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vganesh
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Post by vganesh » 22 Jun 2009, 09:45

The Chembai ekadesi festifal is also being telecast in Doordarshan - Malayalam every year, every day for half an hour after the festival.
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Post by n.lakshmanan » 04 Jul 2009, 01:37

I have siva siva ena radha song sung by Sri Bhagavadar and K J Yesudoss

It is really really fantestic...
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Post by srkris » 10 Aug 2009, 13:59

sIrkAzhi gOvindarAjan at Guruvayur Ekadasi Annual (Chembai memorial) Music Festival rendering a couple of tribute songs sometime in the late 1970s or early 80s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlwXVA3mhk0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=codpRFe17cs

The mridangam accompaniment by Mavelikkara Krishnankutty Nair is more than good.
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Post by girish_a » 10 Aug 2009, 17:17

Of all the tributes to music vidwans that I have read, I found this the most touching:

http://rasikas.org/chembai/chembailastday.html

Beautiful from first to last. It shows that Chembai was not merely a great musician but a high soul as well.
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Post by sivachinta1965 » 13 Aug 2009, 15:14

dear Rasikas

One more C concerts( I do not know whether this picture is repeated). Mridamgam is not seen, who is at ghatam?

Image

Sivaprasad
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Post by srkris » 13 Aug 2009, 15:31

Just before the kutcheri was about to begin... MSG adjusting the pitch of his violin to the tambura sruti being played by the sishya at the back and Alangudi looking fresh and expectant to prove his mettle yet again.

Thanks Sivaprasadji. Where was this picture taken from?

Alangudi and Chembai had the greatest respect for each other for once Chembai had rushed to Alangudi's native village on hearing that he was ill. He asked Alangudi to pray to Guruvayurappan and gave him some prasadam after having which Alangudi's illness disappeared the same day. Chembai later said to him "As long as I live, you will play ghatam for me".

I could be wrong, but going by the number of times that the MSG-TVG-Alangudi combination has performed with Chembai late in his career/lifetime, I would presume that the missing mridangist is TVG.

This picture was taken sometime between 1965-1973

The twins sitting behind Chembai are Jayan and Vijayan i.e the malayalam film music directors known together as Jayavijaya, who were earlier disciples of Semmangudi (he was the principal of the music college where they studied music initially), Alathur Brothers and BMK respectively before they became Chembai's sishyas.
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sivachinta1965
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Post by sivachinta1965 » 15 Aug 2009, 16:53

dear Krisji

This is from a secular ( communist) magazine called "One India One people " 1997 issue , highlight on Karnataka state. The author categorically says that Carnatic music is music of Karnataka(?!!!!).

What is that instrument bleow the microphone??

why all Ghatamists open their shirt out during the concert?

sivaprasad
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Post by srkris » 15 Aug 2009, 22:26

Probably he meant "the Carnatic" which was the region covering much of TN & Kerala apart from the southern parts of Karnataka and Andhra.

The thing below the mic might probably be a spool recorder to record the concert.

Wikipedia says about your query "The artist sometimes presses the mouth of the pot against their bare belly, which deepens the tone of the bass stroke, and is another way to produce the "gumki" sound".
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Post by arasi » 16 Aug 2009, 08:02

Girish,
Thank you for your link. It is from Rasikas too and I hadn't read it until now!
What a moving piece! What a memorable day in the annals of CM!
Music has powers which are beyond our comprehension.
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Post by srkris » 16 Aug 2009, 11:52

The discussion on history of flat notes vs gamakas has been moved to http://rasikas.org/forums/viewtopic.php? ... notes.html
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Post by vasanthakokilam » 17 Aug 2009, 00:44

Girish: Thanks for pointing us to that link about the last day of Chembai. Very well written and it captures the many dimensions of him which made him the great person he was. His humor is one of a kind and brilliant. I can sense why people were so comfortable being with him. Example is his quip to Rama Marar when he wished Chembai would live for 125 years: "You don't poke your head in it. All is settled between me and Guruvayurappan.". The humor is enhanced when we can imagine his tone and style of saying that in his malayalam.
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Post by cpblog » 18 Aug 2009, 03:07

kaumaaram wrote:From a blogspot:


Conflict In Chettinad [1936]


"......Chembai now stopped singing and, with an air of insouciance, asked: "What is it you want, please?" The common response was: "We want Chowdiah to play the English Note!"
While enjoying the above as an anecdote only and without further ado into the above fray...if any one is curious about 'The English Note', you can hear Chowdiah play a piece of it with MMI at http://chowdaiahandparvati.blogspot.com/
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Post by statshari » 19 Aug 2009, 04:28

Are there any full length concert recordings available (not the small pieces) of Chembai
during his prime, (say 1920-50?) with Chowdiah, Mani Iyer, Dakshinamurti Pillai etc..?
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Post by ignoramus » 19 Aug 2009, 09:43

Statshari
Chembai was in his prime all the time i think :) havent seen / heard any of that period which you mentioned
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Post by laks1972 » 19 Aug 2009, 11:23

sivachinta1965 wrote:dear Krisji

This is from a secular ( communist) magazine called ...............
Are communists in India secular ??? They appease minorities and bash majorities. Is that secular ??
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sivachinta1965
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Post by sivachinta1965 » 20 Aug 2009, 10:37

dear laksji

I mean pseudo. They also propagate Carnatic mUsic means Music of Karnataka! MDR Ramanathan is rebel musician or a Marxist.! Chembai is a socialist like........

sivparasad
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Post by sindhu » 20 Aug 2009, 12:14

why all Ghatamists open their shirt out during the concert?

- they do not want cover up the naadam originated thru navel which sails to other end of ghatam. :D
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Post by ragam-talam » 04 Dec 2009, 23:44

Amazing, truly vintage video (yes, video!) clip of the immortal Chembai, alongwith Chowdiah and PMI!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WXKnsN_HVg

They all look so young.
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Post by kaumaaram » 11 Dec 2009, 15:39

It is from the movie that Mysore T Chowdiah produced. Thanks a ton for the link. Here are the excerpts of the article "Remembering Pandari Bai: by Randor Guy:

During one of her plays in Mysore City, one of the many in the auditorium was the legendary violin maestro and icon of classical carnatic music, Mysore T Chowdaiah. He had made waves creating new trends and patterns of music with his self-designed seven-stringed violin. Lured by the world of grease-paint and celluloid the successful musician had made up his mind to produce a movie and also play the lead role in it, in partnership with the noted Kannada theater person and comedian K Hiranaiah. Impressed by the young girl, her looks and performance, he cast her in his musical movie as the hero’s daughter. That was the historic Kannada film Vani (1943) and it marked Pandari Bai’s entry into cinema. She was barely thirteen. However, the movie fared badly at the box-office and the master of the bow and strings burnt his magic fingers almost to the wrist!

(The popular Kannada cinema rebel star Ambarish is Chowdaiahs grandson. This film, however, won an incredible footnote in the history of South Indian Cinema. The classical carnatic musical giant, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar appeared on-screen giving a 10-minute performance accompanied by another icon and legend of music, Palakkad Mani Iyer on the mridangam. Of course, Chowdaiah played the violin and also composed the song. Chembai, a conservative orthodox Brahmin who thought lowly of movies refused to touch the generous fee of ten thousand rupees, a fortune in its day, offered by Chowdaiah! However, after much persuasion by Chowdaiah and other friends, he accepted it but donated the money to his favourite temple in his village for making jewels for the presiding deity. Recently a print of Vani was found by Master Hiranaiah (the comedian’s son and famed Kannada theater person) and it is being reconditioned for screening.)


http://www.screenindia.com/old/archive/ ... nt_id=1966
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sivachinta1965
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Post by sivachinta1965 » 12 Dec 2009, 13:32

dear kaumarji

The movie has already been screened at Thrippunithura as part of MDR day 2009. I think Rajamani sir was instrumental in the screening.

I wonder how these type of movies go dormant and surface after a long time. Hope we would be able to watch GNB's Bhama Vijayam which is lying hidden somewhere!

Sivaprasad
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Post by kaumaaram » 22 Dec 2009, 21:08

Sivachinta,

The rasikas are already on the unt for GNB's Bhama Vijayam and I am sure that they will succeed.
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Post by sivachinta1965 » 23 Dec 2009, 16:24

dear Kaumaramji

Could you please substantiate on the "hunt"?. A part of the movie was screened in the 25th anniversary celebrations in 1957(?), then missing. If somebody trace the movie out, that would be a "GNB Vijayam". Wishing you all the success!

Sivaprasad
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kaumaaram
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Post by kaumaaram » 23 Dec 2009, 21:59

ragam-talam wrote:Amazing, truly vintage video (yes, video!) clip of the immortal Chembai, alongwith Chowdiah and PMI!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WXKnsN_HVg

They all look so young.

The video has disappeared. Has anyone downloaded it? If yes, could the link be sent to me please.
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Post by aditya1093 » 31 Dec 2009, 09:16

I excerpted the video clip of great CVB-MTC-PMI from a documentary about Palghat Raghu. which lasts for only 45secs. Please check if this is what you are looking for.

http://www.fileflyer.com/view/lxU8eAZ


Thanks
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Post by srkris » 31 Dec 2009, 19:13

Yella Venkateswara Rao, the mridangist, adds the following bit of information (read somewhere sometime back but forgot where):

"In the latter part of his life, Chembai got almost a saintly status in the eyes of his admirers. I have not seen so many people from the audience falling at the feet of any other musician in reverence after concerts at the venues, in my career".

I heard this from another source too where it was described that Chembai often seemed get the respect that is usually accorded more to religious leaders than musicians, for whenever he was seen in a temple in Kerala, people made it a point to take his blessings as well as that of the God. Wonder if anyone from that time have witnessed it.
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