Friday, April 17, 2009

Arulmigu Kapaleeshwarar Temple - 16/4/09

Panguni Uthram Festival 2009.

The invitation card for this festival was the first indication of the grandeur that one could expect at the festival.It was a detailed brochure, and done very well. Something to be preserved!

One of my all-time favourite places to perform is the karpagAmbikai-kapAleeshwarar temple in mylApore. During my school and college days,I used to goto this temple atleast twice a week.

To sing inside the temple premises has always been a very special experience for me and this occasion was no exception. Given the choice,I would have sung for some more time (I guess its the divine vibrations inside the temple that always prompt me to do so), but then I had to finish by 9.05 pm:-)

Sri Raghavendra Rao - Violin
Sri.J.Vaidyanathan - Mridangam
Sri. Anirudh Athreya - Kanjira

Song list:(R-Raga Alapana,N-Neraval,S-Kalpanaswaram,T-Tani Avarthanam)

1.vallabhA nAyakasya-begadA-rUpakam-muthuswAmi dikshitar (S)
2.virutham followed by karuNAnidhiyE tAyE-bowli-misrachApu-pApanAsam sivan
3.nambikettavar evarayyA-hindOLam-Adi-pApanAsam sivan
4.chitham irangAdadEnayya-sahAnA-misrachApu-pApanAsam sivan
5.shambhO mahAdEva-pantuvarALi-rUpakam-tyAgarAja (R,N,S)
6.ambA neelAyatAkshi-neelAmbari-Adi-muthuswami dikshitar
7.karuNAkaranE-keeravANi-Adi-pApanAsam sivan (R,S,T)
8.sottruNai vEdiyan-kEdAragowla-Adi(misra and chatusra nadai)-tirunAvukkarasar tevAram
9.virutham followed by karpagAmbikai nee allavO-behAg-rUpakam-pApanAsam sivan
10.petra thAi-rEvati-Adi-Ramalinga swAmi arutpa
11.nAgendra hArAya-rAgamAlikA-Adi sankarA
12.tiruppugazh(kazhai muthu mAlai)-jOg-Adi

Vishruthi meticulously maintains a diary (labelled "Gayathri Amma's concerts") (!!), wherein,with some help,she religiously writes down the song list (with details like rAga,tAla,composer) of every concert of mine that she attends.Yesterday after the concert,she came up to me and said, "Amma,you sang a majority of Papanasam Sivan's songs in today's concert".

I was happy that she was able to make this observation.Papanasam Sivan and Kapaleeshwarar temple have always been synonymous.Papanasam Sivan has composed many gems of kritis on Kapaleeshwarar and Karpagambal.

As I finished writing this post, I read this beautiful article on Papanasam Sivan and Kapaleeshwarar temple in today's Hindu, written by my good friend Sriram Venkatakrishnan. Here is the link:


Sathej said...

Was a nice Panthuavarali - the Neraval and Swarams in particular. And yes, about the finish, it was quite visible that you could have carried on even longer :) Nice to know about the meticulously maintained diary of Vishruthi :-)


Anonymous said...

1. Hi to Vishruti and good to know that she is keeping a note....

2. One of my favourite temple in Chennai...I have never missed to have darshan there whenever I touched fact thats first job...I used to plan trip accordingly.

I remember catching 29c from Perambur on Sunday afternoons and travel to have navagraha pradakshinam during eve rahukala puja. said it right....divine vibration is too influensive.

sharma, mumbai

Priya Ram said...

kapaleeswarar temple is one of my favourite temples and the song Nambi kettavar evarayya is also one of my favourite songs !! truly it must have been a divine experience while singing here.

and happy to know that vishruthi is following her mom's footsteps. another carnatic vocalist in the making. also one day vishruthi can come out with a book containing details of your concerts !!

pushkala said...

Wonderful songlist, many of songs are our favorites too to listen. A 2 CD collection release with this songlist will be awesome for rasikas of yours.

Gayathri Girish said...

Hi Pushkala,
Thanks for the suggestion! Will have this theme in mind and do a thematic album soon:-)