Madurai Somu

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param
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#1

Post by param » 10 Nov 2005, 15:13

Does anybody have Somu singing Bantureeti and Marugelara? I am still to hear any other person singing to the class of Somu.
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coolkarni
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Post by coolkarni » 10 Nov 2005, 16:17

http://rapidshare.de/files/7429885/marugelara.mp3

http://rapidshare.de/files/7430205/somu ... anadam.mp3

watch out for some great collaboration with lalgudi and the laya artists
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Post by param » 10 Nov 2005, 16:24

That's cool - coolkarni. Any more versions under your belt?

Also check for my posts in tala vadya section
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Post by srkris » 10 Nov 2005, 17:27

Image
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ninjathegreat
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Post by ninjathegreat » 15 Jan 2006, 22:00

A on-off recording of Somu:

http://rapidshare.de/files/11053700/06_ ... raajar.mp3

Cheers
Ninja
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Post by coolkarni » 16 Jan 2006, 08:50

what is an on-off recording please ?
Something that you turn on and it turns you off ??
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Post by cmlover » 16 Jan 2006, 11:29

Thanks Chembai!
He does deserve a memorial stamp in his honour!
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Post by ninjathegreat » 17 Jan 2006, 01:49

kulkarniji,

I meant one-off :)

Ninja
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Post by srkris » 23 Jan 2006, 20:44

Some photos (courtesy coolkarni):

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Chittoor Subramaniam Pillai with young Madurai Somasundaram, 1940s

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Madurai Somasundaram with M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Karaikudi Mani and Mayavaram Somu
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#10

Post by mantra » 23 Jan 2006, 23:58

who is the mridangist in this picture?
Regards
Shyam
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Post by cmlover » 24 Jan 2006, 01:55

very nice! Thanks
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Post by meena » 24 Jan 2006, 08:07

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param
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Post by param » 24 Jan 2006, 14:23

mantra,

its mentioned there - Karaikudi R Mani
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Post by abadri » 27 Jan 2006, 23:35

A short introductory talk on Somu from an AIR tribute program (in Tamil)
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Post by abadri » 28 Jan 2006, 07:10

The rest of the AIR tribute broadcast

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Post by kaumaaram » 28 Jan 2006, 11:13

Srkris,

There is yet another thread on Somu under General Discussions. I suggest the following:

(a) That thread under GD can be clubbed to this;
(b) The respective songs uploaded may be transferred to the Audio Folder.

Sorry to bother you.

Kaumaaram
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Post by rajumds » 01 Feb 2006, 20:29

He is one of the best though not fully honoured. Here is an interesting ancetode. In a concert (conducted by Palalvi Narsimachariar at Tambaram), he arrived late (11 pm) since he had sing in another concert in the evening. The concert started at 11.30 pm and he was in no mood to finish even at 3 am. My mother got up to leave at the end of a song. He immediately said. "Ukkarugo, Kapi thane venum" and sang a brilliant Kapi.

By the any info about Pallavi Narasimachariar considered to be a doyen in Pallavi singing & composing. I know that KJ took care of him in his last days.
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Post by coolkarni » 14 Apr 2006, 06:28

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Post by srkris » 24 Apr 2006, 00:42

Somu performing...

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Post by coolkarni » 29 Apr 2006, 18:18

a small but sweet track to go with the photo.such lovely touches of malkauns..

http://rapidshare.de/files/19192359/som ... a.mp3.html

When it comes to re-creating the period , nothing to beat a black and white photo.
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Post by ninjathegreat » 10 May 2006, 23:58

I've been categorizing some Somu concerts. It is interesting, but I came acroos some interesting facts. Unlike a lot of musicians, Somu in his RTPs, elucidates the syllables of the pallavi line, and I assume this gives a clear look into the talam (not that I have understood THAT completely yet!!!)...

I also came across a few pallavi line in which Somu changes the last word every now and then, which some other word of the same number of syllables. I thought this was unique, as I've never heard any other performer do this.

Somu also probably is one who includes a lot of unknown/self composed compositions in his concerts. I have a hard time finding the composers of a lot of his renderings.

Any comments?

Cheers
Ninja
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Post by ninjathegreat » 11 May 2006, 06:55

Was just listening to an RTP. The pallavi line was "Adudhu Adudhu mAmayil koovudhu koovudhu poonkuyil murugA guhArandRu namakkaruL puriya vaDapazhani"

two funny incidents... at the beginning of the pallavi, just as he completed "Adudhu Adhudhu mAmayil," a kuyil started it's song...

second was at the end of the pallavi, he showed his humor... ended with "Adudhu Adudhu mAmayil koovudhu koovudhu poonkuyil kuviyidhu kuviyudhu cheeTTu"!!!!!

This is from a concert entitled "somu - vadapazhani"....

Cheers
Ninja
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Post by coolkarni » 11 May 2006, 08:09

It seems Sawai Gandharv used to teach his disciples individually and never in a group.His belief was that a Malkauns sung by Bhimsen Joshi was totally different from a Malkauns sung by Gangubai , even though they had the same names.

In CM Somu was the closest who came to this line of thinking.
No two shanmukhapriyas or Todis (his most favourite ragas ) are alike.
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Post by coolkarni » 18 Jun 2006, 07:03

an interesting purandaradasar devaranam by Somu , sung elaborately

Nara Janma Bandaga in Khamboji..

http://rapidshare.de/files/23327634/Som ... ha-new.mp3
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Post by rajeshnat » 14 Dec 2006, 12:30

Just thought Madurai Somu,cannot go with the general link titled 108 vidwans. I knew him little personally as I used to play tennis ball cricket with a bunch of boys in a area by name Lake Area in Madras where he lived. I recollect his smile and I used to think that he only sings maruda malai mAmaniye murugaiyA then. When he utters murugA in any of his viruttams , I get charged instantly.

Lot of people (atleast my relatives)misunderstand his vidwat and have a mindset that he is not a great carnatic singer in true classical sense .This is pure nonsense to me.
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