Subbudu (PV Subramaniam)

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Post by MANNARGUDIYAAN » 30 Mar 2007, 10:05

senior critic subbudu passed away in delhi after illness
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Post by rajumds » 30 Mar 2007, 12:37

May his soul rest in peace.

Though he was harsh at times, he had the ability to spot talent amonst youngsters & was generous in his encouragement.
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Post by drshrikaanth » 30 Mar 2007, 13:06

May his soul rest in peace. A firebrand that commanded respect and awe. He knew his business.
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Post by jayaram » 30 Mar 2007, 15:41

Subbudu

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A rasika with integrity who followed his own path.
Rest in peace, sir.
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Post by swethana41 » 30 Mar 2007, 18:27

Subbudu is no more . But his forthright views on the present day vidwans andf his criiticisms about their casual renditions were vehemently hammered so as to uphold the traditions in tact
swethana41 May his soul rest in Melody
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Post by jayaram » 30 Mar 2007, 19:15

One more - Subbudu on his favorite harmonium...
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Post by kaapi » 30 Mar 2007, 19:19

He was forthright and did not spare anybody. At times he was vitriolic. His criticisms were not limited to concerts and included organizations and government bodies. Possibly he was the only one who went on harping that the Central government grants for fine arts are being cornered by the North Indian Cities and the Southern state governments were not doing enough to get a reasonable share with the result CM was losing out on government funding.

It would be a fitting memorial to him if an award for the best CM critic is instituted in his name.

I offer my condolences to the bereaved family.
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Post by mahakavi » 30 Mar 2007, 20:01

Subbudu was a noble soul, however harsh he may have been towards musicians--be they doyens or jAmbhavAns. He kept every musician in their own place lest they should run away with arrogance. Despite various protests by fan(atic)s when he took the cudgel against the doyens (when their performances were sub-par) Subbudu stood his ground. He marched to his own drum (with the stick in hand!). May his soul rest in the heavenly abode!
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Post by cmlover » 30 Mar 2007, 21:48

Deeply shocked! He was part of CM review history. Especially his support for Tamizh Isai will be fondly remembered in TN!
Heartfelt condolence to the Family!
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Post by rshankar » 30 Mar 2007, 22:15

May his soul rest in peace!
In addition to being a critic (critic-SirOmaNI even!), he was a composer. We have discussed one of his compositions rather exhaustively - the padavarNam, annamE aruginil vA, in valac(j)i. Maybe Lji can post a list of his other compositions? And any non-commercial renderings of his compositions will always be welcome! :P
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Post by rajeshnat » 31 Mar 2007, 14:07

There were so many rasikas and artists who were at times more keen to read his review than even attending a concert. During kutcheri season, there was a noticable spurt in sales of the newspapers and magazines(in tamil and english) where Subbudu wrote reviews for both dance and CM. Certainly his sense of humour and his style of calling "spade a spade" did elevate the rasikas appreciation of CM.

There is just too much of death(s) this year,may we all pray "let there be no more this year".

A nice speech by a retired civil servant (Shri N Vittal ) on the critic subbudu.
http://cvc.nic.in/vscvc/cvcspeeches/sp5apr02.pdf
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Post by Sam Swaminathan » 31 Mar 2007, 14:36

I have spent many a hours in Subbudu sir's house in Delhi listening to his experiences and knowledge in carnatic music. A great critic with a brilliant sense of humour. His passing is a great loss. May his soul rest in peace.
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Post by vijay » 31 Mar 2007, 15:05

Surely the stars seem ranged against CM with bad news coming in on an almost daily basis. My condolences.
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Post by Nick H » 31 Mar 2007, 18:21

What a legend! Here's a foreigner who probably couldn't even name any other critic!
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Post by cmlover » 31 Mar 2007, 22:14

Folks

I have paid a lyrical/musical Tribute to Subbudu at
http://www.rasikas.org/viewtopic.php?pid=43148#p43148
in the spirit of his 'caustic/catharic' contribution to CM over the years!
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Post by coolkarni » 02 Apr 2007, 12:47

I watched a wonderful trbute to Subbudu on Doordarshan , yesterday morning.
A beautifully produced documentary.
It was heartening to note that he believed that the performers of today were right up there in the highest slots, when it came to matters of knowledge and repertoire-
though he qualified his statement with the comment that
" It is a fact today that the pace of life leaves little scope for "tapas" in its true sense- something that was necessary to take CM to dizzying heights as witnessed 40-50 years ago.

Another interesting comment was about his belief that a CM rasika listens to Cm with three ears - two provided on his head and a third one which keeps mapping with all that has been heard over a lifetime.Addressing the tastes of that third ear , was the ultimate test for a performer.

Towards the end the subject veered around to his caustic nature -which he explained fully- but he concluded by saying
'Thanks for bearing with me - for trying to talk to me and bring out the worst in me .That is the way I see the role of a critic"

The program was full of such little gems and his anguish at the dilution of this art -in the process of making it popular-was evident in every frame.

It was great to watch this program.
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Post by jayaram » 02 Apr 2007, 16:33

Any chance someone recorded this program??
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Post by coolkarni » 03 Apr 2007, 12:36

Surely the stars seem ranged against CM with bad news coming in on an almost daily basis. My condolences.
Vijay
More bad news is on the way.I am just getting it confirmed.
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Post by hariomsharan » 05 Apr 2007, 21:31

i was a resident of a dry district in south of tamil nadu where music is counted hardly a thing.i could keep my spirits up only by his reviews published regularly in dinamani. he introduced my the multidimensions of CM , composers and ragas.Also to identify good music.
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Post by meena » 06 Apr 2007, 10:24

Tribute: His knowledge gave him the courage
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Post by rajeshnat » 06 Apr 2007, 11:41

Tribute: His knowledge gave him the courage

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/04/06/stor ... 620200.htm

moving the post to the right thread
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Post by mahakavi » 06 Apr 2007, 19:44

After reading this report, even the subjects of Subbudu's scathing criticism cannot but shed a tear or two.
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Post by mahakavi » 13 Apr 2007, 06:28

There is an article about Subbudu in Thamizh at:
http://www.aaraamthinai.com/kalai/kattu ... tturai.asp

This excerpt attributed to SSI addressing Subbudu caught my eye.

"nAnum vekkamillama varushA varusham pADiNDirukkEn, nIyum vekkamillama varushA varusham ezhudiNDirukkE" ( I am singing without any sense of shame every year and you are also writing without shame every year)
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Post by srkris » 20 Jan 2010, 12:59

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Post by arasi » 20 Jan 2010, 15:38

Touching.
Did you read the translation of his essay in tamizh which I posted just a couple of days ago in the MMI thread under Vidwans and Vidushis?
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