T.R.Mahalingam - Mali (Flute)

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#126

Post by srikant1987 » 23 Jan 2010, 07:22

Who is the ghatam vidwan in this recording?
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Post by rkiran » 23 Jan 2010, 07:38

chetants wrote:MVI's playing would put some of today's Mrudanga vidwans to shame.
Couldn't have said it better!
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Post by thanjavooran » 23 Jan 2010, 07:51

matterwaves,
Many thanx.
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Post by grsastrigal » 23 Jan 2010, 10:36

matterwaves
Superb one, I will preserve this as one of the greatest collections of CM, I have.. Thanks..
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Post by vasanthakokilam » 23 Jan 2010, 21:47

matterwaves wrote:ok here is the second clip!
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mv4g8q

Just a torrent of creativity and imagination. What brilliance! just incredible!
What else can one add!! No word is superlative enough. Just amazing stuff.

When I thought I can not have anything more, there comes a surprise: Mukhari !
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Post by ragam-talam » 24 Jan 2010, 03:50

matterwaves wrote:Here it goes...i have three more files to upload for the entire concert. Shankarabharana is incomplete.. sorry for the rasabhanga
Thanks for the uploads.
One comment: right at the start of S'bharanam, there's a Yadukulakambodhi phrase that Mali begins with. Did anyone else notice that?
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Post by ravimandalam » 24 Jan 2010, 13:45

matterwaves,
Bless you! I read about this very rare concert in a Tamil magazine at the Delhi Tamil Sangham library more than 30 years ago. Many years later, I happened to see a photograph of the concert in the Shruti magazine - it can also be seen at this website on another thread. I never thought I would ever get to hear this 'out of the world' concert during my lifetime. The ghatam vidwan is Vilvamangalam Vilvadri Iyer. The concert, if I recall the story correctly, was arranged impromptu when the vidwans had gathered at the Thyagaraja Sangeetha Vidwat Samajam in Mylapore for some other function. I do not know who was the rasika who took the trouble to record the concert, we all have to be grateful to him.
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Post by mahesh3 » 25 Jan 2010, 00:11

matterofwaves, one cannot thank you enough. the beautiful thing in this concert is how chembai and MVI enjoy mali's genious.....such generosity, and lofty encouragement....true rasikas indeed!
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Post by rshankar » 25 Jan 2010, 04:18

rkiran wrote:I've never heard Chembai play the violin or MVI play the mridangam; never even knew that they could! While the violin is pretty subdued, MVI seems to have done an excellent job keeping up with Mali's kannakus and general esoteric meanderings.

Sri CVB's ability to play the violin is not that much of a secret - he once accompanied Smt. MSS IIRC...It is possible that Cienu may be in a position to explain more. MVI is certainly a revelation!
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Post by annamalai » 25 Jan 2010, 07:35

I have heard this concert recording (tape version) a while back. The photo also came in Sruti magazine of Mali - CVB and MVI and Vilvadhri Iyer. It is a superb concert by Mali of course.

The quality of mridangam is superb.
With due respects to MVI, a great vocalist no dobut, I am not sure if he was a mridangist of such calibre and such quality accompaniment for Mali.

I have heard Neyveli Santhanagopalan and Vijya Siva accompany some musicians on mridangam briefly.
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Post by grappelli » 25 Jan 2010, 08:30

I had found the photograph of this concert sometime back and ever since I was curious about this concert. Glad that I got to finally hear it, the chemistry between the artists is fabulous (MVI's accompaniment in particular stands out).

Here's the photograph that some people were mentioning (to enhance your listening pleasure and to encourage matterwaves to post the remaining parts :))

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Post by matterwaves » 25 Jan 2010, 18:28

Part 3
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hdg889

Part 4:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/j9lren


Apologies for for making you folks wait. I was running a horrible connection. better late than never, esp in this case :-) !
The whole of this recording is about the brilliance of mali, exuberance of his youth. The other recordings i have heard of him seem to be of his later years..they are more poignant and introspective.

The Kapi RTP in this recording somehow isn't the same class as shankarabharana/bilahari or mukhari. May be a slight dip in form!

Enjoy
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Post by rkiran » 25 Jan 2010, 19:02

grapelli, Thanks very much for the picture - yes, it does make the listening experience better!

matterofwaves, Haven't yet listened to the last two parts. Will do so today. Nevertheless, thanks again for sharing this truly one-of-a-kind treasure with all of us.
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Post by thenpaanan » 25 Jan 2010, 20:09

grappelli wrote:I had found the photograph of this concert sometime back and ever since I was curious about this concert. Glad that I got to finally hear it, the chemistry between the artists is fabulous (MVI's accompaniment in particular stands out).

Here's the photograph that some people were mentioning (to enhance your listening pleasure and to encourage matterwaves to post the remaining parts :))

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It is intriguing (to me) that Chembai is holding the violin in his hand rather than resting it on his foot. This could have been just a momentary pose for the photograph but I have not known any other CM violinist (with the exception of the LS brothers) to hold the violin thus while playing. Have there been other CM violinists that also did this?

I had listened to the verbal encouragements on the audio but now I see Mali looks really young in this picture. He must have been some ferocious talent (even more than the level of stupendous playing already on display) for the three "jambhavans" on stage to agree to play for a stripling and then with such enthusiasm and obvious pleasure.

Also goes to show that the CM world was not all hierarchy and orthodoxy, even though sometimes it may look that way.

Thanks, both for the audio uploads and this pictures. Tremendously inspiring.

-Then Paanan
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Post by ragam-talam » 25 Jan 2010, 23:06

The mridangam seems to be sitting on the lap of MVI. Is this the typical positioning of this instrument?

Thanks for sharing the great music.
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Post by vasanthakokilam » 26 Jan 2010, 00:17

On top of your observations on Violin and Mridangam, let me throw in an observation about the flute itself. I felt that the sruthi was around 6.5 and we can see that in the picture. The flute looks to be relatively small which is a characteristic of a high pitched flute. Anything smaller, it will be a Piccolo.
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Post by rkiran » 26 Jan 2010, 00:44

I just cannot stop listening to the Shankarabharanam kalpana swaras in part 2. Mali has managed to add a whole new dimension to "kalpana" in kalpanaswaras. What a performance! Wow!

Matterwaves, can't thank you enough for sharing this concert.
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Post by Nick H » 28 Jan 2010, 20:03

I have to echo the words, "can't thank you enough".

I'm a newcomer to Mali --- and really taken aback. Nice quality for such an old recording too.
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Post by Nick H » 30 Jan 2010, 22:35

chetants wrote:MVI's playing would put some of today's Mrudanga vidwans to shame.
It's hard to take one's ears of Mali, and, obviously, the recordist has concentrated upon him too --- but there were moments when I found my self listening to mridangam finger work so fast and smooth that it rivalled the continuity of the flute. And this was not chapu, with its sustained nadam to fill the gaps, but meetu, succesive nam strokes played like a drum roll.

I've just finished my third listening to this concert --- and I am feeling almaost like I've been listening to a new kind of music!
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Post by vasanthakokilam » 30 Jan 2010, 22:47

>I am feeling almaost like I've been listening to a new kind of music!

Nick, I get the same feeling too. Mali's music always had that vibe and in this case it is an order of magnitude more so. Deep, unbridled enthusiasm and creativity along with some musical mirth.
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Post by ravimandalam » 31 Jan 2010, 12:57

The Mali-CVB-MVI concert is noteworthy for one more reason. It is perhaps the earliest concert recording of Sri Mali currently available. In style it is reminiscent of Mali’s initial playing phase of the 1940s and 50s that marked him as a prodigy - brilliant manodharma, super fast brigas and sancharas, continuity in play and a phenomenal display of technical wizardry over the instrument. I am strongly reminded of his 78 RPM discs of those days - Evarani (Nadachintamani) and Ninuvina (Navarasakannada).

It is in stark contrast to his style in later years of which there are more than a dozen live concert recordings available both in the Web domain and commercially. His later style was marked by slow and sedate playing of ragas often lingering on a single note for several seconds and punctuated by long pauses filled in only by the drone of the tambura. The playing of krithis were often in chowka kalam compared to the brisk tempo of his earlier renderings. Some ragas disappeared from his playing list in later years. I have heard elders speak glowingly of his Thodi and Kharaharapriya alapana and his playing of the Thyagaraja krithi "Kaddanu Variki"
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Post by Nick H » 31 Jan 2010, 16:04

As I don't actually listen to very much music at home, and don't do much downloading, I have no idea what prompted me to download this --- but I'm so glad I did.

Most of the links in this thread have expired, but I found one alapana (was it Mohara?) posted by Coolkarni, that was also a great delight. Perhaps more of the later style as described by ravimandalam?

My wife recently impulse-bought a CD, called, simply "Flute". She would not have recognised the artist's name. It made interesting listening, and when I looked at the cover, I said, "Oh! This is Flute Mali! He was so famous, but I don't know his music at all...". And here I am...
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Post by rkiran » 31 Jan 2010, 18:40

The oldest (tagged) concert bits I've found of Mali are from 1956 in this thread: http://www.geetham.net/forums/showthread.php?t=32319

Here is an AIR Trichy recording from 1960: http://sangeethamshare.org/mpmohan/Sri. ... richy-1960
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#149 Re: T.R.Mahalingam - Mali (Flute)

Post by ragam-talam » 13 Mar 2010, 15:20

Interesting tidbits on Mali in this article: Flute Mali - A trail-blazer by T.M. Sivaraman
"Mali never had formal training in music. His mother taught him the rudiments of Carnatic music."
"Though not formally educated, he was brilliant in English. He could talk authoritatively on any subject in addition to music."
"Another little known fact about Mali was that he was a great carrom player and frequently used to play carrom at our home."
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#150 Re: T.R.Mahalingam - Mali (Flute)

Post by thanjavooran » 13 Mar 2010, 16:00

Yes his knowedge in EngIish was enormous and I have read his views in Letters to the Editor column in Hindu during early sixties.

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