A full day of diverse and exquisite events as part of the Children’s day special set theaudience in high spirits. It was time for the grand finale – the evening concert by the maestroSri. T.V. Sankaranarayanan, accompanied by Shri T.H. Subramaniam on the violin and ShriMannargudi J Balaji on the mridangam.
The hall was filled with people of all ages as the artists took up the stage. The energy levelof the performers was so high and it had a profound effect on the listeners as well. There aretwo contrasting (not contradicting) aspects to a classical performance – good performanceas well as good music. A good concert is always a fine balance of these two aspects. Agreat concert is one where both these aspects are top class. TVS sir’s performance was oneof the finest examples of this definition of great concert!
The concert started with a sholka in Nattai and flowed easily into the popular krithi MahaGanapathim, and ended with a quick set of kalpana swaras. A short and beautiful alapanaon Darbaar led us into an often sung krithi by Shri T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Neeve nannubrova set to Kanda Chapu thalam. The rendition of Dasara pada, Barraya Venkata Ramana,in Saveri was very devotional, exuding the true character of Saveri.
This was followed by an alapana on a rarely heard raga, Saranga Tarangini. Shri T.V.Sankaranarayanan was kind enough to point out the difference between this and its closecousin Hamsanadam, highlighting the usage of daivatham in Saranga Tarangini andnishadam in Hamsanadam. The song was Samana Rahite a composition of Shri GNBalasubramaniam. A short and brisk hindolam song, Padmanabha Pahi, led us into themain piece Kandhan endra peril set to Kambodhi. A beautiful alapana, by Shri T.V.Sankaranarayanan and an equally brilliant violin return by Shri T.H. Subramaniam with a lotof high notes charged us up.
The neraval with kalpana swaras, brought out beautiful shades of Shri Madurai Mani Iyer,who is well known to have influenced Shri T.V. Sankaranarayanan’s style of singing. In thekalpana swaras, the Mel Sthayi of GMPMG RGSRG, notably sung by Shri Madurai Mani Iyerin his famous renditions of Maa Janaki were just truly “music to audience’s ears”.
This was followed by a tani avartanam by Mannargudi J. Balaji who was ably supporting the concert. The tani was energizing and left us wanting for more.This was followed by a Aparaadamula Norva in Rasali, which is another song that ShriMadurai Mani Iyer used to render quite often. As the concert was getting into main gear, aRTP of Murali Madhusudhana mukunda in Ranjani left the audience spell bound. Theragamalika swarams in behag and desh were well crafted and fit into the the RTP.
This was followed by a viruttam in Hamsanandhi and Revati and another composition byPurandara Dasar, Neene doddavanu. The evergreen Eppo Varuvaro in Jonpuri, resonated very well with the audience, followed by the English note and Mangalam.
It was a very fulfilling day to have had the pleasure of listening to a seasoned artist of ShriT.V. Sankaranarayanan’s stature. Thanks to RFA for organizing the same.
- Mahesh Narayanan
Date &Time: November 14th, 5pm
Vocal: Vidwan T.V. Sankaranarayanan
Violin: Vidwan T.H.Subramaniam
Mridangam: Vidwan Mannarkoil J.Balaji