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#1

Post by drshrikaanth » 05 Aug 2006, 02:14

I have started this thread so that all reviews can be posted here. It serves 2 purposes

1- Avoids starting a new thread for each review posted
2-Puts them all conveniently in one thread which helps for future reference.

I have also made this a sticky so it is always accessible and easy to see.
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Post by drshrikaanth » 05 Aug 2006, 02:15

Let me first begin with another review from yesterday's The Hindu in the Friday review section of the Bangalore edition

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2006/08/04/stor ... 330300.htm
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Post by drshrikaanth » 05 Aug 2006, 02:18

The review is about a thematic presentation. vid||R.K.Srikantan is a great musician, an exemplary teacher as well as an eloquent speaker witha fine sense of humour. The review provides an insight into his take on selecting rare compositions from common as well as rare composers, both ancient and contemporary. A very catholic and progressive approach which is all the more surprising given his stature and age.
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Post by drshrikaanth » 05 Aug 2006, 02:20

After reading the review, I nearly cried for not attending this programme. RKS has sung the AndhALi kRti of MD. I have been wnating to hear it for so long. Did anybody attend ad record the programme? Does anybody have any recording of this kRti? Please post it.
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Post by arasi » 05 Aug 2006, 03:21

DRS,
Thanks for the article. Listening to RKS's singing is like opening an antique treasure chest. Inexhaustible classical gems are what he offers. Whenever I am in Bangalore, if he happens to sing, I make sure that I don't miss his concert. Few years ago, he sang on two consecutive evenings at Ananya--with some of his disciples too, the raga Saveri. I can still hear it!
Given his age, his voice is powerful, expressive and bhAvA-laden. As I mentioned it somewhere in the Sangetham BB, to see his wife in the audience and see her enjoying his music adds to the pleasure of it all!
The veteran echoes the feelings of many of us. An admixture of the old and the new and the new (rarely heard ones) in the old...
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Post by drshrikaanth » 05 Aug 2006, 03:41

arasi wrote:The veteran echoes the feelings of many of us. An admixture of the old and the new and the new (rarely heard ones) in the old...
Very nicely put Arasi. And we might have even met in Bangalore. Possibly in Aanya itself.
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#7

Post by arasi » 05 Aug 2006, 06:45

Wish we had recognized each other. But how?!!:)
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Post by vasanthakokilam » 05 Aug 2006, 09:04

In one direction... there is a clue here... http://www.rasikas.org/viewtopic.php?id=255 ;)
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#9

Post by arasi » 06 Aug 2006, 05:39

Vk,
You are right:)
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Post by coolkarni » 19 Aug 2006, 10:24

Some nice thoughts about Critics and Reviews
(from the various works of Oscar Wilde)

The one characteristic of a beautiful form is that one can put into it whatever one wishes ,and see in it whatever one chooses to see ; and the Beauty ,that gives to creation its universal and aesthetic element ,makes the critic a creator in his turn ,and whispers of a thousand different things which were not present in the mind of him who carved the statue or painted the panel ,or graved the gem.
( the critic as an artist)
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the result of the vulgar specialisation of criticism is an elaborate scientific knowledge of the stage - almost as elaborate as that of the stage carpenter and quite on a par with that of the call-boy-combined with an entire incapacity to realize that a play is a work of art or to receive any artistic impressions at all ( in an interview)
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..each of the arts has a critic ,as it were ,assigned to it.
The actor is the critic of the drama. ( The critic as an artist)
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The fine spirit of choice and delicate instinct of selection by which the artist realizes life for us ,and gives to it a momentary perfection
.that spirit of choice ,the subtle tact of omission, is really the critical faculty in one of its most characteristic moods, and one who does not possess this faculty cannot create anything at all in art. (The critic as an artist)
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.The first step in aesthetic criticism is to realize one's own impressions.
(Pen, Pencil and Poison)
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Real critics ? Ah ! How perfectly charming they would be !I am always waiting for their arrival. An inaudible school would be nice. (In an interview)
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Criticism demands infinitely far more cultivation than creation does.
(The critic as an artist)
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The moment criticism exercises any influence, it ceases to be criticism .The aim of a true critic is to try to chronicle his own moods ,not to try to correct the masterpieces of others. (In an interview)
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The critic is he who can translate into another manner of a new material his impression of beautiful things. The highest , as the lowest ,form of criticism is a mode of autobiography.(The picture of Dorian Gray)
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Why should the artist be troubled by the shrill clamour of criticism ?If a mans work is easy to understand an explanation is unnecessary. (The critic as an artist)
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It is exactly because a man cannot do a thing that he is the proper judge of it. (The critic as an artist)
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I never reply to my critics. I have far too much time. But I think some day I will give a general answer in the form of a lecture which I shall call "Straight talks to Old men"
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Amen
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Post by kiransurya » 19 Aug 2006, 16:29

Coolkarni
Very nice.
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Post by rshankar » 20 Aug 2006, 03:08

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Post by drshrikaanth » 20 Aug 2006, 03:35

Thanks Ravi. It sometimes takes a foreigner to remind many of us of the beauty/greatness in our arts. And is refreshing to know the perspective of someone who is not culturally ingrained to see things the way we do. And at times shocking too :rolleyes:
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Post by drshrikaanth » 20 Aug 2006, 03:47

Here is a review of a concert of the Grande Dame of HM- Gangubai Hangal. It is always invigorating to read about maestros. And in this particular review, touching as well. What a spirit!

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2006/08/18/stor ... 170300.htm

en kaDan paNi seidu kiDappadE was a line Rangaramanuja Iyengar quoted in his books (kRti maNimAlai). Gangubai is a living example of it. I once saw her interview and was stucky by her unassuming nature. The child in her is remarkable. She reminds one so much of D.K.Pattammal who too has that beatific smile and child-like simplicity.
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Post by arasi » 20 Aug 2006, 07:33

Coolji,
A true artist drinks at the spiritual font of music and brings to us the joy of it. He/she cannot help it. At another level, he/she possesses 'that fine choice and delicate instinct of selection', and as a result, 'that momentary perfection' becomes ours.
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#16

Post by arasi » 20 Aug 2006, 08:05

Ravi,
Several years ago, in the very same hall I heard Aruna Sairam and a french medieval musician give a performance. I wasn't sure what to expect. It turned out to be enjoyable. The medieval music was soothing (my grandson as an infant would fall asleep easily to it!) and Aruna's singing had depth and feeling.
Kalyani was one of the ragas she sang and a Mayuram Visvanatha Sastry song. Of course, Aruna's speaking was impressive (as usual).
While I cannot brook the mish mash versions of so called Fusion--they are aplenty--I do welcome new experiments which have validity.
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#17

Post by arasi » 20 Aug 2006, 08:09

DRS,
Good old (young) Gangu Bai!

typo: en kADAN (duty, my thing)
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#18

Post by drshrikaanth » 20 Aug 2006, 08:27

Yes, Thanks Arasi.
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Post by vasanthakokilam » 20 Aug 2006, 09:12

rshankar wrote:This was very nice to read!
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2006/08/18/stor ... 110200.htm
Ravi
You can listen to Robert Wright's 'fusion' cd here..

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertwright

Click on Play All Songs.
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#20

Post by coolkarni » 20 Aug 2006, 10:51

DRS
thanks for that great link ....on gangoobai...
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Post by rshankar » 25 Aug 2006, 20:01

An elegant tribute:
nadiyinilE varum gItam?
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2006/08/25/stor ... 920300.htm
Ravi
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#22

Post by rshankar » 01 Sep 2006, 22:32

Another well crafted review that makes me wish I had been there!
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2006/09/01/stor ... 770300.htm
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Post by arasi » 02 Sep 2006, 00:16

Ravi,
Thanks! What a breath of fresh air! I haven't seen her perform so far and I don't want to miss her again. What she says is something to think about. The theme recurs. Performer who is serious about teaching and the future of the arts...
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Post by rshankar » 02 Sep 2006, 00:38

Arasi,
She is exquisite - the only word to describe her is chiseled perfection...Don't miss her performance.
Ravi
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