Vijay Siva @ STSVS, Chennai

Venue: Sri Thiagaraja Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam, 5, Thiagarajapuram, Chennai

Date: 22 Apr 2007

Organizer: Sri Thiagaraja Sangeetha Vidwath Samajam (Sri Thiagaraja Jayanthi Concerts Series)

Vocal: Sri N. Vijay Siva

Violin: Sri R.K. Shriramkumar

Mridangam: Sri Manoj Siva

Khanjira: Sri B. Sreesundarkumar

List of songs:

1) sadA bAla rUpApi (slOkam) – hamsadhwani – Adi shankarAcArya

2) nAda tanumanisham – cittaranjani – Adi – thyAgarAja

3) ninnE nera – pantuvarALi – rUpakam – thyAgarAja (NS)

4) evarikai – dEvamanOhari – misra chApu – thyAgarAja (A)

5) srIpatE nIpada – nAgaswarAvaLi – Adi – thyAgarAja (AN)

6) graha balam Emi – rEvagupti – Adi – thyAgarAja

7) raksha beTTarE – bhairavi – Adi – thyAgarAja (AST)

8 ) nI dayacE – yadukulakAmbOji – Adi – thyAgarAja

9) Emani vEgintunE – husEni – Adi – thyAgarAja

10) nI nAma rUpa mulaku (mangaLam) – saurAshTram – Adi – thyAgarAja

11) swasti prajAbhyah paripAlayantAm (slOkam) – saurAshTram

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

Attending a concert at the samajam sitting in front of the sannadhi of Saint Thyagaraja is a different experience. Listening to an exclusive Sri Thyagaraja compositions concert there is blissful. When such a concert is presented by a great singer like Sri Vijay Siva, the experience becomes almost divine. The only crib was the poor audio system which started singing on its own from time to time.

The concert was very enjoyable and left me craving for more when it ended rather soon after 2 hours. I especially loved the nAgaswarALi piece. Sri R.K. Shriramkumar was his usual self accompanying very well for all the songs.

Tainavartanam played by Sri Manoj Siva and Sri B. Sreesundarkumar comprised of the chatusra and kanDa naDais followed by misra kuraippu and mOrA and kOrvai in tisra gati.

7 thoughts on “Vijay Siva @ STSVS, Chennai

  1. A great kutcheri.Wanted to attend it but held up for several reasons.Graha Balam Emi reminds me of the policy of the great Shri Madurai Mani Iyer not to sing it.Rarely sung nowadays.

  2. Because he believed in astrology and the meaning of the song was in contrast.He aslo did ot sing Nidhi Chala Sukhama as he felt that he was not qualified to sing it because he accepted money for his concerts!

  3. Nice posting ram , reflected the true position of the “listener””.

    was expecting a more elaborate review frm you. In my opinion, i thought it was six fours in an over , may be six sixes also .

    Hope to see u again


  4. Yes !! If Sri Vijay Siva was hitting 4s and 6s, the speakers were launching dust storms.

    As for the elaborateness of the post, I guess laziness got the better of me 😦

    Looking forward to seeing you again today !!!!

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