G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

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#426 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by SrinathK » 12 Jun 2013, 01:39

Dear vsm & venkatakailasam, the violinist is indeed Sri Lalgudi only. That concert happened in 1960 in Bombay Shanmukhananda Sabha. Pazhani Subramania Pillai played on the mridangam. The concert also has Yochana in Darbar, Enna Gaanu Raama Bhajana, Etha Nerchitivo, Sarasa Saama Daana (incredible) and the Kalyani Pallavi "Un Darisanam Kidaikkumo Nataraja Dayanidhe" -- only Lalgudi sir could play like that with such glides and brighas and replies.
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#427 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by vs_manjunath » 12 Jun 2013, 02:39

Probably Lalgudi was not well that day.Although i also felt it must be Lalgudi only at some places thete was a doubt.
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#428 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by SrinathK » 12 Jun 2013, 08:44

Dear vsm, it's the audio quality that's pretty crappy there -- most often the violin is barely heard (perhaps they had only one mic?). But that is actually some outstanding playing there. The electrifying replies in Darbar and the neraval in Enna Gaanu, as well as the superb support in the Kalyani pallavi, not to mention one of the greatest renditions of Sarasa Saama Daana in both alapana and kalpanaswaras. Though bad audio can make any violin sound mute and lifeless.
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#429 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by vs_manjunath » 12 Jun 2013, 18:35

Dear Srinath-ThX for the clarification.
Secondly,GNB's KHP link i am unable to listen.If u have url pl do provide, i would love to listen.
Lastly,Ennagaana of Bhadrachala Ramadas in Pantuvarali has become out of circulation.Even MS Amma has sung this song ...it was an EP those days!!!
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#430 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by gb_rajasekar » 14 Jul 2013, 11:56

Dear Lakshamni,

We can confirm Vistaka Purna - Purnachandrika as my father's. Charumathi has talked about it .

Rgds
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#431 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by mahavishnu » 27 Jul 2013, 12:03

A rare video of GNB, LGJ and PRR circa 1959...
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=43 ... =2&theater

I hope the link will work here.
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#432 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by Lakshman » 27 Jul 2013, 18:16

Thanks GBR. Hopefully we find confirmation about the other songs.
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#433 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 07 Sep 2013, 06:36

Dear Rasikas

Which is the oldest concert recording available ( other than AIR) of GNB? 1957 Shanmukhananda? Is this connected to the demise of T R Balasubramanyam, the most favorite desciple of GNB, who passed away in 1956?

Sivaprasad
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#434 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by SrinathK » 10 Sep 2013, 10:40

There is a very old recording of GNB taken in the early 30's I think. I have seen this on his Facebook page. It shows a very different style of the old GNB (and sung in a high pitch) than what we have come to associate him with. It was on soundcloud somewhere and you will not even believe you are listening to GNB at first.

Then there are some film songs of his in the late 1930s. The Vaasudevayani LP, Radha Sametha Krishna, Himagiri tanaye, etc... are all from c.1940. Other LPs are his Jayati jayati bharata maata and Sonnadhai seivida which are all from his peak period. There is an early recording of Saketha Nagara with Rajamanickam pillai on the violin that shows his voice at his effortless peak. At the very latest I would put it in the early 50s.

There is an excellent concert in 1952 with Papa Venkatramiah and PMI with Kaddanu Variki, Maragatha vallim, Ramachandram bhaavayaami and others. There are also some incredible RTPs in the 50s and 60s with MSG, TNK and LGJ. The AIR concert with Chowdiah is another one. Also there is another kutcheri with LGJ supposedly in 1964, but I have a feeling it was earlier. I do not know if there are any recordings later than the last Academy concert in 1964 -- perhaps many more will be somewhere down in the archives of the AIR. It's a pity most of it doesn't come out -- if it ain't commercially viable then it ought to be turned from LP/Cassette into modern .mp3 or .wav of high quality and released to public.
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#435 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by mahavishnu » 11 Sep 2013, 02:36

http://archiveofindianmusic.org/artist_sound_clips/55

Fellow member Vikram Sampath who is the curator of this site could probably direct you to more and provide an exact date on this. My sense (as Srinath also observes) is that this predates his work in the Ellis R. Dungan movie Shakuntalai with MSS (1940).
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#436 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 11 Sep 2013, 05:47

Dear Srinathji

Would you please give the reference for the Papa-GNB concert 1952? Where it was held?

I was refering only to non- AIR concerts ( studio recorded songs in LPs not included) of GNB

Is Someswar Babu, desciple of GNB alive now?

Sivaprasad
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#437 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by venkatakailasam » 22 Sep 2013, 20:30

A rare image.WITH GNB,MLV and TRB...

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#438 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 30 Sep 2013, 09:31

Dear Rasikas

In one of the Katcheri Recordings of GNB, one Mosiah is appearing as the Violinsy. Can somebodt throw some light on this artist!?

Sivaprasad
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#439 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 25 Jan 2014, 07:41

Dear Rasikas

Does anybody know what all instrument(s) are being played in the disc recording of Sonnathai Cheythida (1940s) by GNB? Who are the instrumentalists in this?

Siva
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#440 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 05 Jun 2014, 10:20

Dear Rasikas

In one of his compositions, GNB has used " Koshanthara Sthitha Poshithe...." . Has any other Vaggeyakaras ( Diskshitahar?) used this usage?

Sivaprasad
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#441 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by rajeshnat » 08 Jun 2014, 13:45

Gamakam-Lalitharam
This is just wonderful. You are surely born post GNB. What is so important is you are helping unearth those rasikas like Shri V Ramanarayanan and many more who lived when GNB was there , by your sheer depth in understanding and sharing the passion of GNB to those after and before you.

Keep it up gamakam, I do know personally you for many years .best wishes your thamizh was difficult to read now I am happy that you are also writing the book in english. I took three to four months to read your thamizh book (the tortoise that I am ), I think I will read your english book soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9uStR3zZHI .
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#442 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 19 Jun 2014, 10:25

Lalitharamji

Great contributions from you to the Carnatic Music world!

GNB was gifted with a golden voice ( the gift his many of his contemporaries lacked) and having lost this, he tested even 'Thanthrika' route. GNB approached Moorkanad Nampoothiri who was connected with Kochi Royal Family and did some rituals to regain his lost voice. These types of details may also be included in your upcoming book.

Sivaprasad
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#443 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by venkatakailasam » 13 Jul 2014, 19:49

Here is an article in TOI, dated 29/12/2012 shared from his brother Shri GN Balakrishnan....

" I reproduce the last paragraph from an article in TOI, dated 29/12/2012 , which I accidentally saw just now, in which there is a reference to my brother. I quote " The first superstar of Carnatic music, GN Balasubramaniam was charged with causing torrential rains in Madras, which caused a section of wall in Paragon Theatres to collapse on December, 5, 1948. This tragedy was blamed on the rain-invoking ragas of the maestro that played out during the screening of RUKMANGADA. GNB acted and lent his voice to the songs in the movie".
He acted as the hero RUKMANGADA in this movie ."

Also read at: yet another on GNB..

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 790330.ece
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#444 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by srkris » 26 Jul 2014, 17:45

GNB's composition Sada Palaya in a recent film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt8WyEbIAkI
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#445 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 29 Jul 2014, 12:35

Dear krishji

The song is not by GNB, it is Sada Palaya "Sarasakhi" ( GNB's song is "Sarasakha",am I right?)

Siva
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#446 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by sivachinta1965 » 29 Jul 2014, 18:46

Dear Krishji

Please read as " Sarasaksha" & Sarasakshi instead of "Sarasakha" &"Sarasakhi"

siva
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#447 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by srkris » 21 Sep 2014, 03:32

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#448 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by arasi » 21 Sep 2014, 05:23

srkris,
A lovely song, sung very well too as we hear them in malayALam films, but visually, Mr. Fraud character was something else! :-ss
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#449 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by venkatakailasam » 21 Oct 2014, 21:26

Deepavali Special..
Concert 277- GNB 1963 Calcutta concert with TNK and Palaghat Ragu
Listen at:

http://myblogkumara.blogspot.in/2014/09 ... art-x.html

01-ninnu kori – varnam-Mohanam-Poochi
02-pranamamyaham-Mysore Vasudevachari-Goula
03-paraloka—Poorvikalyani- Thygaraja
04-samajavara gamana-Hindolam-Thyagaraja
05-ma janaki-Kambhoji- Thyagaraja
06-telisirama chintanato-Purna Chandrika-Thyagaraja
07- dasaratha bala ramachandrayya dayanidhe -RTP Thodi

Audio courtesy: Shri. Sridhar Seshagiri..
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#450 Re: G.N. Balasubramaniam (GNB)

Post by venkatakailasam » 18 Dec 2014, 19:10

GNB 057-RTP_tODi with TNK and Palagad Ragu.

Pallavi line: dasaratha bala ramachandrayya dayanidhe

http://mfi.re/listen/542e5a853541s1y/GN ... d_Ragu.mp3
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