Madurai G.S.Mani

Carnatic Musicians
coolkarni

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Post by coolkarni » 02 Jun 2005, 06:29

there is one aspect of gs mani that i discovered and must share here.he has such a deep conviction to convey the richness of this heritage-to the seasoned rasika and the newcomer alike..I met him only once at his residence and that was after i had heard the recordings of his concert on Tamil film music and Carnatic muisc at a friends place .

The occasion was the introduction of my friends grand daughter-a sprightly 3 year old -belting out carnatic classics with gay abandon- to GS mani and to get his blessings.
I was amazed the way he carried us all through the evening.down on the floor with her, he would exclaim at various points .He would keep saying it was such a blessing to have a natural voice and go on to explain the rigours one has to undertake to control a voice.His enthusiasm was unbelievable and he did not stop at that.
An hour into the evening , he pulled me aside and said,
"sorry i did not talk to you earler .. Kulkarni-hmmm- a strange name in these circles .."
I told him that after decades of being labelled Gulgarni, goolgarni and Gulkarni, I was still fighting my way through....
He then was very keen to know how i got interested in music, when did i first listen to him,who were my favourites ...
In response I touched upon all those wonderful souls in chennai who pampered me with their recordings , the wonderful sabhas, My great regard for the likes of balkrishna sastrigal who opened up a new world for me with his discourses on tyagaraja and this wonderful city which makes it happen so seamlessly....
my favourite tracks of his .. i referred to his outstanding amrithavarshini alapana, his muchaka brahma in madhyamavathi ,and some others i picked on AIR Bhadravathi,
That eveining ended on a wonderful note with him singing a few lines...
as I drove back home I could not help wondering whether he was underestimated ... as i was searching for the answers, i could only feel his enthusiasm..nothing else mattered.
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srinidhi
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#27

Post by srinidhi » 04 Jun 2005, 12:44

Coolkarni Sir- (Since private messaging is disabled) I am back in Bangalore. Could you contact me at [email protected] ?
Regards,
Srinidhi
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coolkarni

#28

Post by coolkarni » 14 Jun 2005, 21:26

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Raja Chandra
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#29

Post by Raja Chandra » 26 Dec 2005, 23:14

Here is an article which may be of some interest:

Madurai Mani Iyer (1912-1968), regarded as musician's musician, is no more, but his style is still cherished. One could see the outlines of a perfect Nritya (rhythm) in his unique and delectable neraval and swara delinations and contours. He handled all the items with immuculate perfection, loving grace, imagination and solicitude.

He was manodharma ? improvisation personified. Whether it was Ranjani, Vachaspati, Todi or Kambhoji, it was a scintillating rendition. He offered a brimful of bhava, more aesthetic, more melodious, more sensuous and caressing. Sruti Bhakti was his virtue. It is no wonder that there are Ekalvyas of Mani Iyer still even today.

One such ardent musician Vidwan Houston R. Ramakrishnan, USA, offered an opportunity to the lovers of Karnatak music of Mysore. Ramakri-shnan has been giving concerts in many places since 1991. On Dec. 17, his three-hour concert took place at the Alwar Kala Bhavan under the auspices of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Mysore.

Ramakrishnan began his vocal concert with a charukesi varam of Lalgudi Jayaraman followed by Vallabha Nayakasya in Begade of Dikshitar with a fine Swara combination. Next, he sang Nadatanumanisam in Chittaranjani of Tyagaraja in the unique Mani Iyer style. Similarly Sarasasamadana in Kapi Narayani of Tyagaraja brought back the memories of Mani Iyer. Ma Janaki in Kambhoji was sung similarly with raga, swarakalpana followed by Tani avartanam paridanamichite of Patna Sub-rahmanya Iyer was very well presented. The ragam, tanam, pallavi was one of the major items in Shanmukhapriya and swaras were sung in Ragamalika in nine ragas like Karnatak, Hamsanandi etc.

The item Saravanabhava guruguha Shanmuka swaminathane brought out Mani Iyer before our mental eyes. The sarvalaghu swaras were unique. He sang Purandaradasa's ? Yakenirdaya nadeyo in Vijayanagari followed by Yeppavaruvaro of Gopala Krishna Bharati in raga jonepuri and Mani Iyer's favourite note swara items.

Ramakrishnan deserves all praise for his dedication and devotion to relive Mani Iyer's style. He was ably assisted by Vidwan C.A. Nataraj on the violin and C.A. Gurudutt on the mridangam and Milind Ganapati on the Khanjira. One notable feature of Sri Ramakrishnan is he does not accept any payment for his concerts
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abadri
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#30

Post by abadri » 04 Feb 2006, 22:17

Here are the Madurai GS Mani tracks uploaded last year

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I'll upload a GS Mani - VVS - UKS concert from Coimbatore (1988) next week.
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abadri
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#31

Post by abadri » 05 Feb 2006, 12:07

GS Mani - VVS - UKS @ Coimbatore, 1988

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Sivaraman
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#32

Post by Sivaraman » 11 Feb 2006, 01:50

Thank you Mr.Bhadri for the melodious G.S.Mani tracks.The nee pada pankajamu track in Kalavati sounds like Valaji.What is the similarity between the two?
Sivaraman.
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abadri
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#33

Post by abadri » 11 Feb 2006, 02:10

Shri Sivaraman, Kalavati is the hindustani equivalent of valaji.
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coolkarni

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Post by coolkarni » 05 Mar 2006, 13:47

Just returned from a visit to GS Manis Home .
I had accompanied a few of his close friends who were visiting him and did get a chance to request him and find out if he had any objections to my uploading his concerts or lec dems on this forum.

He did give a patient listening to the kind of discussions we hold on the forum and was quite excited by the use of rapidshare links as a tool for improving our knowledge (when accompanied with discussions , explanations , anecdotes etc)

HE GAVE ME FULL LIBERTY TO USE ALL THE RECORDED STUFF AVAILABLE WITH ME AND REMARKED-

"IT IS ALL YOURS , AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND AS A GROUP.WHATEVER I WANTED FROM THE EXPERIENCE AS A MUSICIAN GOD HAS GIVEN TO ME IN ABUNDANCE.PLEASE LIGHT AS MANY LAMPS AS POSSIBLE AND LET US KEEP HOPING THAT THIS TRADITION OF LIGHTING IS CONTINUED FURTHER ,FOR THE BENEFIT OF FUTURE GENERATIONS . ONE OF THE FINEST END PRODUCTS IN THIS CHURNING CALLED CLASSICAL MUSIC IS A HIGHLY CULTURED RASIKA.TO SUCH A PERSON OR GROUP,WHAT I HAVE TO OFFER MAY NOT BE A LENGTHY SILK VESHTI , BUT A SMALL HANDKERCHIEF .BUT BELIEVE ME IT IS AS GENUINE A PIECE OF CLOTH AS I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WEAVE.PLEASE TAKE IT WITH MY BEST WISHES AND HOPEFULLY IN THE MONTH OF APRIL , IF YOU DECIDE TO INVITE ME , I WILL SING/DEMONSTRATE FOR YOU , SPECIFICALLY SUITED TO YOUR NEEDS.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Saying this , he started packing for his trip To Paris , where he will be singing on the 10th of March.
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nnramya
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Post by nnramya » 05 Mar 2006, 15:12

Oooooooooof! How wonderful, gracious, noble, modest......a musician!

Thanks for sharing that with us Kulkarniji.
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Post by cmlover » 05 Mar 2006, 21:04

BLESS him and you!

A true gentleman who deserves to be on the honour list of CM greats. Let us use his contribution to CM as the spring-board for making it simple and be understood by all. Thanks to you for getting the clearance. Also we should involve him into the forum activities after his return. Many of our questions on ragas and talas and the basics of CM will be explained with a demo quite intuitively by the maestro. The future looks bright!
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coolkarni

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Post by coolkarni » 06 Mar 2006, 10:39

Friends
I have started posting clippings from his various lec dems on the subject of Carnatic Muisc -tamil Film Music.

For convenience , I have split the tracks raga wise -from the different lectures-and on each upload I will upload all the renderings for a given raga .

Kindly note that these performances were given to private audiences and there may be occasions where he touches on issues which are highly debatable.Let us debate them as we move through all the 35 odd ragas ,without getting carried away .
I have personally gained a lot from listening to these , and hope you will find them enjoyable.

all the tracks will be short ones and at times the track name may not exactly match with the ragas discussed.This is because there is a lot of moving back and forth between ragas.


http://rapidshare.de/files/14807561/kha ... a.mp3.html

http://rapidshare.de/files/14808048/kha ... 2.mp3.html

http://rapidshare.de/files/14806717/kha ... 3.mp3.html
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mantra
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#38

Post by mantra » 08 Mar 2006, 22:20

Coolkarni Sir,
Thanks for the Kharaharapriya, excellent breakdown from GSMani sir. I also like the three different occasions and the slight variation in his presentation of the raaga
Looking forward to some more raagas
Thanks
Shyam

Your contribution is priceless!!! We all owe a lot to you for your service
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coolkarni

#40

Post by coolkarni » 11 Mar 2006, 12:25

A priceless two minute clip of hamir kalyani

http://rapidshare.de/files/15210056/hamir_Kalyani.mp3
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Sivaraman
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#43

Post by Sivaraman » 14 Mar 2006, 01:29

A giant boquet of thanks to the maestro G.S. Mani for his extreme generosity in allowing us to use his lecdem tracks to widen our knowledge of the nuances of CM.
And Bless you for your unstinted efforts in providing these tracks for us rasikas.
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coolkarni

#44

Post by coolkarni » 16 Mar 2006, 10:26

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meena
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#45

Post by meena » 16 Mar 2006, 12:44

Kji

kanada is incomplete, will u be u/l the rest? thanks
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