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G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Carnatic composers (other than performing vidwans)
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Pratyaksham Bala
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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 21 Nov 2016, 07:34

The link given in #471 opens the tinypic site; but it takes time to show the image.

The image is not visible in rasikas.org site as it is 1600 pixels wide. The limitation is 1440 pixels.

So, the tinypic image was copied, taken to photoshop, and the size was reduced. The revised smaller size image was taken again to tinypics, and the resultant link was posted in #474.

(May be, there is a simpler way out!)

sivachinta1965
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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 21 Nov 2016, 09:19

Dear Balaji
Thanks a lot.
Sivaprasad

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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 22 Nov 2016, 06:20

Dear Rasikas

GNB as Narada in Sati Anasooya 1940 Tamil Movie

Image

Sivaprasad

CRama
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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by CRama » 22 Nov 2016, 10:46

Sivaprasad, Thanks for digging this old posture and bringing to us.

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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 22 Nov 2016, 11:07

Dear CRamji

Can somebody get some information on the music photographer who took the photo of GNB taking a pinch of Snuff which appeared in Indian Express in 1994-95. His name is Mr... Rao

Thanks

Sivaprasad

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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by Pasupathy » 09 Jan 2017, 05:04

A review (in Tamil ) of GNB's first Radio Concert!
சங்கீத சங்கதிகள் - 105
ஜி.என்.பியின் முதல் ரேடியோக் கச்சேரி!
“ நீலம் “
http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.com/2017/01/105.html

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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by Pasupathy » 13 Jul 2017, 17:43

Musical Tidbits - 127
A Tamil Article by GNB ( 1946)

768. சங்கீத சங்கதிகள் - 127
ரசிகரின் மனோபாவம்
ஜி.என்.பி.

http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.com/2017/07/768-127.html

parivadini
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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by parivadini » 14 Jul 2017, 09:48

Pasupathy wrote:
13 Jul 2017, 17:43
Musical Tidbits - 127
A Tamil Article by GNB ( 1946)

768. சங்கீத சங்கதிகள் - 127
ரசிகரின் மனோபாவம்
ஜி.என்.பி.

http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.com/2017/07/768-127.html
HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO UNEARTH SUCH TREASURES SIR!

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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by Pasupathy » 14 Jul 2017, 17:57

>>HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO UNEARTH SUCH TREASURES SIR! >>

:-)

SrinathK
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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by SrinathK » 20 Aug 2017, 23:21

A case study in evolution :

First up, a sAvEri from the 1930s : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYK7IORQNow

My thoughts -- Talk about raw mangoes. GNB's early voice reveals the quite an influence of Tiger Varadachariar and it's super-manueverability is ridiculous. There's a distinctive ring to his voice and it sometimes crosses over to a bit of nasality. Now, I really wonder if this was actually the way CM was sung on stage in the early 20th century for mike-less concerts or was this just a gamaka stripped, sped up technique vocalists used to fit their rendition into 3 min and 15 sec of plate run time.

Because if you listen to the Vasudevayani track from 1940, already you hear a Kalyani which is far closer to it's mature form. Again a 11 or 12 min recording is probably not representative of a more elaborate live concert exposition. By this point GNB's voice timbre and phrases are now truly his own, though he still has the ring in his voice (but no more the nasality).

Then, another sAvEri, 30 years later, from the early 60s : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt4TORt8iHM&t=27s - a more introspective and moving version. Look at the depth of phrasing and the gamakas on this one and the depth in the lower octave.

At this point, the recording tech had caught up to fully capture a 60 min RTP at the very least, and this comes from a live concert.

By the 1950s I notice that the old ring disappeared over time from GNB's voice and it became deeper and heavier. In the 60s, despite ill health, the phrasing in the ragas continued to mature and get ever more intricate.

This is typically the way the male voice evolves after the voice breaking agonies of one's teenage years.

These features are not unique to him. By the 1950s and 1960s, virtually all Carnatic recordings of all artistes show that the music settled into a gamaka maximal form. And consider this, the playing techniques of violinists also changed with the arrival of the then next gen prodigies in the 1950s and 60s. There's even a theory that the violin in turn influenced vocalists gamakas' more than expected.

Therefore the big question is -- was the gayaki style really that minimalist a hundred years ago? Did the G2 of Thodi get to it's present shape only in the last 50 years or so? (Yeah, I know CM is still evolving even now, but I'm stopping at GNB's times).

I'd advise rasikas to buy the millenial collection of GNB and any albums released of his available concerts -- it's almost like a snapshot of an artiste's evolution across time (and the evolution of music recordings or CM itself). The tragedy is the wealth of musicality in a GNB concert was never captured adequately owing to a sheer paucity of recordings. When I hear about Palghat Raghu and LGJ having accompanied GNB in almost 2000 concerts, I can scarcely imagine just what I missed.

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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by SrinathK » 03 Sep 2017, 21:08

Here's a rare recording of GNB singing a scintillating shloka in kharaharapriya, rishabhapriya, ranjani and sindhubhairavi. The brighas are electrifying and beautifully structured with stupendous replies from Lalgudi Jayaraman on the violin. It vanished off the tube sometime back, but it's back.

This is only the second of 2 recordings of GNB's kharaharapriya and the only one out there featuring rishabhapriya and ranjani.

It's followed by smaravAram. The concert from which this was extracted is labelled 1964, but it's probably likely to be earlier. This concert is one of GNB's best on tape - featuring AndOlika, subramanyaya namastE, and an RTP in Shanmukhapriya where GNB has explored all 3 octaves. LGJ's accompaniment is the special highlight.

https://soundcloud.com/user461654480/g- ... maravaaram

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Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by narayan » 17 Sep 2017, 07:42

SrinathK wrote:
03 Sep 2017, 21:08
Here's a rare recording of GNB singing a scintillating shloka in kharaharapriya, rishabhapriya, ranjani and sindhubhairavi. The brighas are electrifying and beautifully structured with stupendous replies from Lalgudi Jayaraman on the violin.
...
https://soundcloud.com/user461654480/g- ... maravaaram
Thanks much for this. One should use certain adjectives sparingly. Scintillating and stupendous seem just right to me, here.

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