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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Neyveli Santhanagopalan on 19th January 2014

Neyveli Santhanagopalan on 19th January 2014
19.01.14 04.15 pm
The Indian Heritage Academy Hall - 6th Block, Koramangala,BangaloreMap

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Vidwan Neyveli Santhanagopalan    Vocal

Vidushi Charulatha Ramanujam      Violin

Vidwan Arjun Kumar                     Mridangam

Vidwan Ranganatha Chakravarthy   Ghatam

Review of the unique Thematic programme on "Allied Ragas"

Vidwan Neyveli Santhana Gopalan, musician and musicologist of a high order presented a concert for Nadasurabhi on 19th January 2014 based on the theme "Allied Ragas". A concert comprises of a number of ragas and their intricacies. Within a concert a few ragas sound very similar, but they are not same. Vidwan Santhanagopalan took up the task of introducing the subtle difference between ragas that are very close to each other.He started with the 'Navaragamalika Varnam', and with the varnam, how the ragas had the link, like Kedaram to Shankarabharanam to Kalyani to Begada. Then Kambodhi to Edukulakambodhi, Mohanam and Bilahari. That was a brilliant way to start the Allied Ragas concert.  He presented "Meenakshi memudam' in Poorvikalyani and showed how it differed from Pantuvarali, with example of 'Apa ramabhakthi'. He also showed the phrases that would put one into a doubt as to which raga it was and then demonstrated what phrases should be sung in each of these two ragas to be clear.  Similarly he sang different sets of ragas and for some, songs either full or in part, in order to get the essence of the raga.  He brought out the difference between 'Anandabhairavi and Ritigowle' by singing portions where they could appear similar and where they can sound totally different, especially with 'Paluke bangaramayina'.  With Abhogi and Sriranjani, Arabhi and Devagandhari, Narayanagoula and Kedaragoula, Brindavani-brindavanasaranga-Madhyamavati, he again and again sang different usages to bring clarity to the listeners as to where exactly the difference lies. He had quite a few anecdotes and jokes to share with the audience from his experiences which made the program humorous and lively. As a main item he added a Ragam Tanam Pallavi in two ragas 'Mukhari and Bhairavi' - another set of allied ragas, with the alapana, tanam and the pallavi in both the ragas alternately. Interesting set of swaras for this and also for the other songs were included, featuring the sharp diference between various notes. Towards the end of the concert once again another set of ragas like sahana, Harikamboji, Natakuranji, Dwijavanthi were handled. Shanmukhapriya and Jotiswarupini were highlighted.  Vidushi Charulatha Ramanujam on the violin was very fast and efficient in responding to the main singer, and exactly reproduced whatever was expected of her.  Vidwan Arjun Kumar on Mridangam did not have a major role to play.  Yet he gave an excellent following according to the mood of the main artist and played a very good Tani avartanam that was very much suited to the allied ragas.  Vidwan Ranganatha Chakravarthy on Ghatam gave able support and exhibited his talent during the tani avartanam.  The concert was a great success and the huge attendance could not be contained in the Indian Heritage Academy Hall, asking for a bigger auditorium!



Vidwan Neyveli Santhanagopalan is a highly accomplished, internationally acclaimed senior carnatic vocalist. He has developed his own unique baani of bhakthi and bhava laden music which pleases and elevates the audience. Besides being one of the top performing artists, he is a guru whose reach crosses national boundaries. His students are all over India and abroad who get trained using e- learning.


In this concert Sri.Santhanagopalan will explore and explain the technicalities and intricacies of “Allied Ragas”. There are several ragas that sound very close to each other to the listener. They could belong to the same melakarta raga or sometimes it could be from different chakras, too.  The artist will choose such ragas and delve deeper into them. The format will be that of a regular concert but there will be additional educative value to the audience bringing forward the wonder of Carnatic Music.



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