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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Concert Excerpts

Thanks to the excellent recording quality at a recently heard chamber concert at Chennai, I am able to share with you two tracks below:
Hope you enjoy listening to them.
There would be more coming up....

Special acknowledgements to Sri Shashidhar Kulkarni for his efforts in ensuring a great recording.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chamber Concerts

Had two back to back chamber concerts this weekend.
Saturday was at Chennai - for a gathering of folks from an online Carnatic Music portal called I sang a rare Mysore Sadasiva Rao piece as part of a small elaboration - Pedda Devundani (Mohanam).
Apart from that, I chose to sing an RTP in Reetigowla as the main piece.
B Anantakrishnan was on the violin while Vidwan Mannarkoil J Balaji anna was on the Mridangam.
Sunday was a different ball game all together.
Sri Tiru Iyengar of ISKCON had specifically organized a Muthuswami Dikshitar memorial concert under the aegis of a Chamber Music Organization called Akshayaloka.
The gathering was more like a family affair but comprised serious listeners of music.
Being an exclusive Dikshitar concert, I tried to package different tempos and also tried different approaches - e.g. - I sang the memorable shlokam "Moulav Ganga" as a precursor to Ananda Natana Prakasam and the effect was pretty good I felt.
Another new thing I tried myself was to elaborate Ravikriya - offers quite a bit of scope I felt. Must work on it.
The main piece was Sri Rajagopala in Saveri with elaboration at atheetha graham ("Muraare...").

Monday, May 17, 2010

Concert Invite

Hi Folks,

This is an invitation to a concert of mine on 23rd May 2010 at Rajajinagar.
The concert would be devoted to compositions of Muttusvami Dikshitar and I would be accompanied by Vid. Nalina Mohan on the violin and Vid. Tumkur B Ravi Shankar on the mridangam.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Deccan Herald Review - May 17th, 2010