Gayathri Venkataraghavan’s Concert

Yesterday was the first time I went to a concert of Gayathri Venkataraghavan. If I remember correctly, the first time I listened to her sing on TV was about a year and a half back. At that time, I didn’t like her singing much. After that, I didn’t listen to her much. But, a 4-hour concert yesterday was too tempting to miss. Since the only thing that I wanted to listen to was Raagam Taanam Pallavi and being a 4-hour concert, there was no way an will not be sung, I went only at 6pm to the concert that had started at 4 itself. The next 2 and a half hours turned out to be the best part of the day what with the concert turning out to be an excellent one! I will surely go to Gayathri Venkataraghavan’s next concert if I am free on that day!

When I entered, Gayathri was singing Maara Jananim in Natakapriya (a raaga I am not familiar with). She was accompanied by Charulatha Ramanujam on the violin, Neyveli Narayanan on Mridangam and Ghatam Karthick on the Ghatam. What followed next was Sri Matrubhootam in Kannada, a favourite of mine. Mohana Rama and the one for which I had gone to the concert in the first place, RTP in Bhairavi, were excellent!

The Ranjani Mrudu Pankaja (Ranjani Maala – Ranjani, Megha Ranjani, Sri Ranjani, Janaranjani), is one song that I just love listening to when sung by Nithyasree Mahadevan. Even though Gayathri sung it well, for me, Nithyasree’s will always remain the best! Before Mangalam, the last two songs for the day, Bhavayami (Yamun Kalyani) and Naada Vindu (Chenchurutti) were two songs that I couldn’t enjoy completely since the person sitting next to me had decided that he will surely sing along with her! 😦 I had to with a great difficulty, stop myself from telling him to sing a little less loudly.

On the whole, I absolutely enjoyed every bit of the concert. For the complete list of songs and more details about the concert, check out Ram’s post.

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17 Comments

  1. Nithya said,

    May 14, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    I Haven’t listened to Gayatri Venkatraghavan sing 😦

    And Ranjani is a wunnerful number…naadha vindhu is another very popular ditty right…Love that too 🙂

    And Poor you…how did that person sing by the way ? Was it bearable ? 😛

  2. Sathej said,

    May 14, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Oh! You were there too,Aparna!You didn’t miss much. Ritigowla with a rare composition was nice.But,as Ram has said,she sings Ritigowla at many concerts.
    Shyama Sastry pieces are really delivered nicely by her.
    Sathej

  3. ranjhith said,

    May 15, 2007 at 9:21 am

    > concert
    இது எங்க Area இல்லீங்க.

  4. chiroti said,

    May 15, 2007 at 10:09 am

    wow, sounds interesting. 🙂

  5. Girish said,

    May 15, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Aparna,

    I have been reading ur blog for quite sometime. I could clearly see ur interest in carnatic music. I too like to listen to them, but the only problem is just cant understand them. I really want to know about carnatic music. Though I know its quite a huge task to really understand them.

    I would like you to please let me know from where can I get the basic information regarding them and also list of some music compositions which help me identify a bit of raagams. Being out of India I cannot really join any carnatic music class.

    Keep up your good work.

  6. Adiya said,

    May 15, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    I follow ranjith. 🙂

  7. Aparna said,

    May 16, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Nithya,
    That person sang very well! You missed it! 😛

    Sathej,
    Hope I get to attend her next concert whenever that is

    Ranjhith,
    Adhu enakku theriyunga 🙂

    Chiroti,
    🙂

    Girish,
    Belated welcome to my blog! Thank you.
    Great to know that you are interested in knowing more about Carnatic Music.
    carnatica.com is one website which might be of help to you. Check it out.

  8. Aparna said,

    May 16, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Adiya,
    You do listen to Carnatic music dont you? 🙂

  9. Sathej said,

    May 16, 2007 at 9:13 am

    Just to add to Aparna’s suggestion, rasikas.org is one great website for Carnatic music lovers.
    Sathej

  10. Sathej said,

    May 16, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Hello Aparna,
    Hope you got to know about the accompanist I was referring to!
    Sathej

  11. Aparna said,

    May 16, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Sathej,
    Oh yes! Sorry forgot to reply!

  12. June 10, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Sri mAthrubUtham..aaha..what a wonderful krithi..thalaivar is the best ever 🙂 Will blog on it soon 🙂

  13. Aparna said,

    June 10, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Sai,
    Of course thalaivar is the best! 😉 Hope you blog about it soon!

  14. Ashwin Kadambi said,

    April 2, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Hey Aparna,

    Very nice website. Very nice coverage and summary of concerts.

    Please keep updating. I will also contribute by emailing you when I go to a concert.

    Ashwin
    Baltimore, MD USA

  15. byggahus said,

    August 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

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    bygga hus ett Nya Hus, Husleverantör, Hustillverkare, Småhus, Sten, Tegel, Tomt,

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  16. Ram said,

    October 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Rethigowla is one of the greatest ragams. In most of the tamil popular songs we see this raga. some times people do not sing this in concerts. May be gayathri loves this raga too. I have listened to more than 15 keerthanams on this raga incl swarakalpana and it is fabulous.

  17. gayathri said,

    August 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    gayathri venkataraghavan is really a divine singer which she makes me go divine world. The person cannot understand with the help of words but with silence.. she is a divine lady with divine voice…. i hope she is living in a divine world of her….


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