Shyama Sastri

Carnatic composers (other than performing vidwans)
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Sahana-priyan
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Post by Sahana-priyan » 16 Feb 2006, 12:13

If Sahana is my favourite raga, Shyama Sastri is my favourite composer. Not that i don't revere other composers, he(i don't feel using english here as it doesn't give enough respect) is the one who steadfastly devoted all his songs to Ambal. I am not even qualified to comment on his krithis but what draws my heart is his heartfel emotions for Kamakshi ambal.

It has been in my mind to open a topic for some time now. I have always wanted to hear some rare krithis on Kamakshi ambal by Shyama Sastri. So, this is my request to one and all to post any rare recording of Shyama sastri here and also please discuss the meanings and structure. As always anecdotes about the krithis or the composer are welcome. We will all benefit by just listening and knowing.

To start with, I am listing the various Shyama Sastri krithis by melakarta ragas that i think are rare and hasn't been sung very frequently. I might be missing. So feel free to correct.

8. hanumatODi
Emani migula - tODi/Adi -Rare
karuNAnidhi ilalO - tODi/tishra gati Adi
ninne namminAnu - tODi/mishra cApu
rAvE himagirikumAri (svarajati) - tODi/Adi
mAyammA yani nE - Ahiri/Adi
mInalOcanA brOvayOcanA - dhanyAsi/mishra cApu
ennEramuM un pAdakamaladhyAnaM - punnAgavarALi/tripuTa
kanakashaila vihAriNi - punnAgavarALi/Adi
brOva samayamidE dEvI - punnAgavarALi/Adi
13. gAyakapriya
pArvatI ninnu nE - kalgaDa/tishra gati Adi
15. mAyAmALavagauLa
taruNamidammA ennai rakSikka - gauLipantu/Adi
nannu brOvarAdA vEgamE nIvu - gauLipantu/mishra cApu
puraharajAyE pAlaya mAM - gauLipantu/mishra cApu
dayajUDa maHnci - jaganmOhini/mishra cApu
kAmAkSi karuNAkaTAkSi (gitam) - pharaj/tripuTa
trilOkamAtA nannubrOvu - pharaj/mishra cApu
nIlAyatAkSI nIvE - pharaj/tripuTa
santataM ennai rakSippAi (gItam) - pharaj/Adi
nannu brOvu lalitA - lalita/mishra (vilOma) cApu
janani natajanaparipAlini - sAvEri/Adi
durusugA kRpajUci - sAvEri/Adi
sArasAkSi sadA (gItam) - sAvEri/tripuTa
shaHNkari shaMkuru candramukhi - sAvEri/tishra gati Adi
shrIpatimukha viracita - sAvEri/Adi
17. sUryakAntaM
nAmanavini vinu (varNam) - saurASTraM/caturashra aTa
20. naThabhairavi
AdinamuniHnci pOgaDi - Anandabhairavi/tripuTa
O jagadamba nanu - Anandabhairavi/Adi
pAhi shrI girirAjasutE - Anandabhairavi/rUpakaM
mari vE rE gati - Anandabhairavi/mishra cApu
mahilO ambA - Anandabhairavi/Adi
sAmini rammanavE (varNam) - Anandabhairavi/aTa
himAcalatanaya brOcuTakidi - Anandabhairavi/vilOma cApu
kAmAkSi anudinamu (svarajati) - bhairavi/mishra cApu
pArvati janani (gItam) - bhairavi/khaNDa maThyaM
sari yevarammA - bhairavi/khaNDa jhampa
brOvavammA tAmasamElEbirAnabrOvavammA - mAHnji/mishra cApu
pAlimpavammA paramapAvanI - mukhAri/Adi
22. kharaharapriya
akhilANDEshvari durusuga - karNATaka kApi/Adi
kAmAkSi lOkasAkSiNI (gItam) - madhyamAvati/tripuTa
pAliHncu kAmAkSi pAvanI - madhyamAvati/Adi
bRhannAyakI nannu - madhyamAvati/tishra maThyaM
ninnuvinA marigaladA - rItigauLa/rUpakaM (tishra naDai Adi)
karuNajUDa ninnunammina - shrI/mishra cApu
28. harikAmbhOji
dEvI nI pAdasArasamulE - kAmbhOji/Adi
ninnE nammiti - kEdAragauLa/Adi

parAkEla nannu - kEdAragauLa/Adi
mAyammA nannubrOvavammA - nATakuraHnji/Adi
kAmAkSi nI pAdayugamu (svarajati) - yadukulakAmbhOji/mishra cApu
29. dhIrashaHNkarAbharaNaM
dEvi mIna nEtri - shaHNkarAbharaNaM/Adi
sarOjadaLanEtri himagiriputri - shaHNkarAbharaNaM/Adi
pAlayAshu mAM paradEvatE - Arabhi/tripuTa
nannu brOvarAdA O jagadambA - janaraHnjani/tripuTa
brOva vammA baHNgAru - nIlAmbari/mishra cApu
kAmAkSi nAtO vAdA - bEgaDa/Adi

dayAnidhE mAmava (varNam) - bEgaDa/Adi
sAmi ninne nammitirArA - bEgaDa/Adi
36. calanATa
pahi mAM shrI rAjarAjEshvari - nATa/rUpakaM
39. jhAlavarALi
karuNajUDavammA vinammA - varALi/mishra cApu
kAmAkSi baHNgAru - varALi/mishra cApu
53. gamanashrama
ennEramuM un nAmam - pUrvikalyANi/mishra cApu
ninnuvinaga mari - pUrvikalyANi/dEshAdi, mishra naDai
56. SaNmukhapriya
dEvI brOva samayamidE - cintAmaNi/Adi
65. mecakalyANi
talli ninnu nera - kalyANi/mishra cApu
dEvI nannu brOvavammA - kalyANi/jhampa
nIvE gatiyani (varNam) - kalyANi/tishra maThyaM
parAmukhamEnammA pArvatiyammA - kalyANi/tripuTa

birAna varAlicci - kalyANi/tishra naDai Adi
rAvE parvatarAjakumArI - kalyANi/jhampa
shaHNkari shaHNkari - kalyANi/aTa
shrI kAmAkSi kAvavE - kalyANi/Adi

himAdrisutE pAhimAM - kalyANi/tishra naDai Adi
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darshan
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Post by darshan » 17 Feb 2006, 19:02

Sahana-priyan, I didn't know that Pahi Maam Sri Rajarajeshwari was a composition of Sri Syama Sastrigal. Even the krithi listings of SS at Sangeetham.com do not give it. Can you please throw more light on it?

Also would you have any info with regards to the availability of the audio of Janani Natajana Paripalini?
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meena
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Post by meena » 17 Feb 2006, 23:16

darshan

Pahi mam shri rajarajeshvari - Nata/Rupaka is listed in TKG book.
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Sahana-priyan
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Post by Sahana-priyan » 18 Feb 2006, 09:12

Darshan,
Yes, Meena ji is right. I got the info. from TKG book.

All,
It is a humble request to all music lovers in this forum to post and discuss rare krithis(with anecdotes) of Shyama sastri. As always, I would like to welcome Coolkarni ji, Badri, CML sir, Shrikaanth sir and others to take the lead.

Thanks.
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darshan
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Post by darshan » 18 Feb 2006, 13:12

A fantastic write-up giving the reason for the mudra "Shyama Krishna Sodari": http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/fr/2 ... 870600.htm
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kaumaaram
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Post by kaumaaram » 18 Feb 2006, 13:18

Somewhere I had stated that under the Sangeetha Label, Suguna Purushothaman had rendered some rare krithis of Syama Sastri. Can anyone guide me to get a copy of this album.

Kaumaaram
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knrh05
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Post by knrh05 » 18 Feb 2006, 17:47

Here are couple of the songs.
Janani natajanaparipalini - unknown singer
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Ninnuvina in Abheri
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Maharajapuram Santhanam released a double cassette album (HMV) of rare Syama Sastri kritis (Had Brovu brovu-Kiravani, a Janaranjani song among others).
There is also a single audio cassette released by Sulochana Pattabhiraman and her group called 'Rare Kritis of Syama Sastri' released by Sangeetha label. I bought this at Giri Trading in Chennai (near Kapali temple). Songs are
Pahimam Sri Rajarajeswari-Natai, Palayasumam-Arabhi, Enneramum-Purvikalyani, Kamakshi-Begada, Rave parvatarajakumari-Kalyani, Akhilandeswari-Kapi, Enneramum unpaada-Punnagavarali and Kamakshi lokasakshini-Madhyamavati.

The same group has also released a tape of Harikesanallur's rare kritis.
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meena
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Post by meena » 18 Feb 2006, 23:11

darshan

thanks for the article.
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Sahana-priyan
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Post by Sahana-priyan » 19 Feb 2006, 02:02

Darshan,
That was a nice article. Do you have any more of such stories on Shyama sastri?

Knrh05,
Thanks for the details on the cassette.

Thanks.
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darshan
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Post by darshan » 19 Feb 2006, 21:18

knrh05, many thanks for those wonderful krithis. I would be most happy if somebody could give details about a commercial rendering of Janani. This is one of the prominent krithis in my must-collect list.

Syama Sastrigal was a Srividyopasaka par excellence. Having had Sri Kamakshi as his upasya devatha, he considered whatever knowledge he had of
music as well as others only due to Her divine grace. Surely, he belongs to those class of divine children like Sri Ganapathi, Sri Subrahmaya, Sri Tiru GnanaSambandar, Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavadpadacharya, who had the singular fortune of being fed with the "jnanappal" or the milk of knowledge by none else than Amba herself, which is well elucidated by the story given in the above link.

"Twa stanyam manye dharanidhara kanye hridhayatha
Paya paraabhaara parivahathi saaraswathamiva
Dhayavathya dhattham dravida sisu raaswadhya thava yat
Kaveenam proudana majani kamaniya kavayitha"
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Sahana-priyan
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Post by Sahana-priyan » 21 Feb 2006, 10:14

Coolkarni ji/Badri,
I wonder if you could spend some time to get us some rare jewels of Shyama Sastri in this forum. Your time will be very much appreciated.

Thanks.
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Post by rbharath » 21 Feb 2006, 10:43

I am an ardent worshipper of Bangaru Kamakshi Amman and Shyama Sastrigal.

I am immediately reminded of a lec-dem by Smt Vidhya Shankar at Ragasudha quite sometime back. She sang and played on the vINa 'janani natajanaparipAlini'. 'taruNam idamma' in gauLipantu was rendered in vilamba kAlam in cApu tALam against the fast Adi tALa version. Smt Shankar also played some more rare pieces which also included a mangalam in kalyANi. Smt Vedavalli who spoke at the occasion, almost all kritis of shyama sastri were in cApu taLam and he was even refered to as cApu Krishna sAstrigal. There was a write up i wrote about the lec-dem on www.sangeetham.com. should search of the links.

as pointed out by somebody else, ninnuvinA marigalada in AbhEri (with suddha dhaivadham) is cliamed to be the authentic version by quite a few people.

again coming to ninnuvina gamari in pUrvikalyANi, i was told the kriti is set to vilOma cApu tALam.

And of those listed, probably i would include the following be added to the bold list:
karuNAnidhi ilalO - tODi/tishra gati Adi
trilOkamAtA nannubrOvu - pharaj/mishra cApu
nannu brOvu lalitA - lalita/mishra (vilOma) cApu
sari yevarammA - bhairavi/khaNDa jhampa
karuNajUDa ninnunammina - shrI/mishra cApu
parAkEla nannu - kEdAragauLa/Adi
mAyammA nannubrOvavammA - nATakuraHnji/Adi
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Post by rbharath » 21 Feb 2006, 10:47

http://me-and-music.blogspot.com/2004/0 ... astri.html

i couldnt trace the link on sangeetham.com so posted the link from my blog.
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kaumaaram
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Post by kaumaaram » 21 Feb 2006, 17:35

Dear knrh05

Please send a test mail to [email protected]. Thanks.

Kaumaaram
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Post by coolkarni » 21 Feb 2006, 18:23

a few years ago i had collected as many krithis of Shyama sastri as possible on a single disc.for a friend.by various artists.let me check up.i should have a copy.

even otherwise I should be able to use sahanapriyans list and start selecting.
(I have just finished picking up 33 krithis of GNB from Various Kalyanraman concerts .Quite tiresome.But enjoyable)
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darshan
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Post by darshan » 21 Feb 2006, 19:21

Bharath, very beautiful write-up. You give a pretty neat sketch of the lec-dem.
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Post by cmlover » 21 Feb 2006, 20:50

Thanks coolkarni

It will be great to have a stellar collection of SS. We will have a web-festival of the great sastri with comments from all of us!
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Post by kiransurya » 21 Feb 2006, 21:25

Thats impressive. Keep those write ups coming Bharath. Good stuff.
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Post by venkatpv » 21 Feb 2006, 22:04

i attended a concert by N.Bhairavi and N.Malavi, two talented upcoming singers, at Vani Mahal in December '05..and they sang Ninne nammi nanu as the main piece... with a lovely neraval at "Kamakshi kanjadalayatakshi"
it was heartening to listen to a heavy piece..handled with absolute confidence and control!!!

pardon me if i am a bit biased. Bhairavi happens to be my classmate in school :)
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Post by drshrikaanth » 21 Feb 2006, 22:19

pardon me if i am a bit biased. Bhairavi happens to be my classmate in school :)
Well well! Are we hearing a confession here! ;):D
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Post by cmlover » 21 Feb 2006, 22:28

Some do kiss the baby for the nurse's sake ;-)
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Post by venkatpv » 21 Feb 2006, 22:43

eh??
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kiransurya
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Post by kiransurya » 21 Feb 2006, 23:34

Somebody is winding up.....:)
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Post by coolkarni » 22 Feb 2006, 19:58

sahana-priyan
I did locate the stuff.am also adding recent renderings by manda sudharani and pantularama.so you can plan for the festival in full flow
here is my first one.


http://rapidshare.de/files/6587773/Pahi ... a.mp3.html
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Sahana-priyan
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Post by Sahana-priyan » 23 Feb 2006, 01:30

Coolkarni sir,
Thanks for the glad note(Sruthi). That is good news. We will wait for the treasures one by one(layam).

I would like to request all(our learned people) to add discussions(anecdotes, krithi structure, raga choice, time when krithi was composed etc.) on nuances of each krithi(Gamaka and Bhava) adding to the nischala sowkhyam.
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