My series on musicians of Kerala in sruti magazine

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#1 My series on musicians of Kerala in sruti magazine

Post by CRama » 03 May 2017, 11:19

I am happy to inform that I am writing a series for Sruti magazine on Musicians of Kerala- i.e great musicians, but who have not made their mark in Chennai. Pl see the following introductory para.

The land of Parasurama and Swati Tirunal has got a rich musical legacy. It has given birth to many musicians of repute of varying levels of popularity and success. From the immediate past, we remember the great musicians like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, Palghat Rama Bhagavatar, Palghat Mani Iyer, M.D.Ramanathan and K.V.Narayanaswamy. Quite apart from these famous personalities, there were and are many musicians- vocalists and instrumentalists who chose to remain within their own State for varying reasons and hence did not receive great adulation outside the State of Kerala. Name, fame and wealth eluded such musicians. But they have remained contented in their place performing to local audience, teaching and may be a job in a school/ college/All India Radio. They are in no way inferior to other musicians who could make it big before the music lovers of Tamil Nadu. Through this series of articles, I will try to showcase some excellent musicians who have not received the due acclaim or recognition in their life time.

This will be published every month from May onwards. This month, it is about Prof.Neyyattinkara Mohanachandran. Many more musicians will be featured in the ensuing months. Those who are subscribing to Sruti magazine, kindly spare some time to go through and give me your comments. Thanks in advance.
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#2 Re: MY SERIES ON MUSICIANS OF KERALA IN SRUTI MAGAZINE

Post by parivadini » 03 May 2017, 11:42

This is great news! I look forward reading this series!
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Post by varsha » 03 May 2017, 12:18

I recently watched a delightful flute performance by guruvayoor srikrishnan.
pl write about him too, if possible.
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#4 Re: MY SERIES ON MUSICIANS OF KERALA IN SRUTI MAGAZINE

Post by ram1999 » 03 May 2017, 14:08

Some of the names that come to my mind instantly are:

Vechoor Harihara Subramania Iyer
Trivandrum R S Mani
Neyyatinkara Vasudevan Nair
Dr. Omanakutty
Krishnan Kutty Nair
Chalakudy Narayanaswamy
Ambikapuram Sivaraman (a young artist but a lovely artist, disciple of C S Krishna Iyer - hardly seen outside of kerala)
Palai C. K. Ramachandran,
Mavelikkara Prabhakara Varma
Parasala Ponnammal (how can one forget this charming doyen!). Chennai started inviting her at her ripe old age and lost the prime of her music in a big way !!
Guruvayur Dorai
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#5 Re: MY SERIES ON MUSICIANS OF KERALA IN SRUTI MAGAZINE

Post by parivadini » 03 May 2017, 14:41

Please do profile the dilruba artist Angamali Jose. I've heard him only on a few recordings. His Simmendramadhyamam keeps ringing. I hope you can throw more light on him.
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#6 Re: MY SERIES ON MUSICIANS OF KERALA IN SRUTI MAGAZINE

Post by melam72 » 03 May 2017, 14:44

Avaneeswaram Vinu, the violinist?

Amongst the younger generation, Abilash Venkitachalam comes to mind.
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#7 Re: MY SERIES ON MUSICIANS OF KERALA IN SRUTI MAGAZINE

Post by thanjavooran » 03 May 2017, 15:17

Shri CRama,
Very good. Congratulations!
Thiruvilla Jai shankar comes to my mind. Is there any Thavil Vidwan of Kerala origin ?
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Post by CRama » 03 May 2017, 20:54

Thanks for all your best wishes. I hope to cover most of the artistes listed out by all of you. Many times getting information and photos etc I am finding it difficult.
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#9 Re: MY SERIES ON MUSICIANS OF KERALA IN SRUTI MAGAZINE

Post by rajeshnat » 06 May 2017, 01:54

Good one CRama
Atleast list the musician names that you have written. Also include the extraordinary KS Gopalakrishnan , the flute sowkhyam superstar
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Post by CRama » 06 May 2017, 16:47

Immediately following are
Cherthala Gopalan Nair- He tuned more than 400 Malayalam kritis in pure carnatic ragams and produced lot of musical features in Malayalam for the AIR
R.Krishnaswamy- Taught Music lessons in AIR for more than 25 years
Vechoor Hariharasubramania Iyer- Reputed Guru
Parassala Ponnammal.

K.S.Gopalakrishnan- Not possible to get any info. He will not cooperate. NO students or family members to give the information.
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Post by K Nagarajan » 06 May 2017, 16:59

Please include Guruvayur Ponnammal, a deciple of Sri.Chembai.
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Post by VK RAMAN » 06 May 2017, 20:01

Sri sankaran namboodhiri, Sri Srivalsan Menon, Trichur Ramachandran, Sri Rama Varma
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Post by CRama » 06 May 2017, 21:28

Thanks for all the suggestions. I will comply with most of the suggestions. I started this serial to write about the unsung heroes of Kerala- who are not exposed to the music circuit of Chennai. I grew up listening to the music of all these great musicians. Hence I will not be writing about say, KVN or Trichur V.Ramachandran because they have become famous and there are enough literature on these musicians.

Apart from the musicians listed by me, there is another set of musicans, who are now alive and continue to give top class concerts in Kerala. To name a few Mavelikkara Subramaniam, Adoor P.Sudarsanan etc. I will try to cover this category of musicians also. If anybody have got any anecdote about the above musicians, kindly inform me.
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Post by kunthalavarali » 06 May 2017, 22:40

Pudukode Krishnamoorthy(1923-85), a contemporary of MDR also taught in Kalakshetra. M.K. Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar (Veena), was a regular in the Navarathri concerts in 70s and 80s. I am not sure if M.A. Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar was also from Kerala.
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Post by Lakshman » 06 May 2017, 23:31

T.Lakshmana Pillai, Lalitadasar (T.G.Krishna Iyer), Tulasivanam, E.S.Sankaranarayana Iyer I will look for others.
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Post by CRama » 07 May 2017, 10:24

Lakshman wrote:
06 May 2017, 23:31
T.Lakshmana Pillai, Lalitadasar (T.G.Krishna Iyer), Tulasivanam, E.S.Sankaranarayana Iyer I will look for others.
They are all composers and not musicians.
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Post by chalakkudy » 10 May 2017, 15:07

Some of them that come to my mind are (not in the order of seniority)
C.S.krishna Iyer (late. aka Rava Krishna Iyer)
Chandramana Narayanan Namboodiri
Mavelikkara Prakbhakara Varma (late)
Mavelikkara Velukkutty Nair
Krishnankutty Nair
Neyyattinkara Vasudevan (late)
N. P. Ramaswamy
Prof. Kumara Kerala varma
Prof. Omanakutty
Sri. J. Venkataramanan (recent Kalacharya Awardee)
Trivandrum venkataraman sir - veena (late)
K. S. Gopalakrishnan - flute
Thamarakkad Govindan namboodiri
thamarakkad Krishnan Namboodiri
Jayan and Vijayan (Jayavijaya brothers - prominent disciples of Sri Chemabi)
Pala C. K. Ramachandran
Nedumangad Sivanandan
Parvatheepuram padmanabha Iyer
Kamala Kailasnath
Cherthala Gopalan Nair
mavelikkara Sankarankutty Nair (Mri)
Mavelikkara S. R. Raju (mri)
Mavelikkara P. Subramanyam
Palkulangara Ambika Devi
Parassala Ravi (Mri)
N Hari (Mri)
Mannur Rajakumaran Unni (senior disciple of Sri Chembai)
Sukumari Narendramenon
P. Leela
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Post by rshankar » 10 May 2017, 21:08

How about sangIta kalAnidhi, Koduvayur Sri S. Narayanaswamy (Sri KSN, the vaiNika)?
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Post by CRama » 11 May 2017, 18:06

Reg, Chalakudy's post, the next issue will cover Cherthala Gopalan Nair. Many of the artistes mentioned will be covered in due course. If you have got any anecdote about the persons, kindly forward to me.

I dont think of writing about KSN, as already there had been many write ups about this great vidwan in Sruti.
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#20 Re: MY SERIES ON MUSICIANS OF KERALA IN SRUTI MAGAZINE

Post by advaitin » 11 May 2017, 21:30

Did I miss pudukode krishnamoorthy ? Svs Narayanan too ? Or maybe Sruti already has profiled them ?
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Post by HarishankarK » 12 May 2017, 09:57

Mangadu Nadesan? Great musician and teacher as well.
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Post by CRama » 12 May 2017, 10:19

Puducode Krishnamurthy-Sruti had covered long back.
SVS Narayanan- I have to check.
Mangad Natesan- Will be covered in due course.
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Post by varsha » 23 May 2017, 09:52

http://www.mediafire.com/file/8xzm6lkjl ... vathar.MP3

a link to lift your spirits in your work
courtesy pattamma
More if you like these.Periodically
Glory be ! to Neela Ramgopal
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#24 Re: MY SERIES ON MUSICIANS OF KERALA IN SRUTI MAGAZINE

Post by CRama » 04 Jul 2017, 12:21

In the July issue of Sruti, my article on Cherthala Gopalan Nair has been published, under the above series.
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Post by pramodh » 18 Aug 2017, 03:43

Trivandrum R S Mani
Trichur Narendran
Trichur Rajendran
B Sasikumar
Mavelikkara Velukkutty Nair
Allepey Venkatesan
Vettikavala Sasikumar
David Bhagavathar
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