Nadasurabhi Cultural Association located in Koramangala, Bangalore is in the forefront of promoting Classical Carnatic Music. Nadasurabhi conducts the highest quality music concerts every month and a week-long Annual Festival in November, free of charge to all rasikas. Our other events include a youth festival, Thyagaraja and Purandaradasa Aradhana, and music competitions for children.

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Sampagodu S. Vighnaraja on 20th May 2012

Sampagodu S. Vighnaraja on 20th May 2012
20.05.12 04.15 pm
The Indian Heritage Academy Hall - 6th Block, Koramangala,BangaloreMap

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Vidwan Sampagodu Vighnaraja    Vocal 
Vidwan B.K.Raghu Violin
Vidwan A.S.N.Swamy Mridangam
Vidwan Raghavendra Prakash Ghatam

Sri. Vignaraja comes in the sishya parampara of legendary vidwan Sri. G.N.Balasubramaniam. With prodigious talent in Carnatic music from a very early age, he has specialized in singing complex varnams in six speeds. This has recently earned him the title of “Shatkaala Kalaa Gaana Prathibhamani from a reputed organistion in Bangalore. He is a graded artist of AIR. Besides being a highly talented vocalist, he is also an accomplished Carnatic flautist and Carnatic guitarist. Sri. Vignaraja is currently the Head of  the Instrument Section of the Temple of Fine Arts in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.  He has given hundreds of performances in India and abroad including regular concerts at Fort High School Ramanavami festivals, Gayana Samaja, and most sabhas in Chennai. In fact Sri.Vignaraj has sung in Nadasurabhi as a Youth Artist more than ten years back and by his rich voice and commendable performance, had been identified as a potential great talent.

Concert Review

 On 20th May 2012, Sunday, a vocal concert of Vidwan Sampagodu Vighnaraja, a young musician from Bangalore who is currently teaching carnatic music at the Temple of Music in Malaysia, was held under the auspices of Nadasurabhi at the Indian Heritage Academy.  Endowed with a rich voice and a vast manodharmam, Vighnaga greatly impressed the audience at the Nadasurabhi concert.
Vighnaraja started off the concert with a Varnam in Natakuranji - Chalamela, set to Adi talam and went on to present it in seven speeds - 2 aksharas per beat, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 aksharas- which received great applause! A racy swara prasthara to his kalyani song rendered as a Ganesha stuthi,and a speedy Chenchukamboji kriti - Vararagalayawere were well received.  To prove that he is not just a speed master he presented Dikshitar's Navavarana kriti, Kamalambam samrakshatu in Anandabharavi in a very pleasing, slow tempo. A detailed deliniation of raga poorvikalyani for Neelakantasivan's Ananda natam aaduvar embellished with swaraprastharas in different kaalas and gathis and Marubari talarenura in Kamach were added attractions.  A Raga-Tana-Pallavi in Keeravani as the main piece was a wholesome treat.  Vighnaraja treated the raga in three parts and went on to present the thana in different speeds with much elaboration.  The pallavi - Gajamukhane, sumukhane paripaaliso - was set in Chaturasra triputa tala which was followed by  ragamalika swaras, predictably once again in varying speeds and nadais like tisra, chaturasra and khanda.  The speed did not mar the clarity in pronouncing the swaras or sahitya at any stage.  It was followed by tani avartanam.  With Purandaradasa's Jagadodharana and Pibare Ramarasam in Ahir Bhairav he concluded the 3.5 hour concert.
Vidwan B.K. Raghu on the violin was extremely good.  He not only gave a satisfactory following throughout but also played each raga with all nuances using  extra ordinary sancharas.  The Tani avartanam by Vidwan A.S.N. Swamy on mridangam and Vidwan Raghavendra Prakash on Ghatam was of a high standard.


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