Lalgudi Siblings, GJR Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi, presented a delightful concert at Srinivasa Sastry Hall for Chennai Fine Arts, with J Vaidyanathan on Mridangam and T Radhakrishnan on Ghatam.
- Varnam – Bahudari
- Kanchadalaayatakshi – KamalaManohari
- Nadadina Maata – Janaranjani
- Enthani vinavintu ra – Urmika
- Atukaradani – Manoranjani
- Srinivasa Tava Charanam – Kharaharapriya
- Ragam Tanam Pallavi – Charukesi
- Thillana – Behag
- Pavamana Suthudu – Sourashtram
The concert started with a beautiful Lalgudi Jayaraman’s Thilllana in Bahudari. A quick outline of KamalaManohari by GJR was followed by Dikshitar’s KanchaDalaayatakshi. Some sangathis were simply amazing, and the swaras that followed were top class.
Viji played a delightful Janaranjani aalapana. It is so amazing how the Lalgudi bani gets the best of the ragam in such a short time! Thyagaraja’s composition Nadadina Maata was brilliant. GJR played a soulful Urmika which is very rare. Pallavi Seshaiyyar’s composition Enthani vinavinthu ra was a classic!
A brisk Atu karadani in Manoranjani served as a filler before the main ragam of the evening. Viji presented an elaborate & chaste Kharaharapriya and the feeling can’t be described in words. The aalapana showed the greatness of Lalgudi Bani to bring out raga essence, the beauty of the grand ragam and the her virtuosity, everything bundled into a sublime package! Papanasam Sivan’s Srinivasa Tava Charanam was enchanting and kalpana swaras were a treat to the audience. Interesting korvai brought this masterpiece a perfect end! Vaidyanathan and Radhakrishnan added great beauty to the presentation. Their Tani Avarthanam was quote engaging!
Charukesi is one of my favorite ragas and the Lalgudi school is actually responsible for that! GJR’s presentation of the ragam was soul stirring. Some of the phrases will haunt me for some time. It is difficult to hide the emotions when someone plays Charukesi with such intensity intertwined with great virtuosity in bowing and fingering – the artistes on stage were no exception! The pin drop silence in the small Srinivasa Sastry Hall enhanced the mood created by the magical hands of GJR Krishnan. A quick Tanam where both GJR and Viji complemented each other, was outstanding! As always, Viji sung the Pallavi before the duo played some delightful Niraval on it. The Kalpana swaras were played in ragamalika – Dharmavathi, Khamas, Hamirr Kalyani, ?, Huseni before ending the grand RTP back in Charukesi. A memorablee RTP indeed and what more to ask for, when it is one of your favorite ragas!!
A beautiful Chinnanchirukiliye which was presented with great bhavam was one to cherish for long time! The concert ended with a composition of their Guru, Thillana in Behag, followed by Mangalam in Sourashtram!
The Hall was quite small in comparison to other Chennai sabhas that helped the audience to sit closer to the audience and the sound system was just perfect that really helped us enjoy and savour the concert!