Just a few days before T M Krishna’s concert, I was telling my friend how great it would be if Sanjay or TMK sings Ragam Tanam Pallavi more often in concerts. Little did I know that I would be rewarded with one so soon! 🙂 I loved the Latangi RTP 🙂 I would say the Latangi compensated for the main piece in Todi. Yes you read it right. Hey wait! I am not saying anything about the way TMK sang it! His Todi was excellent as usual! 🙂
I know not many would like to hear this but, on any day, given a choice between Todi and some other raagam, I would happily choose the other one! Is it because I have listened to Sanjay’s and TMK’s Todi too many times or is it because I don’t enjoy it as I enjoy many other raagams? I don’t have an answer for that. Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I don’t like Todi or anything! Anyway, back to the concert now.
Another one that comes close in competition to Latangi (It is a raagam that I am not familiar with. But, after the concert, I guess it has changed 🙂 ) is Andolika. Had he not sung the RTP, I would have said it’s the Andolika that made my day! 😉 The alapana of Andolika itself lasted for nearly 7 minutes! The alapana by Amritha Murali, on the violin, was also too good!
1. Varnam – Abhogi
2. Charanu Siddhi – Sowrashtram
3. Raga Sudha Rasa – Andolika
4. Raaka Sashi Vadana – Takka
5. Kaddanuvariki – Todi
6. Raagam Tanam Pallavi – Latangi
Pallavi – raja mathangi lathangi maam pahi mathangi
Pallavi was sung in raagams Sri Ranjani, Begada, Madhyamavati.
7. Baaro Krishnayya – Ragamalika
8. Venkatachala nilayam – Sindhu Bhairavi
9. Aarumo – Maand
10. Tillana – Behag
11. Mangalam – Sowrashtram
With Arun Prakash on the mridangam and Amritha Murali on the violin, it turned out to be a concert where each one delivered their best. With this being the only live concert of TMK this month in Chennai, I am happy that I didn’t miss it. 🙂