Parur Violin Quartet @ Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai

Venue: Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, TTK Road, Chennai

Date: 16 Mar 2007

Organizer: Narada Gana Sabha (Golden Jubilee Year)

Violin: Parur Sri M.S. Anantaraman,  Sri M.A. Krishnaswami, Sri M.A. Sundaresan & Sri M.S. Anantakrishnan

Mrudangam: Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao

: Sri Madippakkam Murali

List of songs:

1) inta chAlamu (varnam) – bEgaDa – Adi – vINai kuppaiyer (O)

2) praNamAmyaham srI – gowLa – Adi – mysore vAsudEvAchAr (AS)

3) sAraguNa pAlimpa – kEdAragowLa – Adi – rAmanAtapuram srInivAsa iyengAr (A)

4) Ananda naTamADuvAr – pUrvikalyANi – rUpakam – nIlakanTa sivan (AS) 

5) pakkala nilabaDi- kharaharapriyA – misra chApu – thyAgarAja (A)

6) endukku peddala – shankarAbharaNam – Adi – thyAgarAja (AtNST)

7) anbirundAl pOdum ? – sindhubhairavi – Adi – chidambaram swarna venkatEsa dIkshitar (A)

8 ) tAm tAm tAm udanitOm (tillAnA) – khamAs – Adi – paTTaNam subramaNya iyer

9) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – sowrAshTram – Adi – thyAgarAja

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

Three generation of violin artists came together and presented a melodious concert today at the Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall. Veteran violin vidwan, octogenarian, Sri M.S. Anantaraman, his sons – Sri M.A. Krishnaswami and Sri M.A. Sundaresan and his grandson Sri M.S. Anantakrishnan delighted the audience with their classy violin recital. The concert started with Sri M.A. Anataraman playing a short outline of the raga bEgaDa. His fingers were so nimble and he made it all look so easy even at this age of his. The bEgaDa varnam was then played by all four of them to some great accompaniment provided by Sri Raja Rao and Sri Murali. After “praNamAmyaham srI” came a series of heavy classical compositions that were simply delightful to hear. Alapanas for the first three songs were done predominantly by Sri M.S. Anantaraman. Sri M.A. Krishnaswami played the pUrvikalyANi alapana, Sri M.S. Anantakrishnan played the kharaharapriya alapana and Sri M.A. Sundaresan played the shankarAbharaNam alapana. The kharaharapriya alapana had some very good prayogas. Sri M.A. Krishnaswami and Sri M.A. Sundaresan’s mastery showed in the way they played effortlessly like their father. Before the shankarAbharaNam kriti began, the quartet played a good tAnam.

Sri Raja Rao played with a lot of mastery for all the songs. The taniavartanam he played with Sri Madippakkam Murali comprised of a chatusra naDai, a tisra naDai and an elaborate round of kuraippus.

8 thoughts on “Parur Violin Quartet @ Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai

  1. Hello,
    It was really a good kutcheri with all classical Krithis.I too had attended it(And yes,I missed seeing you yet again).The Sindhubhairavi composition has the Sahitya by Chidambaram Swarna Venkatesa Dikshithar and was tuned by Shri MS Anantharaman.As the organizer initially said, more such kutcheris by veterans must be organized.

  2. Hi Sathej,

    Were you sitting in the 7th or 8th row in a white shirt with pink/red squares? I think there was also an elderly lady with you.


  3. I was sitting 2-3 rows before yours. I was wearing a black shirt. Just when I was thinking about approaching you after the concert, you started moving towards the stage and I decided not to disturb you.

  4. Landed on your blog searching for Chidambaram swarna Venkatesa Dikshitar 🙂 🙂 The Parur quartet played anbirundhaal adhuve podhume in Sindhu Bhairavi on the New Year Eve programme at Music Academy too..

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