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  • Akarsh Simha 11:47 am on January 28, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: Carnatic Music, Classical Nite, Saarang   

    Concert by VVS, Saarang 2008 Classical Nite. 

    (23rd Jan 2008)

    This time, Saarang 2008’s classical nite was a concert by Violin Maestro Prof. V. V. Subramaniam accompanied by his son and disciple Sri V V S Murari on the Violin, Sri Tiruvarur M Bhaktavatsalam on the mRdaNgam, and Vykom Sri Gopalakrishnan on the ghaTam.

    Prof VVS initially played light songs like vAtApi (hamsadhwani), parAtpara (vAcaspati). On of the best pieces was janani ninnuvinA in rItigauLe. The main piece, SrI vaLLi dEvasenApatE in naTabhairavi was excellent. The taniyAvartanam was very good, needless to say.

    There was a nice kRti in bEhAg followed by a KavaLi cindu and finally a sindhubhairavi kRti.

    It was nice to listen to a concert at the OAT!

  • Akarsh Simha 11:17 am on January 28, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: Carnatic Music   

    Yet another concert… 

    Yes, a blog post after long time.

    This time I attended Sangeeta Kalanidhi Prof. T. N. Krishnan’s concert at Hamsadhwani in Indira Nagar on 26th Jan 2008, Republic Day.

    He started with Vatapi Ganapathim (Hamsadhwani, M. Deekshitar) as a tribute to Founder Secretary of Hamsadhwani who organized the concert. This was followed by some krtis in kAMbODhi and dhanyAsi, which I am unfamiliar with. The Main piece was nannu pAlimpa (mOhanam, tyAgarAjar). The main piece was followed by various songs to mark the occasion of Republic Day like raghupati rAghava rAjA rAm, vandE mAtaram (dES) and vaiSNo-something (behAg).

    Prof T N Krishnan was accompanied by his daughter and disciple Smt. Viji Krishnan Natarajan on the violin, by Thiruvarur M Bhaktavatsalam on the mRdaNgam, and by Vykom Sri Gopalakrishnan on the Ghatam. Needless to say, the taniyAvartanam was marvellous.

    The acoustics at Hamsadhwani was the major turnoff.

  • Akarsh Simha 6:45 pm on December 26, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: Carnatic Flute, Carnatic Music, Carnatic Vocal   

    Another pair of Concerts 

    This time it was the Hyderabad brothers and Sri Sangeetha Kalanidhi N. Ramani.

    The Hyderabad brothers were simply amazing! The accompaniments were very good as well. They started off with the nATTaikurinji varNam. Dasharathi in tODi was amazing and it was followed by a rather-funny sounding fast song in some rAga which I found similar to senjuruTi and taraNgiNI, and then an RTP in latANgI.

    To walk into the Woodlands Hotel Auditorium (Valayapatti Kaashyapa Naadhalaya) after listening to a concert in the Music Academy TTK hall was horrible. The acoustics of a banquet hall are completely unsuitable for a concert. The reverb was simply too much. In addition to that, the flute was given excess volume, IMO. Me and Prasanna were kind-of turned off… we went out for sometime and then got back in, this time choosing a seat as far away from the speakers as possible. Minus the horrible acoustics, everything else was par excellence. The main piece was a familiar krti in tODi (Don’t know the sAhityam). I was unable to “understand” the taniyAvartanam – the acoustics added to this. Somehow, the same hall was less worse (but still, bad) for MSG’s concert yesterday – maybe it was the volume. Sri Ramani ended with popular songs like Ennathapam in kApi, tIrAdaviLayATTu (rAgamAlikai) and the film hit kARRiniley varum – all sounded amazing on the flute. He also played the popular tillAna in bEhAg composed by lAlguDi jayarAman. The other song I had heard before amongst those he played was gajAnanAyutam gaNESwaram in cakravAkam. There was also a krti in kAnaDa and one in mOhanam.

  • Akarsh Simha 8:57 pm on December 25, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: Carnatic Music   

    Concert season in Chennai 

    I decided to come back to Chennai for a span of about 48 hours, to finish some fee payment at IIT, as well as to listen to concerts, which occur at almost every available auditorium in Chennai between 25th December and 30th December.

    My friend Prasanna, who is like my “Guide” and Encyclopedia for Carnatic Music had already planned the concert schedule for the day. So we met at about 3:45 PM opposite the Music Academy, under the flyover, and after a brief “lunch” at Woodlands Hotel, sat for Sri Sangeeta Kalanidhi M.S. Gopalakrishnan’s concert at the auditorium in Woodlands Hotel (Valayapatti Sabha)

    For the Carnatic newbie who had never heard any of the “Gods” live before that I am, Sri MSG and Smt. Narmada (daughter) were simply stunning on the Violin. They started off with Nattiakurinji Varnam. It was simply stunning IMO. The main piece was in tODi, and somehow I wasn’t able to appreciate that, considering my n00bishness. They also performed a wonderful rAgamAlikai based on Hindustani Ragas (Desh, Darbari Kanada, Behag, Bhimpalasi). I really enjoyed this concert.

    Then, after a brief snack at the Music Academy canteen, we went to Sri Sangeeta Kalanidhi T.N. Sheshagopalan’s concert. He was accompanied by Sri Guruvayoor Dorai on the Mrdangam and Sri Sangeeta Kalanidhi M. Chandrashekaran on the Violin, apart from Ghatam, Tambura and Vocal accompaniments. Sri TNS was simply amazing, except for his lack of hold of the swaras – which must be attributed to his old age. (He also went totally off-rAga once). For the first time, I heard and “understood” a “Shrutibhedam” or “Grahabhedam”. Sri TNS performed Chakkaniraja in Kharaharapriya and RTP in hamsAnandI. The RTP was simply stunning. Almost nobody understood the mathematics of his kOrvai – it was so complicated! Sri M. Chandrashekaran, Sri Guruvayoor Dorai and the Ghatam artist were amazing as well.

    Enjoyed it thoroughly. Looking forward to a similar experience tomorrow, with N. Ramani on the flute and the Hyderabad Brothers.

    • akarshsimha 9:02 pm on December 25, 2007 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ohh… I also fixed my computer using the ‘one-button-solution’ (the “Reset” switch). I was forced to use it after 46 days of uptime because of a runaway process that was forking indefinitely into cron processes… A Cron-Cancer or something. Radiotherapy of killall CRON was taking too long…

      Anyway, the system’s fine now and well decorated with all the stickers I collected at FOSS.IN.
      The next thing to be done is to set up the KDE Development Base, and PulseAudio.

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