Hyderabad Brothers – Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha – December 25, 2016

Hyderabad Brothers Sri Seshachary & Sri Raghavachary, with Sri Nagai Sriram on Violin, Sri Mannargudi Easwaran on Mridangam and Sri B S Purushottaman on Khanjira.

  1. Evarani Nirnayinchiri – Devamruthavarshini
  2. Vagachoochutaku idi velara Daasarathe – ?
  3. Sadachaleswaram Bhavaye – Bhoopalam
  4. Saketha Nikethana – Kannada
  5. Kaligiyunte – Keeravani
  6. Charumathi Upacharamu – Kaanada
  7. Cheliya Nenetu Maaru – Ananda Bhairavi (?)
  8. Ayyo vibhudu nanu – Kedaragowla (Javali)
  9. Karunai Daivame Karpagame – Sindhu Bhairavi
  10. Thillana – Pahaadi

Hyderabad Brothers are known to present some very rare krithis and this concert was no different! It was so different to have heard all Telugu compositions in a concert in Chennai, till the time someone requested them for a Tamil composition in the end, which they obliged with one in Sindhu Bhairavi!

Kannada and Keeravani were elaborated, with Nagai Sriram playing extremely well all the way. He shadowed the brothers very well and returned in their style in a lovely way. Kaligiyunte is a wonderful composition that brought charm to the concert. Mannargudi Easwaran was fabulous as usual, with B S Purushottaman playing very softly.

Some very rare light compositions in Telugu, especially Cheliya Nenetu Maaru and Ayyo Vibhudu Nanu were very interesting, with so much of lyrical value, brought out very well by brothers. I am not sure how many in the hall would have understood their effort, except a very few Telugu rasikas.

The concert ended with the Thillana in ragam Pahaadi by Lalgudi Jayaraman Sir.

Rudrapatnam Brothers – Music Academy – December 24, 2016

This was my first concert of Margazhi 2016, by the veterans, Rudrapatnam Brothers, at the prestigious Madras Music Academy.

The stage was full of wonderful musicians, Rudrapatnam Brothers, Sri R N Thyagarajan and Sri R N Tharanathan, with Sri Nagai Muralidharan on Violin, Sri Mannargudi Easwaran on Mridangam and Sri Guruprasanna on Khanjira.

  • Sree Kumara – Athana – Swati Tirunal
  • Mamava Pattabhirama – Manirangu – Muttuswamy Deekshitaar
  • Nandagopala Sri Nanda Ganalola – Abheri
  • Ragam Tanam Pallavi – Kalyani
  • Shiva Shiva Shiva Bho Mahadeva Shambho – Naadanamakriya – Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar
  • Thillana – Janjhooti – Veena Seshanna

I missed a few compositions as I arrived about 15 minutes late. Athana aalapana from the elder brother was reverberating in the wonderful auditorium as I was entering. Response from Nagai Muralidharan was equally good. Maharaja Swati Tirunal’s composition Sree Kumara followed, which ended with lovely kalpana swaras.

Manirangu is a very rare ragam and is not often heard in concerts, that too as the “main” piece. It was so pleasing to hear an elaborate exploration of ragam by the younger brother, and equally well responded by Nagai Muralidharan on Violin. Deekshitaar’s Mamava Pattabhirama followed, with amazing Niraval on Sampoorna kama Raghurama Kalyanarama and the kalpana swaras to finish it off were exquisite! Mannargudi Easwaran (mama) showed his class in Tani Avarthanam (Misra Chaapu) and with Guruprasanna playing Khanjira, it formed a formidable partnership! One of the most fascinating Tani Avarthanams that I ever heard!

Nandagopala Sri Nanda Ganalola in Abheri is a filler before what followed, an amazing Ragam Tanam Pallavi, in one of the all-time favorite ragams, Kalyani! Both the Voices along with the Violin portrayed multiple dimensions of the grand Kalyani both in Ragam and Tanam. Pallavi in Triputa Talam was Saarade Karunaa Nidhe, Sakala Navaamba Sadaa Janani. It was sung in different nadais before moving onto the brief Ragamalika section to end the RTP.

The concert ended with two interesting pieces which I never heard, followed by a brief aalapana in Madhyamavathi.

A great concert by the veteran brothers, with excellent team – it indeed was a nice start to my attendance in Margazhi season!

Saketharaman – RT Nagar Cultural Academy – September 25, 2016

Saketharaman and team delivered a fine concert at RT Nagar Cultural Academy, as part of their annual music festival. I was pleasantly surprised to know the sabha has been doing programmes for 26 years now!

Sri Saketharaman was accompanied by Guru Sri H K Venkatram on Violin, Sri Mannargudi Easwaran on Mridangam and Sri B N Chandramouli on Khanjira.

  1. Saranu Siddhi Vinayaka – Sourashtram
  2. Paahi Parvathanandini – Aarabhi
  3. Mamava Meenakshi – Varali
  4. Ramanama payasakke – Ananda Bhairavi
  5. Evaritho Nenu – Manavathi
  6. Satatam tavaka pada sevanam – Kharaharapriya
  7. <Some Tamil Composition> – Ragamalika
  8. Dayamado ranga – Madhukauns
  9. Bhaja bhaja manasa raghavendram – Bhajan
  10. Thillana – Khamas
  11. Pavamana Suthudu – Sourashtram

I generally like concerts starting with a Varnam but this started with a krithi in Sourashtram and was good too. Aarabhi aalapana was lovely on both Vocals and Violin – although I never heard this krithi, it was very pleasing. Kalpana swaras at the end of it were free flowing and with so much of energy to set the stage for next 2 hours or so.

Saketh’s detailed Varali sounded a little different to me but I really liked the wonderful return on the Violin by my Guru. It was very soulful and no wonder I enjoyed it, because Varali is one of my favorite ragas. Niraval on “Shyame Shankari Digvijaya pratapini” was outstanding! When Varali started, I somehow felt like listening to Ananda Bhairavi and I was pleasantly surprised to hear the same as the next item. I have, in fact, asked Saketh, if he knows face/mind reading! 🙂

Ananda Bhairavi is again, one of my favorite ragas and it was a pure delight to hear the aalapana on both Vocal and Violin, followed by the composition. Some phrases are still ringing in my ears!

A very short aalapana of Manavati (first time for me) was intriguing and the composition was sung very fast. He tried to showcase some gamakas even at that speed, which was interesting.

A detailed Kharaharapriya aalapana was indeed very nicely presented. He probably did a Graha Bhedam to some ragam for a very brief while but I couldn’t identify it. I was expecting an RTP but it turned out to be yet another composition that I never heard before. The Niraval on the second line of last charanam was very special with Mannargudi showing his class. Kalpana swaras were again in multiple nadais and there were many special patterns around Rishabham. Tani Avarthanam by Mannargudi and Chandramouli was outstanding. I generally don’t understand most of the Tani patterns but I really liked every bit of it, especially on Mridangam.

The vote of thanks was really long and boring. I understand, it was the last day of the festival and they were perhaps obliged to do it the way they did. Sponsors are of course very very important, but I think, they should keep it short, quick and simple.

Some Tamil song in Ragamalika followed, which I could not figure out. Dayamado Ranga was the repeat from the last concert of Saketharaman that I attended. The concert ended with a nice Bhajan on Raghavendra Swamy, a Thillana in Khamas (by Lalgudi ?), followed by traditional Mangalam.

Overall, it was a nice concert with amazing team of musicians, with a bad sound system that created problems more often, with screeching sound!