TM Krishna @ Nadasurabhi

Listened to TMK at Nadasurabhi, Koramangala accompanied by H.K.Venkatram on the violin, Cheluvaraju on the Mridangam and Smt. Sukanya Ramgopal on the Ghatam. This concert was the drabbest concert at Nadasurabhi this year.After splendid performances by Prof. T.N.Krishnan, Vijaya Siva, Sowmya and Sanjay(he sang the previous day and was brilliant. Will blog about that in a separate post.) Krishna's concert was lack-lusture.Maybe it was one of those days when Krishna was not in fine fettle.

1.) Varnam - Ninnukori in Mohanam

2.) Nayaki - Nee Bhajana Gana - St. Thyagaraja -Rupakam

3.) Devagandhari - Tulasamma -St. Thyagaraja. This was soung in Vilamba kalam or Chauka kalam by Krishna . He was not able to maintain a constant rhythm and this was evident on listening to the mridangam accompaniment.

4.) Taka - Raka SashivadanA- St. Thyagaraja- ok

5.) Huseni - Shri Kalahastisha - Dikshithar. Nice alapana and this was rendered ok- He forgot the lyrics in between.

6.) Latangi - Aparadhamu - Patnam Subramanyam Iyer. The speed changes between raga renditions are jarring to the ears. He is either too fast or too slow. Krishna should listen to concerts by late maestro Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar to learn and appreciate the beauty of Madhyama Kala singing.

7.) Yaduluka Kamboji. Nice Alapanai by Venkatram. Swarajati Amba Kamakshi by Shyama Shastri. Prouced a soporific effect as I saw multiple people in the audience dozing off.Neraval and swarams at PAvani Sakala Jana Ramani. Nice Tani by Cheluvuraju and Sukanya Ramgopal.

8.) Dhenuka - Teliyaledu Rama - St. Thyagaraja- Adi talam. This was SSI's trademark but TMK didn't sing any swarams. SSI used to embellish this raga with nice swara patterns.

9.) RTP - Mohanm - Adi talam - Pallavi - Namaste Jatadhar Shambho Jita Kama Mohana - Ragamalika swarams in Kamboji, Shankarabharanam and Garudadhwani.

10.) Kamas - Janaro -Padam. He sang this same song at this venue last year. My sincere advice to him is that he leave Padam singing to experts in that genre like Smt. Vedavalli or Sowmya

11.) Jonpuri - Sapasya Kausalya

12.) Tillana - Hamsadhwani -ok - repeat from last year.

13.) Mangalam - Suruti

The views/ opinions reflected here are my own and not meant to cause any offence to die hard TM Krishna fans.

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