Sanjay Subramanian @ STBGS, Chennai

Venue: Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal Auditorium, Vani Mahal, T.Nagar, Chennai

Date: 17 Dec 2006

Organizer: Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha

Vocal: Sri Sanjay Subramanian

Violin: Sri Nagai Muralidharan

Mridangam: Sri Guruvayur Dorai

Khanjira: Sri Neyveli Venkatesh

List of songs:

1) valachi (varnam) – navarAgamAlikA – Adi – kothavAsal vankatrAma iyer

2) parAkEla saraswati – nATTakurinji – rUpakam – tirupati nArAyaNaswAmi (S)

3) tyAgarAja pAlayAsumAm – gOwLa – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (A)

4) nIyE charan – kAmbOji – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

5) ambaramE taNNIrE – kalyANi – kanDa chApu – AnDAL (ANS)

6) sukhi evvarO – kAnaDA – Adi – thyAgarAja (AST)

7) rAgam tAnam pallavi – varALi – kanDa tripuTa (2 kaLai)

pallavi wordings: “ambikai jagadambikai varAL idO, sruthiyOdu layamum tarAL idO”

kalpana swarams in varALi, sahAnA, kOmaLAngi, janaranjani, behAg

8 ) rAmanai bhajithAl – mAnD – Adi – pApanAsam sivan

9) visvEshwar darshan – rAgamAlikA (sindhubhairavi, pahADi, kOsalam) – rUpakam – swAti tiruNAL

10) ADiya pAdattai – suruTTi – Adi – gOpAlakrishna bhArati

11) mAlAsai kObam (tiruppugazh) – jOnpuri – Adi – aruNagirinAthar

12) pavamAna (mangaLam) – sOwrAshTram – Adi – thyAgarAja

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

I would probably rate this along with the TNS concert at Ramarao Kala Mantap as the best concert I have heard so far in the season this year. This was the last of the four concerts I attended on Sunday and it made my day as it was undoubtedly the best of the lot. I have always come away happy and satisfied from Sri Sanjay’s concerts and Sunday was no exception. The main credit for making the concert excellent goes to Sri Sanjay and Sri Nagai Muralidharan. The gOwLa and kAnaDA alapanas done by both were masterpieces. The ragam tAnam pallavi was classic stuff and Sri Nagai Muralidharan was so precise in his replies be it during the kalpana swarams or whenever Sri Sanjay did a tisram.

Sri Guruvayur Dorai and Sri Neyveli Venkatesh did a fine job handling the percussion part of the proceedings.

4 thoughts on “Sanjay Subramanian @ STBGS, Chennai

  1. Hey, a friend sent me the link to your site and i think its a complete treat for someone like me. I had just attended Sanjay’s concert yesterday and didnt expect to see the review online so soon! Was a brilliant concert. I think what stood out the most was the sruthi-sudham and power in his voice. Its very difficult to carry on those energy leves till the end of the concert.
    Very enjoyable and im quite a fan !

  2. Hello,
    Yes,a really quick review.Good blog for rasikas.By the way,I attended a kutcheri by Prof.TN Krishnan on Sunday.It was outstanding to see the way he adheres to the Semmangudi Patanthara.Rama Nee Samana,Marubari were presented inexactly the same way as Semmangudi.The kutcehri was top class.Only our people’s behaviour ruined it a bit in the end.When Thiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam started the Tani,some of our so-called Chennai rasikas,in their typical fashion walked out.He stopped the Tani briefly till people went out.This unsavoury incident prompted the usually highly polite TNK to ask rebukingly, “Mangalum Vaschirtuma?Ellaraum Endhiruchu Porale.” A person like Flute Mali would have done just that.Lessons still unlearnt,a couple of people walked out when TNK started the Mangalam.Truly pedestrian behaviour,this.

  3. Shreya,

    I agree completely with you about Sri Sanjay’s concert yesterday. If he had wanted, he could have simply sung a few thukkadas after the kAnaDa kriti and wound the concert up as it was already beyond 8:30PM. But he took that extra effort and sang a RTP. Needs a lot of drive and energy to be belting out such fabulous concerts one after another even in such a tight schedule.

  4. Sathej,

    Thanks for the details of Sri TNK’s concert. Must have been a real delight to hear him play. There are just so many good concerts happening at the same time during the season and as a result one has to miss out on many good concerts.

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