Unni @ Koramangala Sangeetha Sabha, 2008

Am back to blogging after a hiatus. There weren't too many concerts in Bangalore since last few months (and I was busy with work too.) Unnikrishnan was accompanied by Charulatha Ramanujam on the violin, senior Vidwan A.V.Anand on the Mridangam and Srisylan on the Ghatam.
List of songs rendered :
1.) SAmiNeeTodi - PantuvarAli Varnam - Adi TAlam
2.) Sugunamule - Chakravakam - St. Thyagaraja - Rupakam
3.) Varali - karunayelA kanden - St. Thyagaraja - Adi
I have always liked Unni's renditions of Varali. This was no exception. The only other recording of this kriti which I have listened to is by Semmangudi SrinivAsaier.
4.) Dhanyasi - bAlakrishnaPAdamalar - PApanasham Shivan - Adi
5.) BahudAri - BrovabAramA - St. Thyagaraja - Adi
Exquisite alapanai by Charulatha .
6.) KirvANi - kaligi yunte - St. Thyagaraja - Adi
This was boring (only a maestro like MSS or KVN can do justice to Kirvani ) and we left after listening to it for a while.While listening to Unni's concerts I have noted that he rarely sings any kritis of ShyAmA shAstri (His guru Dr. S.RAmanAthan was an renowned expert of ShyAmA shAstri compositions.) Rating it as a good concert on account of VarAli and Dhanyasi renditions.

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