It’s a travesty that I haven’t posted this yet:
I make several cameo appearances in the audience… but that is not why one should watch this video! It should be watched in its entirety as it is an amazing piece of music. Regular readers of this blog would know by now how obsessed I am with Abishek Raghuram; I still consider myself lucky that I got to hear and directly see this concert live!
This concert was a tribute to the late Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, and Abishek also included his Nilambari varnam, Lalithe Shri Pravruddha (Bhairavi), and Lalgudi’s Khamas thillana, which are not included in Jaya TV’s broadcast.
The thani after Deva Shri was not included in the TV broadcast, which is a shame. It was particularly interesting because of the eduppu; Deva Shri is set to viloma chapu, the inverse of regular misra chapu. One can also think of it as a misra chapu + 1.5 aksharam eduppu. Narayanan sir took it as such; since misra chapu is 3.5 aksharams, playing a 4 aksharam pattern 3 times will take you to the eduppu (4*3 = 12, which is the same as 3.5*3=10.5+1.5=12!). I remember that set up clearly.