G.N.Balasubramaniam, one of the greatest legends and trailblazers of Carnatic Music, mesmerized the old and the young with his unique, bracing, resonant and magnificent voice, his infectious brikas and his exceptional music. His masterly rendering of all aspects of music is still a delight to the audience. His command of ragalakshanas was amazing revealing the quintessence of the ragas at the very outset either in short crisp alapanas or in the elaborate alapanas in his own inimitable style. His singing was crisp and 'sangatis' measured and was a satisfying and thrilling experience to the vast concourse of ardent admirers. His mellifluous voice would traverse the three octaves and the three 'kalas' (tempo) with ease.
This concert of GNB is one of the most memorable and significant ones as it was the last concert performed by the legend at the Music Academy in 1964 along with legends Lalgudi G. Jayaraman on the violin and Palghat R Raghu on the mrudangam. A superb delineation of Begada with a rare kriti Kalayami Raguramam of Swathi Thirunal and an enchanting Saveri with enchanting responses from Lalgudi Jayaraman are mindboggling. The evergreen Vararagalaya in Chenchukambhoji in true GNB style is a treat to the ears. GNB composed the chittaswaram for this kriti and popularized it among many other rare Thyagaraja compositions.
The hallmark of this concert is undoubtedly the RTP in Kalyani. The astounding Thaniavarthanam lasts for nearly 30 minutes by the mrudangam virtuoso Palghat Raghu, which has a spellbinding effect on the listeners. This is a concert that will remain etched in the memory of the listeners for a long time.
This concert is from the private collection of the GNB family.