Posts from the ‘Kritis of Saint Tyagaraja’ Category

Priya Sisters @ Narada Gana Sabha – 21st Dec 2012

Vocal : Priya Sisters [ Smt Shanmukhapriya and Smt Haripriya]
Violin: M.A Krishnaswamy
Mrudanga: Patri Satish Kumar
Khanjira: B.S Purushottam
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1] Vanajakshiro i virahamorvane vasu (tv) – Kalyani – Adi – Poochi Shrinivasa Iyengar
2] Sidhivinaayakam – Rupakam – Dikshitir [S]
3] Vaa Muruga Vaa – Begada – Spencer Venugopal
4] Raama Neeve – Narayani – Tyagaraja [A,S]
5] Sri Kamalambayah Param – Bhairavi – Dikshitir [ A,N S,T]
nerval at Srikara Bahirdasara Chakra Sthityah
6] RTP in Bagesri..
Pallavi — “muruganai shanmuganai muddukumaranai panivom inmuruvom sharavanabhava”
ragamalika swaras in varali, mohana, kannada
7] Telisite mokshamu – Revati – Annamacharya

Narada Gana Sabha happens to be one of the prominent sabhas which organizes music and dance concerts during the Marzhali season every year. This season, Priya sisters presented a scholarly concert. The concert had depth in content, vastness in variety, perfection in presentation..
Elaboration of both Narayani and Bhairavi was noteworthy. For Bhairavi, the sisters chose one of the Navavarna kritis of Diskshitir. Being one of the most challenging compositions to sing in the raaga , in jhampa, their singing was all divine.. Very creative nerval at srikara bahirdasara…
The highlight of the concert was RTP in Bagesri. Haripriya brought out the essence of the raaga with ease. Every segment of taana was accompanied with applause by the audience.. They chose a long pallavi on Lord Muruga..
The alaap and taana itself was so good that Krishnaswamy could not help but announce that only such artists could handle a raaga like Bagesri with ease [with all brikas and gamaka variations] as one would usually do with Todi..
It definitely would be rated as one of THE CONCERT of this season.

Priya Sisters at RT Nagar Cultural Association, 3rd Nov 2012

Vocal : Priya Sisters
Violin : M. A Krishnaswamy
Mridanga: Nyveli SkandaSubramanyam
Khanjira: Purushottam

1] Viriboni ninne kori marulu konnadira (tv) – Bhairavi – K/Ata – Pachchimiriam Adiappiah
2] Kari kalabha – Saveri – Dikshitir [S]
3] Sharavana bhava guhane – kannada – Papanasan sivan
4] Neeke teliyaka – anandabhairavi – Tyagaraja [A]
5] Guruvina gulaama – Panthuvarali – Purandaradasa [S]
6] Raama Neeve- Narayani – Tyagaraja [ A,S]
7] Sringaara lahari – Nilambari- lingaraja
8] Etavunara – Kalyani – Tyagaraja [A,N,S,T]
nerval @ shrIkaruDagu tyAgarAja karArcita
9] Aakati velala- Misra jog- Annamacharya
10] Dayamaadi salahaiyya – VAdiraaja [??]
11] Narayana Stotra
12] Sri chakraraaja – Ragamalika – Agasthiyar
13] Mangalam.

Having completed 2 decadeds of successful career as one of the top carnatic vocalists, Priya Sisters definitely know how to hold the attention of the audience for 3hrs at a stretch..
Right from the beginning till the mangalam, the tempo of the concert was maintained.. They began with the popular , intricate Viriboni in Bhairavi, setting the right atmosphere for a grand concert.
Kari Kalabha being a composition of Dikshitir, brought out the beauty of Saaveri. Haripriya’s anandabhairavi was enjoyable, followed by a nice composition of Saint Tyagaraja.Guruvina Gulaama of Purandaradasa was a welcome move.. They rendered the swaras in Panthuvarali at a [super-sonic] speed which was stunning.. This was probably the first time i heard them rendering the swaras at 4th speed [ i would say]..
Shanmukhapriya’s elaboration of the rare Naarayani was neat, followed by soulful rendition of Tyagaraja’s composition. Nilaambari was enjoyable.
Kalyani was the highlight of the concert. Haripriya brought out the entire essence of the raaga beautifully. Etavunara was sung with aplomb with detailed nerval and energetic swaras.
TAni by Skanda and Purushottam drew thundrous applause from the audience.
Akati Velala was mesmerizing.. Dayamaado , and Narayana Stotra was sung with utmost devotion..

Priya Sisters at Kanchi Mutt – 20th Oct 2012, Bangalore

Vocal : Priya Sisters
Violin: M. A Krishnaswamy
Mridanga : Nyveli Skandasubramanyam
Khanjira: Purushottam

1] Shri raja matangi chamundeshvari narayani (tv) – Shuddhadhanyasi – Adi – Muttiah Bhagavatar
2] Ganapathiye Karunanidhiye- Kharaharapriya – Papanasan Sivan [S]
3] Evvare Ramayya – Gangeyabhushani – Tyagaraja
4] Karunajoodavamma – Varali – Syamashastri [ A, N,S]
Nerval @ neepadambujamulu
5] Sri Sankaraguruvaram – Nagasvaravali – Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer [ A,S]
6] Needan Thunai Neelambari – Ragamalike – N. S Chidambaram [ raagas are Neelambari, Vasntha Bhairavi, Gaurimanohari, Saraswati, Sriranjani, Mohanakalyani, Durga and Jothiswaroopini ]
7] Kadambari Priyayai -Mohana – Dikshitir [A,N,S,T]
Nerval @ Sannuta Guruguha vaibhavayai
8] Telisina Vaariki – Annamacharya
9] Dharmashravana – Durge – Purandaradasa
10] Sarveshwari Jagadeshwari – Sindhu Bhairavi [Bhajan]
11] Sri Chakraraja – Ragamalike – Agasthiyar
12] Mangalam.
It was a melodious, pleasing and a well planned concert. The sisters set the tempo of the concert by a pleasing varna.
Ganapathiye , a composition of Papanasan sivan was very pleasing to hear. After a rare gangeyabhushani, Haripriya rendered varali , which took a good time, and each phrase of the melody was decorated with nuances of high order . Karunajoodavamma was sung with utmost devotion..
Shanmukhapriya’s rendition of NAgasvaravali was noteworthy with many creative , imaginative sections. A brisk sri shankara guruvaram followed and was well appreciated by the audience.The raagamalika kriti was a treat..
The main kriti of the concert was a composition of Dikshitir in mohana – KAdambari Priyayai which is not heard so often.
Post tani compositions was well received by the audience.shreedarshan

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Priya Sisters at Unnati – 17th Aug 2012, Bangalore

Vocal: Priya Sisters [Smt Shanmukhapriya and Smt HAripriya]
Violin: M A Krishnaswamy
Mridanga: Skandasubramanyam
Khanjira: Purushottam

Priya Sisters at Unnati Concert

1.Vanajakshiro (varnam)—Kalyani
2.Panchamaatanga Ganapathi–Malahari – Dikshitar
3.Lokavana Chatura–Begada- tyagaraja
4.Ganamurthe–ganamurthe- tyagaraja [R,S]
5.Edadhu padam thooki– khamas-papanasan sivan
6.Raju Vedala–Thodi- tyagaraja [R,N,S]
7.Cheta sree Balakrishnam–Dwijavanthi-dikshitir
8.RTP–Mohanam
Special Pallavi coined for Unnati
‘Krishna Mukunda Giridhari ‘Unnati Seva Jaripinchu’
Ragamalika after pallavi–Bhairavi,Shubapanthuvarali and Madhuvanthi
9.Poddika- Revati – annamacharya
10.Sri Radhesharanam Mama [ sloka] –Panthuvarali
11.Narahariye Ninna Namasmarana-gopaladasa
12.Kaakai Chiraginile–Darbari Kaanada
13.laalanuchu – annamacharya
Mangalam

A wonderful concert by Priya Sisters.. Gaanamurthe was a treat for the audience, right from the alaap to brisk rendition of swaras.. The confidence and command that the two sisters have is amazing. As for Haripriya , the way she carries herself shows how knowledgeable she is.. Her amazing alaap with creative moments and brikas as she glides through with ease elaborating the raaga Todi was amazing..

The highlight of the concert was the pallavi in Mohanam with the words “Krishna Mukunda Giridhari Unnati seva jaripinchu”….specially set by their guru Sri TR Subramanium for this particular concert.

They were accompanied by Sri MA Krishnaswamy on the violin who did a great job. The percussion support of Neyvelli Sri Skandasubramanium on the mridangam and Sri Purushottam on the Kanjira was outstanding.

Priya Sisters at Devagiri Sri Venkateshwara Temple, 27th May 2012, Bangalore

Vocal: Priya Sisters
Violin: M. A Krishnaswamy
Mridanga : Nyveli Skandasubramanyam
Khanjira : Purushottam

1]Pagavari bodana vini pantamela jesevura (tv) – Hamsadhvani – Adi – Patnam Subramania Iyer
2] Vallabha Naayakasya – Begada – Dikshitir [S]
3] Sloka – Srimadvadeeya followed by
Melukonave – Bowli – Annamacharya
4] Atukaarada – Manoranjani – Tyagaraja
5] Ghummani yedi sruthi-Bhairavi – Annamacharya[R,N,S]
6] Vandaan Vandaan – Mohana – Arunachala Kavi
7] Yagnaadulu – Jayamanohari – Tyagaraja [R,S]
8] Mareyalaare Namma Rangana – Madhyamavathi – Sri Kaiwara Yogi Narayan Yathendra
9] Sheshaachala – Varaali – Diskshitir [R,N,S,T]
10] Naraayana Nee – Hindola – Annamacharya
11] Narahariye Ninna Naama – Jagannatha Dasa
12] Perumal Un – Sindhu Bhairavi – Bharati Ganesh
13] Govindam Gokulaanandam Gopalam Gopi Vallabham
14] Narayana NArayana Jaya Govinda Hare
15] Lalanuchu nucheru – Annamacharya
16] Mangalam

Some concerts turn out to be very sepecial.. 27th was one such day.. The temple environment and the audience response was simply grt.. It was indeed a dual treat! Dual refers to pre tani and post tani. Very good selection of kritis and raagas.. Every composition was sung with great devotion.

A brisk lively varnam was followed by a composition on Lord Vinayaka in Begada. Swaras in begada were short and crisp.. After a beautiful Bowli and a rare composition of Tyagaraja in Manoranjani, Haripriya proceeded with a short alaap in Bharavi.. The composition of Annamacharya was fantastic. A beautiful composition with detaled nerval at ” Venkatapatiyani Veda nilayudani ” was followed by quick swaras..

Shanmukhapriya’s elaboration of Jayamanohari was enjoyable. Tyagaraja’s beautiful composition was followed by a round of brisk swaras.. This was followed by a composition of Sri Kaiwara Yogi Narayan Yathendra in Madhyamavathi. This song is in Kannada [language ] and was very lively and impressive.

The main kriti of the concert was Sheshachalanaayakam.. Detailed elaboration of the raaga, detailed nerval at the lines “aravinda patra Nayanam Govindam uraga shayanam ” and impressive swaras and a lively tani.
This composition was the highlight of the concert.

All post tani compositions were sung with great devotion, drawing thundrous applause from the audience. Majority of the audience stayed on till the end of the concert enjoying each and every composition.
This concert will linger on, in the minds and hearts of all those who attended..

A review of the concert in Deccan Herald…

Priya Sisters concert on 3rd May 2012 at Sri Ramaseva Mandali [Fort High Sch] , Bangalore

Vocal: Priya Sisters

Violin : M.A Krishnaswamy

Mridanga: Skanda Subramanyam

Ghatam: Murali

1] Maate Malayadwaja – Khamas – [Varna] – Muthiah Bhagavathar.

2] Vaatapi Ganapathim – Hamsadhwani – Dikshitir [S]

3] Jaanaki Ramana – Sudhaseemantini – Tyagaraja

4] Raa Raa Raajeevalochana – Mohana – Mysore Vasudevachar [ A,S]

5] Muruga Muruga – Saaveri – Periaswamy Tooran

6] Maaravairi Ramani – Nasikabhushani – Tyagaraja [A,S]

7] Daachuko Nee Padamulaku – Aarabhi – Annamacharya

8] Raama Neeyada – Kharaharapriya – Tyagaraja [A,N,S,T]

9] Nigama Nigama – Annamacharya

10] Sloka– Sri Raaghavam …. followed by Bhajaan.. Jagme sundar he do Naam

11] Raama Naamava Nudi Nudi – Purandaradasa

12] Jo Achutananda – Navroj – Annamacharya

13] Raamachandrayajanaka – Bhadrachala Ramadasu [Mangalam]

 

 

A very lively , spirited concert by the sisters. Its indeed  a very memorable concert for me…

They began the concert  with a beautiful classical masterpiece of Muthiah Bhagavathar , set in an endearing Khamas and was sung in both the speeds.. Its always a treat to hear Khamas , especially when the concert begins with it. Vatapi Ganapathim , another popular composition of Dikshitir was sung with good , brisk rendition of swaras.

A brief , crisp alaap in Mohana by Haripriya , and on the  violin by Krishnaswamy was good. At this point  when most in the audience thought it would be Mohana Raama , the sisters came up with a beautiful composition of Vasudevachar. This popular , very beautiful composition indeed has gone into oblivion and is not heard  frequently. It was refreshing  to hear this composition and swaras in mohana dealt with in great detail. Muruga muruga in saveri was well sung.

A detailed elaboration of Naasikabhushani by Shanmukhapriya was the highlight of the concert . Maaravairiramani , is a very brisk , lively composition and i enjoyed every bit of it including rendition of swaras..

The next kriti of Saint Annamacharya indeed was beautiful. As mentioned by Haripriya this composition is believed to be the last composition of Saint Annamacharya. I was nearly in tears listening to this amazing composition..

 The composer says. “Oh my Father (Ayya)! Preserve these (dAchukO)! These are the offerings I have for you (nE jEsina pUjalivi)”

First charanam’s meaning is as follows
“One sankeerthana is enough for all of us to be protected by you. Let the rest of them remain in your custody. The chant of your name is the source of all satisfaction. This chant’s price(vela) is inexpensive (sulabhamu) but the fruit(phalam) of that is immensely high (adhikamu). These sankeerthanams are the limitless treasures.”

Second charanam’s meaning is as follows
“You adorned my tongue and made me sing all these compositions. You are the Lord with a thousand names. Who am I after all to sing your glory? All this is just a boon you granted by you to me ( Annamayya talks about all the ability to compose sankeerthanams)”

Third charanam’s meaning is as follows:
“Lord! Please don’t find faults with me. I did not do this out of pride. All this writing about your glory is not something I did on my own. It was a result of my endless belief in you! I am a slave to you! You are my father! Venkateswara!” ..[(courtesy Revanth..) I have lifted the meaning of this composition from the review posted by Mr . Revanth..Here’s the link of that concert…  http://www.rasikas.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=19030]

Kharaharapriya was great and Raama Neeyeda was followed by brisk swaras .. I really enjoyed the tani as well.

All the post tani compositions were a treat to listen.. The Bhajan was sung with great devotion.. The mangalam by Bhadrachala Ramadasu was a welcome move. Iwould be good if mangalam of different composers are sung at the end .The audience sat through the entire mangalam.. [ We usually listen only to Pavamaana ...]

 

Sri Ganapathini – Sowrashtra – Adi – Tyagaraja

This wonderful kriti on Lord Ganesha composed by Saint Tyagaraja , is indeed a masterpiece in the Raaga Sowrashtra. This kriti is a part of “Prahlada Bhakti Vijaya” – a musical drama composed by Tyagaraja.

Here Tyagaraja  requests all devotees to worship [sevimparaare]  Lord Ganesha.  Lord Ganesha who being worshipped by Lord Brahma , is coming dancing beautifully.[Baaga Natimpuchu].     ” Oh! Devotees render your salutaions to Him”  says Tyagaraja.

He having accepted the offerings – jack fruit, coconut and jambu fruit etc .. from his devotees , is coming here dancing with heavy resounding steps, with Sri Hari in his heart. Lord Ganapathy  dancing in different rhythms and steps is being glorified by Tyagaraja in all humility.  [vividagatula dhithalaangumani]

Sowrashtra is a sampoorna vakra raaga derived from the 17th mela Suryakantham. A raaga which evokes Bhakti is usually rendered in vilamba. Mangalam is usually sung in this raaga. Saint Tyagaraja is probabily the only composer to have composed a kriti on Lord Ganesha in this majestic raaga..

 

This   kriti sung by the world renowned Carnatic Classical Music Vocalists Smt .Haripriya and Smt Shanmukhapriya popularly known as Priya Sisters.  Here’s the link..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9mW7Argnz4

 

Lyrics

pallavi

shrI gaNapatini sEvimpa rArE shrta mAnavulArA

anupallavi

vAgAdhipati su-pUjala cEkoni bAga natimpucu veDlina

caraNam

panasa nArikElAdi jambU phalamula nAraginci ghana tarambagu mahipai padamulu
ghallu ghallana nunci anyamu hari caraNa yugamulanu hrdayAmbujamuna nunci
vinayamunanu tygarAja vinutuDu vividha gatula dittaLAngumani veDalina

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