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Re: Concert Attendance Report - 12 Jul & 23rd July, 2011

Post #101 by tkb » 24 Jul 2011, 10:24

Nice to see Young NRI artists making a big impression these days in Chennai. I had the oppurtunity to be there for a short while in Hariharah Ravi's vocal concert on the 12th July at BVB mini hall organised under Balakalasagaram Trust by Issaimazhalai Ramjhi with Shyam on Violin and Akshay Ram on Mrudhangam. It was a good concert and i wanted to be there for his full concert on 19th Jul'11 but missed it. I am trying to catch up with his concert at NGS mini hall in the second week of August. Sri Cleveland Sundaram spoke about Hariharani's talents and his growth in his learning process as he is one of the regulars for the Cleveland Thyagaraja Utsavam. Sri Ramjhi informed that he was so impressed with the voice and talent of Hariharan that he arranged this concert in a short notice, sooner he got to know that he was in Chennai.

Kamalakiran Vinjamuri's solo violin concert i attended yesterday is probably one of the best i had attended in the recent past. He had the stamp of his guru, Ms. A. Kanyakumari's school of playing techniques and the smile she carries while interacting with the artists during a concert. Kamalakiran, all of 13 years old, was all at ease with the enhancement team of Sri Arjun Ganesh on mrudhangam, Sri. K. V. Gopalakrishnan on Kanjeera and Dr. S. Karthick on Ghatam who did their best! He also his guru's divine blessings with her presence for the concert.

I entered when Kamalakiran was actually singing Akilandeswari on violin and continued to do so through out the concert. He followed it up with Nadhupai - Madhyamavathi and Ragunadha nannu - Swararanjani. I missed the RTP in Shanmugapriya but came back to listen to Revagupti ragaThillana followed by Bagyadhalaksmi Baramma, Brahma Kadigina Padhamu, Pibare Ramarasam and Mangalam. I had the pleasure of having attended a good concert and also the satisfaction of personally greeting the artist! Understand he is enhancing the vocal concert of Sri Madurai Rajaram today evening at Parvathy, 28/180 Eldams Road, Chennai for Music Education Trust. I will be missing it as i have to attend my wife's vocal concert today at Kumaran Kundram, Chrompet this evening!!
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #102 by sridhar_ranga » 19 Dec 2013, 09:24

Listened to Saketharaman for the first time at BGS last evening. It was an excellent team performance by Saketharaman, Nagai Sriram, Mannargudi Eswaran and S. Karthick. Mukhari premain (enRaikku Sivakripai) and Subhapantuvaraali main (Sri Satyanarayanam Upasmahe), followed by a 3-raga pallavi in Revati, Sahana and Sivasakti in khanDa jaati aTa taaLam. Interesting pallavi line combining the dances performed by Siva & Sakti (tANDavam and laasyam). Finished off with a few kritis on lord Siva.
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #103 by rshankar » 19 Dec 2013, 09:27

Sridhar, I'm very curious now - what was the pallavi?
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #104 by sridhar_ranga » 19 Dec 2013, 10:01

I no longer make notes but thankfully I messaged the pallavi line to a friend, so here it is from Viber:

takadheem takiTadheem enRu tANDavam || janudheem tajanudheem enRu laasyam || ADiDum SivaSaktiyai paNivOm ||
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #105 by rajeshnat » 19 Dec 2013, 10:56

Nice thoughtful pallavi by saketharaman . I guess the experience of learning from Lalgudi has indeed brought that . What does laasyam mean?
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #106 by Nick H » 19 Dec 2013, 11:19

Yesterday I attended four concerts. This is a personal record, and not one that I am interested in breaking! Two is enough, three is overeating.

Another record for me was three consecutive concerts by students of Smt R Vedavalli: Ashwin Anand (veena), Usha Padmanabhan, and Archana & Arathi.

On top of those concerts at MA and Raga Sudha, I fulfilled a promise to an old friend from London to see his program: Manikam Yogeswaren. His performance was full of gusto and passion. The difference from the previous concerts made this, the fourth course in a rich meal, palatable and digestible
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #107 by rshankar » 20 Dec 2013, 05:49

sridhar_ranga wrote:I no longer make notes but thankfully I messaged the pallavi line to a friend, so here it is from Viber:

takadheem takiTadheem enRu tANDavam || janudheem tajanudheem enRu laasyam || ADiDum SivaSaktiyai paNivOm ||

Beautiful...I was imagining this danced, with vigorous jumps and leg lifts for the tANDavam, and an almost mohiniATtamish grace for the lAsyam...
Rajesh...if Siva dances the vigorous tANDavam, pArvati dances the lAsyam with languorous grace. It is a way of dancing. Lalgudi Sri Jayaraman in his nATya composition, jaya jaya dEvi, refers to it as 'naLinam migunda lAsyam'. Myth has it, that umA taught this firm of dancing to ushA, the daughter of bhANAsura...
Also, some believe that the word tALa, comes from the union of tANDava and lAsya.
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #108 by Nick H » 20 Dec 2013, 08:11

Yesterday: Just K P Nandini (missed 'h'?).

My favourite new-to-me-this-year vocalist (also a violinist.) Great voice, great concert.

About to go to MA. I guess I'll be late for 9.15 concert --- but it's midnight according to my personal clock!
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #109 by rajeshnat » 23 Dec 2013, 21:22

Today i went around 7pm to hear hyderabad brothers after a long time. the venue was meenakshi college of engg . I mistook this venue for the meenakshi college in kodambakkam-liberty which has also an engg college. I went and the watchman said the concerts at this college got over few days back , there is also few concerts here. I just checked kutcheris.com to find the venue was meenakshi college of engg in kk nagar .

Govinda govinda one day of concert gone despite just trying my best to sneak in out of office bit early. we have aishwarya and sanjay ambiguity, now we also have venue ambiguity.This post is just a caution for all of you that meenakshi college of engg is in kknagar and not kodambakkam.
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #110 by vasanthakokilam » 24 Dec 2013, 05:25

:( That is too bad Rajesh, that has got to be quite disappointing. Thanks for the warning
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #111 by Nick H » 24 Dec 2013, 11:23

My concert going is interrupted by visitors from USA.

However, there was never any doubt that Smt Vedavalli's concert would be included in our itinerary. It is always a little nerve racking to introduce people to carnatic music at the deepest of the deep end, but they were able to share my bliss.

Having them here brought me a new experience, because I would not often look even for the great names in dance, but they wanted to see some, and a quick scan of the newspaper resulted us in us being at Kalakshetra in the evening, watching the ladies from Nrityagram, whose dance is one of just one of the most extraordinary wonderful experiences in the world! In fact, a world-wide dance follower friend, who introduced me to them, described them to me as "The best dancers I have ever seen." I have experienced very little dance --- but I'm certainly not arguing with this!

Sunday, therefore, was an amazingly special day from beginning to end.
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #112 by sridhar_ranga » 19 Dec 2014, 14:29

Had a wonderful morning at Krishna Gana Sabha with a serene TN Seshagopalan kutchery.

TNS @ SKGS 19 Dec 2014 9:30 AM supported by - TNS Krishna, M Chandrasekharan, Patri Satishkumar

1. Sri Varalakshmi - Sri - Rupaka - D (RS)
2. Sri Balasubrahmanya - Bilahari - M Chapu - D (RS)
3. Jaalandhara supIThastE - Valaji - Rupakam - HMB (R, NS@bhavaroga nivarini bhaktajana paripalini)
(trademark swara fireworks by sri TNS and sri MC started swara return after a pause and the comment 'ivvaLO amakkaLapaDuttina appuRam naan enna vaasikkaRadu)
4. nILA tungasthana kiritaTI + paadagangaL tIrkkum (brief viruttams) + violin return + Azhi mazhaikkaNNaa - VaraaLi - Adi - ANDAL
5. SaravaNabhavaa samayamidiraa - paSupatipriya - Adi - HMB (S)
6. dhyaanamE varamaina - dhanyaasi - Adi - T (RNST)
7. puLLin vAi piLandiTTAi - periyaazhwaar paasuram - ragamalika viruttam in saveri, bagesri?, ? + barse badariya saavan kI - Mira Bhajan in ?
8. pavamaana + Sriyah kaantaaya kalyaaNa

I believe most ragas chosen were morning specials! Blissful it was.
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #113 by Vocalist » 27 Dec 2014, 00:37

Heard the post-thani avarthanam items of today's concert by Mahanadhi Shobana Vignesh at BVB mini hall. Her voice was quite good and she did quite well in the higher octaves generally. I believe the main item was Kharaharapriya though.

The thukkadas section started with an abhang which seemed to be a cross between Mand and Bhoopalam possibly. She then took up a viruttham in Chalanattai? and Revathi. Can't remember the starting words exactly, but I did make a note about "Kanne Kanmaniye". The krithi she sang in Revathi started with the words "Munnavane Siriyavanaan" which I think was in praise of Lord Nataraja, but no idea who composed either. She then sang Payumoli Nee of Subramania Bharathiyar in raga Brindavani. She also sang a Thillana in Karnaranjani composed by K. S. Raghunathan containing Tamil sahithyam (the alternate version I've heard of the same Thillana is in Telugu) before Pavamana.
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #114 by Nick H » 27 Dec 2014, 14:12

Nick H wrote:Yesterday I attended four concerts. This is a personal record, and not one that I am interested in breaking! Two is enough, three is overeating.

I broke it with a 5-concert day this year. I'd find it very hard to list them from memory!
Another record for me was three consecutive concerts by students of Smt R Vedavalli: Ashwin Anand (veena), Usha Padmanabhan, and Archana & Arathi.

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No consecutive record, but have added three more to my RV-school experience, this year, which now includes, I think, all the actively performing students
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writing reviews without attending

Post #115 by nirmalaraghavan » 24 Feb 2015, 06:47

I was surprised some 10 years before when even senior critics would write without attending concerts. I've seen musicians flock round these critics begging them to write- to write with a list and not by listening. Now at least its better off. critics are given cd's of concerts to review. For a really good artiste and who is confident of his/her artistic skills,I think these don't matter. Dr. Balamuralikrishna would always say "Avaalukku therinjada avaa ezhudara" and he would brush it off.
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #116 by Sivagamasundari » 17 Nov 2015, 17:39

Wow I've always thought I'm a loner in such thoughts this is a really good forum to express our views and may be a more realistic review for Sabhas and organisations to note
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #117 by vasanthakokilam » 01 Jan 2016, 21:23

Here is a brief on the concerts I attended during the 2015 season in Chennai. If I see a detailed concert review of these concerts I will copy and paste the relevant portions there if appropriate.

Abhishek Raghuram at Bharath kalachar - Every raga Abhishek takes up gets the special Abhishek treatment ( and the Abhishek experience as Sachi called it elsewhere ) and the raga to have that privilege in this concert was Nalinakanthi (RTP). The 3 hour duration gave him the the flexibility to indulge in the pallavi portion alone for 45 minutes. The laya concept he used is 'Atheetham' as in the usual meaning of the song line starting before the beat. Every sub portion of the pallavi line is also set in Atheetham. He explained that it gives him the flexibility to do nadai bedam with ease. It was a great treat. I am not sure half the audience was with him in all the laya intricacies but I enjoyed it very much. ( in his explanation about the pallavi he said in passing that if you come to the hall before the concert starts that is atheetham. It went over the head of most of the audience except a few of us who caught on to the humor ;) ).

Malladi Brothers at Narada Gana Sabha - Very enjoyable concert. They did an RTP with the words that are relevant to the flood situation in Chennai. Their Shankarabharanam was just too good. It does not hurt they sang a song that I like very much ( eduTa nilicitE nIdu ). Can not describe how great a time I had listening to them sing that song.

Saketharaman at Indian Fine arts - Someone I have been wanting to hear live for a while and I am glad I did. 'chalamElarA sAkEtarAmA' was a nice touch putting smiles on a few people around me! Another one of the youngsters who can sing with enormous confidence and who can let loose. Too bad it was only a two hour concert ( what is with that 2 hour 4:30 pm slot at Indian Fine arts? Does not make any sense to put an artist like Saketharaman there with top notch accompanists for a two hour concert)

Jayant (flute) at Indian Fine arts - This youngster has matured into an accomplished professional flute player and I enjoyed his concert. Flute concerts do have a special charm, whether it is due to the greatness of the sound or the possibilities of techniques afforded by the instrument and Jayant brought them all to produce a wholesome experience. Chakkani rajamargamu was the main, it was great to hear it on the flute. This youngster knows to do the right and respectful thing. He asked Vittal Ramamurthy the violinist to start the Thillana by Lalgudi Jayaraman. Pleasant symbolism there.

(Indian fine arts should feel the shame for picking Ethiraj Kalyana Mandapam as the venue ( I hear it was changed to this venue this year ). It may be great for a wedding but totally unfit for CM concerts unless one is going for cacophony as a theme. Every horn sound of the thousands of vehicles that pass by the road in front is heard inside. After enduring that torture for a couple of songs by Sakthetharaman, I upgraded my ticket and moved closer to the stage. It was better but I could still hear them. I am sure the artists can hear them too and full credit to them to still produce a great concert amidst such chaos. At one place in Jayant's concert, he was doing a great purvi kalyani alapana where he was building it up with very short and subtle phrases that one can do with the flute. It was awesome and I was totally amazed at the subtlety of it all until a horn sound from the road totally destroyed the third variation he did. Indian fine arts bills itself as a top tier organization ( as the season is not like just as any other sabha but like the MA it is a conference etc. ) and hope they find a better home consistent with their billing. Anything will be better than this.)

Akkarai Sisters Vocal - Charsur Foundation concert at Narada gana sabha mini hall - The speciality of this series is to encourage full coverage of all the 72 melakarthas ( by all the artists involved in the series ). Nice concept. The hall was over flowing. For some reason the concert itself started 15 minutes earlier than advertised. Fortunately I was there for the start but there was disturbance with people arriving late ( on time ) and getting seated. They sang well with Shanmugapriya Main. Edayya Gathi was also done well ( noticed how the bhavam of the song comes across to me differently when sung by different singers )

Sriranjani Santhanagopalan at Music Academy - I was there for her Kharaharapriya RTP. She sang great enough that I need to take in a full concert. I am sure there will be ample opportunities. She does come across as a natural singer.

Abhishek Raghuram at Parthasarary Sabha. The raga that was afforded the Abhishek treatment was Purvi Kalyani. I heard he sang that raga for one of the Margazhi utsavam concerts. I guess he was not satisfied and decided to give it the full on treatment. It was a treat. It was a new song for me, one by Tanjore Ponnaiyah. His Durbar was also quite royal.

Sanjay Subramaniyan at Tamil Isai Sangam, Raja Annamalai Manram. This is totally Arasi's doing ( and am quite thankful for that!! ) We talked on the phone and she recalled the Tamil Isai Sangam concert of SS is either the day before or that day or day after. It was around 3 P.M. Had a few errands to run since it was the day before I had to take off from Chennai and forgot to check the schedule. I was somewhere in Besant Nagar around 5:30 PM when I remembered the conversation with Arasi, checked Ram's site Musicrux.com and found out it was indeed that day at 7 P.M. Changed a few things around and got there to George Town with enough time to spare. The people there are quite nice. For a 250 rupees ticket, they seated me in the 4th row with an added guarantee that if I find that to be not suitable, they will seat me in the member's section after half hour. I do not see such things happening in any Mylapore Sabha. There was no need for that since that was great enough seat( but for the squeaky push back chair!). Tremendous concert indeed. Enjoyed his Begada and Kamas RTP. I am not sure if people say this aspect about SS but he combines his open throated all out singing with enough voice modulation to bring out different bhavams. It is easier said than done. All that came together for an emotional rendition of Chinnachiru Kiliye. Sometimes core CM rasikas have the tendency to treat such songs as 'oh not that again!' and not pay enough attention but I am glad I did not do that this time. For whatever reason, his rendition of this song that day got to me quite deeply. I also noticed a few moist eyes around me.

Finally, on a lighter vein, when Akkarai Sisters started Shanmukhapriya main alapana, I over thought it and figured it is something related to S'priya but not quite it. I managed to confuse my friend who was firm on S'priya as well. In the upper tetrachord it sounded very much like S'priya but at the lower one, I thought it sounded a bit different. ( again, it was a problem with me and not with Akkarai Sisters ).
So, if not, S'priya, what is it? My theoretical mind took over ( bad, I know ) and added 6 to 56 and thought it may be 62 ( Rishabapriya ). Long story short, as the alapana progressed it was clear I was overthinking this and it is indeed S'Priya and confirmation came when the song started.
At SS concert, it started the same way, it sounded like S'priya and not quite that. I said to myself 'oh, not again' but kept to my conviction it is not S'Priya knowing fully well that I am on the verger of strike two. ( though this time the evidence was a lot stronger ). SS himself announced soon it is Rishabapriya. Wow! I do not know Rishabapriya at all at the lakshya level. The krithi he sang was by Koteeswara Iyer and that added a few more layers to the raga reminiscent of Kalyani and Mohanam . I need to listen to this raga more to get familiar at a holistic level rather than thinking it sounds like S'Priya, Kalyani etc. Anyway, I was glad that my hunch it is not S'priya came out true preventing strike two!!

One notable miss was Amrita Venkatesh. I really wanted to listen to her live, I like her confident extemporaneous style of singing. I was gunning for her but could not make it happen due to my schedule difficulties. Hopefully on my next visit to Chennai or may be she will do a NA tour.

It would have great to meet up with members of our forum and attend concerts with them but this trip turned out to be quite unpredictable in terms of schedule which prevented me from doing so. Also, I stayed a bit away from the city (Uthandi) and I did not have the energy to get to the city early and often to do the 8 A.M to 10 P.M. sabha hopping that I used to do in earlier years. But I am glad I took in the concerts I did.
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Re: Concert Attendance Report

Post #118 by rajeshnat » 01 Jan 2016, 23:13

vasanthakokilam wrote: Too bad it was only a two hour concert ( what is with that 2 hour 4:30 pm slot at Indian Fine arts? Does not make any sense to put an artist like xyz there with top notch accompanists for a two hour concert)

Now you are complaining like me . All these years many may have felt that I am bragging in this but with the chief janitor i can brag more on this point
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