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#76

Post by rshankar » 24 Feb 2007, 07:37

I did pay attention! ;)
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#77

Post by coolkarni » 24 Feb 2007, 07:50

a teeny weeny bit from a commercial tape -
just to illustrate my point.
http://www.badongo.com/file/2301797
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#78

Post by jayaram » 02 Mar 2007, 14:04

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

Post by rshankar » 06 Apr 2007, 23:04

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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#80

Post by rshankar » 20 Apr 2007, 21:51

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#81

Post by SSK » 01 May 2007, 04:54

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

Post by jayaram » 04 May 2007, 15:19

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

Post by Sathej » 15 Jun 2007, 10:28

Really great for Carnatic Music!Refreshing to see this.
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#84

Post by mohan » 06 Jul 2007, 06:16

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 » 06 Jul 2007, 06:44

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

Post by veenajj » 06 Jul 2007, 15:54

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

Jeyaraaj & Jaysri
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#87

Post by rshankar » 06 Jul 2007, 20:15

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

Post by drshrikaanth » 16 Jul 2007, 15:56

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

Post by vs_manjunath » 16 Jul 2007, 21:52

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

Post by drshrikaanth » 16 Jul 2007, 21:58

Yes Manju- even I am wondering why.
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#91

Post by drshrikaanth » 23 Jul 2007, 16:11

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

Post by arasi » 23 Jul 2007, 20:27

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

Post by coolkarni » 24 Nov 2007, 13:57

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

Post by rshankar » 14 Dec 2007, 02:56

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

Post by thanjavooran » 22 Dec 2007, 06:38

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

Post by Anusha » 09 Jan 2008, 12:31

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 » 09 Jan 2008, 20:31

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

Post by arasi » 09 Jan 2008, 21:05

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

Post by vageyakara » 10 Jan 2008, 10:55

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

Post by arasi » 10 Jan 2008, 14:28

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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