GNB as a Vagayekkara:
Personally to rajesh,GNB as a composer interests me a lot than as a vidwan. Smt DurgA's research was more factual , she was just giving one fact after another .
# GNB composed varnams, krithis and one thillAna,totally there are 200 compositions of GNB .GNB was a srividya upasaka and he has composed in thamizh, sanskrit and telugu
# There was an illustration of GNB composition of an abHogi krithi along the same lines of sevikka vendumayya of MT which durga specifically mentioned.The known fact that GNB never used to sing his own compositions and only his sishyAs like MLV used to sing was highlighted (I would have loved if she had also mentioned the genius SKR there too).
# Two songs were played one was shree chakra rAja nilayE in shivashakthi where MLV was given support by sudha. THe other tillAna was briefly played where sudha sang the only thillana of Shri GNB in the rAgam hamsAnandi.
# Shri GNB apart from handling rare rAgas like vasantha bhairavi, marga hindOlam and ranjani (Rajesh was surprised that ranjani was mentioned , rajesh thought that ranjani was never rare , possibly GNB may have brought it first in). In addition GNB created new rAgas like gavati, amrithabehAg, one janya of subhapantuvarALi (I didnot catch that one), chandrarashikam, veenadhAri , Saranga Tarangini,shivashakthi and Soma Kadambari (Is there any recording of chandrarashikam,veenadhAri and soma kadambari) .
# DurgA opinionated that GNB had a lot of respect for thyagaraja and he had composed even an exclusive krithi for thyagarAja in his hindoLam krithi "mAdhava kula bhooshani thyagarAja" (has any one heard that or is any recording available).Durga also said that because of love of ThyagarAja he wanted to undertake the task of composing in telugu , eventhough most of the krithis were in thamizh and sanskrit.She also took a small caveat that this reasoning is my calculated guess .
# Durga also said that "As a musicologist we all believe that thyagaraja did not compose any cittaswaras for any of his krithis, that was added only later by others". She gave an example of mAlavi krithi nenarunchi where thirukkodikaval krishna Iyer added that. GNB was the musician who added cittaswaras for vararAgaLaya where GNB intelligently crafted the ArOhanam and AvarOhanam of the rAgam senchuKamBodhi in that krithi of T. Durga sang briefly both the sarvalaghu madhyama kAlam as well as mel Kala swaras tuned in the same raga and krithi.
# Radha bhaskar sang few lines of cittaswaras of his own composition neepAdamuLe nalinakAnthi in the nalinakanthi rAgam and wrapped up the lecdem .
Durga finally summed up the musical genius of GNB as a performer and composer will live for ever (Certainly there was no doubts there).
Rajesh Personal Impressions:
DurgA spoke well with well measured words setting the right contextual information of GNB with the right objective subjectivity.The lecdem cannot be compared with say SRJ or Vedavalli or a madurai GS Mani expressive articulation, but smt durgA being a disciple of the great Madurai Mani Iyer had the omnipresent touch of humility talking about GNB and gave an overall avery good lecdem.
Kudos to radha and mudhra bhaskar and gnb centenary committee for arranging this between concerts, mudhra is indeed turning out to be a great sabha. 2008 was semmangudi birth centenary and is past, 2009-2010 is GNB birth centenary and is present , looking forward for 2012 birth centenary(I am sure you know who I am talking), I am sure Smt DurgA would be as expressive as a SRJ or vedavalli or madurai GS mani in 2012.
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