The Thulaseevana Sangeethotsavam began with the rich baritone of Sriram Gangadharan.
His rich baritone coupled with racy kalapramanams made his Carnatic concert in Thiruvanthapuram a refreshing experience for listeners. The vocal concert by Sriram Gangadharan was held on the first day of the 28th Thulaseevana Sangeethotsavam at Theerthapada Mandapam at East Fort.
The main attraction of the evening was Papanasam Sivan's kriti `Thaamathen Swamin' in Thodi raga set to Adi tala. This composition was preceded by an elaborate ragavistaram in which the vocalist presented the intricacies of the raga. Avaneeswaram S.R.Vinu's solo presentation of the raga on the violin had the vocalist nodding in appreciation, as the audience applauded. The thaniavarthanam that followed with Vaikom Venugopal on the mridangam initially inspired Uduppi Sreedhar to prove his expertise on the ghatam. The twang of the morsing by Trivandrum Sajikumar delighted both the vocalist and the audience. The trio gave a creditable performance. Earlier, Sriram Gangadharan began his concert with a Thulaseevana kriti invoking the grace of Lord Ganesha. The kriti `Prarnatotsmin devam' in Natta raga was set to Adi tala. After rendering Mysore Vasudavacharya's `Brocheva' in raga Khamas, Sriram presented `Renjini Niranjini' in Renjini raga. A composition by G.N. Balasubramaniam, shades of the master-composer could be discerned in Sriram's rendering. Next to follow was a kriti in Madhyamavati raga. He began the kriti `Naada pai balikera' in its anupallavi. This Tyagaraja composition was set to Khandachappu talam. Then he sang Gopalakrishna Bharati's `Varukalamo Ayya' in Manji raga. The tukkadas at the end included `Brugi mukunde,' `Radha samedha Krishna' and `Atmanivedham' in Chenchurutti, Misra yaman and Sindhubhairavi respectively. On the second day, soft-voiced C.S. Sajeev, an engineer-turned Carnatic vocalist, began his concert with `Gam Ganapathiye' in the raga Hamsadwani. Composed by Muthiah Bhagavathar, it was set to Roopaka tala. After rendering `Swaminatha paripalaya' of Muthuswami Deekshitar in the raga Natta, Sajeev moved to present the main composition of the day. He preceded the kriti with a delineation of the raga Sankarabharanam. The kriti `Enthuku pedhalla' composed by Tyagaraja was set to Adi tala. The neraval at `Veda sastra purana' added charm to the rendering. Padma Krishnan on the violin provided the right accompaniment. The thaniavarthanam began initially with soft beats on the mrudangam by Pandalam Jayaprakash. Later, it gained tempo, and H. Venkitachalam on the ghatam followed suit. The concert concluded with the mangalam `Sri Ramachandra shriti parijatham.'