Concert by Sangita Kala Acharya Neela Ramgopal on 13.8.2017

M.K.Jagannathan Memorial Concert: Smt Neela Ramgopal with R.Rahul, Poongulam Subramanian & K.V.Gopalakrishnan

      Jagannathan mama, or Jaggu as he was fondly known as, was a great music connoisseur and a very close well wisher of Naada Inbam. Right from the days of Sri S.V.Krishnan, Jagannathan mama was been keenly interested in the activities and gave suggestions regarding artistes and programmes.
     His was a completely passionate involvement with the purest forms of Carnatic music. Not for him the ‘modern trends’ like abhangs or fusion. Even ragas like Behag or Sindhu Bhairavi were way  behind in his favourite list as compared to a Mukhari or Dhanyasi.
Jaggu mama minced no words when it came to voicing his opinion. The music that fell short of his ideals was torn to pieces, never mind who was listening. Similarly, when he was enamoured by a particularly chaste Emi Neramu or Bala Gopala, he would lose no time in sharing it with his circle.
     His favourite musicians were of course, those who toed the classical line. And in this countdown, the No 1 spot fell cleanly on vocalist and composer Thanjavur Sankara Iyer.
His respect,  nay, devotion for the veteran vidwan was so deep that he often went to Tirunelveli to visit him. And on one occasion, at his own expense he brought out a CD of Tanjore Sankara Iyer’s concert in which the Vaggeyakara has sang his own compositions.
     Jaggu’s love for music was equaled by his devotion to Maha Periyaval and he sponsored two concerts a year during the Jayanthi of Chandrasekhara Saraswathi, in the name of Smrithi. Invariably, the late vainika, Smt Kalpagam Swaminathan found a place amongst the programmes sponsored by him. Long time rasikas will remember his delighted countenance when Kalpagam mami’s concert was going on.
     In the same way, he organised several chamber concerts at his spacious residence in Mandaveli. All praise to his wife, Kalyani mami who, though never a concert goer, nevertheless, took every effort to make these concerts a delightful experience, not only by way of listening, but also, a gastronomic treat!
            It’s almost exactly three years since Jaggu mama passed away at age 79, coincidentally, on the birth anniversary of Kalpagam Mami. People close to him continue to miss the typical ‘Jaggu effect’- sharp, incisive observations, a dry sense of humour, impeccable English, advice that was always good, though not always palatable, a quiet way of doing the most generous thing without any fuss whatsoever.
It is just a year since his wife Kalyani mami also passed away, thus signifying the end of a period of bright navarathri celebrations, generous donations of jackfruit and mangoes, poojas.. the list that goes on heads towards just one word: warmth.
Smt Neela Ramgopal happened to be one of Jaggu mama’s favorites and it was but apt that we featured her in this year’ s concert in memory of Jagannathan mama.
Shakespear has said of Cleopatra that ‘age cannot wither her’. If he had seen Neela Ramgopal mami, he would have said that ‘age only rejuvenates her’ For, Neela mami, all of 82 , looks and sounds younger with the passing years. The only evidence of age is the throat that cooperates less than before. Otherwise, her concert at Nada Inbam showed her at her brightest and spirited best. Hats off to mami for her enthusiasm that is manifest in her music as well as her charming, brightly dressed demeanour. Hats off to mami for still working on building up her repertoire to include rare pieces of composers like Mysore Sadashiva Rao and for taking the effort to bring about intricate ‘kanakkus’ in her swaraprasthara, not to mention the fleeting sruti bedam in her kambhoji.
The concert was replete with vidwat as mami’s voice effortlessly skimmed curves and brigas to bring out every nuance of Kambhoji, Jayanasena, Sindhubhairavi and Jhompuri (viruthams)
Her wonderful team of Rahul (violin), Poongulam Subramanian (mridangam) and K.V.Gopalakrishnan (kanjira) all contributed to make the concert one to remember and one to stay put at till the end! With such vidwat and repertoire, no wonder mami has a whole troop of students in Bangalore. May she continue to enthrall audiences for many years to come!

August 2017

 

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RAGASUDHA HALL
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August 2017

02.08.17
Wednesday
6.15 p.m.
Sarvani Sangeetha Sabha – Devi Stuthi
Thematic vocal concert by Dr.Radha Bhaskar, Cuddalore S.J.Jananiy, Mysore Sangeetha Dileep, Shraddha Ravindran, Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan
03.08.17
Thursday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Vignesh Ishwar
R.K.Shriramkumar, K.Arunprakash, N.Guruprasad.
Brinda Repertory presents Dhanammal 150
A Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Veena Dhanammal
06.08.17
Sunday
9.15 a.m.
Music Beyond Music, an Audio Visual Presentation on the Dhanammal Bani by Bharat Sundar.
10.00 a.m. N.Ravikiran – Chitravina
Akkarai S.Subbalakshmi, V.Kamalakara Rao
5.00 p.m. P.Vasanth Kumar – Veena
Thanjavur Murugabhoopathy, N.Guruprasad.
6.35 p.m. Prayer & Lighting of Kuthuvilakku.
Expressions by Eminent Speakers: Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao, Dr B.M.Sundaram & Cleveland V.V.Sundaram
Unveiling of Veena Dhanammal’s portrait by Sri T Surendra Babu and Smt Rajathi Babu
7.40 p.m. A Tribute Concert to Veena Dhanammal by
Aruna Ranganathan & Tiruvarur Girish (Trustees, Brinda Repertory), T.R.Murthy – Flute, K.Arunprakash.
07.08.17
Monday
5.00 p.m.
Trichy Shivakumar – Veena
Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar, Venkat Subramaniam
7.00 p.m. T.M.Krishna
R.K.Shriramkumar, Delhi Sairam, Anirudh Athreya
08.08.17
Tuesday
5.00 p.m.
Insight into the Veena Dhanammal Bani by Dr.Sriram Parasuram
7.00 p.m. Hyderabad Brothers D.Seshachary & D.Raghavachary
Nagai Muralidharan, Mannargudi Easwaran, B.S.Purushothaman.
09.08.17
Wednesday
5.00 p.m.
Bani: A panel discussion. Participants: Dr S.Sowmya, Aruna Ranganathan, Anooradha Sriram, Dr.Sriram Parasuram, Chitravina N.Ravikiran, Tiruvarur Girish & Aniruddha Knight.
7.00 p.m. Dr S.Sowmya
Embar Kannan, Poongulam Subramaniam.
10.08.17
Thursday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Smt.Sankari Natarajan 81st Birthday concert
Vaibhav Ramani – Violin Solo,
Kishore Ramesh, S.Sunil Kumar
11.08.17
Friday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Sunil Gargyan
L.Ramakrishnan, Trivandrum Balaji, K.V.Gopalakrishnan
12.08.17
Saturday
6.15 p.m.
Sadjam Trust – Vairamangalam Lakshminarayanan Day Concert
Syama Sastri Kritis by T.Shyamsunder, Nikhila Shyamsunder, T.S.Niveditha & Party.
13.08.17
Sunday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Sangita Kala Acharya Neela Ramgopal
R.Rahul, Poongulam Subramaniam, K.V.Gopalakrishnan.
(Concert dedicated to the memory of Shri M.K.Jagannathan).
14.08.17
Monday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Krishna Jayanthi Concert by R.Ratipriya
Shraddha Ravindran, Ranganathapuram Akshay Ram
15.08.17
Tuesday
6.15 p.m.
Nadasvara Vidwan B.Gopalaswamy Memorial Concert
Sunadalahari – Indira Ranganathan Trust
19th & 20th August,2017.
19.08.17
Saturday
4.30 p.m.
S N Sasanka
S Sayee Rakshith, K S Ramakrishnan
6.15 p.m. R.K.Shriramkumar – Violin Solo
K.Arunprakash, B.S.Purushothaman.
20.08.17
Sunday
4.30 p.m.
Thirumylai M Karthikeyan & Chittor R Devarajulu – Nadaswaram
Thavil – Mangalam Shri. M K Aasan & Adayar Shri. G Silambarasan
6.15 p.m. Sangita Kalanidhis Bombay Sisters C Saroja & C Lalitha
Usha Rajagopal, K.R.Ganesh, Madipakkam Murali.
21.08.17
Monday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Sumithra Vasudevan
R.K.Shriramkumar, K.Arunprakash, S.Sunilkumar
Lakshmi Kuppuswami Trust & Chandilyan Memorial Trust
Anniversary Celebrations From 23rd to 25th August,2017
23.08.17
Wednesday
6.15 p.m.
Prof. TRS Day Lecture –
“Mridangam in Bharatanatyam” – Lec Dem by Vidwan Nellai D.Kannan along with Ms. Roja Kannan
24.08.17
Thursday
6.00 p.m.
TVK Memorial Concert – Parur M.A.Krishnaswamy & Parur M.K.Ananthalakshmi – Violin Duet
Sherthalai Ananthakrishnan, Alathur Rajaganesh
25.08.17
Friday
6.00 p.m.
TVK Memorial Concert – Sandeep Narayanan
V.V.Ravi, Trivandrum Balaji.
26.08.17
Saturday
6.15 p.m.
Nadopasana – V.Shankaranarayanan
Nagai Sriram, Sherthalai Ananthakrishnan, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan.
27.08.17
Sunday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Special Concert to celebrate Vidwan Voleti Venkateswarulu’s Birth Anniversary.
Malladi Suri Babu
K. Ramesh & S.R.Vinay (Vocal Support),
S.Varadarajan, K.V.Prasad, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan.
29.08.17
Tuesday
6.15 p.m.
Triplicane Cultural Academy – Presentation of the Divya desa Darshanam Part-14
Isai urai by Dr. Sudha Seshayyan & Smt. Vasundara Rajagopal
30.08.17
Wednesday
6.15 p.m.
Guruguhaamrta – Bharathi Ramasubban & Party
31.08.17
Thursday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Sangita Vidvan Music Composer Shri L.Krishnan’s Eighth year Remembrance Day
“Sangita Sampradhaya Pradarshini”
A Lec Dem by Vidvan Shri T.M.Krishna

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Concert by Sangitakalanidhi Dr.R.Vedavalli 4.7.2017

Nick’s Birthday Concert:

Smt R.Vedavalli’s concert on the occasion of the Birthday of Nick was a eye opener concert for many of us. As always of course Vedavalli amma’s music is Dignity personified. Personification of Bhava too, and Manodharma all of which took her music to great heights that day, as always. Her neraval at Etula brothuvo drenched the hall with music that was melodic and at the same time sumptuous. I was hearing the neraval at Pannagadaruni rani suka pani in Ninne nammi for the first time and it was worth contemplating on with such divine music. Nowhere else we get to see snake and parrot together except with the Divine! Such pristine music was a Birthday treat not just for Nick but for every Rasikas at Ragasudha that day. It was Vedavalli amma with her accompanists who ought to have the “Raksha” she offered to the Divine!

But the concert was a lesson in another way too. Inspite of a severe sore throat and fever Vedavalli amma was enthralling the audience. That she never thought of cancelling or postponing the concert in case of disappointing Nick or the other Rasikas who had come to hear her, was touching. But she was far from happy with it. And it came as a surprise when Vedavalli amma made an apology for her bad throat! And she promised that she would satisfy the audience the next time. We were left speechless. Such an announcement from such a great artist after such a wonderful performance could mean only one thing- that Vedavalli amma was standing humbled before the Ocean of Music. It was not an individual speaking but a repository of one of the greatest fine arts. Indeed this ‘confession’ was what defined a great artiste as one. A true role model for the youngsters of today!

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The song list:

  1. Raksha bettare – Bhairavi
  2. Kanukonu – Nayaki
  3. Rama Neeyada
  4. Bhuvinidasu – Sriranjani
  5. Etula brothuvo – Chakravakam
  6. Kanakavela – Sri
  7. Ninne nammi – Thodi
  8. Simhendramadyamam Thanam, Pallavi, Thaniavarthanam
  9. Shankarabharanam Thillana
  10. Mangalam

4th July: Happy Birthday Nick!

IMG_2964One of the most die-hard Rasikas of Carnatic Music, Nicholas Haynes affectionately called Nick, celebrates his 65th Birthday today. Nick is a regular member at concerts held at the Ragasudha. Though English by birth, his tastes veer towards very traditional Indian Carnatic. He has a special propensity for Sangitakalanidhi Dr. R. Vedavalli’s style. Given these details it’s not surprising that he would consider it the best way of celebrating his Birthday by having Dr.Vedavalli’s concert at his favourite venue ‘Ragasudha”! And so, thanks to Nick, rasikas are in for a Vintage Treat of Rich Classical Music on the 4th July.

Happy Birthday Nick! And wish you many more musical years to come!!

July 2017

 

NAADA INBAM

RAGASUDHA HALL
85/2, Luz Avenue, Mylapore
Chennai-600 004. Ph: 2499 2672
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July 2017

01.07.17
Saturday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – J.A.Jayanth – Flute
S.Varadarajan, N.Manoj Siva, Anirudh Athreya
02.07.17
Sunday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Brinda Manickavasagam
B.Ananthakrishnan, Erode Nagaraj, Papanasam Sethuraman
04.07.17
Tuesday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Sangitakalanidhi Dr.R.Vedavalli
R.K.Shriramkumar, K.Arunprakash, B.S.Purushothaman.
Concert supported by Nick H on the occasion of his 65th Birthday.
06.07.17
Thursday
6.15 p.m.
Karappattu Sri Veeraraghavan 81st Birthday Celebrations Concert by Padmabhushan Sangita Kalanidhi Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan
Sangita Kalanidhi Dr.M.Chandrasekaran, Uzhavur P.K.Babu, K.V.Gopalakrishnan.
Kedaram – 1st Anniversary Music Concerts
7th to 9th July, 2017
07.07.17
Friday
5.00 p.m.
Inaugural Function-
Chief Guest: Sangitakalanidhi Dr Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman, Nalli Kuppuswamy Chettiar Presides, Guests of Honour: Srinivasaraghavan, CEO, TVS & R.Sundar, Hamsadvani.
6.00 p.m. Swetha & Ramya
V.V.Ravi, Mannarkoil Balaji, H.Prasanna.
08.07.17
Saturday
6.00 p.m.
Karthik Narayanan
M.R.Gopinath, B.Ganapathiraman, Alathur Rajaganesh.
09.07.17
Sunday
6.00 p.m.
N.Vijay Siva
Embar Kannan, J.Vaidhyanathan, S.Krishna.
12.07.17
Wednesday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Vivek Sadasivam
K.J.Dileep, B.Sivaraman, Nerkunam Shankar.
Shanthi Arts Foundation & Endowments-
(Founder P. Ramabhadran 2nd Anniversary Concerts)
13th to 15th July,2017
13.07.17
Thursday
4.30 p.m.
Kalyanapuram Aravind
R Raghul, Delhi S Sairam
6.30 p.m. Bharath Sundar
Parur M S Ananthakrishnan, Trivandrum Balaji, K V Gopalakrishnan
14.07.17
Friday
4.30 p.m.
Abhishek Ravishankar
M Srikanth, Kishore Ramesh
6.30 p.m. Madurai T.N.S Krishna
S.Varadarajan ,  N.C.Bharatwaj
15.07.17
Saturday
4.30 p.m.
Vishruti Grish
Rangapriya, C.V. Srivasta
6.30 p.m. Shertalai  Dr. K.N.Renganatha Sharma
M.R. Gopinath, Shertalai R.Ananthakrishnan, Dr S .Karthick
16.07.17
Sunday
6.15 p.m.
Nadopasana – Salem Dr.Gayathri Venkatesan
Dr.M.Narmadha, Kalaimamani J.Vaidhyanathan.
19.07.17
Wednesday
6.15 p.m.
Music Circle – Rajagopal Remembrance Day
N.Jayakrishnan
R.Rahul, K.H.Vineeth, S.Krishna.
20.07.17
Thursday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – V.Subashri
B.Ananthakrishnan, N.C.Bharadwaj
22.07.17
Saturday
6.15 p.m.
DKJ Foundation & Naada Inbam – Birth Anniversary Celebration of Sangitakalanidhi D.K.Jayaraman
P.Naveen Kumar– Violin Solo
Burra Sriram, S.Venkataramanan.
23.07.17
Sunday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Sangita Kala Acharya Suguna Varadachari
R.K.Shriramkumar, N.Manoj Siva, Anirudh Athreya
Parampara presents
Sangita Kala Acharya Neela Ramgopal Parampara
24th to 28th July
24.07.17
Monday
4.00 p.m.
Mangalam Krishnan
M.Shrikanth, Akshay Ram, K.Ranganathan
5.30 p.m. Inauguration-
Chief Guest: Sangitakalanidhi Dr.Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman. Guest of Honour: Brahma Gana Sabha Balasubramanian.
6.30 p.m. Bhargavi Manjunath, Rema Ramaiah, Usha Kesari & Geetha Murthy
Aditi Krishnaprakash, Thirucherai Kaushik, K.Ranganathan
25.07.17
Tuesday
4.30 p.m.
R.Shesha Prasad
Deepika Venkataraman, Ashwin Ramaswamy, K.R. Sivaramakrishna
6.30 p.m. K.Vrinda Acharya
K.J.Dileep, Shankaranarayanan, Harihara Sharma
26.07.17
Wednesday
4.30 p.m.
J.K.Yoga Kirtana
Sai Rangapriya, Gomathy Shankar, P.Giridhara Prasad.
6.30 p.m. Sumitra Nitin
Dr.M.Narmadha, J.Vaidhyanathan, Dr.S.Karthick.
27.07.17
Thursday
4.30 p.m.
M.K.Tejaswini
Shraddha Ravindran, P.V.Shrivatsa, K.R.Sivaramakrishna.
6.30 p.m. N.Rajkamal – Flute
M.Shrikanth, Srivanchiyam Srikanth, Dr Nerkunam Shankar.
28.07.17
Friday
4.30 p.m.
Y.G. Srilatha-Vocal
Sayee Rakshith, Karthik Ganeshram, P.Giridharaprasad.
6.30 p.m. N.R.Prashanth
R.Rahul, Vijay Natesan, S.Krishna.
29.07.17
Saturday
6.15 p.m.
PARAMPARA – S.Saketaraman
Akkarai Subhalakshmi, Neyveli Narayanan, Chandrasekara Sharma
30.07.17
Sunday
6.15 p.m.
NAADA INBAM – Amritha Murali
R.K.Shriramkumar, K.Arunprakash, N.Guruprasad.

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