An eventful weekend came to an end by attending a soulful concert by Smt. Bombay Jayashri, with Sri H N Bhaskar on Violin, Sri V V Ramanamurthy on Mridangam, Sri B S Purushottam on Khanjira and Master Amrit Ramnath on Tambura.
- Sri Varalakshmi Namastubhyam – Sree
- Makelara Vicharamu – RaviChandrika
- Narayana Ninna Namada – Suddha Dhanyasi
- Mokshamu Galada – Saramati
- Bhuvaneshwariya – MohanaKalyani
- Ragam Tanam Pallavi – Bhairavi
- Ondu baari smarane saalade – Sindhu Bhairavi (?)
- Thillana – Madhuvanthi
- Mangalam – Sourashtram
The concert started with a prayer to Goddess Saraswathi, Saraswathi Namastubhyam… before moving on to Sri Varalakshmi Namastubhyam in Sree! So soulful was the rendition, that would have made Muttuswamy Deekshitaar proud! A brisk Makelara Vicharamu in RaviChandrika followed, which ended with wonderful exchange of Kalpana Swaras between Jayashri and Bhaskar.
Suddha Dhanyasi was taken up for elaboration to everyone’s delight. Amazing aalapana by Jayashri, complemented equally well by Bhaskar, was a treat for the ears! Narayana Nimma Namada is a composition that I heard for first time. Purandara Daasa’s composition was rendered with so much of devotion. The Niraval segment would have taken many audience into a different world of pure tranquility. Soulfulness in rendition is the hallmark of the entire concert, which is a rarity these days. The composition ended with a brilliant round of kalpana swaras.
Starting from the Anupallavi Sakshatkara ni… the immortal composition of Saint Thyagaraja, Mokshamu Galada was rendered at a leisurely pace, allowing the audience to settle in the divine environment already created through the wonderful music by then. Ramanamurthy and Purushottam were soft, fabulous and did a great deal of job in elevating the concert to greater heights!
MohanaKalyani is a very beautiful ragam and a detailed aalapana by Jayashri showed multiple new phrases of it. Bhaskar’s return was lovely both in aalapana and swaras, while following her eloquently in Muttaiah Bhagavathar’s composition Bhuvaneshwariya...
Bhairavi was the main ragam for the evening. It’s been very long since I heard chaste elaboration of it and I was completely drenched in its beauty with the ragam and tanam from Jayashri and Bhaskar. His returns in Tanam especially drew a great appreciation from the audience. Tanam was also probably rendered in a couple of other ragams (?) too, which I could not notice, but Kaanada was definitely one of them. Beautiful Pallavi on Goddess Durga, Parameswari Jagadeeswari Bhairavi Sree Tripura Sundari was set to Khanda Jathi Triputa Talam. Kalpana swaras included Charukesi, Rakeshri (?), Behag and I may have possibly missed one or two more ragas. Tani Avarthanam was fabulous by Ramanamurthy and Purushottam and it turned the RTP into a complete package with great team work!
A great concert ended with a Thillana by Lalgudi Jayaraman Sir in Madhuvanthi and traditional Mangalam.