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A signature concert by Sanjay
CHENNAI, December 20: He was bouncing with energy, as he swayed his head, adjusted his body and launched into a full-throated concert for Brahma Gana Sabha on December 15, 2010.

Sanjay Subramaniam was in his element. Dikshitar’s “Budamashrayami”(Nattakurinji) was an intelligent selection on this Wednesday evening. The Navagraha kritis of Dikshitar are also referred to as `vara kritis’ (weekly kritis). This slow-paced composition saw Sanjay articulate expressively. He followed it up with “Daya Payo Nidhe” (Jaganmohini). An expansive alap in Kharaharapriya brought to fore the creative extravagance in Sanjay. Thyagaraja’s “Rama Ni Samanamevaru” had the marking of Sanjay signature all over. Violinist Nagai Muralidharan proved no less to Sanjay’s stature, as he matched him with some remarkable strokes to take the entire exercise to greater heights. Nimble and skillful, the violinist matched the brighas of Sanjay with the ease and élan. His violin spoke indeed.

The neraval at “Paluku Paluku Laku Tene Loluku Mataladu” was packed with swaraprastharas and the percussion artistes Tanjore Murgabhoopathy on mridangam and Alathur T. Rajaganesh on Kanjira combined to make the exercise a grand one. After a sumptuous alap in rakthi raga Mohanam, out came “Kapali” of Papanasam Sivan. He embellished it with just enough sangathis and an avalanche of swaras. The tani that followed was breath-taking. Sanjay was all immersed and unmindful of the surroundings. Like a blinkered-horse, he was focus-personified. After Purandaradasa’s melody-filled “Enna Rakshishu Nanna Devare”(Shubapantuvarali), he launched into RTP (ragam, tanam and pallavi). As suspense grew in the audience, he decided to end it by announcing that he was singing the rag Marga Hindolam. A lavish exploration of the raga saw many heads nod in quite appreciation. “Kandanai Vandanai Sey Maname Tandeyai Thayai Vandarula” was the pallavi chosen. It was set to Adi talam erandu kalai. Soon enough, ragas such as Sahana, Chalanatta and Sindhubhairavi came out tumbling in quick succession. Sanjay enlivened the RTP segment with some imaginative swara build-ups. As the concert was drawing to a close, he sang “Manadirkugandadu Murugan”, “Samayamidhe”(Behag) and a Tamil composition “Kana Vendamo Irukannirukkum Pothey Vinnuyir Gopuram”(Sriranjani).

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