjay started what turned out to be an exclusive Tyagaraja kritis concert with a outline of the darbAr raga and was just about to finish it when the organizers at the Samajam, an institution run by musicians, suddenly remembered they had to announce the name of the artists of the evening and a few other minute details that they deemed very important. Once all these formalities got over, Vid Sanjay launched into a fast paced “yOcanA” to some explosive but good accompaniment by Vid Guruvayur Dorai with Vid Neyveli Venkatesh following Sri Dorai like his shadow. KalpanA swarams were put at the pallavi line. A very good rendition of “rAmA ninnu namminA” followed suit. A detailed raga alapana of varALi came next. The close to 4.5 minute alapana by Vid Sanjay was a treat to the ears, as was the one Vid Nagai Muralidharan played later. “nE pogaDakunTE” was sung with neraval and kalpana swarams at “nIraja nayana shrI tyAgarAjanuta ….” in the caraNam. There were some simple but intelligent patterns used at the beginning of the kalpana swaram itself like G M P ; M P D ; P D nIraja , G M P ; P ; M P D; D; P D N ; nIraja and G M P ; P ; P ; M P D; D; D; P D N; N; nIraja.

The other ragas chosen for elaboration were yadukulakAmbOji, nAgAnandini and tODi and each one of them was a pleasure to listen to. I have been hearing a lot of tODis in the recent past but Vid Sanjay’s tODi just stood out. It was a cut above the rest. Kalpana swarams were put in the nAgAnandini kriti at “sattalEni” and for the tODi kriti at “nI daya rAvalegAka”. If I recall correctly, Vid Sanjay seemed to hold his breath at “ru” of “palumAru” in the caraNam of the nAgAnandini kriti for about 3 avartanams while Vid Guruvayur Dorai played his ending three times. This drew a lot of applause from the audience. The kalpana swarams in tODi saw Vid Sanjay doing a misra koraippu with varieties. This culminated in a kOrvai which was announced by Vid Sanjay as having been originally put by flute vidwan Sri N. Ramani who was present in the audience. The kOrvai was sung three times and its structure each time was as follows:

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3; 3; 3; /5, 5, 5 = 32 aksharams i.e. within 1/2 Avartanam of Adi tALam – 2 kaLai in catusra gati

4 3; 4 3; 4 3; / 5;, 5;, 5 = 48 aksharams i.e. within 1/2 Avartanam of Adi tALam – 2 kaLai in tisra gati

4 4 3; 4 4 3; 4 4 3; / 5;;, 5;;, 5 = 64 aksharams i.e. within 1 Avartanam of Adi tALam – 2 kaLai in catusra gati

where,

  • ; = 2 aksharam kArvai/pause
  • , = 1 aksharam kArvai/pause
  • / = separator between pUrvAngam & uttarAngam

Total duration = 2 Avartanams of Adi tALam – 2 kaLai

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Taniavartanam was played for Adi tALam primarily in the catusra and tisra gati. During the first round of catusra gati, Vid Guruvayur Dorai also played a small portion in kanDa gati. The same was also played by Vid Neyveli Venkatesh when his turn came.

Vid Sanjay wrapped up this wonderful concert with “rAmacandra nI daya” in suruTTi followed by the traditional mangaLam in saurAshTram.

The Gods too seemed to be delighted to hear the concert and they seemed to be expressing their happiness in the form of rains that lashed the city after the concert got over.

S.Saketaraman @ Ramana Kendram, Chennai

Venue: Ramana Kendram, Alarmelmangapuram, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 17 June 2007

Organizer: Ramana Kendram

Vocal: Vid. S. Saketaraman

Violin: Vid. Charumathi Raghuraman

Mrudangam: Vid. Trivandrum Balaji


List of songs:

1) mAl marugan (varNam) – hindOLam – Adi – tanjAvUr shankara iyer (O)

2) karuNAnidhiyE – bauLi – misra chApu – pApanAsam sivan (OS)

3) cintaya mA kanda mUlakandam – bhairavi – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkSitar (O)

4) kalyANa rAmA – hamsanAdam – Adi – UthukkADu venkaTasubbaiyer (ANS)

5) kanna taNDri nApai – dEvamanOhari – Adi – tyAgarAja

6) Emi jEsitE – tODi – misra chApu – tyAgarAja (ANST)

7) mAlOn maruganai manrADi maindanai & two other verses (viruttam) – sahAnA, shanmukhapriyA & behAg

muruganin marupeyar azhagu – behAg – kanDa cApu – sUrajAnandA

8 ) tAm tAm taka (tillAnA) – vAsanti – misra cApu – lAlguDi g. jayarAman

9) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – saurAshTram – Adi – tyAgarAja

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

Moorthi siridhaanalum keerthi peridhu (form might be small but fame is large)“. This is how the organizer introduced Vid Saketaraman. It is indeed surprising at times as to how a person with such a frail frame can produce such a strong voice !!

Vid Saketaraman started the concert with Sri Tanjavur Sankara Iyer’s beautiful varNam in hindOLam mAl marugan“. Sri Papanasam Sivan’s “karuNanidhiyE” was then rendered nicely with kalpanA swarams at the pallavi line. Vid Charumathi Raghuraman accompanied very well for this song playing in the lower octave for some of the lines and this I thought gelled very well with the vocal. The start of a bhairavi rAgA outline saw many people letting out loud gasps. “bhairavi for the third song itself?” seemed to be the question in everyone’s minds. But many looked satisfied when Vid Saketaraman chose “cintaya mA” and were found busily scanning the pages of their raga/kriti guides, searching for the song.

After bhairavi came the hamsanAdam alapana. hamsanAdam is a raga I like a lot (the modern version; not many sing the older version) and needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed the alapana by both the vocalist and the violinist. Every time someone starts singing a hamsanAdam alapana, my mind starts speculating “kalyANa rAmA“, though what ensues quite often is “baNTurIti“. This time however, I was rewarded when my favorite song in this raga “kalyANa rAmA” was actually taken up. It was a very neat and impressive rendition with neraval done for “rAghava raghurAma rAmA” and kalpanA swarams put alternatively at “rAghava” and “janakajA ramaNa“.

The main song was “Emi jEsitE” in tODi. Neraval was done for the anupallavi line “kAma mOha dAsulai .. ” and kalpana swarams were put at “shrI rAmuni“. A good taniAvartanam was played with an eDuppu of 0.5 beat before samam (for “shrI rAmuni“) by Vid Trivandrum Balaji.

Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman’s tillAnA in vAsanti and the traditional mangaLam brought the curtains down and saw Sri Saketaraman scurry off to catch the train back to Bangalore. His sister Vid Vishaka Hari was present listening to the entire concert. Such is the adulation audiences shower on her that most mamis present there flocked towards her after the concert got over making it a bit difficult for lesser mortals like me to find their way out. I left thanking heavens that her presence had not been announced in the morning papers beforehand.

Sikkil Gurucharan @ Lalitha Kala Vedika, Chennai

Venue: R.K. Swamy Auditorium, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 15 June 2007

Organizer: Lalitha Kala Vedika

Vocal: Vid. Sikkil Gurucharan

Violin: Vid. Nagai Sriram

Mrudangam: Vid. Trivandrum Balaji

Ghatam: Vid. E.M. Subramaniam


List of songs:

1) vanajAkshi (varnam) – kalyANi – Adi – rAmanAthapuram srInivAsa iyengAr (O)

2) sarasa sAma dAna – kApinArAyaNi – Adi – tyAgarAja (OS)

3) mAyammA yani nE – Ahiri – Adi – syAma sAstri (O)

4) anudinamunu – bEgaDa – rUpakam – rAmanAtapuram srInivAsa iyengAr (ANS)

5) mOhanakara muthukumara – nItimati – rUpakam – kOTIshwara iyer (AS)

6) entamuddO – bindumAlini – Adi – thyAgarAja (O)

7) bhAvayE sArasanAbham – kIravANi – Adi – swAti tiruNAL (AST)

8 ) kSaNamadhunA nArAyaNam – valaji – Adi – jayadEva (O)

9) senthamizh nADenum – rAgamAlikA – Adi – subramaNya bhArati

10) chelinEnEtlu sahintunE (jAvaLi) – paras – Adi – paTTAbhirAmayyA

11) iyal isai (tiruppugazh) – dEsh – kanDa tripuTa – aruNagirinAthar

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

13) mangaLam kOsalEndrAya (shlOkam) – madyamAvati

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

R.K. Swamy Auditorium is one of the few auditoriums in the city where the sound amplification is often simply superb. I am sure this must be playing a pivotal role in the success of the concerts that are held there. Vid Sikkil Gurucharan’s concert too had a good mic setting though the amplification level was a bit higher than usual.

The concert started with the kalyANi varnam “vanajAkshi” which I am hearing after a long time now. A short sketch of kApinArAyaNi followed. Kalpana swarams in “sarasa sAma dAna” were sung at “hitavu mATalentO …..” . “mAyammA yani nE” was started with the anupallavi “nyAyamA shrI …” and was sung very well in a slow, moving way. The ragas taken for elaboration were bEgaDA and kIravANi and were dealt with very nicely by both Vid Gurucharan and Vid Nagai Sriram. Neraval and kalpana swarams were put in “anudinamunu” at “kanakanaruci nirupamu“. Kalpana swarams were put at the pallavi line itself for “bhAvayE sArasanAbham“, a kriti not sung that often in the concert circuit. Vid Trivandrum Balaji and Vid E.M. Subramaniam accompanied well for the songs.