Madurai Mani Iyer

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fduddy
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#501 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by fduddy » 25 Oct 2010, 20:02

Akshayalingavibho - Superb rendition indeed !
Here is the link
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?btmfizk6aa4ld98

sublime music :)
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#502 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by Balummi » 26 Oct 2010, 16:02

Dear fduddy ,
In the uploading through mediafire indicated by you a vital , more than 3 minutes swaraprsthara where MMI reaches the Panchamam and his masterly slide downwards in his inimitable style is missing . I shall try to upload through some means the entire song.
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#503 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by Balummi » 31 Oct 2010, 14:10

The birthday bash at Thiruvanmiyur on 30th Oct - Saturday of MMI went off with great fanfare and enthusiasm. The function was arranged at the residence of Sri Kuppusamy , nephew of the composer SRI GUHAN who had composed "Kandan Karunai " sung by MMI in all his concerts.
Sri Venugopal , son of the famous writer of 1940s and a very close associate of MMI, Sri Chitti Sundararajan , made the arrangements helped by Sri Yessel who took the responsibility of playing the recordings of MMI.
The function started with snacks and tea . After a routine introductions , elderly associates of MMI were honoured . Sri Vishnuprasad then gave a very graphic description of how he became a technical expert without any formal grounding in the field of Carnatic Music merely by listening to MMI from childhood! He became an expert mirudangist and managed the miudangam school established by Sri Kumbakonam Rajappa for sometime. He had given many vocal concerts also . He has now come to the level of writing notations to any music. All these became possible only by listening to MMI recordings only. As Srimati DKP once remarked in a doordarshan interview recently as an advise to budding artists " Please do listen to MMI's recordings only till you become techically sound for platform concerts"
Then an AIR recording of MMI of 1956 with Thiruvalangadu Sundaresa Iyer on the violin was played by Yessel . It started with Tatvamariya , then an elaborate Vallabha Nayakasya and a scintillating Kamalambam Bhajare in Kalyani . the 1950 AIR National recording of MMI , an RTP in Shanmugapriya - "Mahatma Mani Mozhi "composed by Chitti was played and the funcion ended well .
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#504 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by rajeshnat » 31 Oct 2010, 14:27

Glad to hear that , unfortunately could not make it . I never knew VRP can also sing.
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#505 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by kapali » 03 Nov 2010, 04:44

I seem to have distinct recollection that MMI's RTP --- Mahatma Mani Mozhi vazhi nadappom was first broadcast in an AIR Madras concert programme (about an hour's duration) on Gandhiji 's birthday on October2 morning time somewhere around 1960 or so because we did record this radio concert in a reel taperecorder then. The RTP was followed by a Tamil song on Gandhiji in the ragamalika ragas Mohanam and Madhyamavati.
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#506 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by cacm » 03 Nov 2010, 07:57

Actually the first time MMI sang this magnificient piece was in Pazhani. The lines of the Pallavi is part of a great piece Chiiti Sundararajan composed specially for him at his request. MMI was so saddened by Gandhiji's assasination he cancelled all his concerts for a month. He resumed his concerts after a month & sang Chiiti's magnificient composition as the main piece as a tribute to Gandhiji- many may know he was a true Gandhian in EVERY respect-; It became VERY VERY POPULAR as anything he touched & MMI rendered it a lot& its a PITY I have been unable to get a copy of the whole rendering after 50 years of searching!.....Its similar to "Paa Malaiku Inai yundoh" which I searched& found after 25 years- Papanasam Sivan's tribute to Bharathiyar which I believe is the HIGH LIGHT of my Carnatic Music listening experirnce of more than 50 years( With MSG& PMI EXCELLING EVEN themselves!-Totally out of this world).........VKV
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#507 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by Balummi » 03 Nov 2010, 14:33

True VKV Sir , Paamalaikinai Undo is a soul stirring rendering by MMI . " I am incompetent to judge his rendering" . This remark was made by SRI MDR Sir to my question on some other song while sitting by his side during MMI's last public Concert . My grandfather used to say in those days that nobody ventured to sing " Paamalai kku" after the famouse NCV cut a gramaphone record of this song and it was broken by MMI.
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#508 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 12 Nov 2010, 07:45

'With Madurai Mani on a Rainy Evening' by Charukesi in The Hindu, 12 November 2010:-
... ... The centenary celebration of MMI begins with an inaugural concert on January 1 at the Ragasudha Hall, Chennai, when the ardent admirer of MMI, V.K. Viswanathan of the U.S. who had organised the event, will be present and details of the centenary celebrations beginning from October 25, 2011 will be chalked out then.
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/11/12/stor ... 220300.htm
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#509 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by cacm » 12 Nov 2010, 08:59

Pratyaksham Bala wrote:'With Madurai Mani on a Rainy Evening' by Charukesi in The Hindu, 12 November 2010:-
... ... The centenary celebration of MMI begins with an inaugural concert on January 1 at the Ragasudha Hall, Chennai, when the ardent admirer of MMI, V.K. Viswanathan of the U.S. who had organised the event, will be present and details of the centenary celebrations beginning from October 25, 2011 will be chalked out then.
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/11/12/stor ... 220300.htm
There are two places where I hope to describe the MMI CENTENARY efforts I am involved with. 1) The Rasikas meet on dec 19th. 2) The MMI Rememberance day celebrations on JAN 9TH- 5 TO 9:30 p.m.- at Raga Sudha Hall. The article had said Jan 1 but these are the two correct dates. In addition to MMI we are hoping to celebrate PMI'S Centenary celebrations also. I am eager to hear about other efforts as well as suggestions from others. VKV
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#510 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by venkatakailasam » 14 Nov 2010, 13:19

"Quote: an RTP in Shanmugapriya - "Mahatma Mani Mozhi "composed by Chitti was played and the funcion ended well ."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tFgjiSasms E'-SWARA--017-Madurai mani Iyer -RTP-Ragam Thanam-Gandhi Mozhi Vazhi Nadappom' Part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS4AKatIyI0 E'-SWARA--018-Madurai mani Iyer -RTP-Pallavi -Gandhi Mozhi Vazhi Nadappom' Part II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vrEhZD1NuQ E'-SWARA--019-Madurai mani Iyer -RTP-Gandhi Mozhi Vazhi Nadappom-Part III

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#511 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by venkatakailasam » 17 Nov 2010, 17:20

I read Shri. Vishnu Ram prasad emotionally narrating about his association with SR Balasubramaniam ( Balu Mama ) in another thread proceeding from his singing Thiruvadi charanam in his school competition. I was able to Mix this song some time back.

A heartwarming rendering by MMI here: ( In % Parts)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJoeynoUPBc
MMI-Thiruvadi saranam - Kambhoji raga alapana part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo1VCfab ... re=related
MMI-Thiruvadi saranam - Kambhoji part II-Violin Response

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PhqSq9i ... re=related
MMI-Thiruvadi saranam - Kambhoji-Part III.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryXNRoDQ ... re=related
MMI-Thiruvadi saranam - Kambhoji-Part IV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S72XK94a ... re=related
MMI-Thiruvadi saranam - Kambhoji part V

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#512 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by kapali » 17 Nov 2010, 23:33

MMI's Thiruvadi Charanam at Tamil isai Sangam with Mayuram Govindaraja Pillai on the violin is equally soulful .
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#513 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by kapali » 18 Nov 2010, 01:07

Futher to the above Mayuram Govindaraja Pillai accompanied MMI superbly again for the Abhogi piece -Sabapathikku in Tamil isai sangam. It was Chowdiah's turn to brilliantly team with Palani during MMI's memorable Manasunilpa in Abhogi at AIR SangeetSammelan in 1961!
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#514 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by Balummi » 18 Nov 2010, 14:24

The composition " Thiruvadi Charanam" was made popular by Sri Musiri Subramanya Iyer .I have heard elders say that Sri Musiri and Semmangudi Mama were together in a concert in Tamilisai Sangam featuring MMI . On seeing Musiri MMI suddenly started singing Thiruvadi Charanam and after the song was over Sri Musiri was commenting " Seenu ! we have to stop singing Thiruvadi Charanam hereafter as Mani has taken it up" !
I have eleven different versions of it by MMI alone and I sent them in a CD to Sruti Magazine when somebody expressed that MM sang only Kana Kann Kodi in tamil in Khamboji . this happened years before and I have to dismiss another false notion that he specialised in Khamboji and actually he sang more Sankarabaranam than Khamboji !
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#515 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by perarulalan » 19 Nov 2010, 10:19

[quote= I have eleven different versions of it by MMI alone and I sent them in a CD to Sruti Magazine when somebody expressed that MM sang only Kana Kann Kodi in tamil in Khamboji . this happened years before ![/quote]
Dear Balu Sir,

I had read an article along these lines by one Ramakrishnan, if I am not wrong, in which he says MMI has not sung Begada ragam at all. It doesnt have his mail id, else I would have mailed him the Begada RTP and Anudinamu and made him understand what a bliss it is to listen to MMI singing RTP or Anudinamunu!
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#516 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by venkatakailasam » 19 Nov 2010, 11:57

In this thread http://rasikas.org/forums/viewtopic.php? ... 78#p113659 it was stated that Madurai mani Iyer has chosan the words 'Oru dharam Siva Chidambaram' for neraval.
Here is a neraval of 'KrupAnidhi ivaraippOlE' rendered by him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1YHPqPdLa8 E'-SWARA--020-Madurai mani Iyer -Sabhapathikku veru deivam-Part I of 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=820anqes-8Q E'-SWARA--021-Madurai mani Iyer -Sabhapathikku veru deivam-Part II of 2

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#517 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by Balummi » 20 Nov 2010, 17:36

Dear Perarulalan,
Is not VALLABHA NAYAKASYA with which he starts the concerts many times . in Begada!
A very elaborate Begada raga , Kriti - Vallabha , and elaborate swaras were played at the MMI birtday function at Thiruvanmiyur . Besides an elaborate Thiagarajaya Namaste in Begada, Dikshitar composition , recorded on two different occasions are available with me ! My family people in those days used to comment MMI always sings Begada and why he was not taking other ragas.
These are in addition to Anudhinamulu And RTP - Begada!
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#518 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by thanjavooran » 20 Nov 2010, 18:15

Perarulalan and Balummi Avl,
Will it be possible to listen to Begada RTP? many thanx in advance.
Thanjavooran 2o 11 2011
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#520 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by thanjavooran » 20 Nov 2010, 20:47

gmohan Avl,
Many thanx.
Thanjavooran 20 11 2010
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#521 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by cpblog » 21 Nov 2010, 19:29

Its fascinating to read the accounts of these bygone years of the life of this great artist, especially when you were young and told to look on this person and his music as a true 'Gandhian' when you first beheld him, or you clung on to his few 78 rpms that you possessed then! Anyway, a request to all the great Rasikas here who point us to downloads, could you also please mention the accompanying Vidwans to some of us who are not skilled into the discernment? Also, the occasion, year of the concert etc.
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#522 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by VISHNURAMPRASAD » 22 Nov 2010, 15:55

Begada RTP is a 1950s recording (probably 1956-57) and the venue is also not known. It is surely not a Music academy concert going by the concert list of MA year by year.

The recording starts from the begada alapana with full RTP, pallavi line : "Lokavanachatura Maam paahi" in Aadhi thaalam, 2 kalai (1/2 idam)(includes scinitiliating raga malika swaras Sama, Kanada and Sindhubhairavi) followed by Ethanai vidangal thaan (Virutham, Mohanam, kapi, hamsanandhi)and thullu mada vetkai (thiruppugazh) in hamsanandhi.

The accompanists are : Shri Thiruvalangad Sundaresa Iyer, Shri T.K.Murthy and Shri Alangudi Ramachandran. There are many great moments in Begada alapana and thanam with many rounds of applauses from the audiences.

Namasthe
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#523 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by cacm » 23 Nov 2010, 05:55

Dear Vishnu P, I am here-in Chennai- & WANT to get together about the Jan 9th MMI Rememberance day as well as the PMI-MMI Centenary Celebration Plans With you as well as Balummi & Citti Venugopal ASAP. I have to go to B'LORE & will be free from Nov 28th onwards. Write me at [email protected] Thanks, VKV
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#524 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by venkatakailasam » 24 Nov 2010, 13:15

One more of MMI's greats:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVQ_hcCcThE E'-SWARA-MMI 006-Kannakan Kodi-part 1 of 3.flv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5J0mWkv ... re=related

E'-SWARA-MMI 006-Kannakan Kodi-part II of 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-xUGWDv ... re=related

E'-SWARA-MMI 006-Kannakan Kodi-part III of 3

This was posted at You Tube on 20th june10.

This was a Air recording - the accompaniments were not announced ate time when this song was recorded.

Mani Iyer was a great devotee of Maha Periava who treated Mani Iyer like his own child. Mani Iyer saw Sri Periavaal as Sri Kapaaleswarar, Sri Parameswara himself .
Once Mani Iyer was singing in His presence after he had lost his eyesight . While singing he heard someone accompanying him with beautiful rhythm. After completing the song, he wanted to know from vembu Iyer as to who was accompanying him with such a beautiful rhythm. Immediately Sri Maha periava intervened and told Mani Iyer that it was he with a peel of orange in his hand like kanjira. "Naan taan appaaa taalam potadhu!", Suddenly Mani Iyer broke down with tears and cried "Appane Kapaaleeswara!, parameswaraa! "yen" Periavaala thaalam potadhu?" He cried and told "En periavaalai paaka mudiyalaye, enge irukkaa" Periyavaal in his voice filled with kaarunyam replied "ido un pakkathileye irukkenappa" Mani Iyer repeatedly told "Appane Kapaaleswaraaa! Parameswaraa!" and prostrated. Periavaal blessed him with his own benign smile like a mother to her child.( Free translation)

above by Baraneetharan in Anandavikatan


You can hear his rendition of "Sarasa sama dhana" at you tube at my channal.

read Triubute to MMI at http://www.crystaliz.com/vidvan/musicia ... /index.htm

The site is hosted, developed and maintained by V.VishnuRamPrasad

at : http://maduraimani.tripod.com/id3.html with Ganakaladhara Madurai Mani Iyer
Biography
wonderfully written! You can listen to Kalyani RTP

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#525 Re: Madurai Mani Iyer

Post by Purist » 25 Nov 2010, 17:05

venkatakailasam wrote:One more of MMI's greats:


Mani Iyer was a great devotee of Maha Periava who treated Mani Iyer like his own child. Mani Iyer saw Sri Periavaal as Sri Kapaaleswarar, Sri Parameswara himself .
Once Mani Iyer was singing in His presence after he had lost his eyesight . While singing he heard someone accompanying him with beautiful rhythm. After completing the song, he wanted to know from vembu Iyer as to who was accompanying him with such a beautiful rhythm. Immediately Sri Maha periava intervened and told Mani Iyer that it was he with a peel of orange in his hand like kanjira. "Naan taan appaaa taalam potadhu!", Suddenly Mani Iyer broke down with tears and cried "Appane Kapaaleeswara!, parameswaraa! "yen" Periavaala thaalam potadhu?" He cried and told "En periavaalai paaka mudiyalaye, enge irukkaa" Periyavaal in his voice filled with kaarunyam replied "ido un pakkathileye irukkenappa" Mani Iyer repeatedly told "Appane Kapaaleswaraaa! Parameswaraa!" and prostrated. Periavaal blessed him with his own benign smile like a mother to her child.( Free translation)

above by Baraneetharan in Anandavikatan


venkatakailasam
I am deeply moved reading this incident. Truly a fortunate soul.
My greatest disappointment is that I could not hear him' Live'
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