Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

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#1 Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by Sivaramakrishnan » 18 Feb 2018, 23:15

Musiri House, Alwarpet, Chennai
18.02.2018 (Sunday)
10.01 a.m.to 12.30 noon

N Ravikiran-Chitraveena
Akkarai Subbulakshmi-Violin
B Sivaraman- Mridangam
N Guruprasad-Ghatam

Anahita Ravindran-Tambura (& vocal support)

Pitch 5.5 kattai (G*)

Kritis
1 Suddhaseemanthini- Janakiramana- Tyagaraja
2 Desakshi- Santatam aham sevey- Oothukadu Venkatakavi (Kamakshi navavaranam)
3 Mukhari-Endraikku Sivakripai-Neelakantasivan
4 Maalavi-Nenarunchinanu-Tyagaraja
5 Chintamani-Devi Brova samayamithe-Syama sastri ('Main' - followed by Tani)
6 Bilahari-Paripovalara-(Javali)
7 Saveri - Telisenura- (Padam)
8 Neelambari-Dandapaanimaasraye-Ravikiran
9 Sindhubhairavi-Tillana - Ravikiran
10 Yadukulakambodhi-Tirupugazh
Mangalam

Chamber music concerts are marked by intended listening by a dedicated audience. Events at Musiri chamber are specially noted for the right ambiance and a 'cream audience'. Naturally Sangita Kalanidhi Ravikiran drew an august gathering consisting of luminaries like Violin maestro V S Narasimhan, danseuse Leela Samson, Sitarist Janardan Mitta etc. Most students of Ravikiran also seemed to be in attendance. The 'house' was literally 'full' and the Concert was highly satisfying.

* Janakiramana gave the right start with a few avartas of Swraras @ Anupallavi sahitya Gaanalola ghana tamaala neela
* A precise alapana of Desaakshi preceded the very rare Kamakshi navavarana kriti of Oothukadu. Ravikiran remarked that the raga which roughly resembles Bilahari needs a delicate handling to retain the kaisiki nishadha in avarohana , at the same time avoid shades of Kambodhi. Tightrope walking indeed. And Ravikiran made it a splendid experience.

*Perhaps many in the audience expected Enthanine varnichunu sabari bhagya for Mukhari but Sivakripai came in with a beautiful alapana. The Naada of the traditional instrument was just divine.

*Nenarunchinanu (Maalavi) was marked by that celebrated Chittaswara and for the racy kaalapramaanam adopted by Ravikiran, the rendering could be hailed as fantastic.

* That was a rare concert where Chintamani (Devi brova samayamithe) was the main piece. The aalapanana and the sahitya laden kriti rendering was wholesome. Swaraprastara was entertaining yet scholarly with enjoyable phrases. Tani followed.

* The post main uruppadis were marked by originality and contrast . While the Javali and padam fulfilled the customary items, a couple of compositions (in Neelambari and Sindhubhairavi) were 'own compositions' of Ravikiran. The tillana was in praise of Nanganallur Anjaneya as announced by him. If I remember correct, Sri Chitraveena Narasimhan, Ravikiran's father&Guru had received an award and title from the Temple trust many years ago at a grand function in the temple premises.

The accompanists played with involvement yet with restraint adding to the overall impact of the concert. Subbulakshmi offered the right proportion and balance in her violin returns - so experienced is she in following Ravikiran! The percussionists Sivaraman and Guruprasad maintained a perfect decibel discipline and the Tani was good.

Anahita Ravindran - apart from strumming the Tambura - vocally rendered select portions of kritis to convey intricate sahitya whenever asked to do so by her Guru. A worthy disciple indeed.

Thanks to the Thyagarajans for hosting yet another excellent chamber music concert. The Musiri house - as the venue is referred to - is a notable landmark for carnatic music in Chennai, also reminding us of the great Musiri Subramania Iyer.
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#2 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by rshankar » 18 Feb 2018, 23:29

Isn’t the violinist Subhalskshmi?
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#3 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by Sivaramakrishnan » 18 Feb 2018, 23:45

rshankar wrote:
18 Feb 2018, 23:29
Isn’t the violinist Subhalskshmi?
To most rasikas, if the prefix is 'Akkarai', the name Subbulalkshmi or Subhalakshmi doesn't matter!!
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#4 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by Sachi_R » 18 Feb 2018, 23:54

Just look at the names. I am in the mood for Samskrita interpretations:

Ravi Kirana - The sun rays bring the touch of God
to
Chitra Veena - to the Beautiful Veena,
which ushers in
Shubha Lakshmi - The goddess of auspiciousness, Lakshmi Devi
through music that appeals to both
Shiva and Rama
by Guru Prasada or Guru's grace
which ultimately takes us to
Anahita = The Unstruck Sound, ie Om.
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#5 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by Sivaramakrishnan » 19 Feb 2018, 06:14

Sahrdayo Satchidaananda:
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#6 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by thanjavooran » 19 Feb 2018, 08:45

Sivaramakrishnan,
As usual excellent review. Chintanamani I recollect rendering this kriti by KVN
With wishes,
Thanjavooran
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#7 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by Sachi_R » 19 Feb 2018, 08:56

SRK 🙏🏻
The word अनाहित is different from the word अनाहत which is used to represent the unstruck sound. But we shall take it here as another interpretation.
Thank you for a fine report, sir.
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#8 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by arasi » 19 Feb 2018, 10:39

I wish the very talented younger Akkarai spells her name as Swarna rather than Sorna.
Akkarai--the other side of the river--is that the name of their Ur (Uru?). Of course, the father has nurtured their music with great akkarai (care)...
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#9 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by Sivaramakrishnan » 19 Feb 2018, 12:42

arasi wrote:
19 Feb 2018, 10:39

Akkarai--the other side of the river--is that the name of their Ur (Uru?). Of course, the father has nurtured their music with great akkarai (care)...
Superb interpretation!
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#12 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by sankark » 19 Feb 2018, 19:29

That chintAmani: Wow!
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#13 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by sureshvv » 19 Feb 2018, 20:51

arasi wrote:
19 Feb 2018, 10:39
I wish the very talented younger Akkarai spells her name as Swarna rather than Sorna.
Why? That would make her like every other Swarna! Now she stands out like Sorna :)
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#14 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by arasi » 19 Feb 2018, 22:13

:) Gracefully phrased, Sureshvv!

Listening to the master now. Have heard jAnaki ramaNa many times and I like it a lot. But this! It's a crystal clear brook flowing faultlessly. Yet, as if it has been ever so meticulously chiseled to perfection by the artiste, it has that stillness!
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#15 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by bilahari » 20 Feb 2018, 07:24

Thoroughly serene concert. I especially enjoyed the jAnaki ramaNa, the dEsAkSi, and the truly exquisite dEvi brOva, which was reminiscent in its grace of Ravikiran's spellbinding mAyamma several years ago at the Academy. His sheer insight into music, and the concision with which he plays never fail to awe.
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#16 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by Sundara Rajan » 20 Feb 2018, 20:43

I was told by then very young Subbalakshmi in 2003, when she accompanied Hyderabad sisters here in a house concert in Orlando, that Akkarai was a small suburb near Madras (now Chennai). Chennai rasikas should be familiar with the place.
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#17 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by MaheshS » 20 Feb 2018, 22:39

Sundara Rajan wrote:
20 Feb 2018, 20:43
I was told by then very young Subbalakshmi in 2003, when she accompanied Hyderabad sisters here in a house concert in Orlando, that Akkarai was a small suburb near Madras (now Chennai). Chennai rasikas should be familiar with the place.
Yes, Google Maps link.
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#18 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by uday_shankar » 21 Feb 2018, 01:09

Sundara Rajan wrote:
20 Feb 2018, 20:43
I was told by then very young Subbalakshmi in 2003, when she accompanied Hyderabad sisters here in a house concert in Orlando, that Akkarai was a small suburb near Madras (now Chennai). Chennai rasikas should be familiar with the place.
Interesting. Yes there is a well known Akkarai on ECR, but I know for a fact that this family is from the area named Suchindram Akkarai near Suchindram in Kanyakumari district. Just posting this so that wrong information isn't spread, however innocuous or inconsequential. In fact I believe the sisters were born in nearby Nagarkoil.

(I may add that the information is also "consequential" to me in some sense, in that it deals one more well-deserved blow to the notion that great Carnatic musicians must have a hereditary connection to Kaveri waters. In my reckoning, the Tamiraibharani is far more musical).
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#19 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by uday_shankar » 21 Feb 2018, 01:24

Not meaning to belabor this anymore, but I thought this link to the biography of Suchindram Shri S P Sivasubramaniam, paternal grandfather of the Akkarai sisters, may be useful in establishing the origin of the "Akkarai" family name. The last paragraph speaks about that.
http://akkarai.in/family/SPS.html
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#20 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by Sivaramakrishnan » 21 Feb 2018, 05:12

That's some valuable information, uday!
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#21 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by Sachi_R » 21 Feb 2018, 07:23

Uday,
Thank you. I had read about the geographic connect of "Akkarai" and her grandfather before.

This is a fine write-up.

The little girl on the stage in the last photo would have to be Subhalakshmi, right?
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#22 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by sureshvv » 21 Feb 2018, 09:17

Thank you Uday. Wonderful background music at the site! Wonder who the percussion team is.
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#23 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by sreebeecane » 21 Feb 2018, 11:35

What a concert! Words fail to describe the beauty.
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#24 Re: Chitraveena N Ravikiran-Musiri Chamber concert 18 Feb

Post by MaheshS » 21 Feb 2018, 23:37

uday_shankar wrote:
21 Feb 2018, 01:09
In my reckoning, the Tamiraibharani is far more musical).
Time to get some popcorn and sit back :lol: :lol: :lol:
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