The ace vocalist will present an exclusive Tamil concert on December 8
Sanjay Subrahmanyan’s penchant for Tamil songs is well-known. Thanks to him, many rare songs have been brought to light. He goes that extra mile to identify lyrics and composers, who have enriched Tamil and music. The two have gone hand-in-hand with simple songs conveying profound messages, be it patriotic or social. Carnatic musicians have popularised the songs of several composers by always including them in their concerts. By dedicating a lion’s share of concert time to Tamil and often making an entire kutcheri Thamizh, Sanjay Subrahmanyam has carved a niche for himself. Even composers not much heard have found a place in his concert repertoire. This Season, he will present a full-fledged kutcheri of Tamil songs on December 8, 6.30 p.m. at the Music Academy.
Is this a curtain raiser to the Season?
“Well, almost. I had already committed to Kartik Fine Arts for a kutcheri on December 6, when ‘Thamizhum Naanum’ was conceived,” says Sanjay.
“Music lovers relish Tamil songs as much as they appreciate Mummoorthi or other venerated composers. For the past 10 years, my concert for Margazhi Mahotsav of Jaya TV, was themed on Tamil songs. They found a huge following. This year, I’m not performing at Margazhi Mahotsav. But I did not want to give the opportunity a miss. Thus was born ‘Thamizhum Naanum,’” says Sanjay about his latest foray.
Sanjay knows people, who come to Raja Annamalai Manram in North Chennai to listen to his Tamil songs for Tamil Isai Sangam. For them it is an exclusive experience. His Divya Prabhandam concert was a huge hit. “This positive response encouraged me to present a separate concert of Thamizh songs,” says Sanjay. The lyrics infused with feeling and Sanjay’s diction make them an aural delight.
The Thirupperundurai Pathigam as viruttam is an example of his internalising the experience of a devotee. The shades of bhavam with which he cries out, ‘Sivanae’ transport the listeners to the altar, where they are one with the singer. ‘Tiruppavai,’ a must in the musician’s itinerary during Margazhi, is clothed in a grand new attire, as Sanjay sings every word with telling effect. For serenity is ‘Kannapurathu Karumnaiyae…’ Kulasekara Azhwar’s lullaby to Raghava.
Vedanayagam Pillai, Mayuram Viswanatha Sastry… there is nothing that Sanjay has not touched in his concerts. Is there anything in ‘Thamizhum Naanum,’ which is not thematic but a mix of great songs of different composers? Says the vocalist, “Mu. Arunachalam Pillai has composed a beautiful song, “Senthamizh Thayai Potruvom…,” which M.M. Dhandapani Desikar has set to tune in melodious Chakravaham. Bharatidasan beckons us to read Tamizh, early morning and noon… all the time.
For the Papanasam Sivan fans, there is this song on Bharati, where he extols the poet’s songs as the best garland. Doraisamy Kavirayar is another composer, the audience will get acquainted with. Sharing space will be Ramaswamy Sivan and Muthiah Bhagavatar. The language is a perennial spring from which you can keep drawing sweet water, which Bharatidasan would call ‘nectar’ (amudam).”
Supporting Sanjay Subrahmanyan on December 8 will be will be S. Varadarajan (violin), Neyveli Venkatesh (mridangam) and Tripunithura Radhakrishnan (ghatam).
Produced by Show Space, ‘Thamizhum Naanum’ has been sponsored by TVS Emerald.