Arasi (Smt. Rajee Krishnan)

Carnatic composers (other than performing vidwans)
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rajeshnat
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#1 Arasi (Smt. Rajee Krishnan)

Post by rajeshnat » 02 Feb 2007, 23:37

On Jan 31st,2006 , I did see the hindu paper where it was mentioned about our arasi's CD release.Though not sure , if it was indeed our arasi. I arrived late at 07:15 pm to see the curtains (un?)fortunately missed her speech. But fortunate to hear the entire concert .The vocalist Smt sumitra nitin was assisted by Charulatha ramAnujam in violin and R.SankaranArayan in mridangam

1. nAdi vanden pAdi aruL theDi ninren unnai(RS,S) - gambheera nAttai - in Tamil
The first number nAdi vanden was a beautiful number .The rAgam gambheera nAttai was asserted with a wonderful line in her anupallavi alavillA gambheeramudai , with sumitra really asserting with extra gambheerAm and gently remainding all
rasikas of that it is gambheera nAttai.Arasi gave a great first impression, that she is a musically inclined vageyakkara.

2. rAmA nee pAdamu pattina varulu dhanyulu - AbhOgi - in Telugu
The second number a telegu number. IMHO,Telegu the most perfect language for carnatic music. The rAga AbhOgi gives an excitement whenever end of the anupallavi/saranam accomodates the immediate ascent that typically follows in the
pallavi.arasi achieved this in her triple sundae of telegu+ AbhOgi + perfect ascent back to pallavi. This krithi was almost the same as the famous manasunilpA in AbhOgi. Felt Smt Sumitra could have done a neraval, it must have been wonderful.

3. cholla cholla inithidUmE amudhan nAmam (R,S)- vAchaspati -in Tamil
The third was to me the best in concert experience.Smt Sumitra gave a very wonderful rAga alApanai in vachaspathi. Sumitra continued with a wonderful number cholla cholla inithiDumE amudhan nAmam was a perfect vAchaspathi.This number had atleast two wonderful neraval piDi's, one in charanam "sollukku iniyavan eedhu inaiyilladavan, yashOdai maghizhum chella pillai avan" and the other in anupallavi "nArayana..."

4.Engu pArthalUm un innurAve kAnum inbAm enakkul arulvAyO(R)- devagAndhAri -in Tamil
Another nice number followed which gave a perfect devagAndhAri was her superlative pallavi line .If you just hum the line with a faint devagAndhari in your head,you would enjoy the choice of the rAga as a perfect one.But however in the charanam line "chilu chilu enru...", it appeared either our arasi dropped sumitra towards the arAbiian sea or maybe smt sumitra strayed into the arAbian land .

5.nAtyamAdO natarAja(R)- poorvikalyAni - in kannada
I am not sure if there is kannada number with rhythmic phrases( deem tOm)like what you would hear in neelakanta sivan's tamil number anandanadanamAduvAr in poorvikalyAni .That is what I heard with this nAtyamAdo which was a fast number .So she has filled a great gap.

6. valli nAyakane vA vA (R N S T) - bilahari - in Tamil
Nice alApanai in bilahari followed with a valli nAyakane vA vA ,with vA vA giving adequate scope for giving the life phrase of bilahari. Neraval was nice in the lines "thanthai neeyE tava pudalvanum neeyE" , the phrases thanthai and pudalvanum
provided 2 touch points for excellent neraval rendition by Smt Sumitra. Swarams and tani were good.

7.rAgamAliga - tamil number
Another fantastic rAgamaliga with excellent choice of rAgas. Is there a better rAgam to start the rAgamaliga than Anandabhairavi .The Anandabhairavi rAgamAliga had outstanding lyrics "Adi pAdi dhinam alaindirUndAl Ayar padiyinil Anandam thAn kannan". Followed with an excellent contrast bringing the valour in mOhanam rAgam with lyrical lines "mOhanamAi muruval izhayum mugham".

The next in rAgamaligai was shyamA with lines "vAri vAri mannai thoovinAlum" was another great contrast to mOhanam. Following The popular tradition of time immemorial vageyakkaras she ended the rAgamaliga in sindhubhairavi with excellent lines in "tava payanO enda jenma punniyAmO" .

8.makkalAtava nOdini neeve -behAg - in kannada
Nice number in behAg , bringing almost all beautiful rAgaswaroopam of behAg (maximum drowsiness and minimum tara stayi to just wakeup the rasikas ).

9.unnai ninaindhEn innisAi pAdi ennAlum irundhidalamO - punnagavarAli -in Tamil
The speciality of punnagavarAli as a tukkada is that it helps each of the rasikas (whether a sangeetha kalanidhi or a bathroom singer ) to give a unique emotional experience to hum and go home, which is generally difficult with most of the rAgas . The simplicity of the lyrics created by the composer is tested in punnagavarAli.Arasi was outstanding here with great lyrics with one emotively brilliant phrase "veenAsaigalil vizhvEnO ulaga..karai kAna inbAm"

10 .pavamAna( mangalam )

Attn Vidwans/Vidushis
I did attend few months before a concert of exclusive ambujam krishna concert. There is so much similiarity in Arasi's compositions to what Smt ambujam krishna achieved before .

There is simplicity in most of her numbers. Even if there is slight complexity, Arasi has intelligently choosen the right rAgas and never reduced a bit of classical content. If Shri SSI popularized Smt Ambujam Krishna , I would urge you all to take up her krithis. There is aesthetics in her numbers and her lyrical content(in tamil for sure) was almost perfect . I did talk to her, she said she composed roughly 400 krithis (She started writing from her age 10). Arasi mentioned that she roughly tuned most of her songs and took the help of her relative vidushis Smt Ananthalakshmi SadagOpan and Smt Jayalakshmi santhanam.

Hoping to hear more of arasi's composition from vidwans and vidushis :cool:.
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Post by ramakriya » 02 Feb 2007, 23:41

rajeshnat wrote:5.nAtyamAdO natarAja(R)- poorvikalyAni - in kannada
I am not sure if there is kannada number with rhythmic phrases( deem tOm)like what you would hear in neelakanta sivan's tamil number anandanadanamAduvAr in poorvikalyAni .That is what I heard with this nAtyamAdo which was a fast number .So she has filled

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Ifyou are talking about jatis woven into the sAhitya, I think there are a few; One whick I can immediately recall is the famous daru of HBM mAtE malayadhwaja in kamAch.


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Post by rajeshnat » 02 Feb 2007, 23:47

ramakriya
I have heard the kamAch, I was mentioning more in the context of poorvikalyAni rAgam and kannada language.
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Post by Jigyaasa » 02 Feb 2007, 23:53

Thanx a bunch for the review... Can't wait to get to listen to these kritis... It really is awe-inspiring to belong to forum possessing such gifted members..
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Post by ramakriya » 02 Feb 2007, 23:55

endarO mahAnubhAvulu andariki vandanamulu..
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Post by drshrikaanth » 03 Feb 2007, 00:04

Thanks for reporting on this event Rajesh. Those of us who could not be present are much obliged.
rajeshnat wrote:5.nAtyamAdO natarAja(R)- poorvikalyAni - in kannada
I am not sure if there is kannada number with rhythmic phrases( deem tOm)like what you would hear in neelakanta sivan's tamil number anandanadanamAduvAr in poorvikalyAni .That is what I heard with this nAtyamAdo which was a fast number .So she has filled a great gap.
There are quite a few dEvaranAmas. "tAtattatt taddhimi ene harikuNidADidane" for one There ae several others.
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Post by cmlover » 03 Feb 2007, 00:36

Thanks rajeshnat
for taking us there through your verbal chiaroscuro! No wonder the Tamil sparkles and now we have another Ambujam Krishna among us. Let us sure hope more of these compositions will be heard in the concert platforms.
Now we can't wait to hear the same from her CD's.

Best wishes to Arasi once again.
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Post by rshankar » 03 Feb 2007, 00:48

Thanks for that detailed review Rajesh. There were 14 compositions on the CD...so I guess Smt. Sumitra Nitin did not sing all of them.
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Post by meena » 03 Feb 2007, 00:49

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Post by mahakavi » 03 Feb 2007, 03:34

WOW! A mind boggling number, 400+. Arasi has been locking it all up all along. Glad that at least now they are seeing the light of the day. I hope Amudam (music production guys in Nanuet, NY) picks them up to get them all delivered through musicians for the benefit of the rasikas.
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Post by jayaram » 03 Feb 2007, 04:53

Arasi has been locking it all up all along.
so she is 'rahasya-arasi' perhaps? :)
(we all know she is hAsya-arasi already!)
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Post by mahakavi » 03 Feb 2007, 05:50

I understand that they are starting (or already started) a new megaserial on TV in Chennai by the title "Arasi". Our arasi's reputation spread so fast!
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Post by jayaram » 03 Feb 2007, 05:57

And when will the b'day girl make her entrance here?
(waiting to give her a standing ovation!)
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Post by arasi » 03 Feb 2007, 08:41

Taking a few deep breaths before I even begin to say anything...

Arrived home after an exciting and exhausting trip. Read all the pAmAlais (there were pUmAlais--bunches of flowers--specially the ones from Mr&Mrs Bean). I wondered if I was in this world or had changed my address. The eulogies made me doubt if I was still on the voters list of planet earth! No 'may her soul rest in peace' in all the flood of affection :) So, I realize I am still alive and am surrounded by people who are indescribably generous in their kindness towards me.
Interesting--Cool stayed for the speeches, Rajesh came to Sumitra's concert, and the only other known attendee from the forum is returning to the US after his vacation (VK). He and his wife stayed from the beginning to the end. Wish Cool had been there when we lingered on after the affair. I wish I had at least spotted him in the audience. I could not see beyond the first few rows and missed seeing many friends and relatives who were very much there!

After all your accolades, whatever I say now would sound weak and lifeless:)
I am very much alive, but believe me, you all make me soar--it is mainly your affection for the gal which makes her flip. Hopefully, the songs won't disappoint you.
Rajesh, you are a card! I had such a good time with you around. Thanks for the review, sArathy.
Will post a few corrections on the report when I recover. Ah, I am swooning again!
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Post by cmlover » 03 Feb 2007, 09:32

Welcome back to Home Sweet Home!
God Save the Queen
We are ready to be ruled !
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Post by sbala » 03 Feb 2007, 09:33

Congratulations arasi. I'm not surprised that Bhairavi was absent from the concert!
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Post by coolkarni » 03 Feb 2007, 10:06

Arasi
Cool stayed for the speeches as well as te first two items of the Concert.Mrs Cool was there too.
But unforuntately I had taken a break from a Directors meeting (that later extended till late into the night.)
Blame it all on Papee Peth (The Sinful stomach which forces our priorities )
How I wish I could be a Nalli... or an Obul...without having to worry where my next meal comes from !!
:D

btw we must hear that abhogi bit here on this forum.
it has such a nice feel while take-off-especially when it comes to dhanyulu..
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Post by ksrimech » 03 Feb 2007, 14:36

The phrase chilu chilu endru reminds me of singavEzhkuRam (ahObilam). arasi, may be you can allow somebody to post to put up a couple of your songs here so that we can get drenched in the nectar. Thank you. Keep it up arasi.
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Post by jayaram » 03 Feb 2007, 14:52

Any pictures of the event available for our viewing here??
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Post by arasi » 03 Feb 2007, 16:13

ksrimech,
I am totally drowned in the praises of good friends and others on the forum. Your collective enthusiasm exceeds the quality of the songs, no doubt! Soon, we will find a way of putting up a few examples. Meanwhile, here are the lines of the dEva gAndhAri song. tALam? You can be pretty sure that most songs are in Adi! This one too.

engu pArththAlum un innuruVE kANum inbam enakkaruLVAyO?

ellai ilA nIla vAnil un vaNNamum
minnum viNmIngaLil un oLi vizhigaLumAi (engu)

Sala Salavenum nadi un salangai oliyO?
kala kalavenum magavin nagai undan kaLiyO?
Silu Siluvena vISum thenRal un thazhuvalO?
pal vidamAi oLirum kATchigaLil ellAm-nAn (engu pArthAlum)
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Post by ksrimech » 04 Feb 2007, 01:18

arasiyArE (if that usage is acceptable),
AhA! enna arumaiyAna pAttu. idanalayEtAn tamizha teviTTAda inbam enRu kUruvArO? ummadu pulamaikkum tiramaikkum, aDiyEnadu siram tAzhtiya vaNakkangaL. I'm sure you are praising Mother Nature here. As I read the song, this is what ran into my head. I immediately associated the nIla vAnam to kaNNapiran (vibhavAvataram). And I felt the rest of the songs were mapping the arcA divya dEsams. First line to tiruvEnkaTam, second line to gurupavanapuram, third line to singavEzhkuRam and the last one to all other divya dEsams and beautiful temples which we can see with our eyes. I could also associate thoughts of some greats thinkers, philosphers and vAggEyakaras like subrahmaNya bAratiyAr, AzhvArgaL, svAmi dEsikan, ambujam krSnA and of course, our own, tyAgarAjar. This is aDiyEn's imagination. I'm immensely happy reading such beautiful poetry and dEvagAndhari also seems very suitable when I try humming a tune along with the lyrics. I wish to hear it on the main platform one day. Thank you for sharing it with us here.
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Post by arasi » 04 Feb 2007, 20:31

ksrimech,
nAnum Siram thAzhththi ummai vaNanguginREn. You are absolutely right. Mother Nature figures prominently in this kriti. nIla vAnam, I thought (after the song was born), refered to krishnA. If it brings the divya kshetrams to your mind, great! I was wondering--but for the nIla vAnam, this could be a hymnal in any religion...
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Post by arasi » 04 Feb 2007, 20:34

For those who are looking for the CD, please go to www.rajalakshmiaudio.com--you will find details.
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Post by mahakavi » 04 Feb 2007, 21:12

arasi:
I mentioned this in another thread before. I noticed actress Radhika is infringing on your trademark "Arasi" by starting a megaserial by the same title on Sun TV. You should sue her!!!

If she does not settle with you, we will all boycott her serial (I never watch them anyway--see, there you go. I already was boycotting knowing this would come to pass!)
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Post by arunk » 04 Feb 2007, 22:10

but all this is a digression from the main topic and should be moved to languages section (mods can you please do this?)
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