Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

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#126 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by venkatakailasam » 06 Dec 2014, 18:12

தமிழிசை இயக்கம் சுறுசுறுப்பாக நடைபெற்றுக் கொண்டிருந்த நேரம். தேவகோட்டையில் ஒரு கல்யாண வீட்டில் அரியக்குடி ராமானுஜ ஐயங்கார் கச்சேரி நடைபெற்றுக் கொண்டிருந்தது.

வெகுநேரம் அரியக்குடி தெலுங்கிலே பாடிக் கொண்டிருந்தார். நான் தமிழிசை இயக்கத்தின் காரியதரிசி. ஆகவே அரியக்குடியிடம் "தயவு செய்து தமிழில் பாடவும்" என்று சீட்டு எழுதிக் கொடுத்தேன்.

அரியக்குடி சீட்டை வாங்கிப் பார்த்துவிட்டுப் புன்முறுவல் பூத்தார். பாடுவதாக சைகை செய்தார். நான் வெற்றிப் பெருமிதத்துடன் அவர் பாடப் போகும் தமிழ்ப் பாட்டை எதிர்பார்த்திருந்தேன். பாட ஆரம்பித்தார் அரியக்குடி. அதுவும் என்னைப் பார்த்தே பாட ஆரம்பித்தார்.

"யாரடா குரங்கு நீ இங்கே வந்த யாரடா குரங்கு நீ.

அருணாசலக்கவிராயர் கீர்த்தனைதான். நான் அரியக்குடியை முறைத்துப் பார்த்தேன். இது தமிழ் பாட்டுதானே? என்று சொல்லிவிட்டு அதைப் பாடி முடித்தார்.

அந்தப்பாட்டு முடிந்ததும் என்னை அருகில் வரும்படி அரியக்குடி கூப்பிட்டார். சென்றேன். கோபப்படாதீர்கள்....சும்மா தமாஷ் செய்தேன். இனி பூராவும் தமிழ்ப் பாட்டுத்தான் என்று சொல்லி சுமார் இரண்டு மணி நேரம் தமிழிசையை முழக்கிச் சபையை மெய்மறக்கச் செய்தார்.

கச்சேரி முடிந்ததும் நான் அவர் அருகில் சென்று நன்றி சொன்னேன். அரியக்குடி என்னைப் பார்த்து, "இசைக்கு மொழி அவசியமா?" என்று கேட்டார் "அவசியம் தான்" என்றேன்.

"எதனால்?" என்றார்.

நம் முன்னோர்கள் இசையில் மொழிக்கு முக்கியத்துவம் கொடுத்திருக்கிறார்களே என்றேன். "எப்படி" என்று கேட்டார். இசைதான் முக்கியம் என்றால் நம்முன்னோர்கள் வாய்ப் பாட்டுக்காரர்களை நடுவில் வைப்பார்களா? ஒரு சாதாரண வித்வான் பாடினாலும் கும்பகோணம் ராஜமாணிக்கம் பிள்ளை, பாலக்காடு மனி போன்ற பெரியவர்கள் பக்க வாத்தியமாகத் தானே உட்காருகிறார்கள்? இசைதான் முக்கியம்:மொழி முக்கியம் இல்லை என்றால், ராஜமாணிக்கம் பிள்ளையைத்தானே நடுவில் வைக்க வேண்டும். இதிலிருந்தே மொழி முக்கியமென்று தெரியவில்லையா என்றேன்.

அரியக்குடி அன்றிலிருந்து தமிழ்ப்பாட்டு நிறையப் பாட ஆரம்பித்தார். இந்தச் சம்பவத்தை ஒரு சபையில் ராஜா சர் அண்ணாமலை செட்டியார் அவர்களிடம் அரியக்குடியே சொன்னார்.

- சின்ன அண்ணாலை



tamizhisai iyakkam suRusuRuppAga naDaibeTRuk koNDirunda nEram. tEvagOTTaiyil oru kalyANa vITTil ariyakkuDi rAmAnuja aiya#ngAr kaccEri naDaibeTRuk koNDirundadu.

vegunEram ariyakkuDi telu#ngilE pADik koNDirundAr. nAn tamizhisai iyakkattin kAriyadarisi. AgavE ariyakkuDiyiDam "tayavu seydu tamizhil pADavum" enRu sITTu ezhudik koDuttEn.

ariyakkuDi sITTai vA#ngip pArttuviTTup punmuRuval pUttAr. pADuvadAga saigai seydAr. nAn veTRip perumidattuDan avar pADap pOgum tamizhp pATTai edirbArttirundEn. pADa ArambittAr ariyakkuDi. aduvum ennaip pArttE pADa ArambittAr.

"yAraDA kura#ngu nI i#ngE vanda yAraDA kura#ngu nI.

aruNAsalakkavirAyar kIrttanaidAn. nAn ariyakkuDiyai muRaittup pArttEn. idu tamizh pATTudAnE? enRu solliviTTu adaip pADi muDittAr.

andappATTu muDindadum ennai arugil varumbaDi ariyakkuDi kUppiTTAr. senREn. kObappaDAdIrgaL....summA tamAsh seydEn. ini pUrAvum tamizhp pATTuttAn enRu solli sumAr iraNDu maNi nEram tamizhisaiyai muzhakkic sabaiyai meymaRakkac seydAr.

kaccEri muDindadum nAn avar arugil senRu nanRi sonnEn. ariyakkuDi ennaip pArttu, "isaikku mozhi avasiyamA?" enRu kETTAr "avasiyam tAn" enREn.

"edanAl?" enRAr.

nam munnOrgaL isaiyil mozhikku mukkiyattuvam koDuttirukkiRArgaLE enREn. "eppaDi" enRu kETTAr. isaidAn mukkiyam enRAl nammunnOrgaL vAyp pATTukkArargaLai naDuvil vaippArgaLA? oru sAdAraNa vitvAn pADinAlum kumbagONam rAjamANikkam piLLai, pAlakkADu mani pOnRa periyavargaL pakka vAttiyamAgat tAnE uTgArugiRArgaL? isaidAn mukkiyam:mozhi mukkiyam illai enRAl, rAjamANikkam piLLaiyaittAnE naDuvil vaikka vENDum. idilirundE mozhi mukkiyamenRu teriyavillaiyA enREn.

ariyakkuDi anRilirundu tamizhppATTu niRaiyap pADa ArambittAr. indac sambavattai oru sabaiyil rAjA sar aNNAmalai seTTiyAr avargaLiDam ariyakkuDiyE sonnAr.

- sinna aNNAlai

http://www.dinamani.com/margazhi-isai-t ... 556352.ece
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#127 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by kvchellappa » 06 Dec 2014, 20:10

A translation for those who may not follow Tamizh:
It was a time when Tamizh Isai movement was at its peak. Ariyakkudi’s concert was in progress in a marriage in Devakottai.
For a long time, Ariyakkudi was rendering only Telugu songs. I was the secretary of the Tamizh Isai movement. I sent a chit, ‘Please sing Tamizh songs.’
Seeing the chit, he smiled and gestured that he would oblige. With a feeling of pride, I was expecting the Tamizh song. He started to sing, and looking at me at that.
‘Monkey, who are you that have come here?’
It was Arunachala Kavi’s song. I stared at Ariyakkudi. He remarked, ‘This is a Tamizh song, is it not?’ and completed the song.
After that, he called me near and said, ‘Do not be upset. I was just making fun. From now on, only Tamizh songs.’ He sang Tamih songs for two hours and made the audience spell-bound.
At the end of the concert, I walked up to him and thanked him. He asked me, ‘Is language important for music?’ I said, ‘It is important.’ He shot back, ‘Why?’
I said, ‘Our elders have given prominence to it.’
He questioned, ‘How?’
I said, ‘If language is not important, would they have allotted the central seat for the singer even when famous accompanists like Rajamanikkam Pillai and PMI are on the stage? Would not the famous one be at the centre? Does it not imply that language is important?’
Ariyakkudi started to sing many Tamizh songs from that day. Ariyakkudi himself shared this with Sri Raja Annamalai Chettiar in a meeting.
-Chinna Annamalai
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#128 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by rajeshnat » 23 Jan 2015, 11:13

I saw in Jan 23,2015 Hindu Friday review wherein they are publishing reviews from archives . HEre is ariyakudi review of 1963 by aarabhi
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday ... ertainment.

VKV Sir,
By the way who was the friend who came to India from US that is mentioned in the article , by any chance was that you or your brother.?
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#129 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by arasi » 23 Jan 2015, 20:26

Rajesh,
What a nice article! Arabhi! Wonder whose pen name it was.
And look, how many tiruppAvais did the season bring this year! Ari, the wiz brought them to the audience and they will remain popular, always.

Tani being called solo chance is charming to hear. UmayAlpuram is the Sivaraman mentioned here...And how much Ramabhadran is missed by us...
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#130 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by Pasupathy » 24 Jan 2015, 07:10

A humorous article by Ariyakkudi in 1938 Ananda Vikatan Deepavali Malar.
http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.com/2012/12/6.html
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#131 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by cacm » 24 Jan 2015, 23:56

rajeshnat wrote:I saw in Jan 23,2015 Hindu Friday review wherein they are publishing reviews from archives . HEre is ariyakudi review of 1963 by aarabhi
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday ... ertainment.

VKV Sir,
By the way who was the friend who came to India from US that is mentioned in the article , by any chance was that you or your brother.?
It was not me bec. tho' I FIRST LANDED IN usa in 1959 first time I returned to India was in 1966!...However I do know TWO CANDIDATES BOTH FROM WASHINGTON D.C. who were in India at that time tho' they lived in USA: 1) My brother Dr.V.K.Balasubrahmanyan who was a principal scientist at NASA-It turns out he was one of TWO Indians first recruited for TIFR by DR.Homi Bhabha (the other one was my b-i-l DR.S.Naranan) BOTH WORLD FAMOUS& EMINENT Scientists). He & his wife Saroja were poineers in arranging, hosting etc of Indian Classical Music Artistes in USA in the sixties. 2) Sri. Sankaran of Word Bank who was a big fan also. 3) The third possibility is Dr.P.Rajagopalan founder of CMANA but my memory says he did not go at that time to India as we used to play almost DAILY TENNIS SINGLES!......VKV
There used to be so few Indians not to mention South Indians who were knowledgeable enough to APPRECIATE THE GREATNESS OF ARI. I NOTICE that things are not too different now even in this forum AS there are flippant, shallow references to the FOUNDER of the twentieth century Classical Carnatic music whose efforts & ingenuity is the REASON persons even discuss Carnatic MusicTODAY NOT TO MENTION ITS POPULARITY.. It is a pity that many rasikas can fall prey to self serving & not too accurate musicians who USE THE LOFTY STATUS OF ARI by attacking his music & IMMORTAL contributions....I am writing& STARTING a SEPARATE segment SOON on POINEERS in Indian Classical music in USA& INDIA where I hope to Discuss the BRAHMA OF CARNATIC MUSIC IN USA BOB BROWN & HIS CHOICE OF K.V.N. THE PRIME DISCIPLE OF ARI & PALGHT RAGHU PRIME DISCIPLE OF PMI TO REPRESENT OUR MUSIC AT WESLYAN. I want to do an accurate job, so its taking longer than usual. To an average Joe like me to discuss ARI, KVN & BOB Brown AS WELL AS PALGHAT RAGHU in the same article is QUITE A DAUNTING TASK!....VKV :lol: :!: :roll: ;)
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#132 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by Ramasubramanian M.K » 26 Jan 2015, 17:28

My perspective.I fully endorse VKV on his comments on ARI. BUT UNLIKE VKV, I DID NOT REALISE HIS GREATNESS IN MY EARLY LISTENING DAYS.In fact I epitomise Goldsmith's description in the Vilage Schoolmaster--"FOOLS WHO CAME TO SCOFF REMAINED TO PRAY--I am one of those fools who now pray at the altar of ARI,for giving the structure to a concert which most of us have taken for granted.
When VKV starts his narrative I shall interject with my own views on ARI-
T.o a new CM listener who is bombarded with the likes of the Sanjays/TMKs/SUDHAS/SOWMYA/ ,ARI's music would seem too formulaic and lacking in the pyrotechnics displayed by some of the current artistes.More on this later!!
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#133 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by arasi » 26 Jan 2015, 18:02

My childhood impressions: liked Maharajapuram, but thought Semmangudi was boring :( But ARI was magic. I loved listening to him. Somehow, his formula appealed to a child's expectations in music, its being interesting and arresting. He seemed carefree with his music, with a glint in his eye, when others sounded serious and laboring. GNB's music also charmed me.

The women singers, all of them sounded great, it seemed to me!
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#135 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by advaitin » 13 Mar 2016, 08:51

https://www.mediafire.com/?1h42rdyft9ka5p4 a tempo /gait which is a bit tricky. the mridangam like a shadow
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#136 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by Pasupathy » 13 Mar 2016, 23:27

Ariyakkudi's Gramaphone Records
'Kalki'
An article in Tamil in Vikatan (30's)

சங்கீத சங்கதிகள் - 67
அய்யங்காரின் பிளேட்
‘கல்கி’

http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.com/2016/01/67_23.html
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#137 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by Pasupathy » 06 Oct 2016, 18:00

Musical Tidbits - 94

Ramanuja Nootrandhaathi -1
( 100 Tamil verses in tribute to Sri Ramanuja )
Two verses notated by Sri Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar.

சங்கீத சங்கதிகள் - 94
இராமானுச நூற்றந்தாதி - 1
அரியக்குடி ராமானுஜய்யங்கார் ஸ்வரப்படுத்தியது.
http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.com/2016/10/94.html
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#138 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by Pasupathy » 13 Oct 2016, 18:59

சங்கீத சங்கதிகள் - 95
இராமானுச நூற்றந்தாதி - 2
அரியக்குடி ராமானுஜய்யங்கார் ஸ்வரப்படுத்தியது.
http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.com/2016/10/95.html
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#139 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 23 Nov 2016, 15:26

Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar
Evari Mata - (Kambhoji)

ODEON RECORD A106

Part 1
https://soundcloud.com/thebranchdravidi ... ja-iyengar

Part 2
https://soundcloud.com/thebranchdravidi ... a-kambhoji
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#140 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by RSR » 23 Nov 2016, 19:14

#139 -> Thank you. Great. One approach that appeals to me is to give the rasikas , the same kruthi, as sung by different artistes ( vocalists as well as instrumentalists) provided it is not too long as in a concert but time-limited to about max 10 minutes. Old records fit that requirement perfectly. Let more such links keep flowing. especially if also sung by MS, DKP, Musiri, MMI
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#141 Re: Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Post by Pasupathy » 19 May 2017, 18:21

726. சங்கீத சங்கதிகள் - 121
அருணாசலக் கவியின் பாட்டுக்கள் - 1
அரியக்குடி ராமானுஜய்யங்கார் ஸ்வரப்படுத்தியது
http://s-pasupathy.blogspot.com/2017/05/726-121.html
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