December 20, 2009

Smt.R.Vedavalli 's Samarpana to Tyagaraja

.............................. by Sivapriya Krishnan

To me this day of 20th Decemebr 2009 has been a celebration of veterans and music that is timeless !!!

The concert was at carnatica's Samarpana 2009 and the theme given to Smt.R.Vedavalli was (interrogative kritis of St.Tyagaraja)

Smt.R.Vedavalli started by giving a very brief explanantion of the concept of interrogaion by the Saint. She said that Tyagaraja specialises in interrogation and has raised several questions to Sri Rama on many topics of philosophical perspectives.

She started with Evarani in Devamrutavarshini, where he raises the question of who can fully uderstand Rama tattva? Are you Shiva, Madhava, Brahma or a combination of all?
Palukavemi na deivama in Poorna Chandrika was the next song. This was followed by Sandehamunu in Ramapriya, preceeded by a crisp and beautiful raga alaapana and crisp and intelligent swras at the line Bharatarcharana. Kaanada Raga was rather extensive and was followed with Sukhi Evvaro, in a gait, that was sowkhayam personified , making all the listeners "sukhi" and "sumukhi"!!

Ennalloo uragae in Subhapantuvarali was handled in a madhyama kalapramana, which kept the spirit of the song without making it too langruous.

Bhairavi raga was an examplary portrayal of all the beautiful phrases of a traditional Bhairavi. Tanayuni Brova, with neraval and swaras at Mahini tyagaraja vinuta brought out so many varieties of phrases of Bhairavi

The concert was concluded with Ramachandra nee daya in Surutti.

All in all the concert was indeed a “SAMARPANA” at the feet of Tyagaraja, a connoisseurs delight and a perfect classroom in finer musical aspects for both her disciples like me and other avid students of music.

Sumitra gave a brilliant support and was quick on uptake, as she used to correctly follow from where my guru left.

RK Shriramkumar, soothing violin, Arunprakash’s measured mridangam and Anirudh’s sparkling khanjira with their fiery tani avartanam added to the overall quality of the concert.

The crowd bade goodbye with a standing ovation to the artists on stage.

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