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#26 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by ajit » 10 Oct 2010, 09:48

Gamakam,
I have sent you an email to the [email protected]. Please let me know if you received it.
If not you can send email to [email protected]
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#27 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by thenpaanan » 11 Oct 2010, 07:16

vintageaudio wrote:another clip featuring CSM circa 1968

CSM- Mridhangam
T.N.Balappa- Dholak
Pudukottai Mahadevan-Morsing
Thanks for posting this superlative thani. I have never heard a dholak in a CM context before. It sounds like a cross between a tabla and a mridangam, not at all like the "dholak" you hear elsewhere in pop music contexts. I can distinctly hear the panchamam predominating in the sound of the dholak as opposed to shadjamam in the mridangam. Perhaps it is just a matter of harmonics?

I wonder why the dholak has vanished from CM today given that it was present as late as 1968. Does anyone know the history of this instrument in CM concerts?

-Thenpaanan
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#28 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by ugk » 10 Nov 2010, 17:34

Thanks for posting this superlative thani. I have never heard a dholak in a CM context before. It sounds like a cross between a tabla and a mridangam, not at all like the "dholak" you hear elsewhere in pop music contexts. I can distinctly hear the panchamam predominating in the sound of the dholak as opposed to shadjamam in the mridangam. Perhaps it is just a matter of harmonics?


-Thenpaanan[/quote]


I think what we are hearing on this clip is a Dholki and not a dholak.
I have played on both. Dholak is the traditional wooden type instrument with a more earthly sound.
Dholki i am told is a dholak which has been redesigned to sound more metallic. It tends to have more synthetics in its body than a dholak. I think the dholki is also called a Naal by some people.
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#29 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by thanjavooran » 13 Nov 2010, 16:35

Let me recollect my old memory. some 35 yrs back CSM accompanied CV Narasimhan along with sikkil bhaskaran at Ethiraj kalyanamandapam near Alwarpet The concert was about 150 mts and CSM played a thani immediately after Kalyani kriti. It was excellent.

Thanjavooran 13 11 2010
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#30 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by Gamakam » 02 Sep 2011, 13:15

Almost 2 years since I started this thread, I partially finsihed what I intended to do.

Here is my article on the legend. It is no way a comprehensive article. Just a bird's eye view on the legend's life and music.

http://solvanam.com/?p=16433

Thanks for all thsoe who shared their thoughts on this great maestro.

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Lalitha Ram
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#31 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by Gamakam » 02 Sep 2011, 13:18

ajit wrote:Gamakam,
I have sent you an email to the [email protected]. Please let me know if you received it.
If not you can send email to [email protected]

Ajit,

A special thanks to you for helping me meet Sri. Karaikudi Krishnamurthi.

regards
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#32 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by rajeshnat » 04 Sep 2011, 20:42

Gamakam
I just read your write up, very well written.What I always like about his play is his superb nAdham of the mrudangam , may I know till which year he has played in live concerts.
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#33 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by gee » 18 Sep 2011, 21:49

Gamakam wrote:CSM belongs to the Mridangam trinity. Nope! i didn't coin this phrase 'mridangam trinity'. None other than the great LGJ told me this when I interviewed him for my book on Palani.

Almost all senior vidwans rate him along side Palani and PMI. While, one could easily come across several articles written on the two legends not much is known about CSM.

I have been collecting materials within my reach on CSM in the past few months and am hoping to pen them down as an article. The only decent source of information That I have come across so far has been the interview available at Sampradaya archives. Even in that interview CSM is mostly reluctant to speak abt. himself. Probably presence of his brother and guru Sankara Sivam must have stopped him from freely opening up. Sruti magazine too has carried a brief profile written by KS Kalidas.

IMHO both doesn't do justice to his genius.

I hope veteran rasikas and musicians can throw more light on this maestro.

To start with, does any one know of any living relatives/disciples of CSM? I would love to interview them.

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Ram
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I have had the great fortune of learning from one of Murugaboopathy Sir's disciples for several years. His name is Sri Venupuri Srinivas, and currently resides in Tampa, FL, USA. He is an excellent mridangist in my opinion, and a very caring person as well. If you would like to contact him, I can give you his information.
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#34 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by Sam Swaminathan » 19 Sep 2011, 02:18

Gamakam

I came across this delightful concert with Sri CSG accompanying Sri TRM along with Sri MSG.

Sam

http://www.musicindiaonline.com/#/album ... d_In_1962/
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#35 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by Gamakam » 20 Sep 2011, 20:13

rajeshnat wrote:Gamakam
I just read your write up, very well written.What I always like about his play is his superb nAdham of the mrudangam , may I know till which year he has played in live concerts.
Rajesh: CSM's disciple Lakshmanraj says he played even in the 90s, till the very end.
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#36 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by Gamakam » 20 Sep 2011, 20:15

gee wrote:
I have had the great fortune of learning from one of Murugaboopathy Sir's disciples for several years. His name is Sri Venupuri Srinivas, and currently resides in Tampa, FL, USA. He is an excellent mridangist in my opinion, and a very caring person as well. If you would like to contact him, I can give you his information.
Dear Gee,

My email is [email protected] . Pls. put me in touch with CSM's disciple.

Thanks for the help

regards

Gamakam
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#37 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by annamalai » 01 Oct 2011, 12:34

Listening to a TNS Ramanavami concert (from 1980s) (from sangeethapriya) with CSM - what a mridangam ! the clarity of each sollukattu and the mridangam not too loud, but yet firm clear strokes; the way the mridangam blends with morsing is so melodious. atleast the recording of the concert starts with Koluvai (Bhairavi) and CSM accompaniment for Hechariga (Ykamboji) out of the world ! CSM seems to have played for many vidwans who hail from Madurai - Madurai Mani Iyer, Madurai Somu, TNS and Ramnad Krishnan (from Palghat).
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#38 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by sairaam » 29 Nov 2012, 18:09

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#39 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by cacm » 29 Nov 2012, 21:47

I have been present MANY TIMES when MMI told him(CSM) at the end of the concerts" Panner(the fragrant liquid sprayed on during auspicious occasions!) Theliksha Madhiri Vasichuttel- Pramadham". Of course there is the historic concert in Bombay when the Tambura was not upto MMI'S STANDARDS & he sang the ENTIRE CONCERT JUST intently concentrating & listening to CSM'S Mridangam....In my view the BEST Mridangam Accompaniment I HAVE HEARD FOR MMI IS PSP-CSM- BOTH TIED!......MEMORABLE UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES THAT STILL RING IN MY EARS....THOSE WERE THE DAYS & CONCERTS WHICH MARK THE HIGH POINTS OF MY OVER 60 YEARS OF LIVE LISTENING...VKV
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#40 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by sairaam » 29 Nov 2012, 22:59

I heard that his son's passing away took a toll on him and he started avoiding speaking to many.. Any idea about family of CSM or his Brother, anyone??
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#41 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by annamalai » 01 Dec 2012, 14:02

great artist - one of my favourite - I did not know if CSM was the artist of the MMI concert legend :-)

In my view, more than the softness of the mridangam strokes, I think it is also the various pattens of nadais that they weave while accompanying the krithis - it is so beautiful.
I remember a recording of CSM accompanying Madurai Somu for Varalandu (gurjari) - the way he takes off for the anu Pallavi is so superb and Somu immediately acknowledges - beshu, beshu ... I think this sort of style is almost forgotten and replaced with aggressive, vigorous accompaniment.

I heard a concert of Sandhayavandanam Srinivasa Rao accompanied by Madras A. Kannan - what a lovely accompaniment for Bhavanutha (Mohanam) (I find the Kanjira a bit distracting).

http://www.mediafire.com/?3hoe4shc9qdd4lp

PS: I was at a concert recently , where the artist was rendering Entara Neethana (harikamboji) - in a relaxed manner ala KVN. For some inexplicable reason, the mridangist took off on some high speed pharans and thwanks in the anupallavi - don't know why - and the main artist also increased the pace and what was melodious start ended up with some gymnastics. Net effect nice krithi spoiled.

Summary - Mridangist can take the concert to the next level or ....
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#42 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by Nick H » 01 Dec 2012, 15:14

There are ways to play fast, but soothing... Then it will be a delight.

I recall listening to TVG mridangam solo tape, long ago, and being baffled at how a drum solo could be as meditative as a hindustani alap.
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#43 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by sairaam » 01 Dec 2012, 19:00

Nowadays a thought moves around that - "more the sound, better the mridangist is" - Who can explain the difference btwn Nadham and Sound to them.. I think if someone starts playing without listening to CSM, i think he will always play only with agnanam..
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#44 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by advaitin » 16 Mar 2013, 08:45

lovely interview with the great artist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5bGMphvpdo
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#45 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by mridhangam » 26 Apr 2016, 16:11

Dear

Can anyone post the famous interview of CSM with C Subramania Desikar in Trichy AIR ?

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#46 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by varsha » 26 Apr 2016, 22:24

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#47 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by mridhangam » 27 Apr 2016, 10:24

yes varsha this is the one i was looking for. Thank you very much.

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#48 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by MaheshS » 27 Apr 2016, 14:11

That is a fascinating interview!!
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#49 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by shankarank » 26 Dec 2016, 10:43

The pattern which after a while starts increasing is one of his best expressions - I have heard this ( may be even a better execution in a Ramnad concert)

https://youtu.be/DvzmkVAtfNU?t=1061 - around 18:00
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#50 Re: CS Murugabhoopathy

Post by Soniajain » 27 Jan 2017, 16:25

thank you all for sharing these nice information about these topic. Nice discussion.
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