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Post by Purist » 06 Aug 2009, 22:46

Catchy tune, sounds like Ahir to me.

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Post by gn.sn42 » 07 Aug 2009, 10:40

karthikbala wrote:A few years ago, an opera-loving rasika played for us a very unusual home-recording. To our astonishment we heard "O sainte médaille", Valentin's aria from Faust sung by Smt. Sowmya! (of course the baritone's aria had been transposed to an appropriate tessitura). Very sporting of her to make the effort and play along with an unusual request !
Sounds very interesting - has Sowmya studied opera? More to the point, will she entertain a similar request in a concert setting? That would be awesome.

And thanks, this has me digging up some Gounod - the last one I heard was Bobby McFerrin's crowd-pleasing Ave Maria which is fun.

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Post by karthikbala » 07 Aug 2009, 11:51

gn.sn42 wrote:Sounds very interesting - has Sowmya studied opera? More to the point, will she entertain a similar request in a concert setting? That would be awesome.
Not that I know of...I believe she was played a recording and then was asked to have a goat it... Anuradha Sriram though, did undergo some training I think in the US. While the tunes or melodic content are generally childs play for a CM vocalist, it is the sound production that is the key differentiator. Even the softer mezza voce phrases, pianissimi, have to fill a concert hall *without miking*. The Met in NYC for instance is more than twice as large as Narada Gana Sabha! Audience in even the uppermost galleries, while having only a microscopic view of the stage still expect to hear the singer clearly.

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Post by Shrinidhi » 21 Dec 2009, 22:52

Hey im a big fan of sowmya.Not only is she such a wonderful singer but she also got a gold medal(BSc chem) and did MS from IIT.Shes one awesome person.

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Post by ravi2006 » 22 Dec 2009, 05:05

bilahari wrote:Quite an attractive song, indeed! Can't catch the ragam but sounds rather similar to veTri koDi kaTTu from Padaiyappa (to my ears anyhow):

Yeah, maybe a hint of cArukEsi. But like I said, I'm a total dud at looking for ragas in film music.
It starts as cArukEsi then switches to sarasAngi during the 1st instrumental interlude - quite neatly done.

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Post by ravi2006 » 22 Dec 2009, 05:08

Oh, and veTri koDi kaTTu is in kIravANi

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Post by Shalu » 22 Dec 2009, 08:21

Sowmya is an intelligent musician and has given some weighty and memorable numbers. But somehow, todays Express review is a let down as I had been to the concert and found her really very good. Guess critics have their own way of conveying and convictions...

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Post by kharaharapriyajanyam » 16 Jan 2010, 12:35

Can someone kindly tell me a few details about Ms.Sowmya's sister Ms.Bharathi? She mentions about her sister in the Margazhi Maha Utsavam session. I was just wondering if even Ms.Bharathi is a performing musician. I may be wrong.

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Post by ramanathan » 21 Jun 2010, 09:59

Smt. Sowmya is being conferred with the prestigious Sangeetha Choodamani title this year by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. The ceremony will be on the opening day of the sabha's Gokulashtami series in August. Congratulations to her on a richly deserved recognition!

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Post by rshankar » 21 Jun 2010, 10:13

Congratulations and Best Wishes!

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Post by thanjavooran » 21 Jun 2010, 10:43

Congrats! Sowmya Avl
Thanjavooran 21 06 10

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Post by cienu » 21 Jun 2010, 12:23

great news . Congrats to Sowmya :)

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Post by rajeshnat » 22 Jun 2010, 08:29

Congrats Smt sowmya .

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Post by bilahari » 22 Jun 2010, 08:36

Congratulations to Smt Sowmya! Well deserved honour for the vidushi!

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Post by arasi » 24 Jun 2010, 19:35

Congratulations to the vidushi who does not give up depth for glamor!

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Post by venkatakailasam » 14 Jan 2011, 18:42

E'-SWARA-020-Smt.S.Sowmya @Trinity Music Concerts 2004

Whether it was 2004 or it is 2011, you seen the same smile and the same depth and it will continue hence after also !!


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Post by satyabalu » 15 Jan 2011, 22:51

kamavardhani wrote:Song from the recent movie "Achamundu Achamundu":
Hard to believe it's the same Sowmya!
Can we attribute the Raga as close to "Ahir Bhairav"?To me the tune resembles Dasavatharam song"Kallaikandal Kadavul theriyadu(pleads my inability to quote the correct lyrics).Charukesi tinge is also there.

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Post by suswaraa » 22 Feb 2011, 19:39

சங்கீதத்தில் கரை கண்டவர்கள் யாரும் இல்லை. அப்படி எந்த வித்வானும் இது வரை சொன்னதில்லை. காரணம் சங்கீதம் ஒரு கடல். 'கர்நாடிக் ஐடல்' நடுவர்கள் சிறியவர்களை அரள வைக்கிறார்கள். அவர்கள் நாம் அந்த வயதில் என்ன கிழித்தோம் என்று நினைத்து பார்க்க வேண்டும். இந்த காலத்து குழந்தைகள் அதி புத்திசாலிகள். என்ன கொடுத்தாலும் தைர்யமாக பாடுகிறார்கள்.

சௌம்யா! உங்களுக்கு என்ன ஆயிற்று? பூர்ணச்சந்திரிகா ரிஷபம் தீர்க்கமாக வராதா? "தெலிசி ராம" சிட்டை ஸ்வரம் மற்றும் "பலுக்க வேமி நா தெய்வமா(;R;S R;;;)" போன்ற கீர்த்தனைகளில் ரிஷபம் தீர்க்கம் தானே? அதி மேதாவி என்ற நினைப்பை நிறுத்தி கொள்ளவும்.

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Post by Lakshman » 23 Feb 2011, 00:06

suswara: There is no objection for posting a message in a regional language but in order to be fair to everyone, please post the same message in english as well. This is the general rule of our site. Thanks.

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Post by suswaraa » 24 Feb 2011, 17:50

Music is an ocean. Nobody could fathom the length and breadth of this great ocean. Even the stalwarts never claim that they know everything and use to say that they are still students. But the judges of Jaya TV’s Carnatic Idol programme terrorize the young aspirants. The judges should think what they have done at that young age. The gen next is very skilled and is capable of handling any challenge without any fear.

Sowmya! What happened to you? Does a dheergamana rishabam not occur in Poornachandrika? I would like to cite some examples like “Thelisi rama” chittai swaram, “Palukavemi naa deivama” (;R;S R;;;)” etc. In such kritis isn’t the 'Ri' dheergam? It is better Sowmya sheds the I know it all attitude and refrain from passing rude remarks.

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Post by vasanthakokilam » 28 Feb 2011, 13:26

suswaraa, I have not watched the Carnatic Idol. Leaving aside whether such questions are appropriate or not, it will come as a surprise if Sowmya did not get her facts right. May be, you can email her through her web site and post back any reply you get.

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Post by suswaraa » 01 Mar 2011, 00:36

I was referring to this episode. Watch the third part. (She clearly says that in poornachandrika the ri will not be dheergam at 2:30)

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Post by mahavishnu » 02 Mar 2011, 11:12


Reminds me of the exchange between Sowmya and Sri V Subrahmaniam a few years ago on the similarities and overlap between prayogams in janaranjani and Poornachandrika. The discussion is archived here: ... review.htm

Suswaraa, are you saying that Sowmya is contradicting her old position on the deergam "ri" that she has written about while notating palukavemi? I heard Sowmya's comment on Carnatic idol; I just want to make sure I fully understand the context in which you are making your argument (which sounds valid to me).

Perhaps, as VK suggests you should just write her and ask.

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Post by venkatakailasam » 12 Apr 2011, 08:07

Smt S Sowmya on Veena-Listen to her at:


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Post by mmsimm » 14 May 2011, 10:15

Can some one give me the link to download Smt. Sowmya's Krishna Nee Begane Baaro?. Thanks in advance !

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