TN Seshagopalan @ R.K.Swamy Auditorium, Chennai

Venue: R.K.Swamy Auditorium, Near Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Mylapore, Chennai

Date: 16 Nov 2006

Organizer: Oothukkadu Venkatakavi Academy Trust (Oothukkadu Venkatakavi Jayanthi Concerts – 2006)

Vocal: Sri Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan (TNS)

Vocal Support: Sri T.N.S. Krishna

Violin: Sri V.L. Kumar

Mridangam: Sri Trichur Narendran

List of songs:

1) azhum torum azhaikkum annai (viruttam) – shankarAbharaNam

shollinilE varum sukhamE – shankarAbharaNam – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer

2) krishnA krishnA (viruttam) – mOhanam

swAgatam krishnA – mOhanam – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer

3 ) adaram maduram (viruttam) – aTANA

madura madura – aTANA – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (A)

4 ) padmAvatI ramaNam – misra chApu – pUrvikalyANi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (S)

5) krishnAya vAsudEvAya (viruttam) – sahAnA

vAsudEvAya namO namastE – sahAnA – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer

6) asaindADum – simhEndramadyamam – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer

7 ) sonnAl ozhiya – kannaDa – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer

8 ) naTavara taruNi saha – kannaDagOwLa – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (O)

9) ponninboLi (viruttam) – hamsanAdam

kalyANa rAmA – hamsanAdam – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer

10) konjum mazhalai – kAmbOji – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (ANST)

11) ethanai kEttAlum – bhairavi – tisra tripuTa – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer

12) vandu kEtpArillayO – rAgamAlikA – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer

13) muddu krishnA – chenchuruTTi – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer

14) nAdru dIm tadana (thillAnA) – sindhubhairavi – Adi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (A)

15) vijayagOpAlatE – suruTTi – Adi – nArAyaNa tIrtar

(Key: O=raga outline, A=raga alapana, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram, T=taniavartanam)

It feels like heaven – two awesome concerts of TNS in two days. Awesome. Simply awesome !!!!!! Just what hardcore TNS fans like me would ask for !!

The concert started with a beautiful viruttam in shankarabharaNam. padmAvati ramaNam brought back memories of TNS singing the same song in his youth. I have a very old audio cassette back home which has the song beautifully rendered by TNS. sahAnA viruttam that followed it was simply awesome. kalyANa rAmA, one of my favorite songs, was also rendered very beautifully. A classic kAmbOji raga alapana followed that. Sri V.L. Kumar on the violin played a short, crisp and beautiful kambOji alapana in response. I think this performance is one of Sri Kumar’s best I have heard in recent times. One of the many good things that Sri Kumar did in this song was to play a small kanakku in the kalpana swarams in response to a plain piece sung by TNS. That set off TNS into kanakku mood for some time resulting in mathematically brilliant, yet melodious kalpana swarams for some time. These of course were somewhat troublesome for Sri Kumar to follow beyond a certain point but he played his replies well. Sri Trichur Narendran played non-intrusively for the songs and his style seemed to match that of Sri Palghat Raghu at many places. He played a short taniavartanam that had just the chatusra naDai.

There was an exclusive Oothukkadu Venkatakavi compositions concert presented by TNS just a few days back at the Narada Gana Sabha which was also good. The concert yesterday overshadowed that may be because yesterday’s venue was a much smaller hall with good acoustics and may be also because of the choice of songs.

The good news for TNS fans is that he seems to be in great form. I think we can certainly look forward to some great concerts in the season.

Author: Ramkumar R

Leadership Coach. Musician. Educator.

15 thoughts

  1. I was actually seriously thinking about it … and then remembered that there is a month long extravaganza coming up in Chennai soon. So thought might just stay back. BTW …. do let me know in case you plan to visit Chennai during the season time.

  2. Have you heard from your friends already ?

    Another awesome concert !!!

    The entire team was brilliant , Mysore Nagaraj on violin and Anand on Mridangam..

    Started at 6:10 and he continued till about 10.

    Nattai , Durbar , VijayaSaraswathi all in detail before the 1:20 + 20 min tani on Kharaharapriya ( Chakkaniraja)…

    Oh man, you can imagine how elated I would have been…

  3. That’s a nice review. I feel jealous that you manage to attend so many concerts in Chennai. In Bangalore, though some events take place, due to traffic, reaching there and getting back is a nightmare!

    Keep us posted with more.


  4. Ripri,

    I was in Bangalore till about a couple of months back and have experienced what you say … especially, if your office is located around E-City it is difficult to even think about attending any of the concerts.


  5. Hello dear,
    actually i research word Ripri, so i reached here.
    There in Sindh, Pakistan is a village namely “Ripri”,

    If u can help me about the history (meaning,origion,language etc)of Ripri, really i ll be thankful to u.

    and kindly give me the contact no of Mr.Ripri (writer of a letter to u).

    waiting for ur reply

    Dr.Mustafa Kalhoro

  6. padmAvatI ramaNam – misra chApu – pUrvikalyANi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (S)

    i would like listen to this in audio. please can anyone upload the song here. thanks

  7. thanks very much for the concert details with map.
    mikka nandri. please post lecdem audios for the benefit of carnatic music lovers.

  8. padmAvatI ramaNam – misra chApu – pUrvikalyANi – UthukkADu venkata subbaiyer (S) by TN Sheshagopalan

    I would like listen to this in audio. please can anyone upload the song here. thanks in anticipation

    1. No Doubt Tagro Ripri is beautiful place in Khairpur Sindh, Moreover, there were well known educationist like Hafiz Imam Bux Larik, Aakhund Badaruddin and his son Ustad Ameer Bux Aareejo, Ustad Muhammad Mithal Kalhoro (Inspector Education) and his son Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Kalhoro well known as Dr. Mustafa Kalhoro Taagrraai, Ustad Karim Bux Qazi, Ustad Muhammad Hayat Kalhoro, Ustad Qadir Bux Sindhi, Ustad Muhammad Suleman Kalhoro, Ustad Husain Bux Mari Baluch, Ustad Ali Madad Mangnejo, Ustad Nizamuddin Tunio, Ustad Mir Muhammad Panhwer, Ustad Muhammad Illyas Panhwer, Ustad Jamaluddin Panhwer, Ustad Illahi Bux Soomro, Ustad Asmatullah Mahesar, Ustad Amanullah Soomro, Ustad Muharram Ali Panhwer, Ustad Ghulam Muhammad Panhwer, Ustad Muhkumuddin Panhwer, Ustad Muhibullah Soomro and many other personalities which were written in the “HISTORY OF RIPRI” by a great writer of Ripri Dr. Mustafa Hussain Kalhoro Taagrraai.

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