Vocal: Sri T.N.Seshagopalan (TNS)
Vocal Support: Sri T.N.S. Krishna
Violin: Sri H.K.Venkatram
Mridangam: Sri Umayalapuram K. Sivaraman
Khanjira: Sri N. Amrit
List of songs:
1) vanajAkshi (varnam) – kalyAni – kanda ata – pallavi gOpAla iyer
2) angAraka – surutti – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar
3) mANikka vInA (viruttam) – sudha tOdi
mAtanga kanyAm – sudha tOdi – kanda triputa – jayachAmarAja wodeyAr
4) taramu gAdurA – sahAnA – Adi – mysore vAsudEvAchar (?)
5 ) marivErE – shanmugapriyA – Adi – pattanam subramaniya iyer
6) enduku peddala – shankarAbharanam – Adi – thyAgarAja
7) rAma mantrava – jOnpuri – Adi – purandaradAsa
8) shanka chakra (viruttam) – rAgamAlika
thillAnA – hamsAnandi – Adi – harikEsanallUr muthiAh bhAgavathar
9) vachanamiga (thiruppugazh) – behAg – chatustra jampa – arunagirinAthar
10) pavamAna (mangalam) – sowrAshtram – Adi – thyAgarAja
mangala slOkam – srI
Needless to say, TNS performed really well and was ably supported by all accompanying artists, especially by mridangam maestro Sri Umayalapuram K. Sivaraman. If it was tOdi‘s turn to be elaborated at the Odukkathur Mutt a few days back, it was shankarAbharanam‘s turn yesterday. Words cannot describe the way the detailed AlApana of the rAgA was done beautifully by TNS. I also got a chance to hear two kritis “mAtanga kanyAm” and “taramu gAdurA” that I haven’t heard before.
Sri T.N.S. Krishna (TNSK), son of TNS, sang along with him. I am a fan of TNSK too and have a feeling that he will also become famous as one of the greatest singers of carnatic music one day. The first time I listened to him was in New Delhi in a concert organized by Sree Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha about 6-7 years back. I have been hooked to him since then, though its been a while since I saw him perform. I think he was pursuing his PG in management from IIM, Lucknow last year.
Earlier in the day, Sri T.N.Seshagopalan presented an expert session on Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar, following which Sri Umayalapuram K. Sivaraman hosted a question and answer session on mridangam and laya in general. I will try to post the notes I took during these two sessions soon.