I had been to Aruna's concert at the music academy. This is a very late entry about that concert. I am sorry for that. Got time to ponder something now only. Getting ticket for her concert is as usual difficult. I had been standing in the queue for a long time since morning 7 and got the tickets for dais finally.
She started the concert with bhairavi raga ata tala varnam. It was sung in two speeds. Then she proceeded with tyagaraja's atana raga yela nee daya raadhu after a short alapana. The next song was in the raga kedaragowla of muthuswami dikshitar. This had his mudra guruguha and the raga mudra in the charanam as "kedaragowla raga priyam", describing Lord Shiva.
Then she sung a tamil song in the praise of Lord Nataraja in the raga mukhari, endraikku siva kripai varumo. She started off the song from the anupallavi kandru..
The next song was a quick pasupatipriya raga kriti of harikesanallur muthiah bhagavathar - saravanabhava. It was indeed an interesting kriti well sung by the artiste.
The highlight of the day was todi raga ragam taanam pallavi. Aruna chose taamadam yen swami bala subramanya in 2 kalai adi talam. She told that this was a homage to the veteran musician GNB which was highlighted in the pallavi as "balasubramanya" and sung ragamalika swaras and few lines of kritis popularised by GNB in those ragas. The ragas were kalyani (vasudevayani), hindolam (samaganalole), behag (dikku theriyadha kaattil), misra yaman (radha samedha krishna).
An abhang was sung and following it was her fame vishama kaara kannan of oothukkadu venkata kavi.
It was a great concert for the saturday eve.