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Post by grsastrigal » 09 Jul 2007, 07:40

Where is Kazugumalai ? His prime disciple. Any news.. Any disciples for Kazhugumalai ?
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Post by grsastrigal » 22 Dec 2007, 11:18

In Valayapatti Kaashyap Naadhalaya Festival, Kazugumalai will be conferred Madurai Somu Memorial Award. At last, I GOT HIM.

In Infosys hall, on 19th, there was a programme called "Ariyakkudi to Semmangudi" concept & Presentation by Dr.Radha Bhaskar. Surprisingly, the list does not include Madurai Somu.. Don't understand why he left our or am I missing something ?
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Post by srkris » 22 Dec 2007, 12:12

The program was structured to include the most popular musicians first. MDR was famous but not popular in his time. Eventually they said its not possible to include everyone so they are going to create another program to include the others.
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Post by grsastrigal » 22 Dec 2007, 19:34

Thanks srkris. Have you (anyone) attended ? How was it ? Want to mention in a separate thread ?
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Post by anandasangeetham » 14 Feb 2008, 11:07

I am very ardent fan of Madurai Somu. I am in the process of collecting his videos. Can anyone help me in this regard?
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Post by ragam-talam » 20 Sep 2008, 21:37

Look what I found...video clip of Madurai Somu!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV2xZvgPGt8

A real gem...
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Post by VK RAMAN » 20 Sep 2008, 22:38

erased the duplicate posting
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Post by VK RAMAN » 20 Sep 2008, 22:41

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Post by ragam-talam » 21 Sep 2008, 00:29

One more: rAma nAmamu - uploaded just today! (20-sep-08)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3kz45FzWic

Simply awesome...
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Post by gobilalitha » 20 Feb 2009, 07:48

Nearly 2 decades back or even earlier, it was the practice in big Railway stations to play soothing music inthe early mornings. IT used to be veena, nadaswaram,flute or devotional songs. NOW advertisements have taken over. Once Madurai Somu was travelling by NILAGIRI express from CHENNAI TO Coimbatore. As soon as he got down at Coimbatore and started walking on the platform , the clever Railway staff started playing the then very famous song 'Marudhamalai ma maniye". Somu was pieasantly surprised and without any inhibition , forgetting for a moment his status as a great vidwan started singing the song loudly in his melodious voice in utter devotion, sending the passengers on the platform into raptures. gobilalitha
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Post by coolkarni » 20 Feb 2009, 08:24

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Post by viswam » 02 Mar 2009, 11:39

who can forget that "Marudhamalai Maa Maniye'.I believe it was Violinist kunnukudi Vaidyanathan who tuned it.
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Post by balusatya » 02 Mar 2009, 23:57

I am told that he will often visit Kovur(near Porur-Chennai) with a group of musicians and render Kovur pancharatnam in the Sundareshwarar temple.Why not we start such visits to kovur&Thiruvotriyur in chennai to start with?( emulating our forum members Vainika couple M/S.Jayaraj&Jayashree conducting for MD).
* Also being heard" when he and Ramnad Sankarasivam Bhagavathar(guru of Ramnad Krishnan,TNS and myself too) were intercepted by robbers when they were proceeding in the car from Madurai and how both of them had driven the robbers away with their own might without help!"
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Post by skandyhere » 22 Mar 2009, 22:31

Coolkarni Sir, I shall be highly grateful if you can please narrate a few other stories/incidents from Madurai Somu's life.

Eager to hear more.
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Post by S.NAGESWARAN » 26 Mar 2009, 10:45

In my street , Murugasramam a place where daily pooja is conducted to the Muruga Idol and bhajans and music concerts are conducted .
Sri Somu visited this place 10 years before . Being a fan of sri Somu , On hearing that sri Somu has come to the Murugasramam, myself and
my mother went to Murugasramam and paid our pranams to him . I requested sri Somu to visit my home . He came to my home. I have hung a frame of Surdas singing with lord Krisna sitting before Surdas and listening to Surdas singing . This photo frame is hung in my hall .

As soon as sri Somu entered the hall and saw the photo, sri Somu stood before the photo for a few munites with closed eyes . Then he said that he would like to sing in the hall one day .

On the lighter side, my mother gave a small quantity of " Narthalaipodi ' .Somu was very happy and said that these items will be available in bramin houses only and he likes to take Thayir sadam with ' Narthalaipodi ' very much . I used to visit the Thyaraja Aradhana festival everyyear then . Definitely Iwill be meeting him at Thivaiyaru . Every time when I used to ask him whether he remembers me . He used to say that " how can I forget you and your mother who have given me " Narthlaipodi " .Such a simple and humble man I can never forget .

S.Nageswaran.
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Post by cienu » 26 Mar 2009, 10:53

Nice rememberances Nageswaran, Thanks for sharing :)
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Post by srkris » 27 Mar 2009, 18:51

This is from Sri Nageswaran (he chose the report option instead of reply, report is for alerting the moderators):

Listening to a live concert of sri Madurai Somu would be like attending a Royal dinner with 101 varieties 0f delicious and tasty dishes of different regions. Even tasting samples of all the dishes will fill up your belly .You would feel sleepy after the dinner and go to bed .However your mind will go through the varieties of the dishes you have tasted. By the time your mental trip is over , you will realize that it is dawn and that you have lost sleep for the entire night.
Every one who has attended a live concert of sri Somu would have felt the same effect.

You would not realize that four and half hours have passed after listening to the energetic and vibrant music of sri Somu.

Starting the concert with Vallaba Nayaka ,Vathapiganapathim etc you will be treated with a rare raga like Jothiswaroopini or Vagulaparanam , will listen to a emotional O Rama Nee Namam Emiruchira . After 2 or 3 small krithis sri Somu will take up a major raga with exhilarating Alapana , Krithi and a long swaraprastara with different nadais and also Ragamalika swarams . After the ThaniAvarthanam ,
You will be taken through an emotionally filled songs starting with Maduraiyai Arasalum Meenakshi Tirupathi Venkatesa ,Ennakavi Padinalum etc . There will be Ragamalika virutham and finaly the Mangalam ."
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Post by S.NAGESWARAN » 27 Mar 2009, 18:59

Thanks Mr.Cienu .

S.Nageswaran.
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Post by gobilalitha » 31 Mar 2009, 07:58

Post no67 bysrkris on nageswaran's report about Somu's performance.'O Nageswara!! nee report enna ruchira(sorry ,no disrespect) gobilalitha
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Post by S.NAGESWARAN » 31 Mar 2009, 08:21

Thank you MRs.Gopilalitha.

In all the concerts of Sri Somu,we all have to say "Sri SOMU Sir, nee concerts Entha ruchira ".

S.Nageswaran.
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Post by S.NAGESWARAN » 31 Mar 2009, 08:43

Dear Rasikas,

I am not able to immediately locate the RMK portion of Sri Somu's concert from my collections where in he has sung Mohanam raga in Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer style for a few minutes and Bade Gulam Ali Khan style of Alap.

Can someone Up load these pieces for the enjoyment of the Rasikas.

S.Nageswaran.
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Post by gobilalitha » 31 Mar 2009, 16:59

sri.Nageswaran, your post no70. I am not Mrs. I am S.K,Balasubramnian, I have adopted my wife Lalitha's name who hails from Gobichettipalayam once a beautiful small town in and around which many tamil films were shot. Hope this makes her very happy giving me the forbidden sweets .gobilalitha
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Post by gobilalitha » 31 Mar 2009, 17:04

He was very famous for singing raagas like bhooshanavali, kangeyabhooshani, manoranjitham. The list is exhaustive . gobilalitha
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Post by S.NAGESWARAN » 03 Apr 2009, 07:07

. Hi gobilalithaji,

Such errors do happen about the gender when the Real ID is hidden by an assumed name. I am sorry and henceforth I will address the Rasikas with a suffix ji like coolji

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