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#126 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by kvchellappa » 16 Jul 2018, 12:16

Here is a post of Sri V.Ramanarayan, a connoisseur.
(From twitter/FB)

Ramnarayan Venkatraman

I have been a great admirer of Aruna Sairam the musician, from the time before she reinvented her concert repertoire to capture the popular mandate as arguably the most successful artist of her time. i had been privileged to listen to her rendition in the company of Geetha Raja of an authentic Dhanammal bani recital at a house concert a couple of decades ago. i knew of her heroic battle against audience indifference, her indomitable spirit that helped her plunge into a voyage of voice-and self-discovery placing complete trust in the hands of a German expert, her powerful fusion efforts in which her newly acquired, sonorous voice rang clear and true in a bell-like tone that would have done an MS or a Gangubai Hangal proud. I was also lucky to participate in a couple of panel discussions in which she displayed great bhakti towards her art and her guru, as well as a sharp intellect and brilliant articulation. The Music Academy has bestowed on her a richly deserved honour, I am sure as much in recognition of all these sterling qualities as acknowledgement of her undeniable role as a proselytiser of Carnatc music who has drawn sizable new audiences to this classical art. She has been a good friend of Sruti magazine. We appreciate her steadfast support and salute her in her hour of glory. Our cup of joy will be full when she realises her potential for true greatness as a champion of all that is good in music.
Here's something I wrote some years ago: https://srutimag.blogspot.com/search?q=aruna+sairam
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#127 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by sankark » 16 Jul 2018, 14:29

sankark wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 10:04
Going by TBrinda's reported reputation for no nonsense & acerbic character, AS wouldn't have made into the threshold of TB's house as a student if TB didn't think AS had some genuine potential & base musical vidwat/sensibility. Something worth pondering over perhaps?
iamsundar wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 10:22
This line of reasoning (that Brinda accepted AS as a student; therefore AS is SK worthy) is flawed seventy two different ways ;)
iamsundar, Brinda accepted AS as a student simply implies "genuine potential & base musical vidwat/sensibility". Being "SK worthy" needs both as a necessary condition but not sufficient condition. Sufficient conditions are, whatever they be, "MA expert committee's" prerogative.
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#128 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by rajeshnat » 16 Jul 2018, 16:03

From the time when sanjay got it in 2015, the debate went where many more accompolished and senior artists were passed . the debate went with ravikiran vs sanjay etc also. Then we thought how come A kanyakumari , OST , vikku , Mannargudi Easwaran and VV Subramaniam were passed. Now the logic is little more clear for very accompolished artist where academy feels an award they take it to LifeTime Achievement award and that is brahmastram that was given to Vikku . Violinist VVS may be passed as he was a bit of anti establshment(I recollect the post of KVN son here) . Karaikaudi Mani does not accept so he may be passed. A Kanyakumari had to wait and she got it in 2016. I was thinking OST or Aruna this year till bharath stated that even haridawaramangalam palanivel is in contention . I think in 2019 to 2020 OST and Mannargudi Easwaran will get it .

I am not sure how many students that tanjavur ramadas has trained , i do know Mannarkoil balaji is one of his student. he is truly a great artist . Thanjavur Ramadas has played a lot for sanjay not in the last few years, but before that .One pattern that i am making a calculated guess is perhaps getting clearer, the power center is possibly V Sriram and Sanjay may also have a big say . I think this year all the awards that were given are fair.

On aruna sayeeram atleast from the years 2001 to 2011 her music was appealing and not so dilute as of now . Now she is modelling not any more with trinity it is more on gregorian bells . All said her music was extremely appealing to me in parts ,her diction viruththam , some pidis of madurai somu etc was a better tradeoff than lacklustre maadu meikkum, kalinga nartana tillana and abhang . She is certainly introducing more entry level rasikas , her prime share of rasikas is perhaps dissipating now towards ranjani gayathri, sanjay and few more artist. I just see now in google that Aruna was born in 1952 certainly a nice age to respect the artist and art , unlike 2015 and 2017 where senior artist like A kanyakumari , OST are passed.

Some Logical Rules that rajesh is extrapolating
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1. Do well in your musical performance career and have a real big influential lobby and pull - You may end with Sangeetha kalanidhi

2. Not do that very well in Performance career in music when compared to that era peers (PSN) OR Do very well in musical career but donot have a strong insider lobby (TRS)- You may end with Sangeetha Kala Acharya

3. Do some what well(SRG Rajanna) or do well and have practically no lobby(Manakkal Rangarajan) - TTK award

4. Life Time Achievement award , usually given to artists who are missed and the institution is doing a salvage to keep up their brand(Lalgudi Jayaraman) OR silence excessive noise and stop the lobby who are repeatedly proposing them for Sangeetha kalanidhi (Vikku Vinayakaram)

Dear Musicians who are below age of 80 who are considerably elder in performance art and vidwat- Please do take care of your health . After all Palakkad Raghu and TV Gopalakrishnan got at 80 Plus and the ace vageyakkara papanAsam sivan got at 80 plus too.
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#129 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by sankark » 16 Jul 2018, 17:02

rajeshnat wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 16:03
lacklustre maadu meikkum, kalinga nartana tillana
what exactly is lacklustre about these two, musically speaking?
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#130 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 16 Jul 2018, 17:26

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Congratulations to Aruna Sairam !

She has got the award with ‘a bang’, much to the annoyance of a few.
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#131 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by Nick H » 16 Jul 2018, 17:33

The press release is peculiarly facile. As is credited with having big audiences, another awardee has "trained several students." perhaps it's the invading illiteracy of The Hindu newspaper. But surely, for awardees deserving or undeserving, they can find something better to write?

And, not withstanding my personal liking and respect for Sri Ramnarayan, I am glad that Aruna lost her heroic battle against my indifference towards her music ;)
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#132 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by iamsundar » 16 Jul 2018, 19:36

Sankark wrote: So did you also ponder on whether AK became a Mahavidwan suddenly after SR/SS became Mahavidwan?

Not Quite. Pondering is two fold: Objectively, is AS in the same league as Ravikiran, A Kanyakumari, Sanjay & TVG? Subjectively, are there (or aren't there) other Vidwans/Vidhushis more qualified for that league?
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#133 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by iamsundar » 16 Jul 2018, 19:40

Nick H wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 17:33
The press release is peculiarly facile. As is credited with having big audiences, another awardee has "trained several students." perhaps it's the invading illiteracy of The Hindu newspaper. But surely, for awardees deserving or undeserving, they can find something better to write?

And, not withstanding my personal liking and respect for Sri Ramnarayan, I am glad that Aruna lost her heroic battle against my indifference towards her music ;)
True that. At the very least, write up some of their more compelling accomplishments...
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#134 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 16 Jul 2018, 19:45

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Aruna Sairam - 1995 Review by Subbudu
http://www.arunasairam.org/upload/media ... 411014.pdf
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#135 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by iamsundar » 16 Jul 2018, 19:51

sankark wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 14:29
sankark wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 10:04
Going by TBrinda's reported reputation for no nonsense & acerbic character, AS wouldn't have made into the threshold of TB's house as a student if TB didn't think AS had some genuine potential & base musical vidwat/sensibility. Something worth pondering over perhaps?
iamsundar wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 10:22
This line of reasoning (that Brinda accepted AS as a student; therefore AS is SK worthy) is flawed seventy two different ways ;)
iamsundar, Brinda accepted AS as a student simply implies "genuine potential & base musical vidwat/sensibility". Being "SK worthy" needs both as a necessary condition but not sufficient condition. Sufficient conditions are, whatever they be, "MA expert committee's" prerogative.
We aren't talking about "chance/slot for one's first concert" to launch a career; we are talking about bestowing what's arguably the highest decoration. Pedigree (Brinda or self-taught) should have no bearing here and isn't necessary at all; that vidwan/vidushi's volume of work (accomplishments, contributions, sishya-kulam,..) should speak for itself - isn't?
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#136 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by Ponbhairavi » 16 Jul 2018, 20:19

It is picturised as though magudy is untouchable for C.M. There is a raga dedicated for it . Thiruvengadu Subramania pilla a great nadaswara vidwan contemporary of T N R was reputrd and sought after for his magudy. Flute mali and Ramani have also handled it.
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#137 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by sankark » 16 Jul 2018, 20:30

iamsundar wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 19:51
sankark wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 14:29
sankark wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 10:04
Going by TBrinda's reported reputation for no nonsense & acerbic character, AS wouldn't have made into the threshold of TB's house as a student if TB didn't think AS had some genuine potential & base musical vidwat/sensibility. Something worth pondering over perhaps?
iamsundar wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 10:22
This line of reasoning (that Brinda accepted AS as a student; therefore AS is SK worthy) is flawed seventy two different ways ;)
iamsundar, Brinda accepted AS as a student simply implies "genuine potential & base musical vidwat/sensibility". Being "SK worthy" needs both as a necessary condition but not sufficient condition. Sufficient conditions are, whatever they be, "MA expert committee's" prerogative.
We aren't talking about "chance/slot for one's first concert" to launch a career; we are talking about bestowing what's arguably the highest decoration. Pedigree (Brinda or self-taught) should have no bearing here and isn't necessary at all; that vidwan/vidushi's volume of work (accomplishments, contributions, sishya-kulam,..) should speak for itself - isn't?
Is this sentence - Brinda accepted AS as a student simply implies "genuine potential & base musical vidwat/sensibility" - that complicated to parse & make sense of?

You think this vidushi's volume of work doesn't speak for itself. The awarding body thought it does and have publicly spoken so. So there that is.

Chance/Slot - ha ha, are you confusing between the cause (SK) & effect (career) in this instance?

We can talk about this till end of this kaliyugA and nothing will change. So I am gonna shut up.
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#138 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by iamsundar » 16 Jul 2018, 21:13

sankark wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 20:30

Is this sentence - Brinda accepted AS as a student simply implies "genuine potential & base musical vidwat/sensibility" - that complicated to parse & make sense of?
"Brinda accepted AS as a student" is a weak support argument for an SK.
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#139 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by Rangadu » 16 Jul 2018, 23:10

Are we only going to hear either 'Madumekum Kanne' and the Oothukadu Snake dance thillana or Marathi Abhangs this coming season?!

What exactly is Aruna Sairam's contribution to CM?
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#140 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by Rangadu » 16 Jul 2018, 23:14

Your proposal is accepted, though it is twenty years too early!
Sivaramakrishnan wrote:
15 Mar 2018, 14:01
I propose flautist Shashank.
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#141 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by ram1999 » 17 Jul 2018, 00:40

iamsundar wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 21:13
sankark wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 20:30

Is this sentence - Brinda accepted AS as a student simply implies "genuine potential & base musical vidwat/sensibility" - that complicated to parse & make sense of?
"Brinda accepted AS as a student" is a weak support argument for an SK.
If that is the argument, in that case all students of Sangeetha kalanidhis should be awarded SK at some point of their musical career 🤣🤣🤣🤣.
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#142 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by shankarank » 17 Jul 2018, 09:15

shankarabharanam wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 09:08
And those who follow Brindamma bani can vouch she is nowhere close to it today.
You had mentioned MDR in another post. It was a nephew of Alathur brothers talking to me outside the Chicago Rama temple, who said, there is NO relationship between what MDR sang and what Tiger sang. Since I did not get to live during Tiger's time, I have to rely on this, but then he does not have to lie that forcefully.
shankarabharanam wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 09:08
For that matter a vidwan like Sanjay isn’t gifted with a great voice but his vidwat can’t be questioned.
You see, for having been gifted with some masculine prowess and a diaphragm that has greater longevity, the YACM male first-genners have not off late been doing justice in holding syllables that tightly. There is more to music than just showing your vidvat with ragas and going through the motions of neraval and svarams. Are you are telling us that, Sanjay does not do theatrics?? - again I am not referring to any bodily actions or mannerisms, just his vocal style only, the way he stretches to reach that one extra note.

Sanjay, Vijay Siva are all raw emoters and try to attract sentiments of the audience ( the cine crowd or the bhakti of the sAmi paDam variety crowd). TMK was relatively much less so before. But today you can see him get into that act a bit.

Aruna's weaknesses are universal weaknesses of that era of musicians. The operative word for that is lack of a sense of layam, even in Bhajans. Old well honed kriti renditions all of them handled somewhat well. When they bring their own specialties is when that dies. They don't put enough art into it as much they put some raw emotions into it.
shankarabharanam wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 09:08
I might not be old enough like many in the forum but have been a vainika since I was eight years and learnt for almost fifteen years in Mumbai before moving to a different city.
For all that you have enough to run your Academy and chart the destiny of music in this world. To be upset with Music Academy for this reason is laughable.

How much have you done to develop and share a perspective on appreciation here? I would urge you to do that more, before you complain.
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#143 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by shankarabharanam » 17 Jul 2018, 09:32

Picking on Sanjay’s voice was in response to some saying about AS having voice issues. Today is norm for theatrics but the kind of knowledge displayed by Sanjay or Vijay Siva, AS has hanged her style to suit only the last half hour of the concert.

I can argue at length about what she lacks. And to talk about MA I have every right to point fingers in this forum. My point the press release itself is a bit vague that says she has promoted music at large. Every other person says that in their description these days.

I think there are many who know me since Sangeetham days and my identity is the same. I don’t have multiple accounts or have never refrained from sharing my views. I have benefitted from a lot of learned rasikas here and sometimes I feel arguing can be avoided because trolling is way to easy in forums. My issue with AS was mentioned and you seem to disagree then why can’t you just move on than pointing out where I can actually change my opinion.
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#144 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by Pratyaksham Bala » 17 Jul 2018, 12:05

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Very few have congratulated; but not many have objected !
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#145 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

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#146 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by Rangadu » 17 Jul 2018, 15:20

Question remains : What is AS or even Sanjay's contribution to Carnatic music to merit this award?

Sanjay still sang some Tamil songs to appease the DMK lot and their masses. Though a lot of those songs had nothing to do with Carnatic music.

But AS? Can her Abhangs be qualified as a contribution?

Don't know!
shankarabharanam wrote:
17 Jul 2018, 09:32
Picking on Sanjay’s voice was in response to some saying about AS having voice issues. Today is norm for theatrics but the kind of knowledge displayed by Sanjay or Vijay Siva, AS has hanged her style to suit only the last half hour of the concert.

I can argue at length about what she lacks. And to talk about MA I have every right to point fingers in this forum. My point the press release itself is a bit vague that says she has promoted music at large. Every other person says that in their description these days.

I think there are many who know me since Sangeetham days and my identity is the same. I don’t have multiple accounts or have never refrained from sharing my views. I have benefitted from a lot of learned rasikas here and sometimes I feel arguing can be avoided because trolling is way to easy in forums. My issue with AS was mentioned and you seem to disagree then why can’t you just move on than pointing out where I can actually change my opinion.
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#147 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by sureshvv » 17 Jul 2018, 22:20

Ticket sales is definitely an important criterion, especially year on year.
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#148 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by narayan » 17 Jul 2018, 22:57

Pratyaksham Bala wrote:
17 Jul 2018, 12:05
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Very few have congratulated; but not many have objected !
I would like to offer my congratulations to Aruna Sairam on this occasion.
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#149 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by arasi » 18 Jul 2018, 00:36

Ah, a breath of fresh air!
Thanks, Narayanan--you belong to the group of our 'low key, but knows plenty about music' folks--a true gentleman rasikA, I would say.
Yes, may there be more good wishes from us for her:)

PB, the super hunter for information onanything from anywhere...
Thanks for that old review by subbudu!
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#150 Re: Sangeetha Kalanidhi 2018

Post by hnbhagavan » 18 Jul 2018, 02:37

Hello Friends,

Very Interesting Observations and views on this subject.Rajesh has posted his analysis on this subject.
Before I write any thing my hearty Congratulations to Madam Aruna Sayeeram on the academy award SANGEETHAKALANIDHI.

In 2012 A Committee chaired by Sri N Murali conferred the INDIRA SIVASAILAM AWARD on AS.
SANJAY and SUDHA were also first awarded the INDIRA award and a couple of years later SK award by Music Academy.
RaGa sisters and Lalgudi Siblings have also been given the INDIRA award.I am sure RaGa sisters will be SK awardees in a couple of years.

The press announcement on AS spoke of the spread of CM to wider audience.Then on this count alone RaGa sisters are already qualified for SK.
Surely OST and VS do not belong to the crowd pulling capability.There must be some other criteria to award SK to OST/VS.VS is ruled out as year after year he is missing in the academy performers list be it morning or evening.

Whatever criteria or who ever is awarded,SK continues to draw Rasikas attention and the announcement is looked forward to.
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