Here is my thoughts on the concert, or should I say that song of the concert; even better that piece that was performed in the middle of the concert, that I actually happened to listen to after my office hours.
Artistes were T.M.Krishna, Vittal Ramaurthy on the violin, Manoj Siva on the mridangam and Anirudh Athreya on the Kanjira. When I entered the hall, the vocalist (Krishna) was starting the raga aalapana of Bhairavi. This was followed by aalapana in Suruti, both of them having weird phrases; followed by thanam (only) in Varali wherein crisp 3 swara combinations were aplenty. To be noted that the violinist gave some good yet most expected traditional phrases while playing the raga to compensate the craziness.
A note to the readers: In case you listen to this concert on TV and think that the editors have cut the song, beware – there was no song, no lyrics! What actually followed the thanam was a thani avarthanam in chatusra jadhi matya thalam (2) to appease the so-long-simply-sitting percussionists. Anirudh should have got 200/200 in Maths public exam, I thought 😛 He was too good!
There was a virutham which had Kalyani – Kamboji – Vaagadheeswari and ending in the song Sogasu jooda in Kannada Gowla. It didn’t sound like Vaagadheeswari (to me atleast), though he announced thus.
If Krishna was trying to woo his audience by the surprise element on what is going to be sung next, then I was completely swept off my feet! The concert was completely patternless, and I loved every minute of it 🙂 🙂 🙂
– Until next,