T.M.Krishna in Chennai Sangamam

I went to a concert of T.M.Krishna after more than a month. The concert was at Nageshwara Rao Park, Mylapore, held as part of the ‘Chennai Sangamam’, a cultural festival aimed at highlighting Chennai’s cultural ethos (as ‘The Hindu’, had called it), that started yesterday. Though it was only a 1-hour concert, T.M.Krishna made sure everyone enjoyed every moment of it!
Amritha Murali – Violin
Manoj Siva – Mridangam
Umashankar – Ghatam
Songs list:
1. Thoadudaiya – GambhIraNattai
2. Kaalai Thooki – Yadhukula Kambhoji
3. Aazhi Mazhai KaNNa – Varali
4. Nattakurunji RTP – (A quickie RTP – Surprise of the concert!)
5. Chinnanchiru KiLiye – Raagamalika
6. Suttum Vizhi – Raagamalika
7. Senthamizh Naadenum – ? (don’t remember)
8. Irakkam Varaamal – Behag
9. Eppo Varuvaaro – Jonpuri
10. Vaazhiya Senthamizh – Madhyamavati
Highlight of the concert:
Of course, the Nattakurunji RTP! I least expected him to sing a RTP in this concert. Though it was a quickie, Nattakurunji being my favourite raaga, I just loved it! He sang the pallavi ‘nAttakurunji enbaar engaLadhu sirandha’ in two other raagas too (Mohanam and the other one I forgot 😦 (HamirKalyani?)).
Then, the way he sang Chinnanchiru kiLiye with bhava was too good. After that, someone asked him to sing Suttum Vizhi and he said he was not sure whether he remembered the lyrics! When the girl said that she knew it, he asked her to sit in front of him and tell him if he forgets the lyrics somewhere! If I am not mistaken, it was after the line, ‘vaalai kumariyadi’ that TMK sang ha-ha-ha-ha in a beautiful way instead of the word ‘kaNNama’ twice, before singing the word ! Irakkam Varaamal is yet another song that I like hearing T.M.Krishna sing.
On the whole, the concert was excellent as any concert of T.M.Krishna will be. By the way, it was a nice to hear the concert sitting in the park, surrounded by trees with a surprisingly cool breeze blowing.



  1. February 22, 2007 at 4:22 am

    […] Aparna writes about T.M.Krishna’s concert in the same festival On the whole, the concert was excellent as any concert of T.M.Krishna will be. By the way, it was a nice to hear the concert sitting in the park, surrounded by trees with a surprisingly cool breeze blowing. Linked by Krish […]

  2. Ram said,

    February 22, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Missed this one completely … and to think that I was just 5 minutes away from the venue for most of the evening … 😦

    Was the first song the thevaram “tOdudaya seviyan” in gambhIranATTai ?

  3. Sathej said,

    February 22, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    TMK sang Iraakkam Varamal just last week at Hamsadhwani.Must have been a great Kutcheri.Missed it,infact I didn’t know of it.I knew of two other great Kutcheris yesterday,anyway was busy and couldn’t make it.One was by Shri TN Krishnan and his daughter Smt.Viji Krishnan at Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple in Adyar and the other a Lecdem by Prof.VV Srivatsa on Thodi Ragam.Anyway,thanks for the song list.Yadukulakambhoji must have been great.The other songs look wondeful too.

  4. Aparna said,

    February 22, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Surprisingly I seem to have gone to a T.M.Krishna’s concert that you had missed! 🙂
    It is ‘tOdudaya seviyan’! Coz, I heard someone saying it is thevaram. Thanks. I will correct it.

    TMK sings Irakkam Varaamal often.

    Thanks for linking my blog!

  5. kittu said,

    February 23, 2007 at 9:40 am

    It seems you had fun enjoying the concert ! Do you know classical music ?
    Yes, thodudaya seviyan is a devaram, one of the good ones.

  6. yuva said,

    February 23, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    may be you are interested.. and just incase if already dont know:

    Chennai Sangamam Schedule

    ‘Hitesvara’, a music concert by The Shakti Foundation

  7. chennai said,

    February 24, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Very Good Effort From Tamil Nadu Goverment and Tamil Maiyam

    Visit Chennai Sangamam http://www.chennaisangamam.com

  8. Aparna said,

    February 24, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    kittu mama,
    Of course, i enjoyed the concert!…. I am learning Carnatic Music.

    I saw the schedule. Thanks.

    Yes it is a very nice concept to promote our culture, Hope it continues for the years to come.

  9. Sathej said,

    February 25, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Hello Aparna,
    Who are you learning music from?

  10. Aparna said,

    February 25, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    I am learning from one Ms.Sudha in Abhiramapuram.

  11. pyarilal said,

    March 4, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Hi Aparna

    I hope…Now a days your blog getting so popular because of your power of English , More info and your perfect view…(your feelings)

    Congrats keep it up….sometime you will become a journalist?:) who knows it?

    I like to add few more colors with your article….

    please check out Shri. T M Krishan’s “Chennai Sangamam” Concert photos —-


    More photos….
    My photo gallery

  12. Aparna said,

    March 4, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks for the compliment. But, I don’t think my English is good enough to make me take up journalism.

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