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#151 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by thanjavooran » 08 Aug 2013, 21:36

Shri Semmu86,
Many thanx for the link. Fantastic ! An excellent concert by great Vidwans!
Expecting few more tracks,
with wishes,
Thanjavooran
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#152 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by semmu86 » 08 Aug 2013, 22:33

The flamboyance :: DKJ-UKS combo!!

Following is a gem of a Mutttiah Bhagavathar Krithi, that is rarely sung these days. Masterful rendition by DKJ. The control over the kAlaprAmANam is just unbelievable. Surely, DKJ's voice and music was at its peak and at its creative best at this period. T. Rukmini's brilliant support has the LGJ touch all the way (Esp the nonchalance with which she replies for the swaras at the end) and the tone is very sweet too. Morsing i believe is Pudukkotai Mahadevan

https://archive.org/details/DKJ08Sreema ... ANGAMALHAR

Coming to this thread, few points to note about the Mrudangam accompaniment.
- A certain unexplainable sense of flair & poetry associated with his playing, esp in this concert and for this krithi in particular. Its like Roger Federer cruising his way at the Wimbledon Centre Court.
- The eduppu of the krithi is a tricky 1/2 edam after the samam (You can make out from the sound of DKJ's hands putting thAlam) and its so very easy to get tempted and play conveniently for samam-samam, whereas, UKS Sir here so quickly internalized the krithi and played for the krithi, instead of playing for the thALam. Its difficult to explain the beauty behind that, here.
- The kind of embellishment that he gives to the already soaring concert is just beyond my words.

Enough of my dabbling... Over to music
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#153 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by Rsachi » 08 Aug 2013, 23:23

Semmu86
Many thanks.
I have enjoyed UKS's accompaniment for so many decades and he just goes on.
I do think he misses the brilliance and flamboyance of the erstwhile greats, and is seeking out new talent to accompany all the time. An incredible musician no doubt.

I have another observation. Somehow his mridangam playing is immune to vagaries of the mike settings. He sounds good in so many live recordings done in so many ways...what a tribute this is to his playing that his instrument sounds good despite poor recording quality.

In that legendary Lalgudi pancharatnam concert of 1967 KGS, he plays so well with Srimathi in many places, simply lifting the musical quality. I have noticed that he plays quite differently with the violin (or Srimathi's second violin) compared to the vocalist.

Please bring on more and more of the UKS magic!
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#154 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by semmu86 » 09 Aug 2013, 21:00

Rsachi wrote:I have another observation. Somehow his mridangam playing is immune to vagaries of the mike settings. He sounds good in so many live recordings done in so many ways...what a tribute this is to his playing that his instrument sounds good despite poor recording quality.
Brilliant point. Something that which has sent me into raptures too for so many years now.
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#155 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by mahavishnu » 11 Aug 2013, 22:22

Thanks Semmu. DKJ UKS pairing is truly exceptional!
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#156 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by semmu86 » 12 Aug 2013, 07:46

The confluence of 3 geniuses :: S. Balachandar MSG UKS

Here is a breathtaking track of the trio. SB Plays this krithi at a breakneck kAlaprAmAnam and the accompaniment by both MSG & UKS is absolutely stunning to say the least. First time listeners to this track are likely to get blown away. The clarity of the sollus and the shruthi shuddham of the vAdhyam deserves special mention as its been the case always at any given UKS Sir concert.......

https://archive.org/details/04Bantureethi

Next post :: Other end of the spectrum; Another GOD MADE immortal combo in the annals of CM - MDR_UKS
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#157 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by Rsachi » 12 Aug 2013, 10:44

Wow, Semmu!The following line is very apt for the 300kmph bullet train that rocks!

a strong (ghana) armour (kaJcukamu) called (anu) horripilation (rOmAJcamu) (rOmAJcamanu)....

Keep them coming, sir!
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#158 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by mahavishnu » 12 Aug 2013, 23:50

Lightning SB with thunder UKS! Gana mazhai (musical rain).
And MSG's subtle touches of hamsanAdam were like a swan singing in the rain. Very rare to see this tempo in SB's renditions (similar to MDR in this regard).

Thanks Semmu, for this rare gem.
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#159 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by semmu86 » 13 Aug 2013, 20:41

The Elephant & the Lion :: MDR_UKS

https://archive.org/details/04JananiSankarabaranam

This is a beautiful krithi (Guess this one is MDR's own sAhityam), which I wanted to share. Chalakudi Narayanaswamy on the fiddle and K.S.Manjunath on the ghatam. The kAlaprAmANam deserves a special mention. Such a stark contrast to the previous Balachandar track. Such supreme control over the vAdhyam and over the kAlaprAmAnam. There is a deliberate reason for sharing this track.

The beautiful thani that follows is at a tricky edam of 3-thalli from samam. Misra chApu 3-thalli from samam is the most challenging for Mrudangam artists to play thani for. The reason being, as per the accepted tenets of grammar, one cannot play any type of naDai for this edam. Just korvais in chatusra nadai which highlights the edam and pharans and mohra kOrvai. This is the ultimate challenge for a Mrudangam vidwAn's creativity and ability, because of the highly limited scope of this edam.

Any lesser Mrudangam artiste would have taken the easier route by highlighting the edam, playing one or two korvais in chatusram to the edam and then conviniently playing thisram from samam-samam and then finishing the thani at the edam. Their weak defence for this grammar violation is "Poetic License". NOT THE CASE HERE. This thani is an EPITOME OF GRAMMAR and at the same time, UKS' sollu build up and the manOdharma aspects is quite stunning, without sacrificing the aesthetics and beauty. WHAT MORE can a listener ask for!!
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#160 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by mahavishnu » 13 Aug 2013, 22:02

Great track, Semmu. And thanks for the explanation about the tricky edam here.

I was just in a trance listening to the gait of the misra-chapu. Somehow, I find misra chapu offers a lot of opportunities for creativity during accompaniment.

Given your association with the maestro, perhaps you could share with us how his perfectly tuned instruments have such a unique nAdham, especially his arrai chApu (even at such a low MDR frequency).
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#161 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by mahavishnu » 14 Aug 2013, 11:29

Before Semmu returns with more gems of the maestro, I wanted to share this absolutely magical piece KVN-MC-UKS.

"heccarikagA rArA hE rAmacandra", quite possibly the best version I have heard. KVN's dulcet voice complemented by the majestic UKS. The neraval "ninnu jUDavaccu bhagini karambu ciluka" belongs in a museum: the vocalist's control of the kalapramanam, MC's sensitive responses and UKS's amazing anticipation.

"Hope you enjoy it" doesn't even begin to convey the sentiment of something as transcendental as this yadukula kamboji. You will laugh, you will cry. You will see why. Headphones recommended (especially to catch MC enjoying UKS's accompaniment in his own subtle way).

https://archive.org/details/KVN-MC-UKS
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#162 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by Rsachi » 14 Aug 2013, 13:46

Mahavishnu, thanks!

I saw this plaque in Thyagaraja Samadhi at Thiruvaiyyaru. Ample proof this song was KVN's favourite!
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Would some kindly soul share a high quality track of KVN with Sivaraman 1971 Ghatkopar concert -Sri Subrahmanyaya namaste? It is a spectacular example of UKS's powers of accompaniment!!
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#163 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by semmu86 » 14 Aug 2013, 13:54

Wow!! Thank you Ramesh. That "heccarikagA rArA" was supposed to be my next track. :ymapplause:
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#164 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by mahavishnu » 14 Aug 2013, 19:21

Semmu, What a coincidence that this particular track (of all the millions out there) was going to be your next one!

Sachi, I have a recording of the '71 Ghatkopar concert with Sri subrahmanyAya namastE, but the quality is not great. It doesn't do justice to the majesty of UKS's nadham.
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#165 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by semmu86 » 14 Aug 2013, 19:57

Ramesh, that KVN concert has an immortal kIravANi (puNNiyam oru kODi) too. If possible, can you pls do upload that one too? Thanks very much. Again the trademark UKS nAdham in that vAdhyam is something so unique. Perfect control over the vAdhyam and a lesson on how to play on the kucchi mrudangam.
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#166 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by annamalai » 14 Aug 2013, 23:01

mahavishnu wrote: "heccarikagA rArA hE rAmacandra", quite possibly the best version I have heard. KVN's dulcet voice complemented by the majestic UKS. The neraval "ninnu jUDavaccu bhagini karambu ciluka" belongs in a museum: the vocalist's control of the kalapramanam, MC's sensitive responses and UKS's amazing anticipation.
There is of course the Hecchariga Ra Ra by Ariyakudi - TNK - PMI IMHO is the best.
The gamaka ornamentation of Ariyakudi around ninnu juda is what most musicians attempt to do.
The PMI plan for playing for the Ariyakudi kalapramanam can be observed in UKS.

It would be interesting to listen to Puducottai version - PSP or CS Murugabhoopathy play for this krithi.
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#167 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by varsha » 15 Aug 2013, 10:29

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#168 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by mahavishnu » 15 Aug 2013, 11:58

Thanks, Varsha-ji.
Semmu, as requested I have uploaded the whole KVN-MC-UKS concert here: https://archive.org/details/KVN_MC_UKS_fullConcert.
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#169 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by Rsachi » 15 Aug 2013, 15:02

Here is that 1971 KVN Ghatkopar concert with UKS !
http://bit.ly/16MPfmz
I have shared the full Kambhoji and the Huseni before that.
Tweak the equailiser (best in VLC Player) to cancel out that hum.
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#170 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by semmu86 » 15 Aug 2013, 18:33

varsha wrote:https://archive.org/details/TvsMsgUksTani

with hp ramachar
Brilliant as usual! Thanks so much. And Thanks very much Ramesh.
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#171 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by CRama » 15 Aug 2013, 22:51

Semmu. Just heard the amazing piece by three stalwarts Bantureethi by SB-MSG-UKS. No words to describe- Out of the world. I have never heard this combination. Thanks a ton. If you don't mind, will you kindly upload the full concert. I agree. Music makes me greedy.
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#172 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by semmu86 » 16 Aug 2013, 07:17

CRama :: I would love to, but this is all that i have from that concert.
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#173 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by rajeshnat » 16 Aug 2013, 08:47

Semmu
Thank you for sb-msg-uks. Particularly from the minutes 11 to 14 , there is so much display of their collective brilliance . What I love about UKS he maintains the speed as much as the tempo of both sb and msg , but still varies the volume of the sound that comes from the vAdyam depending on the dynamics of the situation.

ON a side note , once shri PSN was mentioning that your guru shri UKS is one musician never keeps a water bottle and does not sip drinks in the concert , is that correct(this was told in one of his disciples laya laavanya arangetram) ?
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#174 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by kvchellappa » 18 Jul 2014, 07:55

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#175 Re: umayALpuram k. sivarAman

Post by rshankar » 18 Jul 2014, 19:27

Rsachi wrote:I saw this plaque in Thyagaraja Samadhi at Thiruvaiyyaru. Ample proof this song was KVN's favourite!
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I just saw this - and am so impressed with how the powers that be have indicated the right pronunciation/sound by using superscripts on this plaque - i.e., ப3 to indicate 'b', and ப4 for 'bh', க3 for 'g', and த3 for 'd' etc.! I wish every other publisher of tamizh script uses this - will go a long way in preventing egregious errors like 'paNDu rIdi' for 'baNTu rIti'
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