M.S. Subbulakshmi

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#1351 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by cienu » 22 Oct 2017, 16:31

A Ghatam's Story
Year: Nov 1975
Place: Singapore

My Grandmother Bharat Ratna M.S.Subbulakshmi along with my Grandfather T Sadasivam, my mother and her sister Radha and Vijaya respectively and the team of brilliant musicians Kandadevi Sri Alagiriswamy, Guru Kaaraikudi Mani and Sri Vikku Vinayakram landed at the Paya Lebar Airport in Singapore.

As they waited for their luggage in the baggage area, in a corner someone spotted Vikku Vinayakram in tears.

His Ghatam had arrived in a broken condition due to mishandling by ground staff :(

Musicians fervently believe that their instruments are infused with "Jeeva" (Life) and the relationship with an instrument is more often than not deeply personal.

Added to this, was the fact that only a miracle could now ensure that Vikku Mama took the stage along with my grandmother and mother for the ensuing concert.

Unlike in present times, in those days it was next to impossible to find alternative instruments in a foreign land.

Nevertheless to the credit of the Singapore organisers they launched an immediate hunt for a Ghatam with the appropriate Sruti.

As providence would have it, just a few hours before the concert was to begin at Victoria Concert & Theatre Hall, someone mentioned that one Wilfred Douglas Anthony a Singaporean Tamil of Ceylonese Origin, a detective by profession, was a collector of Ghatams and a keen amateur Ghatam player himself !

Vikku Mama was taken to Sri Anthony's home and to the former' s delight a Ghatam with the exact Sruti was found.:) With the Ghatam now firmly in his hands, a delighted Vikku Mama rushed to the concert hall.

The Kutcheri was a fantastic success and the Taniavartanam brought the audience (blissfully unaware about the drama behind the scenes ;) ) to their feet !

After the concert Sri Anthony requested my Grandmother and my Grandfather and all the artists to sign on the Ghatam.

He said that as a tribute to the memory of this historic concert he would preserve this Ghatam carefully and would not use it henceforth for any other purpose.

The autographed Ghatam was respectfully placed in a glass case and carefully secured in the pooja room (altar) of Sri Anthony's home where it stayed safe and sound for many decades.

A few months before he shed his mortal coils, WIlfred Douglas Anthony handed over this precious gift to Sri Shankar Rajan, Principal of SIFAS Singapore for safekeeping in whose home it is now
safely ensconced. :)

PS: Prior to my daughter S.Aishwarya's concert at SIFAS Singapore on July 1st 2017, Sri Shankar Rajan told me this story and I am therefore extremely thankful to him. Further details have been corroborated by my mother Smt Radha Viswanathan.
Picture Credit : Sri Shankar Rajan.
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#1352 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by Ramasubramanian M.K » 22 Oct 2017, 21:07

GREAT STORY CIENU: I am not surprised--Vikku's implacable faith in Paramacharya--like your Grandmother- is responsible for this turn of events.Likewise,in 1977 during the US tour MSAmma's concert in Washington D.C.- a couple of hours before the concert MSAMMA's voice turned hoarse(due to some changes in the weather,I guess) right unto her getting on stage.Once she invoked Paramacharya in her mind the hoarseness vanished and the concert was an astounding concert. Myself and Nirmala mami with a couple of. our friends. attended the concert.You can verify this with your Mother.

Such instances of unconditional Bhakthi should reinforce all our actions
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#1353 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by RSR » 24 Oct 2017, 21:51

Wonderful chronological sketch of the Life , Art and Awards , of Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi with nice photos.
http://pedia.desibantu.com/m-s-subbulak ... hronology/
http://3rc5gc20wpdg1ns78q2pqq9fj6z.wpen ... 89x493.jpg
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#1354 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by vsn69 » 25 Oct 2017, 05:56

RSR wrote:
24 Oct 2017, 21:51
Wonderful chronological sketch of the Life , Art and Awards , of Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi with nice photos.
http://pedia.desibantu.com/m-s-subbulak ... hronology/
http://3rc5gc20wpdg1ns78q2pqq9fj6z.wpen ... 89x493.jpg
What a great career for a fantastic lady and so well presented in the sketch...
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#1355 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by kartheeksharma » 07 Nov 2017, 19:40

Can anyone please post the lyrics of Rama bhaja gurunanak shabad by ms subbulakshmi
I'm searching on net but unable to find it.
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#1356 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by RSR » 21 Nov 2017, 14:15

I consider it a great misfortune that Smt.MS was dragged into the Thmizh Isai movement. just when her voice was absolutely divine ( 1940-1953(. Of course, she would have sung many traditional songs of the Trinity in concerts during those years but they are not available as 78 RPM records. . The plain truth is that we never had music composers of the stature , devotion and scholarship of the CM composers beginning from Purandaradasa , Sadasiva Brammendram, the Trinity and Swathi ThirunaaL... When ruminating over this, I have an imaginary concert in mind. of these songs. Learned rasikas can suggest re-arranging the order to fit into a typical concert. Roughly for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
1) Jagadhaanandahkaarakaa ( naattai)
2) koluvamaragate (todi)
3) kaliyugadali (chenchurutti)
4) daasanamaadiko ennae ( nadhanaamakriya)
5) naanege badavanu ( behag)
6) jagadhoddhaaranaa ( pilu)
7) brocheva evaruraa ( kamaj)
8) ennagaanu raamabajana ( panthuvaraali_
9) yadhuvamsa thilakane
10) vaasudeva kamaalasana ( telugu) ( chenjurutti)
11) dhinamani vamsa ( harikamboodhi)
12) rangapura vihaara
13) tulasi dhalam uchyathe
14) jagadisa nadanaamakriya
15) bruhi mukundeti
16) vaishnava janatho
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These are all of Vaishavite theme.
Just listening to them everyday is bliss. ( if we have the time)
We can compile similar list of songs on Devi ( non-tamil)/
So also, the best of DKPattammal , Madurai Mani Iyer and Alatthoor.
Who needs new concerts?
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#1357 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by kvchellappa » 21 Nov 2017, 18:22

It was a great fortune that MS joined the Tamizh Isai movement and a great misfortune that MA and a few musicians opposed singing Tamizh songs. MA had to go to MS for the building fund. MS and TS showed all grace. MA ultimately had to see reason.
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#1358 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by RSR » 21 Nov 2017, 21:27

Though it is better to post this in DKPattammal thread, I have in mind, very good kruthis rendered by her . 1) maamava pattabiraama 2) sujana jeebvana 3) rangapura vihaaraa 4) sangeetha gnyanamu 4) rama nannu brovara 5) munnu ravana 6) sri sathyanarayanam 7) bajare gopalam 8) vandanamu ragunandhana 9) janaki ramanaa 10) maamava maadhava 11)enthanerchina . and a few more.
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#1359 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by kvchellappa » 22 Nov 2017, 06:58

Should not post 1355 be under "Identification / translation requests" and 1358 elsewhere as RSR himself has said?
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#1360 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by rshankar » 22 Nov 2017, 07:41

kvchellappa wrote:
22 Nov 2017, 06:58
Should not post 1355 be under "Identification / translation requests"
He has, and it’s been answered!
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#1361 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by kvchellappa » 03 Dec 2017, 14:32

Something soothing to read after much mental turmoil:
(By a friend in a whatsup group)
"When I was working in LHO one day HR Manager called me and asked me whether I can go to MS ammas house ans invite her for a concert in LHO since he doesn't know much about music. I said I will do it and went to her house. She was such a simple lady and offered me sukku coffee.She agreed to come and give a concert. I had to again go to her house and bring her for the concert. Later on I took my niece Shobana to get blessings. She asked Shobana to sing and she blessed that she has a excellent voice and asked her to practise regularly so that she can become a big singer. On all the time she was very friendly. She was in a very simple 6 yds saree. Great person quite simple eventhough she is a big celebrity."
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#1362 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by kvchellappa » 04 Dec 2017, 09:00

From FB (It shows her versatility, not weakness):
Tribute to M.S.Subbulakshmi

Listen to the galaxy of genres that were part of the vast MS repertoire at this link :
https://blog.msstribute.org/ms-repertoire-range-genres/

Let us know if we have missed any genre.
1.Namavali
2. Adi Tala Varnam
3. Ata Tala Varnam
4. Abhang
5. Bhajan
6. Kavadi Chindu
7. Svarajathi
8. Pancharatnams composed by Thyagaraja
9. Devar Nama composed by Purandaradasa
10. Dadra
11. Shabad
12. Rabindra Sangeet
13. Tarangam composed by Narayana Teertha
14. Pasurams – verses written between 7th – 9th Century AD
15. Tevaram – verses written in 7th century AD
16. Viruttams
17. Sanskrit Slokas
18. Suprabhatam – Recordings
19. Kritis
20. Thillana
21. Ghazal
22. Thiruppugazh
23. Javali
24. Ragam Tanam Pallavi
25. Padam
26. MelaRagaMalika Chakra
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#1363 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by kvchellappa » 10 Dec 2017, 19:14

On the eve of her death anniversary

MS departed 13 years ago. She lives though in the happy memories of those that hear(d) her and followed her.
She was human and had a right to live her life the way she did. The way she did has benefited thousands and thousands.
If she had confined herself only to carnatic music as an art and not as a medium to touch the lives of common people we would have been the poorer.
Sri TS chose, let us concede that, her career and chose that she should immortalize some of the devotional hymns. It was no doubt to reach a large audience, but not for money or fame, both of which did not affect MS in any way. The couple wanted the welfare of people and devotion was the route to peace and contentment in their assessment. They stuck to that.
As a nonentity who followed Kanchi Acharya, Rajaji, Kalki and MS, I find a common thread that runs through. Kanchi Acharya led his life as a penance for the spiritual upliftment, Rajaji for political upliftment and Kalki for literary upliftment. MS did it in the most striking manner through her music. If it was only the voice or gnanam of music, so many others would have done it. It was a deep concern for people that pervaded her life as we see from many anecdotes from a wide range of people. That concern easily flowed through the devotional music she has left behind. Most of those that hear her and remember her get solace deep within. Mere art music would not have achieved it. It is not for achievement, but for reaching the people for their good. All the four luminaries lived for that. Kanchi Acharya was a spiritual beacon and he had no worldly attachment. The other three lived a worldly life and are a role model for ordinary people engaged in worldly life. If Gita must be understood it can be ubderstood by reflecting on their lives. There would be flaws and missteps, but that is about life. They are not epic heroes, and the greatness of our epics is that heroes are portrayed with flaws.
That is the truth to my mind. I take that which is the core and beneficial.
The memory of MS will ever be associated with the human predicament and the Hindu way of redemption. There is everything to feel proud about it.
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#1364 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by CRama » 10 Dec 2017, 22:07

kvchellappa wrote:
04 Dec 2017, 09:00
From FB (It shows her versatility, not weakness):
Tribute to M.S.Subbulakshmi

Listen to the galaxy of genres that were part of the vast MS repertoire at this link :
https://blog.msstribute.org/ms-repertoire-range-genres/

Let us know if we have missed any genre.
Add the following
Film songs- They were no less classical.
Daru varnam
Malayalam verses- Radhamadhavam LP Record which no other Non Malayali singer can attempt.
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#1365 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by cienu » 11 Dec 2017, 09:25

Today Dec 11th is the 13th remembrance day of my Grandmother and is also the 83rd birthday of my mother Smt Radha Viswanathan.
No words are sufficient to describe the love and respect my mother had for her parents and also how she imbibed all the values they stood for both in art and life.
For the last year or so she is mostly confined to bed, still she manages to teach my children and fine tune their music, with her sharp ear catching even the slightest of variations. She always remained in the background and preferred it that way. I am attaching a picture of both of them on her birthday.
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#1366 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by rshankar » 11 Dec 2017, 09:39

Cienu,
A beautiful picture. Namakarams and a very happy birthday to your mother. May she have many more joyful years.
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#1367 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by RSR » 11 Dec 2017, 21:52

Wonderful picture . Namaskaarams.. Praying the Almighty to grant Mrs.Radha Viswanathan, freedom from health problems and Long Life.
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Post by cienu » 12 Dec 2017, 02:42

Thank you Sri RSR and Ravi
Please find below another picture
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Taken on the occasion of the 13th Remembrance day of my Grandmother Bharat Ratna M.S.Subbulakshmi.
This was prior to the commencement of the concert of S.Aishwarya and S.Saundarya in Goa on Dec 11th 2017.
The artist who created this life size image of my Grand Mother is Mr Karnan of Vasan Arts Chennai
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#1369 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by thanjavooran » 12 Dec 2017, 07:17

Excellent!
For a while could not imagine. Kudos to Shri Karnan.
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#1370 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by RSR » 12 Dec 2017, 08:43

@1368
Just Absolutely Fantastic! For a moment, thought that Smt.MS was here among us ,again!
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#1371 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by Ramasubramanian M.K » 17 Dec 2017, 06:54

Cienu: A belated birthday wishes for your Mom from myself and Nirmala Mami!!!

Radha is an epitome of obstacles and challenges surmounted and ignored!! A "never-die-spirit" always pervaded her.Neither the grandeur of the Kalki Garden life nor the physical suffering she is going thro would ever "dull" her spirit. As you know in our family ,to my late mother Radha was her first child--a bond forged in Calcutta in1941--when she was 6 years old and my mother "baby-sat" her during the Savithri shooting.I do not know if she remembers this incident:

One of the shooting days happened to be a sunday when Radha was with my mother and my sister and myself. That Sunday SEVSADHANAM was being screened in one of the Theaters in Calcutta. My mother had made advance booking(she had not seen the movie which was shot long before she got acquainted with your Grandmother!). The three of us in tow,my mother goes to the Theater and I believe in one scene the hero F.G. Natesa Iyer pushes MS Amma( I cannot recall this as I was too young!!).Radha starts crying that her Mom is being ill-treated and she cannot bear to see the movie thro and that she wants to be taken home to her mother. My mother the typical martinet she was quitens her down saying"we have paid hard money for this movie and we are not going home--no tactful diversionary tactic to calm Radha down but an iron fist. Radha had taken this scene to her heart that I am told once later after a couple of years when F.G. Natesa Iyer visited Kalki gardens Radha refused to see him apparently still holding the "grudge" against the ppor man and had to be coaxed into greeting him!
She had your Thatha's sense of humor but not his irascibility!!! After every concert would deftly guide MS Amma to the car literally "snaking" thro the throngs of admirers desperately trying to catch a word(thank God there were not so many photographers around --no "selfies"!!) acknowledging each and everyone of them and exchanging a witty remark--she was equally at home with a Lord Mountbatten and a commoner who had "trekked" miles in Tirunelveli to attend a family wedding kutcheri in Kallidaikurichi!!!
At Cleveland a couple of years back--when she was honored- we shared a few private moments at the Comfort Inn reminiscing about the old Hindi light songs like Ek Sahara Thera and Mainara Guniya. She stops and says to me How I wish I had been given an opportunity to give solo concerts instead of being labelled as a support artist. That was the FIRST time I ever heard her "rue" about anything!!I AM SO PLEASED THAT SHE IS THE DYNAMIC FORCE BEHIND AISHWARYA'S SINGING AND NOT LET THE OPPORTUNITY PASS BY AS IT HAPPENED TO HER.

In 1977 when she visted USA and stayed with us,she suprised all of us by giving a birthday gift to Nirmala Mamai for her birthday-- a dance Malai Pozhudinele with MS Amma and myself singing--I think the pic was put in this forum a couple of years back.

Despite her busy schedule and managing MS AMMa's needs, she would be one of the most dutiful daughter-in-law to your late (Paternal) Grandmother who was equally a good sport and particpate in family events with full gusto!!


PLEASE WISH HER ON MY BEHLF AND NIRMALA MAMI A BELATED BIRTHDAY AND GIVE HER A BIG "HUG" FROM BOTH OF US!!!
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#1372 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by sureshvv » 17 Dec 2017, 08:56

RSR wrote:
21 Nov 2017, 14:15
I consider it a great misfortune that Smt.MS was dragged into the Thmizh Isai movement. just when her voice was absolutely divine ( 1940-1953(. Of course, she would have sung many traditional songs of the Trinity in concerts during those years but they are not available as 78 RPM records. . The plain truth is that we never had music composers of the stature , devotion and scholarship of the CM composers beginning from Purandaradasa , Sadasiva Brammendram, the Trinity and Swathi ThirunaaL... When ruminating over this, I have an imaginary concert in mind. of these songs. Learned rasikas can suggest re-arranging the order to fit into a typical concert. Roughly for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

<list snipped>
These are all of Vaishavite theme.

Just listening to them everyday is bliss. ( if we have the time)
We can compile similar list of songs on Devi ( non-tamil)/
So also, the best of DKPattammal , Madurai Mani Iyer and Alatthoor.
Who needs new concerts?
Interesting set of priorities you have!
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#1373 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by RSR » 17 Dec 2017, 17:21

@1372-> Yes. My approach to Carnatic music and its essential theme has been articulated clearly many times in these pages. And the songs selected are really blissful. Would have been heavenly if we could hear them in her younger years. Thank you.
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#1374 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by kvchellappa » 22 Dec 2017, 16:28

Top 75 Carnatic Songs of M.S.S

00:00:05 - Vishnu Sahasranamam (Stotram)
00:29:50 - Vishnu Sahasranamam (Dhyanam)
00:36:29 - Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatham
0:56:50 - Sri Rangapura Vihara
01:02:55 - Sri Kamakshi Suprabhatham
01:15:06 - Kanakadharastavam
01:23:44 - Madhurashtakam
01:29:04 - Ganesa Pancharatnam
01:33:32 - Rameswaram Ramanatha Suprabhatam
01:54:09 - Kashi Viswanatha Suprabhatam
02:04:55 - Annapoornashtakam
02:14:16 - Sikshashtakam
02:20:45 - Lakshmi Ashthtothram
02:26:39 - Siva Panchakshara Stotram
02:29:28 - Sri Varalakshmi
02:35:11 - Sri Venkatesa Karavalamba - Stotram
02:41:28 - Srimannarayana
02:45:44 - Shri Lakshmi Narayan Stothram
02:50:58 - Mahalakshmi
02:57:46 - Govindashtakam
03:03:49 - Dvadasa Stotram
03:08:29 - Durga Pancharatnam
03:11:36 - Bhavayami Gopalabalam
03:16:08 - Sri Meenakshi Pancharatnam
03:19:28 - Hanuman Chalisha
03:29:07 - Nama Ramayana (Ragamalika)
03:40:21 - Deva Devam Bhaje (Raga Hindolam)
03:44:23 - Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma
03:47:21 - Thiruvenkatamudaiyaan (Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatam In Tamil)
04:08:50 - Brahma Kadigina Paadamu
04:13:06 - Nagumomu
04:21:25 - Dolayam
04:23:59 - Cheri Yasodaku Sisuvu
04:31:13 - Naanaati Bathuku
04:35:43 - Manujudai Putti
04:43:22 - Nee Irangayenil
04:48:04 - Kanbadeppo
04:59:09 - Bhavamulona
05:04:07 - Vathapi Ganapathim Bhajeham
05:11:07 - Vinayakar Agaval
05:18:51 - En Thai Nee Andro
05:25:36 - Karpaga Vinayaka
05:29:18 - Shankaracharyam (Live)
06:09:44 - Kannan Leelaigal
06:13:00 - Raghuvamsa Sudha
06:17:08 - Veenabheri
06:19:41 - Maiya Mori Main Nahin Makhan Khayo
06:25:27 - Tiruvey (Mathurambiga Pathigam)
06:32:42 - Brochevarevarura
06:41:05 - Sri Ranganatha Gadyam
06:47:21 - Bhajo Re Bhaiya
06:53:38 - Jagadodharana
06:59:46 - Sairama Chiluka
07:04:02 - Dasana Madiko
07:08:48 - Tu Dayal Deen Haun
07:14:15 - Ananda Ghano
07:18:41 - Aindu Karathanai
07:27:30 - Bhogindra Sayinam
07:31:03 - Malai Pozhuthinile
07:36:42 - Muruga Muruga
07:42:33 - Vande Vasudevam
07:50:26 - Yaad Avey Brindaban
07:55:07 - Oli Padaitha Kanninai
07:57:56 - Villinaiyotta Puruvam
08:01:07 - Mamava Pattabhirama
08:05:12 - Thavadasoham
08:09:16 - Petra Thai Thanai
08:15:41 - Palinthsu Kamakshi
08:28:18 - Kandu Kandu
08:33:30 - Thodukkum Kadavul
08:38:07 - Yadu Vamsa
08:43:05 - Entamatramu
08:47:33 - Okaparikokapari
09:01:28 - Adi Purusha - Sarvopayamula
09:08:53 - Kurai Onrum Illai

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZDbqNIGWdc
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#1375 Re: M.S. Subbulakshmi

Post by RSR » 22 Dec 2017, 22:54

@1374-> All the songs in this list are in her later years. They may be of interest to people who care only for the devotional aspect. and not much for the quality ( comparative..to her earlier recordings). Tragically, MOST of the early gems are covered by copyright and so you are not likely to find them in youtube. Parivadhini says that they have the concert recordings of Smt.MS from 1951 to 1966. It was in 1966 that she sang in UN. Sri.Rama will tell you the difference between the same song in a concert and in the film / gramaphone recording.
With all due reverence to a great soul, I would not care to listen to most of these slokams , despite being a theist. They have no musical value . Saregama has issued A FEW LP s 1) MS - OLD GEMS 2) Popular melodies of MS 3) IMMORTAL LEGENDS 4) NATIONAL INTEGRATION ..SONGS IN 11 LANGUAGES. 5) SAREGAMA have donated all the songs from Tamil and Hindi Meera film to tube. 6) Quite a few great songs from Sakunthalai also are available in tube. ( listen to the song in Naadhanamakriya). .. From 1936 to 1966, ( 20th year to 50th year in age). The Real MS is to be found in those decades. .Sri.V.Srinivasan has uploaded a few songs not covered by license issues. ( concert recordings). . How long can a vocal artiste maintain the quality of voice? Not beyond 60 anyway. 1976 will then be the cutoff year. She could have refrained from giving concerts and albums. after that.
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