Ability that springs from intuition

The much awaited Sanjay Subrahmanyan’s concert on Sunday at the anniversary celebrations of Ragapriya started off with the Ata tala varnam in Abhogi ‘Evvari Bodhanavini’ by Patnam Subramaniya Iyer, on Lord Venkateswara. It was followed byTirugnana SambandarPathigam on Kapaleeswarar, ‘Mattitta Punnayam Kanal,’.in Mayamala Gowlai.

The familiar strains of Sahana served as a preamble to the song, ‘Ema Nathi Chevo,’ by Saint Tyagaraja.

His next selection was ‘Kalangaade Maname’ inRagavardhanibyKoteeshwara Iyer. This song was followed by ‘Sri Vadukanatha’ in Deva Kriya (Suda Saveri) on the Kongu Vadukanathaswamy (Kala Bhairava) Temple, by Dikshidar. In quick succession, he rendered ‘Kaanakkan Ayiram’ in Nilambari, by Anai Ayya. To everyone’s surprise about the raga, he then went on to sing a rare composition Manasu Radha by GNB in Samakadambari.

The RTP in Kalyani was unsullied. His rendering of Kalyani was marked by ability that sprang from intuitive instincts.

The final pieces included ‘Vanna Madangal Suzh Tirukkottiyur’ (Periyazhvar’s pasuram), in Ragamalika, Nama Sudha Rasam in Kapi by Swati Tirunal; ‘Noolai Padi, Sanga Tamizh Noolai Padi’ by Bharathidasan in Behag; ‘Ethanai Kodi Inbam Vaithai’ by Bharathiar in Desh and ‘Iyal Isai’ in Husaini.

The unique singing of Sanjay in this concert was that he spent some time phrasing ragas – be it Ragavardhini, Devi Kriya (Suddha Saveri), Neelambari, Samaganam or Kalyani. Throughout the concert, he engaged violinist S.Varadarajan with gliding swaras, varying stress on each phrase, to which the latter responded with consummate skill. The tani by Arjun Ganesh on the mridangam was extremely well received. It was an enjoyable concert for the music lovers.

S. PADMANABHAN

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