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#101 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by Pasupathy » 15 Jul 2013, 05:16

Madurai Somu with Lalgudi + C S Murugaboopathi
RTP- Hemavathi


http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=TLnx0 ... f5cGRL7mE
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#102 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by Pasupathy » 19 Nov 2013, 21:47

Madurai Somu with Lalgudi and Karaikkudi Mani
Karaharapriya
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywFIs9bA-tk
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#103 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by varsha » 08 Dec 2013, 09:45

https://archive.org/details/SomuInterview

link comes with another lovely track too in hindolam , from a recently unearthed concert .
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#104 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by mahavishnu » 08 Dec 2013, 10:34

What a treasure! thanks,Varsha-ji.
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#105 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by Sreeni Rajarao » 08 Dec 2013, 19:47

Varsha avare,

Thank you! This is beautiful.
Just yesterday I was thinking how much I enjoy Somu's music as I was listening to one of my favorites, Somu's Dhanyasi
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#106 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by cacm » 09 Dec 2013, 07:44

varsha wrote:https://archive.org/details/SomuInterview
link comes with another lovely track too in hindolam , from a recently unearthed concert .
Dear Sri Varsha,
We are highly indebted to YOU for the interview as well as the memorable excerpts you are providing......It takes me back to the fifties & the GLORIOUS PERIOD. How do we thank you for this invaluable service? VKV
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#107 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by mahavishnu » 09 Dec 2013, 09:26

Does anyone know what happened to Sri Kazhugumalai Kandasamy, prime disciple of Madurai Somu? Varsha's track got me thinking about him and all web searches seem to come out empty on what happened to him post Somu.
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#108 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by cacm » 09 Dec 2013, 09:56

TRIED to track him down a few years back unsuccessfully as I wanted to arrange a SOMU REMEMBRANCE FUNCTION IN CHENNAI but was unsuccessful. VKV
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#109 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by Rsachi » 09 Dec 2013, 10:38

Sir,
Somu was the darling of Parvathi audiences. We have posted so many of his concerts. Kandaswamy used to sing with a fine timbre and can be heard so clearly in many recordings.
For reasons unknown, both Somu and Radha Jayalakshmi suffer from a lack of continued narrative after such stellar careers.
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#110 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by cacm » 09 Dec 2013, 11:58

SOMU CANNOT BUT BE THE DARLING OF ANY AUDIENCE BEFORE WHOM HE SANG. I TRIED to bring Somu to North America but he would not cross the ocean. But the real sin is not being given the RECOGNITION he deserved in Madras. Same is somewhat the case with R&J tho' CLEVELAND Aradhana tried to honour them in CLEVELAND OR MADRAS well past they stopped performing. They declined RIGHTFULLY SO in my opinion as they felt they were not given the recognition at the proper time. With ALL THE NUMBER OF SABHAS in MADRAS IT IS ALMOST EQUIVALENT TO CRIME IN MY OPINION.....The ONLY SILVER LINING I see is that today's artists at least are getting some recognition....Heart Breaking. VKV
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#111 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by vs_manjunath » 09 Dec 2013, 13:18

Pasupathy wrote:Madurai Somu with Lalgudi and Karaikkudi Mani
Karaharapriya
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywFIs9bA-tk
One of the simplest songs of thyagaraja in Kharaharapriya meant to be sung in Chorus ( set to Tisra laghu).......it's amazing how Madurai Somu chisels the song into a full fledged main item in a kutcheri !
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#112 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by vs_manjunath » 09 Dec 2013, 13:54

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

link comes with another lovely track too in hindolam , from a recently unearthed concert .
ThX for the u/ls. This way of singing Manasuloni.......the ragam is called VARAMU is it Not ??
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#113 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by kssr » 09 Dec 2013, 17:08

Heard the fantastic Karaharapriya. Got the feeling of listening to him live. When I was young, I have heard maximum of Sri.Somu's and Dr.BMK's concerts. Lalgudi and Karaikudi Mani are no less in this recording. While showing their intrinsic command of music, how the three interact without reducing the aesthetics and beauty of the rendering is a fascinating listening experience. To get that class of musicians again is almost impossible.

Sincere thanks to Sri.Pasupathy.
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Purist
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#114 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by Purist » 10 Dec 2013, 13:35

Post #112.. you are right VSM. It is Varamu (shudda hindolam).

Post # 103... Varsha, can u provide the link for the whole concert. The recording captures the natural timbre of Somu..
superb quality. Looks like of l960's. LGJ as his usual, matches whatever Somu delivers. Very keen to listen to the whole
concert :)
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#115 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by varsha » 10 Dec 2013, 15:19

will do next weekend pl
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#116 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by venkysubrama » 13 Dec 2013, 00:06

Above mentioned concert is available here.
BTW the violinist is not Sri Lalgudi, Mridhangam - Vellore Sri Ramabadran
circa late 70s or early 80s
http://www.sangeethamshare.org/vijayago ... ram-Vocal/

01-Ninnunamminanu-Varnam-Ragam-Udaya Ravichandrika (Sudha Dhanyasi)
02-Panchamatangamukha_Ganapate-.mp3-Ragam-Sivapriya
03-Manasuloni-Ragam-Varamu-T.mp3
04-Jagadeeswara_pahimam-Ragam-Manoranjani
05-Shankarabharanam_Ragam.mp3
06-Swararagasudha-Shankarabharanam-T.mp3
07-Tani.mp3
08-Mariyadagadaya-Bhairavam-T.mp3
09-Vinave_O_Manasa-Vivardhini-T.mp3
10-Pallavi-Keeravani.mp3
11-O_Ramaneenamam-Purvikalyani-Ramadasu.mp3
12-Ninaikada.mp3-Ragam- Rageshree
13-Ennakavipadinalum-Ragam-Neelamani.mp3
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#117 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by Purist » 13 Dec 2013, 14:59

RTP Keeravani is simply out of the world. Not sure if its a truncated version,( doesn't sound so if one observes the continuity) but a very peculiar one. After the raga alapana Somu telescopes to two line Thanam and the violinist latches on to Thanam, there being no violin alapana. Again no violin return for Pallavi but direct move on to ragamalika swaras.Looks like time constraint --something very unusual for Somu. At the begining of RTP, another rare event..Somu speaks in English... an apology saying" Sorry....." (I am not able to discern the words fully to repeat here).

Venkysubaram..thanks a lot for the link. I feel the violinist is none other than LGJ becasue you just cant get anyone to name who can play like this ...mind boggling returns . Moreover the karvai's at various points during alapana, tanam & swaras have LGJ etched all over it. Anyway the music is there to be savoured, a great concert.

Varsha : I hope this is the same concert you were referring to.
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#118 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by vs_manjunath » 14 Dec 2013, 06:20

venkysubrama- Thx for the link.
Purist- Yes, it's LGJ only.
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#119 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by varsha » 14 Dec 2013, 07:20

Varsha : I hope this is the same concert you were referring to.
Yes . Would another upload of same -llg-vr combination , compensate ?
Say something like this ..
https://archive.org/details/somu-llg-vr
Has a brilliant mand , among others.The kind that makes a singer so loveable .
Elsewhere , One can hear Lalgudis voice , in grunts of appreciation .
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#120 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by Enna_Solven » 15 Dec 2013, 08:43

Varshaji, thank you. Essential Somu, including calling out "Gurunatha" after LGJ's return. Where do you get gems like this? Do they grow in your backyard kalpataru? :ymapplause:
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#121 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by varsha » 15 Dec 2013, 09:38

The world may never know the pains taken by and the value of vintageaudio54 (on youtube) in these efforts .
Not only for Somus concerts but everything worth preserving for future generations.In CM and HM .
I am just a follower of the pied piper of Atlanta.A beneficiary willing to pass it on .
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#122 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by Purist » 15 Dec 2013, 23:08

Varsha..Thanks many for that 'Mand' & 'kalanidhi. Somu's raga sketches weaves magic spell even in tukkada's section.
Raju Ashokan a big fan of Somu , has taken enormous efforts in the collecting vintage music and sharing it thro' his
blog /vintageaudio54 .
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#123 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by varsha » 16 Dec 2013, 05:57

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2ZUlxS ... &index=131
Just in case you may have missed this . RA Senior - An early disciple of Chittoor :)
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#124 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by varsha » 20 Dec 2013, 06:35

The use of the expression foxtrot in another thread brought images of Vellore Rambhadrans style to mind .
The foxtrot or fox trot is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor]
https://archive.org/details/Conc02-llg-vr
Includes a fascinating Raghunayaka . Somehow I get a feeling that there are a few swara patterns very unique to the Chittoor school .
Here he is - VR - dancing with a exuberant mercurial singer .
And a fiddler for collaboration , who is equally mercurial .
One of the earliest recordings , going by the tone of the violin and the raw uninhibited power of the singer .
I can bring up the rest of the concert if there are takers.
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#125 Re: Madurai Somu

Post by Sreeni Rajarao » 20 Dec 2013, 07:52

varsha wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2ZUlxS ... &index=131
Just in case you may have missed this . RA Senior - An early disciple of Chittoor :)
Wow! Very nice! Thank you!
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