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#51

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Very innovative & creative!

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#52

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I do not thinkk these concerts were reveiwed by our unflagging heroes of the season:

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/01/19/stor ... 070300.htm

As an aside, this review gives an example of how transliterating from the tamizh script can make for renaming rAgAs!

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#53

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rshankar wrote:As an aside, this review gives an example of how transliterating from the tamizh script can make for renaming rAgAs!
What do you mean by that ravi? I dont follow you.

Thanks
Arun

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#54

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cittaranjani becomes siddharanjani...:D

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#55

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ah! but that cannot be tansl. from tamizh script (idda - not possible with tamizh, it can only read as itta).

If any it is overcompensation ;);)

Arun

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#56

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although it could misguided word association because of similar spelling to siddar - so yes you may have a point :)

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#57

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:P

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#58

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Ravi, honestly! :)

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#59

Post by rshankar »

Arasi,
For a lark, I googled siddharanjani, and came up with several references to 'nAda danumaniSam'! :):smile

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#60

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That takes the cake!

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#61

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Review of our resident Guru, AM Sharmaji's lec-dem in Hyderabad.

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/01/19/stor ... 960300.htm

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#62

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Carnatic music in Bangladesh!
http://www.thedailystar.net/2005/03/17/ ... 404111.htm
Carnatic music comes to town
Sarva Sree Foundation, the first Carnatic music centre in Bangladesh, endeavours to promote the unique style of South Indian music in this country, says a press release.

An instrumental concert was held recently, organised by the Sarva Sree Foundation. The artistes were N Jayaprakash (violin) and K Babu (mridangam) who had come from South India for the yearly workshop arranged by Sarva Sree to train its students and teachers.

The concert got off to a good start with a surprise performance by Nirjher Chowdhury, a student of Sarva Sree who had been training for the last five months. He enchanted the audience with his presentation of varnam in Raga Hamswadhani followed by two kritis in raga Nata Bhairavi and Gowri Manohari.

Next came the instrumentalists Jayaprakash and Babu with a resonant performance of a very famous Tyagraja Kriti in Bangla raga. This was followed by various types of kritis in Raga Ananda Bhairavi, Amrita Varshini, Shree, Sindu Bhairavi and a Tillana in Raga Madhymavati.

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#63

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Very gladdening news. Good catch.

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#64

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A good thing! Whose student is Jayaprakash? I guess the accompanist is Babu, Guruvayur Dorai's chela. He played very well at the Academy this season, accompanying Sriram Parthasarathy.
A good way to introduce CM to newbies (in a land where the populace is of a different religion). The same thing as with introducing classical music to children at school, without words at first, so that there isn't an uproar about the religious aspects of the music...
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#65

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A couple of years ago we did have a pakistani girl in our music group who learnt abhOgi varnam with us. So pleasant a character she was and also sang well.

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#67

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Kji,
Did you get to attend this?
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/01/26/stor ... 890500.htm

Also, by any chance, any tracks from this artist?

coolkarni

#68

Post by coolkarni »

Oops.
Did not attend..Negative on tracks ..Let me see.

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#69

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http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/02/02/stor ... 840300.htm

Shashak and Zakir Hussain...sounds an interesting combination. Has anyone heard these two together?

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#70

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Read this review about "The different shades of Todi"

http://punar-nava.blogspot.com

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#71

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Nice writeup on Gokhale hall. Particularly anecdotes of Chembai bhAgavathar,musiri, KBS etal.

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/02/23/stor ... 270300.htm

Has anyone in our forum heard concerts in gOkhale hall?(cmlover may be it is just you!). Please do share .

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#72

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I heard Sanjay once in 2002! He sang a very good Mohanam (a morning concert)...

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#73

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Rajesh,
Have been to many concerts there as a child. The facade as I see in the picture isn't the way I remember it. I recall an all white interior--marble statued foyer(of gokhale?) and an impressive hall. If I am not mistaken, didn't tamizhisai hold its concerts there once?
The other venue--the already demolished R.R.Sabha--was where I have heard many concerts and seen several TKS Bros plays.
Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha held its programs in the Hindu High School in Triplicane. The most inspiring venue was the Museum Theatre where Jagannatha Bhaktha Sabha held its concerts. An all red building and very different and spacious...

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#74

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Kji,
This must have been a jugabandhi after your heart!

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/02/23/stor ... 600300.htm

The relevant part:
M SURYA PRASAD wrote:Veteran vocalists Vidwan S. Shankar and Pandit Vinayak Torvi regaled the audience at Mangala Mantapa, Jayangar, with their well-planned jugalbandhi. The programme was arranged under the aegis of Bhakti Bharathi Pratishthana during its 10th Purandarotsava.

Both of them being seasoned singers, the jugalbandi not only captured the essence but also the kept intact the greatness of Carnatic and Hindustani music. The selected similar ragas to render a couple of Haridasa krithis, which was a good choice.

Thus they were admired for the presentation of "Vandipenu ninage Gananatha" (Kalyani, Yaman, Sripadaraja), "Mangala mooruthi Rangavithalana paada", "Kande naa Govindana" (Saveri, Jog, Purandara Dasa), and "Tamboori meetidava" (Sindhubhairavi, Bhairavi). The swaraprastaras were complemented by sargams. B. Raghu Ram (violin) and N. Vasudev (mridanga) and Ravindra Katoti (harmonim) and Rajendra Nakod (tabla) were the successful accompanists.
Would be lovely to have one such as part of your efforts!

coolkarni

#75

Post by coolkarni »

YES INDEED as I have said earlier , this is the only jugalbandi set that I LOVE.
simply because both of them sing the same lines of the same composition and that brings out the differences in two styles very clearly.

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#76

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I did pay attention! ;)

coolkarni

#77

Post by coolkarni »

a teeny weeny bit from a commercial tape -
just to illustrate my point.
http://www.badongo.com/file/2301797

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#78

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http://www.thehindu.com/fr/2007/02/23/s ... 250300.htm
<<An angry Papa Venkatramiah openly declared that she should refuse to accept the prize. The guru explained, "You played brilliantly. But can I overlook the first phrase where you oscillated the gandhara in a manner suggestive of Kalyani?''>>
Aha, lovely read!
Do we have any audio clips of Smt Satyamurthy available?

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#79

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A man after Jayaram's heart!
Rama was fascinated by his kasrat and weight-lifting sessions.
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/04/06/stor ... 130300.htm

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#81

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Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana released a series of books from Vidwans like T.K. Govinda Rao, T.M. Krishna, Thiruvarur Vaidyananthan, Prof. Mysore Sri. V. Ramarathnam and others as a part of the 2007 festival. The following is a video that I have uploaded to google and youtube of the release of the book "A Musician's Reminescence" by Prof. Mysore V. Ramarathnam as a part of his 90 th birth day celebration. Along with the book a CD containing select mp3 recordings of Prof. Ramarathnam's concerts from 1970 to 2004 was also released. The video is located at:

http://video.google.com/videouploadfini ... d43f5311d9
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqaX5NlsBnc

The draft pdf of Prof. Ramarathnam's book "A Musician's Reminescence" is located at:
http://www.mysorevramarathnam.org/books ... _Final.pdf
The work to create a online version of the book is currently underway.. Hope to complete it soon.

I also have video recordings of Vidwan T.K. Govinda Rao's book release (1000 Varnams..) and others. I know I can convert them to mpeg but I am not sure if I have or need the permission to upload them to google or youtube..

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#82

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http://www.hindu.com/2005/06/30/stories ... 960500.htm
"Rasikas line up for Carnatic music" - music to the eyes indeed!

Image

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#83

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Really great for Carnatic Music!Refreshing to see this.
Sathej

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#84

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Review of concert by the vainika couple and forum participants;
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/07/06/stor ... 090300.htm

"The sunaadham emanating from their izhaippu in the musical phrasings of Thodi alapana for the kriti, ‘Sree Krishnam Bhaja Maanasa’ took the listeners to dizzy heights."

I wish English newspapers translated terms like "sunaadham" and "izhaippu"!

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#85

Post by arasi »

Happy to read a good review of fellow forumites.

They may not do it in the newspapers, but here on the forum, translations are often given. For those who would like the meaning of those two words:

sunAdam=good sound, sweet sound
izhaippu=finesse in playing (sculpting) the notes

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#86

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Thank you Shri Mohan for putting the review up here, and Smt Arasi for your encouraging comments.

Jeyaraaj & Jaysri

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#87

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Here is another of our members reviewed:
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/07/06/stor ... 260300.htm

Kudos.

Of course, the reviewer has got TM Krishna's name wrong!

The second part of the review is about a feature on the Hoysala queen Rani Shantala whose dance-prayer was famed all over the land. The late director Sri G. V. Iyer once directed a TV serial on her story - nATya rANi SAntalA. If anyone has access to the episodes please let me know. The songs chosen in this dance feature were antaHpura gItegaLu (sounds romantic - invokes sounds of mInA bazAr and the like) - a topic we have discussed before.

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#88

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A giant remembered- Concert in Mysore

[quote=" Star of Mysore"]A MEMORIAL MUSIC CONCERT

Once in an interview with a veteran Karnatak vocalist-Guru I said, “My first love is Karnatak music. Yet the more I listen to it as sung today, the more I admire the Hindustani mode. Please comment.â€

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#89

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DRS- sri gananAtham bhajare of MD is in Isa Manohari, is it not ?? why it's mentioned as Kaanada ?
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#90

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Yes Manju- even I am wondering why.

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#91

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A review of veteran Srikantan-avhA's concert from Mysore- an ennobling feast for the body, mind and spirit.
Starofmysore wrote:BREATHING MELODIES ETERNALLY NEW

As an ardent rasika of Karnatak music for the past several decades I enjoy a live concert in five progressively ascending stages: entertainment, elevation, sublimation, transcendence and beyond. The music concert that the living legend R.K. Srikantan (1920) gave at the Vasudevacharya Bhavana of Sri Nadabrahma Sangeeta Sabha on July 20 belonged to the final stage.

Imagine at 88 this Abhinava Karnataka Sangeeta Pitaamaha singing with the virility and freshness of a youngster in his twenties! This welldeserved and timed title was conferred on RKS by H. Udayashankar, the sponsor of this concert held in memory of his mother G.N. Seetalakshmi Hosakote Anantaraman.

Srikantan�s son and disciple R.S. Ramakanth, a senior professional in his own right, lent effective vocal support to the maestro. The overall tone and tenor reminded me of Sampaati lovingly encouraging his younger brother Jataayu in their ethereal flight to Sun (read musical bliss)!

Four live wires B.N. Chandra-sekhar (violin), Renuka Prasad (mridanga), Dayananda Mohite (ghata) and G.T. Harini (tamboora) provided equally enthusiastic support. BNC with the MSG style and mood, RP and DM in tune with the spirit of the compositions and the manodharma of the vocalists and GTH with the Vasudevacharyatamboora drone enhanced the beauty of this melody meet.

Sahana varna Karunimpa (Tiruvottiyur Tyagayya) followed by Naata Gajamukhane siddhi daayakane instantaneously took us to the third stage of music enjoyment. In Sriraaga Endaro mahaanubhaavulu the concert rose to transcendental heights: an attractive confluence of raaga-bhaava-artha-laya in the ocean of melody.

The nearly one hour delineation of Kambhoji raaga imperceptibly blossoming into Evarimaata vinnaavo (Tyagaraja) with a thorough neraval at bhakta paraadheenudanuchu followed by kalpanaswaras and mridanga-ghata dialogue was reminiscent of Lava-Kusha singing in Srirama�s divine presence.

Vasanta Seetamma maayamma (Tyagaraja), Hindola Chintayaami Jagadambaa (Wodeyar), Mohana Raa raa Raajee-valochana Raama (Vasudevacharya), Reetigoula Harikatha shravana maado (Purandaradasa) and Madhyamaavati Dharma samvardhani (Dikshitar) were other equally brilliant pieces. It was a case of the listeners becoming the very artists in each of the items.

Rabindranath Tagore echoed in my mind, "O master poet, I have sat down at thy feet. Only let me make my life simple and straight, like a flute of reed for thee to fill with music."

Music Concert

H.R. Kriti, a young engineering student from Bangalore, had packed her music concert at Ganabharathi�s Veene Seshanna Bhavana (July 21) with four compositions of Muttuswami Dikshitar: Begade Vallabhanayakasya, Kalyanavasanta Sri Venkatesham bhajami satatam, Bilahari Sri Madhurapuri viharini and Nasamani Sri Rama Saraswati in tandem and a little later added Vasanta Marakatalingam chintayeham. How one wished her voice was more melodious and emotion-charged to convey the inherent terse charm in them. Yet in spirals, akars and birkas she exhibited amazing mastery.

In the detailed exposition of Thodi Dachukovalena (Tyagaraja) with a neraval at Soumitri Tyagarajuni followed by swaraprastara and the Shanmukhapriya raga-tana-pallavi Sada nee padame nammiti the concert was more absorbing. She sang all these compositions from memory. Her intonation of the text, command over raagas and tempo are on stable foundation. She will do well to restrict the number of items and concentrate on better voice culture. The teenager A.Aditi (violin) and V.Nataraj (mridanga) were the accompanying artists.

� G.T.Narayana Rao
http://starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=s ... &item=2589

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#92

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Wish I were in mysUrU!
More power and many more years to this man who is the epitome of chaste music and impeccable rendering! Add to it his enthusiasm, commanding voice and positive energy. You can't but bow down to this pitAmahA. Someone who is truly blessed and is nourished by nAdOpAsanA...

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#93

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A lovely article by Sriram V on Dwaram

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/11/23/stor ... 540300.htm

And here is a sweet side dish to go along with this reading.
http://rapidshare.com/files/71850435/Dwaram.mp3

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#94

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When will these guys learn to proof-rread before going to press?
http://www.hindu.com/ms/2007/12/01/stor ... 150500.htm

Wonder when and how Sri GN Balasubramania (Iyer) morphed into Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyergar? :lol

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#95

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when a purcussion artiste slips he attracts more words on the review column. here the casuality is vaikkom Gopalakrishnan. referece --Music season HIndu dt 21st by Gowri ramnarayan.

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#96

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Rasikas all along have pondered upon this, there have been discussions here on the forum as well.

Here's a link to T. M. Krishna's article-
http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mag/ ... 060100.htm

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#97

Post by vageyakara »

Hallo Anusha,
Voluminuous matters of such a lenghthy article (by TMKcan) only find place in the Hindu and had it been from the pen of some TOM, DICK AND HARRY it would have been conveniently sent to some other destination for reasons best known to the "HINDU" monopolates.Only certain peoples' voice are considered as
SERMONS FROM THE LORD !!!

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#98

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Personally, I thought there were some ' points to ponder' there, as Anusha put it. The thing about prodigies, for instance: I sometimes wonder if folks mean 'a talented kid' when they say a child is a prodigy. If they do mean it, woe unto the child if he or she is just talented. TMK makes a valid point there. The other one is the 'putting the cart before the horse syndrome' which he spells out too: ' performing' more than 'learning' is on the minds of both the parents and the young students. What TMK says about a student's imagination getting limited if he or she goes just for tailor -made presentation, is true too. Some are only after that and are not focussed on mastering music first before thinking of performances.

Ramaraj,
Of course, it is easier to break into print if you have a high profile. I should know, with my experience with rejection slips!
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#99

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You have just caught the point ARASI. If one has media backing and high bannerbehind, whatever he or she does or writes becomes the Bhagavat Geetha by default. !!!There is nothing wrong in promoting one's own family Group of people by a family group of Media, that too a powerful Print media,there should be some AATMA VICHARAM to ensure equal justice to every one irrespective their affinity consideration.
Ramaraj.
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#100

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Ramaraj,
I merely meant that TMK's points were valid, and that they are our thoughts too. Though you may think that they are not new ideas, coming from a practitioner of music, it adds to their validity. After all, we discuss our pet wishes and frustrations over and over again as rasikAs. We get another perspective to the same thoughts if performers point them out too. A lot of Atma vicAram needn't go into it, don't you think?
If the publications are more accessible to some, fine by me, so long as it is all in the interest of music.
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