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Friday, May 19, 2017

The King who worshipped the Mother Goddess

Vid. KS Gopalakrishnan- Flute,
1984 Parvathi Ramanavami Concert

"Reveling in a Flautist's Magic" by R. Sachi

It is our great pleasure to share with rasikas worldwide the flute recital of Vid. KS Gopalakrishnan, of over 3 hours, with the best of accompaniment too, from two Sangita Kalanidhis, Vid. M. Chandrasekharan and Vid. Umayalpuram Sivaraman. The concert was held at Parvathi 33 years ago.

The bamboo flute creates sheer magic in the hands of an expert flautist. The home of Parvathi and its large audience of avid music lovers had a chance to listen to many great vidwans and vidushis on the flute: Mali, Ramani, KSG, Sikkil sisters, BN Suresh, and recently Chandan Kumar, among others. The warm April weather, with occasional showers of grace, the bedecked mantapa of Sri Rama Pattabhisheka, the fragrance of parijata and jasmine, combined with the mesmerising sounds of the flute, carried off listeners into a different world of ethereal beauty. This concert will give you a charming glimpse of that world. And Sri KSG, with Sri MC and Sri UKS, fills the three plus hours with infinite melody.

Vid KSG presents a concert of great poise and virtuosity, anchored in melody and replete with imaginative phrases in Bindumalini, Kanada, Shanmukhapriya, Yamuna Kalyani...The recording faithfully captures the aesthetics and the on-stage dynamics between three maestros. The concert is so gripping that one will go into a listening loop of many hours.

The kriti taken up early in the concert is the Devi kriti in Kanada, Mamava Sada Janani, by the composer king Swathi Thirunal of Travancore. Anyone who has visited God’s own country, walked in its green forests, on its golden beaches, prayed at the Padmanabhaswami temple, and heard the compositions of Swathi Thirunal, cannot but think of heaven on earth.

The composer king lived a short but extremely beautiful life, full of music and literature. His compositions, tuned in such wonderful melodies, represent the best of Carnatic music. Vid. Rallapalli Anantha Krishna Sharma, a great Sanskrit scholar, musicologist and disciple of Bidaram Krishnappa, has discussed in his book, “Ganakale””, the lyrical excellence and the high quality of Sanskrit used by Swathi Thirunal .In the song, Mamava Sada Janani, we get an inkling of the composer’s depiction of divine beauty. That is beauty that excels anything between heaven and earth. And that beauty showers grace, the grace of the Divine Mother. The mood harkens to the Devi Mahatmyam prayer, “Sarvamangala Mangalye ...”

Come, let us enjoy this great concert!


K.S.Gopalakrishnan ---------- Flute
M.Chandrasekharan ---------- Violin
Umayalapuram Shivaraman --- Mridangam
at "Parvathi" on 15-4-84 during Ramanavami Music Festival.

Song List

01 Chalamela –VarnaNaattakurinji= M Rangaswamy Nattuvanar *** 02 Sri Mahaganapthe Surapathe-Nata-Mayavam Vishwanatha Shastri *** 03 Entamuddu- Bindumalini – Thyagaraja *** 04 Marivere dikkevvaru –Latangi- Patnam Subrahmanya Iyer *** 05 Kanada Raga*** 06 Maamavasada-Kanada-Swathi Thirunal *** Tani *** 07 Sarasamukhi-Gaudamalhar-Muthiah Bhagavatar *** 08 Shanmugapriya Raga*** 09 Tana*** 10 Pallavi-Ragamalika swaras (Shahana, Hindola, Hindustani Todi, Revathi) *** 11 Emani- Huseni-Thyagaraja *** 12 Krishna nee begane- Yaman Kalyani -Vyasaraya *** 13 Bhagyaada Lakshmi baaramma-Madhyamavati-Purandara Dasa *** 14 Thiruppugazh-Hamsanandi *** 15 Mangalam***