Sangeetha Sivakumar @ Saraswati Vaggeyakara Trust, Chennai

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

Date: 24 Apr 2007

Organizer: Saraswathi Vaggeyakara Trust (Sri Thyagaraja Jayanthi)

Vocal: Smt. Sangeetha Sivakumar

Violin: Sri R.K.Shriramkumar

Mridangam: Sri Poongulam Subramaniam

Ghatam: Sri S. Karthick

Tambura: Sri Ganesan

List of songs:

1) vidulaku mrokkEdA – mAyAmALavagOwLa – Adi – thyAgarAja (ONS)

2) vAcAmagOcaramE – kaikavasi – Adi – thyAgarAja

3) bhaktuni caritramu vinavE – bEgaDa – Adi – thyAgarAja (AS)

4) raghuvIra raNadhIra – husEni – rUpakam – thyAgarAja

5) yajnAdulu – jayamanOhari – Adi – thyAgarAja

6) endu dAginADO – tODi – misra cApu – thyAgarAja (ANST)

7) ennaga manasuku – nIlAmbari – Adi – thyAgarAja

8 ) tava dAsOham – punnAgavarALi – Adi – thyAgarAja

9) jayamangaLam nitya shubhamangaLam (mangaLam) – ghanTA – kanDa cApu – thyAgarAja

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

This is the second concert of Vid. Sangeetha Sivakumar I attended in the past 2 days. What impressed me most was the selection of songs, many of which are not heard much in the concert circuit today. I am hearing the bEgaDa composition and the mangaLam for the first time.

Detailed raga alapanas were done for bEgaDa and tODi. Both Vid. Sangeetha and Vid. R.K. Shriramkumar excelled in their raga delineations. All the kritis were sung very well to some explosive percussion support. Vid. Shriramkumar played with a lot of involvement for all the songs. Neraval and kalpana swarams were put for “vidulaku mrokkEdA” at “kamalA gaurI …” and for “endu dAginADO” at “alanADu kanakakashipu ….”. Kalpana swarams were put for the bEgaDa composition at “bhaktuni caritramu“.

Vid. Poongulam Subramaniam and Vid. S. Karthick played taniavartanam in misra cApu tALam with eDuppu at samam. It comprised of two chatusra naDai portions followed by a kuraippu.

Author: Ramkumar R

Leadership Coach. Musician. Educator.

4 thoughts

  1. Looks like a short Kutcheri.Quite a repertoire of rare Krithis in well known Ragas.The Thodi Krithi was popularised by the Alathoor Brothers.

  2. Yes. Must have lasted for about 2 hours only but was worth every single minute of it. Being a die-hard fan of Alathur Brothers, would love to hear their version fo the tODi kriti.

  3. Yes,I have a cassette with the Krithi by Shri Musiri.If my memory is right,some time back,I had heard Shri Chengalpet Ranganathan(ALB School,right?) sing it.However,with Todi,Kadannu Variki and Dachukovalena are more popular Krithis in the Alathur repetoire.

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