Trichy Sankaran

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mahesh3
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Post by mahesh3 » 31 May 2006, 19:16

Recently, I had the ultimate pleasure of watching this maestro live, accompanying TM Krishna. The thani he played along with Ravi Balasubramaniam on the ghatam is still ringing in my ears.

2006 happens to be his 50th year, with several celbrations in Chennai, Toronto etc. Perhaps, we should discuss his contibutions and accomplishments.
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Post by coolkarni » 01 Jun 2006, 18:41

One of the most enduring images in my mind is the "Raj video vision" release of Semmangudis Academy Concert on Video.

In one beautiful sequence in the Thani , the camera takes a shot from the side with the side face of the mridangam covering half of the screen while Harisankar's image -as he plays his response- is a backdrop.
Harisankars playing with eyes closed, and Sankarans fingers mildly tapping the mridangam , and nothing else on the screen .... those few minutes are magical.

Will upload a few tracks of Pazhani's Profile, Style of playing and an analysis of a thani shortly.
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Post by coolkarni » 01 Jun 2006, 22:42

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Post by cmlover » 01 Jun 2006, 23:57

Thanks coolkarni for starting the laya lessons with a bang ;)
Can we have more such lecdems?
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Post by vasanthakokilam » 02 Jun 2006, 02:41

Coolkarniji: Excellent stuff, both the profile and the thani analysis. Many repeated listens are mandatory!! Thanks very much. This is what is needed for most people to transform the thani from a chore to chori chori something you look forward to ;)

A nice dramatic touch there : the narrator finishes the vocalization of the mohra sequence and without a gap the mridangam & gatam starts.( 18:48/19:49 ). Nice editing.
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Post by coolkarni » 02 Jun 2006, 07:09

http://rapidshare.de/files/21984085/03- ... e.mp3.html

CML

Yes .You can look forward to more
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Post by mahesh3 » 04 Jun 2006, 09:36

http://rapidshare.de/files/22114782/Dec ... _.mp3.html

sensational thani provided by a friend kind enough to share it with me!

Enjoy....
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Post by mahesh3 » 01 Jul 2006, 04:59

In 1941, Pazhani Subramania Pillai (having just started a minor upswing in his career by starting to play for Chembai, owing to the latter's minor difference of opinion with Sri PMI in 1940), agreed to accompany an artist in a Bombay concert. Pazhani eager for his maiden Bombay trip, was very excited @ the concert, and had prepared an elaborate thani replete with kannakku patterns, mathematical complexities and all. He was only allowed to play the thani @ the penultimate song of the long concert, prior to the mangalam, by which time, majority of the audience had already left. Pazhani was humiliated, but said nothing to anybody.

Chembai on hearing this indirectly, decided to set things right. He insisted on booking Pazhani for his next Bombay concert, and even found a substitute for the mridangist in another concert that Pazhani had previously accepted.

In Bombay, the luminary Chembai performed to a full, packed audience, as always. He gave Pazhani 5 solo opportunities during the concert, as opposed to the customary single chance for a thani. The audiences were thrilled by his complex korvais, with his toppi style, and Pazhani never looked back from then on. The common grouse that he was left handed became a thing of the past.

When Pazhani fell drastically ill in 1954, and recovered from the illness, there were several questions posed of his capabilities. @ the central college of Karnatak music, Musiri organized concerts by all famous musicians. Chmbai allowed Pazhani an unprecedented one hour to play his thani, thus proving to the world that all was good with the maestro. Needless to say, all were dazzled at the wonderful thani that followed.

He went onto play for the great laya masters, GNB, Alathur bros, the melody master, MMI and ended up as one of the well respected mridangists of his time. Pazhani was very highly regarded by Sri PMI too, and the two were close in later years. Pazhani was a successful teacher too, and his favorite student was a certain Trichy Sankaran who even @ age 12 could play whatever Pazhani's rich imagination asked for.
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Post by vigneshbal » 11 Aug 2006, 11:44

But there are few more things which i know personally. I dont know how many of them know that trichy sankaran was handpicked by PSP himself a blessing which not many of them would get. other very important thing about psp style of playing is that his was a pure sarvalaghu style which was liked by GNB and MMI so that they always insisted on having PSP as their accompaniment.
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Post by rajeshnat » 19 Aug 2006, 23:40

I dont remember hearing trichy sankaran in a live concert in 80's and 90's till I went to Malladi Brothers(Trichy Sankaran was the mridangist) concert on Dec 17th,2005.I posted the concert review in sangeetham.com. One interesting incident involving Trichy Sankaran(I did not post in sangeetham then)...

The concert was held in sivagami petachi auditorium in alwarpet. I had a good feeling of sound adjustment, certainly it was little loud as Malladi brothers + Trichy Sankaran + Ghatam Suresh , all are good aggressive artists. Some time during the end of third krithi evari kai in devamanOhari , one gentleman ( Television personality who is known to give good voice to lot of documentaries )walked all the way from the center to the dias and said " Sahitya is completely supressed by pakkavadhyam."

The malladi brothers tried to call the soundman who came down from the first floor (where I was sitting) to the dias and did some adjustments. Totally 10 to 15 minutes lost , felt like Trichy Sankaran was unnecessarily redcarded .

Trichy Sankaran face was furious.He did not utter a word and let Malladi Brothers handle it . For the next 2 songs (balahamsa + saranga), the tiger(Trichy Sankaran) was little less aggressive. I felt "O My God , I came to hear Trichy Sankaran(India's top mridangist brain drained to North America ). One another rasika who had his private reason went like Sankharabharanam Somayajulu "Sharadha" and killed my expectation."

Then Malladi Brothers then sang Ksheenamai as a main krithi . The Laya specailist must have felt a SSI experience and gave a scintallating support for the main krithi and Tani and was ably supported by Ghatam Suresh.

At the end of the concert(too much rain outside), I overheard Trichy Sankaran telling I have a duty to duly support the singers , even though I was angry I had to keep the calm.

Context of the concert

Malladi [email protected] on Dec 17th,2005
Malladi Brothers was accompanied by Mysore Manjunath- Violin , Mri - Trichy Sankaran and Ghatam -Suresh
Till about last year , I did not care to have any preferance on the percussionist when attending any concerts . But of late with a feeling that 50s and 60s is a special era of CM having crept in , longing to listen to Trichy Sankaran in a live concert was the main pull for me to go to this concert .

1. Era Napai - Todi -PSI
2 VAta Venkatatimata Varan Dhaivamu (S)??? - Vasantha ?? - Annamacharya??
3. evarikai avatAram ettitivO (R,S)- devA manOhari - Thyagaraja
4. Ninnu Vina Gatina - bAlahamsa - Mysore Sadhasiva Rao
5. Arunachala NAdan ?? - SAranga -???
6. Ksheenamai Tiruga (R N S T) - MukhAri - Thyagaraja
.......
The day's best was sri Trichy Sankaran's layam . Fantastic Tani with so much of imagination and almost no repetition . His play during the Neraval of Mukhari kept me so engaged and to me he was subtlely pushing brothers to deliver more and more neraval and swara prasthanam. If excellence breeds excellence , than to me Ghatam Suresh fitted very well .
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Post by vasanthakokilam » 20 Aug 2006, 00:14

Nice write-up of the anecdotes, rajeshnat. Enjoyed the humor as well.
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Post by Lakshman » 20 Aug 2006, 00:33

rajeshnat:
The annamacharya song is vADE venkaTAdrimIda varadeivamu.
The dikshitar kriti is aruNAcalanAtham.
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Post by drshrikaanth » 20 Aug 2006, 02:31

sAranga kRti is "aruNAcala nAtham" of MD. One of the pancalinga kRtis on the Lord of Tiruvannamalai ()tiruvaNNAmalai). Both DKJ and Vijaya Siva's renderings are well-known.
The balahamasa kRti is "ninu vinA gati nAkevarurA". A very beautiful representation fo the rAga.
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Post by mahesh3 » 30 Aug 2006, 07:53

KVN has also rendered the Saranga krithi with a lot of poise and bhava...
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Post by pgaiyar » 07 May 2007, 22:37

7-5-7

To:mahesh3

Please upload the Sensational thani. God bless you.

Regards

P. G. Aiyar
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Post by raghavt » 10 Jun 2007, 12:03

Hi All,

I'm a new member to this site. What makes Sankaran Sir different from others...?

1. Tonal Clarity
2. Clarity of Patterns, even while playing fast pharans and also during gati bhedam
3. Good Presentation skills (should attend lec-demo in English, it's is indeed International)
4. Excellent Konnakol recitation skills, clearly depicts Sankaran Sir's theory "You should feel what you play"
5. Asserts the authority of the drum during a concert without disturbing the main artiste

And above all, his gestures while in action, combined with the sound that is produced, simply awesome !!!

Raghavendran
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Post by arasi » 10 Jun 2007, 19:46

I am a listener who does not know the intricacies of layA. Your first four points make it easy for me to understand his vidwat more. Point 5 really makes me appreciate him. I do think of his playing as unobtrusive...
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Post by prashant » 11 Jun 2007, 14:51

Nedunuri gAru with Trichy Sankaran Sir. Music Academy Inaugural concert for this season. December 15 2007, 4:30 PM.

Enough said :-)
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Post by mahesh33 » 11 Jun 2007, 18:46

WOW! Prashant, hopefully I can make it!

PGAiyer, Will look for the thani and upload it soon.
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Post by mahesh_narayan » 12 Jun 2007, 04:25

Great Prashant, that will be a great one to attend. I am hoping to be in Chennai this season, and will try to catch it if I am there. I have a Nedunuri Garu - Sankaran Sir Toronto concert. Somehow didn't leave a lasting impression in my mind like the Nedunuri-Raghu or Nedunuri-UKS combo. Part of the reason might have been Garu's recalcitrant voice in that concert.

Could you post Raghu Sir's concert schedule if you come to know?. While Garu and Raghu Sir are still giving concerts, we will hopefully get to hear them in a concert together somewhere sometime. That would be a wonderful day !!.
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Post by pgaiyar » 12 Jun 2007, 06:44

To : Mahesh3 or Mahesh 33

Thanks, sir. I look forward to this Thani, please. God bless you.

P. G. Aiyar
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Post by raghavt » 12 Jun 2007, 17:29

To Arasi:

Thank you for your comments.

To everyone else - Please upload the Tani with Sri Nedunuri. And unfortunatley, I may not be able to attend the concert during Madras Season :(

More about Sankaran Sir... 1995 Season Concert, TNS, Mysore Manjunath and Sankaran Sir. TNS Sang his favourite Raga, Todi and came the best one 'Dasharathi...' Sankaran Sir's accompaniment for that song... Mindboggling!!!! The tani that followed was just amazing.

Earlier during the same concert, Pantuvarali - Ninne Nera... and the brisk and assertive teerumanam that followed...

TAT TAKAJONU TOMKITATAKATARIKITATAKA TAKAJONUTAKAJONU TOM TAKAJONU TOM TAKAJONU TOM (One full cycle if played in Adi Talam 2 kalais).

You should hear that... I don't have that on a CD or computer to upload. Yes, it is on cassette.

Another instance, during a lecture demonstration in a College, he played Kanjira. I was responsible for arranging that program under SPICMACAY. The Kanjira sounded like thunder. Khanda Ekam was the Tala taken for exposition.

Program was over, all students and Professors were impressed. His style, language, diction and also, the correlation between the geometric progression and the way of playing the patterns etc fascinated everyone.

After 2 days a guy comes to me and asks me the cost of a Kanjira :) Wants to learn it. He said, I quote "I've never imagined in my wildest dreams that this instrument can emit this kind of sound "
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Post by sankirnam » 12 Jun 2007, 17:55

Sankaran sir is the only mrudangist who will elicit "besh" or "bale" from audience/artists when he plays sarvalaghu phrases like "tha dhim dhim dhim, tha dhim dhim dhim..." becuase of the way it sounds, nobody else can match that...
I saw that firsthand at Vijay Siva's concert last December at Sastri Hall, amazing concert.
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Post by raghavt » 12 Jun 2007, 19:27

I agree to your views. There are specific reasons for that. If we look at closely, as I mentioned in my first post, the weight of each akshara makes the difference.

For example, one NAM of Sankaran Sir = 5 NAMs of other artistes. The same goes with all other aksharas.
So the gumukki that he plays gives us the effect of Tavil. But has all the soberness of the mridangam.

So, simple patterns also attract everyone's appreciation. The gumukkis are like doves making sound.

I remember a concert wherein he accomapnied Neiveli Santhanagopalan. After the main number (Pantuvaraali) and the blazing Tani, Sri Santhanam began the soothing Yecharikka.

Folks... I've never heared such a fine rendition and accompaniment. The tempo was super slow. Yet, the fillers were awesome. Fillers mized with gummukki and pharans.

Then came the superb one, Govardhanagiridhari... that was awesome. Santhanagopalan can never sing it again in the same manner. I have no words to explain Sankaran sir's accompaniment.

I was spellbound !!!!!!!
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Post by s_hari » 16 Jun 2007, 10:14

coolkarni wrote:One of the most enduring images in my mind is the "Raj video vision" release of Semmangudis Academy Concert on Video.

In one beautiful sequence in the Thani , the camera takes a shot from the side with the side face of the mridangam covering half of the screen while Harisankar's image -as he plays his response- is a backdrop.
Harisankars playing with eyes closed, and Sankarans fingers mildly tapping the mridangam , and nothing else on the screen .... those few minutes are magical.

Will upload a few tracks of Pazhani's Profile, Style of playing and an analysis of a thani shortly.
Wow!! Is there a place where i can buy this VCD/DVD online? I am a big fan of SSI..

-hari
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