Tuesday, April 25

GnK - A Scintillating Experience (13th April 2006)

They were simply brilliant :). A concert from which I returned completely satiated ;). This beat their previous concert that I attended during the seasonfor two main reasons - the percussionist and stage chemistry. The concert did start a little late and was over by close to 10pm. Trust me I was tired with a mild headache (thanks to having sat upfront, and that knocking thavil sound just starts hurting after a few hours).

Four hands seemlessly Deft with the Strings :) Posted by Picasa

The hearts on and off stage were set on fire. To add a little variety to it Ganesh does sing a few songs, and some in parts. This time he sang 'nee dhayachE rAma', tho it may not sound all too brilliant as seasoned vocal singers it would be a nice surprise to the rasikaas.

Ganesh Singing :-" Posted by Picasa

One of the best things that I like about these people is the creativity that they add to the whole concert. Musicians may not be very appreciative of their off-beat gimicks on the violin, but I enjoy the effects that thy bring about. And the definite advantage of doing it in a pair, being able to layer sounds leaves you in awe.

Kumaresh & Maestro A.K.Palanivel combo Posted by Picasa

But unmistakeably the best part of the evening was the percussionist. Maestro AKP pathi sollave veendam ;). He was just pushing the limits this evening. The part where I did see people slip was the Ganesh-Sathish & Kumaresh-AKP combo. The violins took the lead and occasionally the percussinist went amiss to follow up. So much so, there was even once when Ganesh took off before Kumaresh finished his part. But the beauty is of course how seemlessly they cover if up, with just smiles and glares exchanged.

Ganesh & Satishkumar taking the lead Posted by Picasa

And yes, I cannot close this without mentioning the percussionist's interplay. The volleys were like a long rally in a tennis match, each opponent trying to outwit the other. The math and timing they brought out were so innovative that the wah's and bale's comming from waaay back could be heard distinctly. And what else would follow such an enthralling performance? It was just short of a standing ovation to them, the junta just went on with their applause for over a minute. Thats a rarity in the middle of a concert.

Kumaresh appreciating & enjoing the volleys by the percussionists ;) Posted by Picasa

Apart from all the usual ingredients of calibre, what made this kutcheri a good one was the stage chemistry. No matter how good the artists on stage are, without the sense of appreciation (glances, smiles, "sabash's" etc) between the artists it looks so unalive :-|. GnK's concert during season was a bit such, tho the duo made it up. But this was brilliant =D>.

Briefly said, their rendition of banTu reeti was amazingly grooovy, 4 stars for it :) from the crowd. And the interplay in pairs for 'kaligiyunTEgadaa' was very enticing, for it kept the crowd rapt all through. And then their own composition called 'Modern English' was very interesting, a delight for the makkal. It sounded more along the grooviness of "English Notes", their rendition of which again is quite unique compared to others. And finally the one played just before the mangalam was resplendent. My favourite of them all I should say, and it left me so happy and content.

A briefing on the songs played (and sung)
  1. Varnam (R: kalyAni)
  2. rAma Nipai tanaku (R: kEdaaram)
  3. banTu reeti kOlu (R: hamsaanandam)
  4. nee dhayachE rAma (R: yadukula kaambhOji)
  5. (R: poorvi kalyAni)
  6. maamava paTTaabhiraama (R: maNirangu)
  7. En paLLi koNDeerayyaa (R: mOhanam)
  8. kaligiyunTEgadaa (R: keeravaaNi)
  9. ??
  10. manasa sanchararE (R: shyaamaa)
  11. chinnan chiru kiliye
  12. kurai Onrum illai
  13. Modern English (composed by GnK)
  14. ??
  15. ?? (I am crazy over this one but no one seems to be able to find it out ... help plz? ... can send a clip of the track)
  16. mangalam

this is SamY, reporting from Sri Rama Samaj, West Mambalam, Chennai (11th April 2006)

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At Tuesday, April 25, 2006 9:42:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

**The hearts on and off stage were set on fire.

whoaaaa wish I was there Samy!


At Wednesday, April 26, 2006 12:50:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

@keshi: well when u come down here, try to make time for one such prgm. if I'm around ur always welcome to pool in :) ... as long as u'd njoi listening to it :D

At Wednesday, April 26, 2006 6:20:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

aww thanks!

I sometimes sing bhajans in public...Im a lead singer for a Hindu society here :) So yeah I'd enjoy listening to this kind of music for sure...


At Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:26:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...


plz tell me u don't wear kaavi colour dress with that ching-chak (whatever they call it) and do ur singing in a trance :D ... I'd go in tears out of laughter :D

so therz yet another music inclined person ... somehow I have a revulsion for bhajans tho I can tolerate em when in contemporary style like 'Sacred Chants'

At Thursday, April 27, 2006 1:52:00 AM, Blogger Ash said...

hey what modern english .....
a fusion between classical and western or totally western ?

At Thursday, April 27, 2006 6:34:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

modern english was GnK's own composition ... no it ain't fusion ... its classical ... just the feel you get from "English Notes" ... am no maven music so cudn't nail on even what raagam it was as yet :(

At Thursday, April 27, 2006 7:31:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

lol wuts kaavi? na na I aint a saintly bhajan singer lollz! Im a modern bhajan singer who wears modern shalwars when I sing...and when I dun sing, Im in shorts n Ts lol!


At Friday, April 28, 2006 12:35:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

kaavi is the tamil word for saffron colour ... the one that saints wear to distinguish themselves ... we even the hare krishna folks are modern :p ... may be u can sing in ur in short's n T's with em :p

At Sunday, April 30, 2006 7:44:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

lol Samy I know now...in Tamil we say Manjal for Yellow...Kaavi must be a very Indian term...nice.


At Sunday, April 30, 2006 7:54:00 PM, Blogger SamY said...

:)) I didn't know u needed coaching in tamil

anyway kaavi is saffron in tamil :) ... jeez I wish someone had offered u a kaavi clr dress n I cud c the expression when u get it ;))


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