Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

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#51 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 23 Apr 2019, 20:44

Sundara Rajan,
Yes, as you say, Deep Sand as he's known to us at Rasikas.org, gave a marvelous concert. In my short December sojourns in Chennai the past few years, I have missed his concerts. Have enjoyed hearing him on You Tube, but it gave me pleasure to hear him in person as it were at Cleveland. BanTu rIti was a pleasing curtain opener. KarNa ranjani from note one was ranjakam to the ear. HMB brings in the bhAva of the rAgA with the very first words--so moving, pleading it is, which Sandeep brought out with feeling. How his sense of bhAva has grown in the last few years! He sang the chittasvara beautifully. Tiruchy Sankaran's playing added grandeur to Sandeep's singing whose tani after an impressive SankarAbharaNam by Sandeep (enduku peddala) was simply great. Sandeep's nAdOpAsana made a big impression. Varunapriya kriti by Kotiswaraiyer was delightful to hear. His tODi , enduku daya rAdura had beautiful svarAs dripping with bhAva.
tani is always tani (a stand out) with Sri.Sankaran. Gopalakrishnan, as usual pleased us with his khanjira playing. Murari is a seasoned violin player, but this concert didn't bring out his merits that much, whereas the duet he played with his father later was delightful to the ear.
Sandeep's smara sundarAnguni sari evvarE had a second sangati which was so appealing...
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#52 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 24 Apr 2019, 02:10

I could hear Mridangam only of Bharat Sundar's concert now at 4:40 p.m. !!!
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#53 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 24 Apr 2019, 06:27

It came back soon after, didn't it? Only thing is, I could only hear part of the concert. How was the concert on the whole, from the one among a few front runners?
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#54 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 24 Apr 2019, 07:39

Ah, the kids! They gather at Cleveland from every part of North America after learning their songs at home with their assigned teachers, practice rigorously, come to the festival early, and spend many hours to meet and practice what they learnt at home, in order to present it together on stage in Sustainig Sampradaya. No mean feat, and how well they do perform! Without Cleveland, this wouldn't have happened.
Tyagaraja festival was started by a few south indian immigrants to keep the tradition going, in some cities, in a humble way. Also their wanting to listen to 'real' music in person and not on tape recorders alone was the beginning of it all. I don't think we ever dreamt that it would get to this point of becoming a flourishing musical culture where the future generations are also being drawn into it.
Sustaining Sampradaya is Cleveland phenomenon's darling child, and so, the best in the music business in India are asked to get involved in it. Then starts a rigorous exercise for the kids, their parents and teachers here and masters from India. So, Sustainng Sampradaya is no mean achievement...
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#55 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 24 Apr 2019, 08:05

The first segment was the concept of the inimitable NSG.
They opened with the kEdAragowLa varNam sAmi daya jUDa softly and flowingly. The mridangams were good, but a tad loud to start with (soon rectified). Then they sang kOri sEvimpa rArE in Kharaharapriya flowingly, flawlessly! In tODi, kali tIrka vandAi murugA by Kotisvaraiyer--a new one for me. Then Bilahari, all of them singing svarAs (toli janma). Then the heavy weight, kAru bAru in mukhAri, investing a lot of bhAva in it. Heartening to see the young mridangists do a very good job there! A pUrvi Kalyani song by SS(?), Sri Sankara guruvaram, enduku peddala and a great tani.. I had to leave post at that time, but the lovely but not easy pieces by any means that I heard made me proud and happy. More singing of choice pieces, I am sure...
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#56 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 24 Apr 2019, 09:32

April 22, 2019. Evening
Neyveli Santhanagopalan and party- MDR Remembrance Concert
1. Started with a Kedara rAga VarNam by MDR 8 min
2. Monday vAra Kriti of Dikshitar- Chandram Baja in raga asAvEri 8 min
I was shocked to note that NS needed to constantly look at the lap top for the lyrics for such a common place composition
3. Own composition, influenced by MDR's composition, in Hamsadwami - pAsabajanamE aruL pAvani & swaram 11 min
4. SarasAngi raga alApana for 7+3 min followed by PattaNam S. Iyer's "manavinchE konavayya"
neraval and swaram at last charaNam at Varada VenkatEsa 12 min
5.AtukAdara in Manoranjani- T's 4 min
6. One of GKB's pancharatnams in Sri rAgamm alApana 8+5 min maRavAmal eppadiyum ninai manamE. Very well presented with raga elaboration, neraval and kalpana swarams. Enjoyed very much- total 20 min.
6a.Thani Avarthanam for 23 min. dominated by two mridamgams (GuruvAyur & disciple)and Ghatam by Vaikom Gopalakrishnan. This song was new to me and I liked the presentation.
7. Slokam: mAtha maragathasyAma followed by MDR's thillana in Kapi raAga.
MangaLam

I very much enjoyed this program except for my disappointment at the senior VidvAn's need to use a lap top for lyrics.
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#57 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by shripathi_g » 24 Apr 2019, 09:44

"4. SarasAngi raga alApana for 7+3 min followed by PattaNam S. Iyer's "manavinchE konavayya"
neraval and swaram at last charaNam at Varada VenkatEsa 12 min
5.AtukAdara in Manoranjani- T's 4 min
6. One of GKB's pancharatnams in Sri rAgamm alApana 8+5 min maRavAmal eppadiyum ninai manamE. Very well presented with raga elaboration, neraval and kalpana swarams. Enjoyed very much- total 20 min."

I don't get how this is a MDR remembrance concert. This is just a regular concert except maybe for the Sri elaboration. An MDR remembrance concert would have included some of his trademark krithis like Amba Kamakshi, Vanajasana, Kamalambam Bhajare, Giripai, etc or his favorite ragas - Yadukulakamboji, Sahana, etc. I'm sure the concert was a very good one other than the krithi selection.
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#58 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 24 Apr 2019, 09:57

April 23, 2019
BHARAT SUNDAR and Party
Initially there was no streaming available for a few minutes and then ONLY Mridangam was audible. later corrected. I must have missed the first song.
2. paripAlaymAm in reetigowLa of Swathi ThirunAL.
3. I lost my internet connection !
4. Thankfully my internet was restored at the end of previous song !
Bhairavi rAga alApana 11+8 min. followed by Syama sAstry's Bhairavi Swarajati KAmAkshi, ambA anudinamu----15 min of bliss !
neraval and swara at Amaba bhakthajana kalpalathikA for 6 min.
4A. Thani for 17 min.
5. ThuLasammA in dEvagAndhAri- T's 5 min
6. slokas and pAsurams karAravindEna padhAravindam--- Kapi
OOrilEn kANi illai--- Sindhu Bhairavi
pAchaimA malaipOl mEni----Bhimpalas (?)
followed by MDR's sAgara sayana vibhO in BAghEsri rAga total 16 min.
7. RamaNa maharshi's composition: appaLam ittuppAru- rAgamAlika 6 min
ThillAna- BrindAvani(?)

An excellent 2+ hour concert that I will remember for a long time .
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#59 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 24 Apr 2019, 18:33

April 23, 2019 Evening

SHERTALAI RANGANATHA SARMA, Nagai MuraLidaran, Murugaboopathi & Cleveland Balu

Program started ON Time !

1. VanajAksha, Behag VarNam 8 min
2. KaruNA nidhiyE kadaikkaN- karaharapriya-P.Sivan 11 min Heard after a long time
3. sAlakalla in Arabhi rAga- T's pancharatnam
4. HamsAnandhi rAga alApana & violin return 13 min followed by rare HMB composition "sAchAmara"
with neraval & swara at pallavi 15 min
5. Enthani nE ninnu Sabari bhAgyamu in mukhAri - T's 6 min
6.BEgada rAga alApana 10+6 min Dikshitar's composition that I had not heard before: Srimatha Sivabhava
neraval and swara at Sri chakra roopa thAdanghE for 45 min followed by Thani for 16 min.
7. nE mAru mE roopamE (?) a jAvaLi in sAvEri rAga 7 min
8. avathAram seidhiveerE of AruNAchala kavi in Jonpuri rAga 6 min
9. theruvil vArAnO- khamAs rAga padam of Muthu ThAndavar 4 min
10.Baja baja mAnasa in Sindhu Bhairavi

All in all a very good concert for exactly 2.5 hrs.
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#60 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 24 Apr 2019, 19:17

Did he sing tsAla kallana or sAdhincanE? I was not around close enough to listen. I did hear the hamsAnandi of HMB which was new to me and sounded very good. Wish he had loosened up a bit more. I have heard him sing even better elsewhere. With Nagai by his side, it would have been even more appealing.
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#61 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 24 Apr 2019, 19:29

It was Sri mAtE,?
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#62 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 24 Apr 2019, 20:45

Arasi: He did sing tsAlakalana , but that was not one of the pancharatnas. I stand corrected.
The Begada composition of Diksitar was Sri mAtah Siva vamkE and not as I wrote. It is sometimes difficult for me to identify the exact lyrics from the vocalist's pronunciation.
I too expected a better selection of compositions &performance, based on prior experience.
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#63 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 24 Apr 2019, 22:32

!:02 p.m No video, Only audio !!
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#64 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 24 Apr 2019, 22:42

It is 1;12 First song is over Still no Video. What is the problem ?

Surya PrakAsh and party

After the first two songs, the video transmission started.

1. SeethApathy nA manasu in kamAs rAga, short neraval and swaram at "prEmasoochi nApai" 8 min
2. Evarani of Thyagaraja in dEvAmrutha varshini 6 min
Now the Video is on
3. alApana in a rAgam that he announced as "swarnAngi" 47 th mELam 4+2 min
"mahAraja rAjEswari pArvathi", swaram at mEru rAja 8 mn. Composer ?
4. Short alApana in dEvaghAndAri followed by 'nAmorAlakimpavE" of T 12 min
5.kA vA vA in varALi rAga of P.Sivan swaram at paZhani mali urayum 8 min
6. kAmbOdhi rAga alApana 8 min followed by GKB's "thiruvadi saraNam. neraval & swaram at the usual
aduthuvanda ennai 20 min.
When thani Avardanam started at 2:30 p.m., I could not control my after noon nap !

Other rasikas may fill up the thukkadas that followed he Thani for a few minutes.

Surya was in good from and gave a good presentation well supported by young female accompaniments.
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#65 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 25 Apr 2019, 04:06

My day of other commitments, :(but I managed to hear bits and pieces, The rare mahA rAja Rajeswari, pArvathi in swarnangi is by Mayuram Viswanatha Shastry.
He sang krishnA nI bEganE bArO and parulanna mATa namma vaddu from the anu pallavi mOmu chinna pOyina maramEmirA before that...
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#66 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by RSR » 25 Apr 2019, 13:11

Let us forget for a moment that the concerts are from Cleveland festival. and imagine that it is from a Chennai festival. If so, the programs leave much to be desired. and am not the only person who feels that way. ( fortunately). (1) Technology gitches (2) special concerts honouring the greats like Smt. DKP being allootted to a vocalist not singing any MD kritis. Could they not find a suitable disciple of Smt.DKP? Just 2 kritis by Thyagaraja . in a festival with priority to the saint. (3) M.D.Ramanathan memorial concert also has the same defect.
Sri.Sundararajan has rightly dismissed the 'thukkadas'. and criticized too many 'javaLis'.
Quite a few programs were devoted to Mrudhangam and Tavil. Layam experts like Sri.ShankaranK could have offered their impression.
The festival is nearing its end and it has been poorly organized.
I am looking forward to the report on program by Kalki's grand daughter Smt.Gowri.
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#67 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by RSR » 25 Apr 2019, 13:30

shankarank wrote:
23 Apr 2019, 19:54
RSR wrote:
23 Apr 2019, 15:35
1) No need to bring innames here as if he is THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY.
Not in the sense of authority. Big names who have dwelt as insiders already raised questions surrounding such things before.
RSR wrote:
23 Apr 2019, 15:35
padams and javaLis sometimes have racy tunes
Thought their tunes were slower than usual. Even if as a fast pace, their construction has such a viSrAnti in them. Why don't you for once treat the letters and words as music first? By saying vocal music, we have already privileged ourselves with our supposedly acclaimed intellect. You think a mother would pass this on to a daughter if it is against dharma? AvALA viDa namakku dharmam teriyumA?

The narrative that instruments try to mimic vocal in our music is an atrocious violence on Indian civilization. We ipso facto acknowledge the Western definition of music as fundamental and lose our senses.

We seem to have bought into this "pure forms" of Plato - the ideal gas and a friction less plane, so goes pure music!

https://twitter.com/sanjeevsanyal/statu ... 8238868480
RSR wrote:
23 Apr 2019, 15:35
3) The craze for live or telecast 'kutchery' is totally misplaced and anachronism in modern world. If I want real classical music, whether vintage or middle age or modern , one can get everything in soundcloud and tube videos ( HD).
Hello!! Smt MSS's manavyALA still rings from a late night telecast when my mother played it from TiruvaiyAru, as we went to sleep. We wouldn't have known her otherwise.
Yup! that damn dictionary finally! That you would resort to it at the end - Says it all!

Just a few years back, tirukkurAL was "set to music" and released with much fanfare in that very sabha. It would behove us to just a pay a bit of attention to what it says about language and music together!

And from Sanskrit and pANiNi - I find similar thoughts expressed:

https://twitter.com/avatans/status/1117042393021284352
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Hello!! Smt MSS's manavyALA still rings from a late night telecast when my mother played it from TiruvaiyAru, as we went to sleep. We wouldn't have known her otherwise.
Unable to understand what you are trying to say! Would surely like to learn more! mention the year. and how your mother came to be present there, Was she a vocalist?
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#68 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by shankarank » 25 Apr 2019, 17:55

Obviously - it was a AIR relay from Tiruvaiyaru. And she was with us. She is no vocalist. Sometimes you have to read with context , not just with Wren and Martin and a dictionary!
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#69 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by RSR » 25 Apr 2019, 19:04

shankarank wrote:
25 Apr 2019, 17:55
Obviously - it was a AIR relay from Tiruvaiyaru. And she was with us. She is no vocalist. Sometimes you have to read with context , not just with Wren and Martin and a dictionary!
M S Subbulakshmi - Nenarunchinaanu - Maalavi - Tyagaraja Swami .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtElqTEGscA
upload by V.Stinivasan. with the following note:
Smt M.S.Subbulakshmi and Smt Radha Viswanathan render a blitzkrieg version of Tyagaraja Swami's famous composition "Nenarunchinaanu annitiki" in Maalavi raga. The chittaswaras have been sung at an incredible speed! This song has been sourced from a live concert performed c. 1964
you mean to say that your mother was with you some place not in Thiruvaiyaru and was listening to the kriti mentioned by you ( by Smt.MS) (/manavyala' .
M. S. Subbulakshm - Manavyala - Nalinakanthi
Thiruvaiyaru Sri Thyagaraja Aradhana 1984https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaGSo7ZKSms
and she woke you up to listen to it. Am I right? "
otherwise, we would not have heard about her'
. Who is that 'her'? Smt.MS?
Rarely have I come across any of your posts which are coherant and related to the topic.
I had mentioned some wonderful Thyagaraja kritis sung by Smt.MS in the Thiruvaiyaaru Aradhana, -1978,in the hope that present-day musicians will emulate her. What struck me was that all the kritis are slow-paced unlike the one quoted by you. Thank you.
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#70 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 25 Apr 2019, 19:28

4-25-2019 Thursday
VeeNa, vENu, Violin concert

Pleased that the veeNa and Flute are loud and clear. Violin volume also is good, But When all three are played together the violin is completely drowned. Should it be raised a bit ?
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#71 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 25 Apr 2019, 19:50

Sundara Rajan,
Good that you are listening to this vibrant recital. Violin sound has been taken care of now. After the NATTaikuRinji varNam, I heard hamsdhvani at the end when the energy and abandon with which Nirmala Rajashekar was playing drew me in. What kriti did they play? Murari's rAga playing for dEva dEva kalayAmi was sweeter than ever. svarAs from all of them were crisp and appealing...
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#72 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 25 Apr 2019, 20:00

sorry, repeat post, and so deleted...
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#73 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 25 Apr 2019, 20:06

The katanakutUhalam of Poochi, I haven't heard before. Did you catch the words of it as Nirmala announced it?
Now they are playing Janani ninnuvinA which was picked up by more than one performer this year at Cleveland.Enough emotingin their playing it....
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#74 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 25 Apr 2019, 22:44

Arasi: That was Poochi's imitation of Patnam S Iyer's kathankuthookala. The name of that rAga is Swara Ranjani. The Hamsadwani piece was vAthApi Ganapthim bajEham. Kanyakumari plays Swara Ranjani often.
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#75 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 25 Apr 2019, 23:37

Ah, so? But, Poochi needs to imitate? :)
Just catching up with the kids singing (tAnam) at Gowri's program.
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