The evening of May 10, 2014 left an unforgettable imprint on many a mind and heart in the vicinity of Sarjapura Road. Amidst the reigning chaos in the city, Ranjani Fine Arts enabled yet another evening of soulful music. This time, Sri Bharat Sundar, a young musician from Chennai who shot to fame as the first Carnatic Music Idol, was slated to enthrall the audience at RFA.
Shri Bharat Sundar’s concert began with a brisk rendering of the Saveri Varnam ‘Sarasuda . Establishing classicalism from the word go, `Bhivini dAsudane’ , a krithi in Sriranjani by Shri Thyagarajar followed next. The Swarakalpana had the right balance of aesthetics and mathematics and was very enjoyable.
An alapana in Purvikalyani followed next. The dexterity of the musician was well established by now. Vidushi H.M.Smitha complemented him very beautifully. And true to the spirit of the alapana, came a brilliant exposition of ‘Padmavathi Ramanam’ set to Misra Chapu Talam. The neraval at ‘SundarAnga Shubhashobhita’ brought to fore the myriad hues of Lord Krishna. It was a real tribute to Shri OothukAdu Venkata Kavi. The swarakalpana manifested a very creative combination of melody and rhythm with the notes dancing and pausing amidst them.
‘Yenadhu Mamam Kavalay’ , a krithi by Shri Papanasam Sivan in Harikamboji Raga was a soul-to-soul rendering . ‘Vinathasuthavahana’ in Raga ‘Jayanthasena’ was rendered neatly, and the alapana was a treat to the ears. A special mention for the Mrudangist Vidwan NC Bharadwaj, who was adding the right mix of percussion to this aura of brilliance. Chinnanadena, a Thyagaraja krithi in Kalanidhi Raga followed next and set the tone for mesmerizing main piece.
The clouds had remained silent till now, but the alapana in Todi reminded one of what Shri Dikshitar and Miya Tansen did to the clouds. The rendering made the clouds tear apart and pour. Kudos to the violinist and the mrudangist, who, along with Shri Bharat Sundar, took ‘Dachukovalena’ of Shri Thyagarajar in Misra Jhumpa Talam, much beyond the realms of a masterpiece. The Thani by Shri Bharadwaj was amazing. A befitting Devarnama, ‘Anthagana Dhootharike’, by Shri Purandaradasar, in Bageshri Raga, followed next. Shri Bharat Sundar captured the emotions of the song and Raga beautifully. This was taken to even greater depths in his next krithi, ‘Enna Thavam’ in Kapi. A soulful Virutham in Behag and Kapi – the Azhwar pasuram ‘Pachchai Mamalaipol Meni’ - preceded the krithi.
As the rains settled down, the mind was not willing to settle down, and believe that the evening was coming to a closure. Shri Bharat Sundar rendered a Thillana followed by the Mangalam. There were two Prasadams - the sumptuous ‘Gojju avalakki’ prepared by one of the organizers , and the Prasadam of soulful music that Shri Bharat Sundar left us with to take with us forever.
- Narayanan Iyer
Date: 10th May 2014 , 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club
Vocal: Vidwan Bharat Sundar
Violin: Vidushi H.M. Smitha
Mridanga: Vidwan N.C. Bharadwaj