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Monday, December 12, 2005

Vijay Siva concert - 12/12/05

I attended a good performance of Vijay Siva, Sriram Kumar and Neyveli Narayanan at Brahma Gana Sabha in Alwarpet. I missed out on probably a couple of the opening compositions, but was all attention for the rest of the kutcheri. The pieces rendered were:

Amba Vani Nannu - Kiravani - Muthiah Bhagavathar
Raghupathe Rama - Sahana - Thyagaraja
Chede Buddhi Mannura - Atana - Thygaraja
Kathaya Kathaya Madhavam - Kalyani - Narayana Theerthar
Sarasadalanayana - Khamas - Muthuswamy Dikshithar
Muripemu - Mukhari (Main) - Thyagaraja
Sharadha Bhujangam - Ragamallika - Adi Shankaracharya
Other items like Meera Bhajan, Thirupugazh

The highlights for me were:
- the Neraval for Muripemu at the charanam Ituleni Malaya Marutamuce.
- the Sharadha Bhujangam of Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Each stanza contains a raga name that was used in the ragamallika.

Vijay's jnana (depth and breadth) and his passion for perfection have amazed me ever since I first listened to him in Music Academy over 15 years ago.
Sriram's himalayan vidwat and his disarming down-to-earth attitude are instantly endearing.
Narayanan was simply phenomenal in his accompaniment and thani avardhanam.

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