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!