Venue: Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, TTK Road, Alwarpet
Date: 23 Mar 2007
Organizer: Saraswati Vaggeyakara Trust
Theme: Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar Kritis
Vocal: Vid. Prema Rangarajan
Violin: Vid. Padma Shankar
Mrudangam: Vid. Melakkaveri Balaji
Ghatam: Vid. N. Guruprasad
List of songs:
1) vinAyaka vighnanAshaka – vEgavAhini – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (S)
2) paramEshwara jagadIshwara – nATTai – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (S)
3) bruhadambikAyai – vasantA – misra chApu – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (NS)
4) pAhimAm pArvati – mOhanam – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (ANS)
5) shringAra rasamanjarIm – rasikapriyA – rUpakam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar
6) chidambara naTarAjam – kEdAram – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (0)
7) shivakAmEshwarIm chintayEham – kalyANi – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar
8 ) santatam gOvindarAjam (nOTTuswaram) – shankarAbharaNam – tisra Ekam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar
9) gangE mAm pAhi – chenchuruTTi – kanDa Ekam – muthuswAmi dIkshitar
10) lalitA paramEshwari – suruTTi – Adi – muthuswAmi dIkshitar (O)
(Key: O=raga outline, A=raga alapana, N=neraval, S=kalpana swaram, T=taniavartanam)
Vid. Prema Rangarajan presented a nice concert of Dikshitar compositions, ably assisted by the artists who accompanied her. The beauty of Sri Dikshitar’s kritis coupled with the nice way in which she rendered them made the concert very enjoyable. One look at the list of songs would reveal so many songs that are not usually sung in the concert circuit.
Though all the artists were good in their departments and performed well as a team, the star of the evening to me was Vid. Padma Shankar on the violin. This is the first time I am hearing her in a full concert and she was simply superb. Her alapanas of mOhanam and kalyANi was very melodious. Her replies during the neraval and kalpana swarams were very good. What an imagination she had whenever she improvised !!!!
Taniavartanam was played by Sri Balaji & Sri Guruprasad in Adi talam and comprised chatusra naDai, kuraippu, pharans, mOrA and kOrvai. At the beginning of the taniavartanam, Sri Balaji showed some good use gumukhis to create different sounds. The kOrvai he played for the chatusra naDai was also an interesting one. The pUrvAngam and the uttarAngam of the kOrvai comprised of three avartanams each – the first in chatusra naDai, the second in kanDa nadai and the third in tisra naDai.
There was a low turnout for the concert and the strength just waned with time as the starting time of the India-Sri Lanka match neared. The combination of strong air conditioning and sweet music was a potent one to which many seemed to succumb readily. A mami sitting in the row in front of me slept throughout the concert. Good amplification in the small hall however ensured that the sound from the speakers always overpowered the snores.