concert of TNS at Ananthapadmanabha temple ,Adyar, 4-3-2009
It was really a divine concert. The dvajarohana was the kambodhi adathala varnam. After orjupuju, the vachaspathi raga alapana is something that requires only a vachaspathi, master of words, to describe in full .'Enaadu nee ,' was the krthi and the svara was superb.
After that TNS sang 'palayamaam,' in nayaki of swathithirunal, in the ending of which he raga was portrayed fully in a capsule form, TNS then started 'ksheerasagara sayana,' in devagandhari which was followed by subhapanthuvarali and what a subhapanthuvarali it was! It astounded evwen the rasikas who have heard him sing the raga many times earlier.
What occured to me on hearing the subhapanthuvarali next which started from the thara sthayi was that the ksheerasagara sayanan had listened to the plea to come down from His heavenly abode to earth, to prove that he is indeed the 'kaliyuga prasanna.' Yes the j krthi was ‘Sri sathyanarayanam.” The effect of ‘sarvam vishnumayam’ was seen in the sloka ‘santhakaaram,’ itself, which preceded the krthi, when he sang 'sarvalokaaikanaaTham.' The sarvaloka was pervaded by the Lord through subhapanthuvarali, as the ‘sesha’ vaahana, the vahana of that day for the Lord Padmanabha.
After the krthi 'ThunaipurindharuL,' the svara for which was delightful TNS strode gracefully on thodi . The pallavi was 'seshasayanaa ezundhuvirainthodi vaa etc.'and I thought that the Lord would definitly come soon and He did, shorthly after TNS finished the thodi. Yes the Lord Anathapadhmanabha who went on His rounds before the concert returned hearing the calling of thodi. The words of pallavi reminded one of the words of Thirumazisaippiraan who said "kudandhaiyuL kidandhavaarezundhirudhupESu ." Hence the Lord got up from his seshasayana and came running, 'ezundhu vraindhu odi vaa!'
The second half of pallavi was set in svarakshara’ kaakka ,’ ga ga and ‘ neekariyena,’ as ‘ni ga ri,’ which is a superb prayoga of thodi. The meaning of the pallvai also was excellent calling the lord to protect in the manner he did the Gajendhra, ‘kari.’ Ena ninaindhu.
The thodi of TNS comes running whenever he calls 'virainthodi varum thodi.' The day beng that of sesha vahana and the Lord being worshipped by the music of Seshagopalan made one feel that the Lord Anathapadhmanabha was not inside the sanctum sanctorum but was right in front, in the hall of the concert.
After the thani it was the viruttham 'siruviralagaL thadavi,' of Periazvar which is the one that never fails to attract the rasikas as TNS sings it with full bhava and wonderful delineation of ragas.TNS followed it with jagadhoddhaarana by which time the Lord returned and that was the end of the concert.
TNS was ably assisted by VVRavi on violin and Trichur Narendran on mridhangam.