Amazing Thematic Concert by TNS Krishna and Party on 15th September 2019.
(Review based on K.P.Jayan's blog)
Vocal : TNS Krishna
Violin : B Raghuram
Mrudangam : H S Sudheendra
Ghatam : Sukanya Ramgopal
Thematic Concert on the Compositions of Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar
01 Mandasmitha Mukhamboruham -Slokam- Mohanam
Composed by Sri.T.N.Seshagopalan for his first harikatha on Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar
followed by Mana Mohana -Mohana Varnam
Composed by HMB for the first concert of his student Sri.Sankara Sivan
02 sri maha ganapathim- Malahari
03 vaLLI nAyakanE – SaNmukhapriya – Adi – HMB ( A,N,S )
neraval & Swaras @ ‘talli tanri guru deivamu nIvani ‘
04 mAnamu kAvalenu talli – sahAna – rUpakam – HMB ( A )
05 krpAnidhE krpAjaladhE – hamsanAdam – mishrachAp – HMB ( A )
06 sharaNam vijayasarasvati mAyE – vijayasa saravavati – Adi – HMB ( O )
07 manadirkkisainda maNALan – shankarAbharaNam – Adi x 2 – HMB ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & Swaras @ samarasa sharavaNan sadguNa bOdhan’
rAgamalika swaras in ‘nATa, gauLa, Arabhi, varALi, karNaranjani, ………., malayamArutam, shivaranjani, pashupatipriya, …….., hamsAnandi, shrI
08 sArasa daLa nayane – sAramati – Adi – HMB
09 thillAna ( dhIm tare nare nare dhiraNA) – hamsAnandi – Adi – HMB
10 mAvUr valam – sindhu bhairavi – Adi tishra gati – HMB ( O )
11 mangaLAm bhavatu tE mAtanga vadanA – pantuvarALi – khaND chAp – HMB
Many things were notable in this concert. One, fabulous selection of compositions, with a method and reason for each of them. Two , not repeating the often chewed cud ( As we see in many such thematic concerts) , and often bringing out the niceties of the compositions , by means of highlighting them and explaining.
A cracker of a shankarabharanam. Very good alapana, super selection of a kriti , not heard this before in a concert. Years ago, his father and guru ( one and only TNS) gave a special thematic on Muthaiah Bhagavatar, shankarabharanam as main with ‘sahaja guna rAmachandra’. Son, picked another not often heard gem. I loved it.
He did a lot more to the main. Neraval was grand. Nice wordplay around bOdhan, guNabOdhan, sadguNa bOdhan. In fact he closed the kriti ( before starting the neraval) with ” maNALan, isainda maNALan, manadirkkisainda maNALan ” , to some good effect.
The kalpana swaram had some good ‘swarakshara’ landing at ‘sA,mA -rasa’, which he deployed in quite a few rounds. I thought that was very intelligently and imaginatively done. There was also a flurry of ragamalika swaras.
This wasn’t done as a lec-dem concert, but he added a bit of snippets for few of the compositions. The sahAna kriti ( a master piece of shri TNS) , had a unique start at mA, unlike most of teh popular sahana compositions, and this also has mA as one of the pivotal note. I think, most of his alapana were around this, and hence refreshing. He said, the hamsanadam kriti of Muthiah Bhagavatar, was composed in the older tradition of the raga. I remember Shri TNS singing a detailed alapana of vijayasaraswati, years ago during Nadasurabhi Annual Festival ( around 2007/08) and some one from audience asked for the name of the raga as all of us were scratching our heads. He responded by asking us to wait until the kriti starts, which will answer our queries.
Even the post main section was cleverly conceived. A beautiful sAramati , thillAna , the sindhubhairavi kriti on kALi were all impressive. As is his wont ( or one can expect from him) , the mangalam was also was a nice pick.
The supporting artists gave a real fillip to the concert by their excellent performance. Notable occasions were Sri. Raghuram's Shanmukhapriya and sahana returns. Sri. Sudhindra's slow melodious tempo in the initial stages of the thani made the entire audience sway to the beat. It was an amazing experience. Smt. Sukanya Ramgopal rose to the occasion and gave exemplary support to the other three artists.r and hence is in the best position to present this thematic concert on one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.
Cordially invites you to the grand music concert on
Sunday, 15th September 2019 at
Venue: The Indian Heritage Academy Hall,
Station, 6th Block,
Koramangala, Bangalore. 560 095.
Endowment Programme in memory of
Smt. Indira Sreenivasan Vaidyanathan
Special Thematic Concert on
Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar
Madurai T.N.S. Krishna -Vocal
H.S.Sudhindra - Mridangam
Ramgopal - Ghatam
Madurai T.N.S.Krishna, is son and
disciple of the carnatic legend Sri. T.N.Seshagopalan. He is an A Grade artist
of AIR. He has performed in all the major sabhas in India including Nadasurabhi
on several occasions. Also, he has made several concert tours abroad including
Cleveland Aradhana and Sydney festival. He has won several awards and titles
from leading sabhas like Music Academy, Chennai. Krishna comes in the direct
musical lineage – Sishya Parampara - of Sri Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar
and hence is in the best position to present this thematic concert on one of
the greatest composers of the twentieth century.
Accompanying Krishna in this concert will be very
senior artists from Karnataka, B.Raghuram, H.S.Sudhindra and