M.S. Subbulakshmi

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#1601 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

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A Guru can reach you at the right time in any manner He wants, if you have Guru Krupa. Here is an example and my prayers to the Akhila Guru. Pl visit prabhusponder.com/2021/05/03/abs…॥-तोटकाष्टकं-॥/. Tamil translation of Totakaashtakam. Please.visit

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#1602 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi - kara chara krutham va - Siva Manasa Puja

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Pl visit https://prabhusponder.com/2021/06/19/hi ... comforter/ for meaning and translation in Tamil

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#1603 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

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Smt. M S Subbulakshmi -
Full concert at Shanmukhananda Sabha, Bombay - 1963
( nearly 4 hours)

https://youtu.be/NKpjH-F7208

upload by 'carnatic corner'
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erA nApai - tODi varnam - Adi - paTnam subrahmaNya iyEr
vAtApi - hamsadhwani - Adi - muthuswAmy dIkshitar
rAma nannu - harikAmbhOji - rUpakam - thyAgarAja
hari nArAyaNa - kEdAram - Adi - purandaradAsa
vAchAmagOcharamE - kaikavasi - Adi - thyAgarAja
shrI kAntimatIm - hEmavati - Adi - muthuswAmy dIkshitar
kshIrasAgara shayana - mAyAmALavagauLa - chaturashra dhruvam - jayachAmarAja ODEyAr
rAma rAma guNasImA - simhEndra madhyamam - Adi - swAti tiruNAL
manaviyAla - naLinakAnti - Adi - thyAgarAja
shankarAchAryam - shankarAbharaNam - Adi - subbarAma dIkshitar
tani Aavartanam
sabhApatikku - AbOghi - rUpakam - gOpAlakrishna bhArati
RTP tODi - AnandapUrNa bhOdOham shivOham satatam (sachhid) - mishrajAti tripuTa (2)
mOrE tO giridhara - mIra bhajan
kahAn kE pathik - rAga mishra gAra (गाड़ा) - tuLasidAsa bhajan
nityAnandakari - verses from annapUrNAshTakam - chEnchuruTi, punnAgavarALi and nAdanAmakriyA
dAsanamADIkO - nAdanAmakriyA - Adi - purandaradAsa
karacharaNakritam - sung in bhauLi followed by
shambhO mahAdEva - bhauLi - rUpakam - nIlakaNTa sivan
vaDavarayai - rAgamAlika - Adi - iLangO aDigaL
mangaLam
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#1604 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

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R K Raghavan
Updated: 11 Dec 2020, 11:14 AM IST

(The writer, a former CBI Director, is a music buff)


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It sounds irreverent that a semi-literate in Carnatic music should dare to write on MS Subbulakshmi, ‘MS Amma’ to millions of her admirers. I still venture to write for a selfish reason. Recalling her divine qualities gives me some inner strength, that is utterly difficult to draw from elsewhere. It is akin to visiting a favourite temple to pay obeisance to the Lord and committing oneself to good conduct! Such is MS’s magnetism in life and after.

MS’s appeal was not merely to the connoisseur among the TamBrahms as some would like to believe. Unlettered Tamil non-Brahmin villagers were equally ecstatic that she was one among them. In a sense she bridged the chasm between the elite of Chennai’s Music Academy and the peasant who was enchanted by her soulful rendering of songs in praise of Lord Muruga or Vinayaga.
She was aristocratic, having shed her humble beginnings in the district town of Madurai after her marriage to a Madras-based nationalist, Sadasivam, known for his uncanny ability to spot talent. (It was he who inducted her into the Tamil movie world as well as the privileged Carnatic music platform). She adapted herself quickly to become part of the music milieu dominated by Brahmins, something my dear friend T M Krishna considers an aberration to be remedied sooner than later. MS never forgot her rural roots, although she did not flaunt her love for that part of Tamil Nadu.


MS Concert on May 18th 1947 (prior to the Hindi Meera Premier) arranged by Sarojini Naidu. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Tribute to M S Subbulakshmi)
Indomitable Spirit
Unlike in the West, classical music in India is strongly intertwined with religion. This is especially true of Carnatic music, which drew from Saint Thiagaraja, Purandaradasa, Swati Tirunal, Papanasam Sivam, Periyaswami Thooran and a few others, who composed in four different languages constructing the bhakti cult that has remained the sinew of music south of the Vindhyas.
It was MS, along with T Brinda and T Muktha, D K Pattammal, N C Vasanthakokilam and M L Vasanthakumari, who all built a formidable arsenal that put the male chauvinists in their place. She strode like a colossus for more than four decades and inspired a new generation of talented singers who are now the leading lights.

I still remember sitting on the sidelines of the stage in the hallowed and overflowing Music Academy in the early 1970s along with my father, after buying a ten rupee ticket. I had the privilege of attending her very last concert at the Academy sponsored by Swaralaya, a Kerala-based cultural organisation. In between I must have heard her on stage scores of times. This was in addition to her recordings and radio broadcasts that I enjoyed listening to. No concert was unimportant for her, where she should exert a little less because of a fading voice or poor health. Age did not wither her. This spirit was attributable to a total and unparalleled surrender to the Lord.


(Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Tribute to M S Subbulakshmi)
The Nightingale of India
She also derived great strength from her life partner Sadasivam, a devoted but an extremely stern husband. The rigid discipline that he imposed on her was often the subject of whispers and disapproval in close circles. This was a distraction without which the MS story can still be told with only minimum loss of authenticity. Sadasivam’s protective arm gave the gentle and gracious MS the support she needed while she was under public glare. Those of us who had access, direct or indirect, to the household, knew that MS did not mind this cover.

At the HMV Studio Recording of Vishnu Sahasranamam. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Tribute to M S Subbulakshmi)
Success had only a ripple effect on her. That the Mahatma chose her only to sing ‘Vaishnava Janate’ on many occasions and not anyone else may have pleased her, but it did not give her any exalted feeling that she was different from the rest of the pack. Panditji called her the ‘Nightingale of India’ and this title certainly stuck to her, adding lustre to her personality. But it never swayed her from the singular purpose of pleasing the Lord. Who can forget her role as Meera in the movie of that name, and the new meaning that Meera Bhajan (‘Mei Hari charana ki dasi’) acquired through her golden voice?

She also derived great strength from her life partner Sadasivam whose protective arm gave MS the support she needed
The felicity with which she sang in a multitude of languages brought her an acceptance that was the envy of lesser musicians
Enormous money earned by the M S couple from concerts and royalty from recordings was not for their keep

Musical Genius
The fact that she did not learn Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali or Telugu formally did not make any difference. The felicity with which she sang in a multitude of languages brought her an acceptance that was the envy of lesser musicians. Her ‘Dhano Dhanne Pushpo Bhora…amader ei Bashundhara’ and her ‘Maithreem Bhajata’ (composed by the Paramacharya of Kanchi), apart from bringing tears to millions of eyes, stood out for their enunciation that would shame native speakers of the two languages.
She even sang a verse in English (set to tune by the famous Handel Manual of Madras) at the highly rated concert at the United Nations headquarters in New York, which is still spoken of by her ecstatic admirers, who also refer to her lilting performance at the Carnegie Hall in the same city.

(Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Tribute to M S Subbulakshmi)
The MS couple’s association with Rajaji (C Rajagopalachari) was legendary. The bond was generated by Sadasivam’s strong links with the Congress. When Rajaji composed his eternal piece ‘Kurai onrumillai’ (I have no grievance) dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnation Lord Krishna, it was popularised among others by MS. MS’ flawless rendering of Sri Venkatesa Suprabadham (the awakening of the Lord in the morning) is a landmark in the history of devotional music. A number of others have recited these shlokas in Sanskrit. Possibly, no one measured up to her level in capturing the essence of the verses. Her decision to render this in Tamil as well showed her eclectic disposition.


(Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Tribute to M S Subbulakshmi)
Personal Bond
The MS couple gave their all to society. The enormous money earned by them from concerts and royalty from recordings was not for their keep. It was for those in need. I have seen Sadasivam hand over the purse received from the organiser of a concert to the beneficiary at the venue itself. This munificence was with MS’ wholehearted consent. The couple led a simple life and acts of generosity did not affect their already modest style of living.
My association with MS goes back to the 1960s. This was thanks mainly to my mother-in-law Chellammal who enjoyed a special relationship with the former. Only few could break the informal cordon imposed by Sadasivam. Chellammal was one of them. MS and Chellammal met on many occasions. But their main exchanges were only over the phone.
The bond between the traditional ‘madisar’ Iyengar mami that my mother-in-law was and the bewitchingly charming MS Amma to this day baffles me and my wife Shanti. For years after MS’ passing away until she herself left for her heavenly abode last year, Chellammal believed that MS was still around calling her every other day. Possibly this lends credence to the widely held belief that MS Amma was immortal.
(The writer, a former CBI Director, is a music buff)


Published: 16 Sep 2015, 4:42 PM IST

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#1605 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

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Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi
kaligiyuntae
keerwaani ragam
https://youtu.be/hoH6vN5HmaY
upload by sankar rajasekaran
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http://thyagaraja-vaibhavam.blogspot.co ... gadaa.html
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O Lord who bestows desired results!
It is true that desired results would accrue only if this tyAgarAja is endowed with (a) favourable fate and (b) the method with which the most eminent devotees like sage nArada, prahlAda, sage parASara, rAma dAsa and others, steadfastly remained devoted to the holy feet of SrI raghu rAma.
Without understanding the indications (or intentions) of the kali yuga, I (unnecessarily) blamed You; please do not be obstinate towards me.

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#1606 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

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https://youtu.be/g48sMOiTym0

1968 - MS Subbulakshmi becomes the first woman to receive the title of Sangeetha Kalanidhi from the Music Academy, Madras.
Her acceptance speech is followed by the concert she gave in the Music Academy on 22nd December 1968.

MS Subbulakshmi - Vocal
Radha Viswanathan - Vocal Support
VV Subramaniam - Violin
TK Murthy - Mridangam
TH Vinayakram - Ghatam
Pudukottai Mahadevan - Morsing

[00:00:00] - Sangeetha Kalanidhi acceptance speech
[00:06:03] - HariKambhoji - Entarani Tanakentaponi - Desaadi (Adi with 1.5 beats after eduppu) - Thyagaraja
[00:16:21] - Purvikalyani - Jnanamosagarada - Rupakam - Thyagaraja
[00:30:23] - Devagandhari - Enneramum - Adi (2 kalai) - Gopalakrishna Bharathi
[00:37:04] - Pushpalathika - Ikanaina Na Mora Vinarada - Adi - Tirupati Narayanaswami
[00:46:51] - Revagupthi - Gopalaka Pahimam - Tisra Triputa - Swati Tirunal
[00:52:46] - Shankarabharanam - Sadhasivam Upasmahe - Adi - Muthuswamy Dikshitar
[01:40:58] - Ragamalika - Shri, Kanakangi, Ratnangi, Ganamurti, Vanaspati, Manavati, Tanarupi, Senapati, Hanumatodi, Dhenuka, Natakapriya, Kokilapriya, Rupavati - Adi - Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan
[01:52:11] - Paras - Neelayadakshi - Tisra Triputa - Shyama Sastri
[01:58:33] - Bhairavi - Ragam Thanam Pallavi
[02:28:12] - Kapi - Jagadhodharana - Adi - Purandhara Dasa
[02:35:28] - Dhanashree - Thillana - Adi - Swathi Thirunal
[02:38:56] - Shanmukhapriya - Sharavana Bhava Ennum - Adi - Papanasam Sivan
[02:42:58] - Misra Yaman - Maithreem Bajatha - Adi - Kanchi Paramacharya
[02:45:36] - Sowrashtram - Nee Nama Rupamulaku (Mangalam) - Adi - Thyagaraja

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#1607 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

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p-1606
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The Award acceptance speech in the link is truncated. The full text of the speech is given below. It is in Thamizh. It is a wonderful exposition of the aims of Carnatic classical music
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https://mssgems.blogspot.com/2019/08/sm ... ademy.html
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audio clip -full speech -
upload by Raju Asokan
https://youtu.be/2-F04Yzi654
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@Ananthakrishna
I hope that the audio clip can be followed by you, though you may not be able to read Thamizh

English translation also has been given in the pdf cited in the page.
It is a technical task to extract the text from the pdf.
Can we hope to get the help of technical experts in such work?
Transliteration and Translation of the full speech will be wonderful contribution.

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#1608 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

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bantureethi
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Thyagaraja Swami
Single kruthi ragam
(parent scale MKR 60- Neethimathi- vivadi scale)
( as also the kaikavasi kruthi - most recently posted in ragas section -yesterday
https://rasikas.org/forums/viewtopic.ph ... 78#p372578

)--That rendition also by Smt.MS. (also see the concert song list - performance at Bombay- 1963)
post-1603 above--Carnatic corner
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hamsanadham
Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi
https://youtu.be/aKwJXMEFXhk

uploaded by Carnatic ecstasy
live concert recording -Chicago- 1977
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http://thyagaraja-vaibhavam.blogspot.co ... -raga.html
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O Lord rAma!

Give me the privilege of being in Your service as a (royal) guard.
Give me the privilege of being in Your service as a true (royal) guard who would thrash the six interanal enemies – desire, conceit etc., and make them bite dust.
Give this tyAgarAja the privilege of being in Your service as a (royal) guard on whose person would shine these -
a heavy armour of horripilation,
royal badge of being rAma’s devotee, and
divine sword called rAma’s name.
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Great comment by @Govindaswamy about the pronunciation of Smt.MS, in the cited page

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