Chennai, Dec 14:
The concert we are talking about is that of Kalaimamani Padmashree Dr.Sirkazhi S.G. Sivachidambaram’s. It was really a feast with variety. Prior to the concert the Trinity Arts Festival Convenor Murali Raghavan introduced Dr.Sivachidambaram and also honoured him. Justice R.Mahadevan son of the famous writer Ma.Ranganathan presided over the concert and he was honoured by none other than the organiser of the festival, also Editor and Publisher Shri R.Muthukumar.
Mridangist Praveen kumar, grandson of Tanjore Upendran and Valangaiman Sir was decorated with the title “Layarathna”. This function was followed by the concert of Dr.Sivachidambaram who, like his legendary father Dr.Sirkazhi Govindarajan read the pulse of the audience and presented compositions according to their expectations.
Dr.Sivachidambaram began his concert with the alapana of the raga Andolika followed by the kriti Sevikka Vendum Aiyya of Muthuthandavar. Next, Sivachidambaram took up the alalpana of the raga Vagadeeswari which is the 34th mela. This was followed by the rendition of the kriti “Paramathmudu Velige muchchata”, of Saint Thyagaraja. Then the famous Amirthvarshini kriti “Ennai Ni Maravade Angayarkanni” of M.M.Dandapani Desigar in the raga Amirthavarshini was presented. The kriti was preceded by a detailed alapana of the raga which the violinist Dr.G.Badrinarayanan also presented well. Swift svaras were rendered by both the vocalist and the violinist followed by an elaborate thani by the laya vidwans Valangaiman K.Thyagarajan (mridangam), Madras.J.Ramdass(Ghatam),Thiruvarur Saikrishna (Ganjira), and Chidambaram A Raghavan (Moresing). The laya presentation won appreciation all over. After this, the concert was fully towards fulfilling the requests of rasikas who gave request after request.
The first one was “orumaiyudan” of Ramalinga Swamigal, first part rendered as viruththam followed by the second part with adi thalam. Sudhdhananda Bharathiyar’s “Eppadi Padinaro” in the raga Karnataka Devagandhari set to Adi thalam was sung with emotion. Puratchi kavignar Bharathidasan’s “Thunbam Nergaiyil Yazheduthu Ni inbam serkka Mattaya” set to tune by M.M.Dandapani Desigar in the raga Desh made the rasikas go back to the year 1951, in which the film “Ore Iravu” was released.
Dr.Sivachidambarm then also rendered beautifully the songs Nadanthai Vazhi Kaveri, Mayilaga Nan mara, Sandanam Manakkudu, Thiruppathii Malai Vazhum Venkatesa, Ullaththil Nalla ullam, Engirundo vandan, Thalaivari Puchutti unnai, Or own onnu and Kaviri suzhalil most of which are master pieces of his legendry father. Dr.Sivachidambaram has an advantage which God alone can bestow up on. He has a voice exactly like his father and Guru Dr.Sirkazhi Govindarajan. Both have made Sirkazhi to be remembered by the public, as the birth place of these eminent personalities. One should also say about the thambura. The strumming was really soothing, artist being Mandaveli K Mahesh. The concert was concluded with Vazhiya Senthamizh. In Toto it was a day to relish.