Rama Ravi @ PSP Gurupuja Day, Chennai

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

Date: 08 June 2007

Occasion: Sri Palani Subramaniam Pillai Gurupuja Day

Vocal: Vid Rama Ravi

Vocal Support: Vid Nandita Ravi

Violin: Vid M.R. Gopinath

Mrudangam: Vid Thanjavur Subramaniam


List of songs:

1) graha balam Emi – rEvagupti – Adi – tyAgarAja

2) manasu karuga – hamsadhwani – rUpakam – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer (S)

3) paripAhimAm shrI dAsharatE – shubapantuvarALi – Adi – mysore vAsudEvAcAr (NS)

4) kAppaduvE unadu bhAram – Anandabhairavi – rUpakam – vaDivElu (A)

5) paripUrNa kAma – pUrvikalyANi – rUpakam – tyAgarAja (ANS)

6) saundara rAjam – brindAvana sArangA – tisra Ekam (2 kaLai) – muthuswAmi dIkshitar

7) ninnE nammi nAnu – tODi – misra cApu – shyAma sAstri (ANST)

8 ) nArimaNi (jAvaLi) – khamAs – Adi – dharmapuri subbarAyar

9) padari varugudu (padam) – kAmbOji – tisra Ekam (2 kaLai) – vaidIshwarankoil subbarAmayyar

10) vandE mAtaram ambikAm bhagavati (viruttam) – sAvEri, kalyANi, madyamAvati

11) uruvAi aruvAi (tiruppugazh) – madyamAvati – kanDa cApu – aruNagirinAthar

12) karpagamE – madyamAvati – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

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

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

I couldn’t have probably asked for a better start to this concert. “graha balam Emi“, the way it was sung by Vid Rama Ravi, sounded just perfect and served as an indicator of the quality concert that was in store for the rasikas. I could just go ga-ga about whatever Vid Rama Ravi sang. The kriti renditions that completely floored me were “graha balam Emi” and “saundara rAjam“, which is one of my personal favorites.

Vid M.R. Gopinath accompanied well on the violin. Vid. Tanjore Subramaniam’s mrudangam playing was filled with copious amount of “arai chAppus“. Taniavartanam had the chatusra and tisra naDais.

This was one concert where musicians themselves formed about half of the assembled audience. Many of them also participated in the individual short performances that were scheduled before the concert began.

Rasikas got nice food for their stomach too, apart from their ears, in the form of prasadam that was given after the concert got over.

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9 thoughts on “Rama Ravi @ PSP Gurupuja Day, Chennai

  1. Sathej says:

    Graha Balam Emi provided a good start.The Thodi was nice and I got to hear a Javali and a Padam after a really long time.Overall, a fine Kutcheri and I must attend more of her concerts.She has good Patantharam and her music is truly classical sans any frills.
    Sathej

  2. Vignesh says:

    This was one concert where musicians themselves formed about half of the assembled audience—- could u name them

  3. Ram says:

    Well .. the ones I recall now are Sri Guruvayur Dorai, Sri K.S. Kalidas (I think he was the organizer), Sri K. Arun Prakash, Sri S. Varadarajan, Sri R.K. Shriramkumar, Kum Amritha Murali, Sri Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar, Sri P.K. Babu (Sri Guruvayur Dorai’s student). There were surely more musicians too … can’t recall them readily …. my memory is failing me.

  4. Rama says:

    VandE mAtaram ambikAm bhagavati (viruttam) – sAvEri, kalyANi, madyamAvati Words wanted
    Heard ChembaiVaidyantha Iyer , I stood still at the place, with happiness and joy. Pleaae post the words in English in this blog itself. God bless you all.

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