The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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#1 The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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M.S. Subbulakshmi told the mridangam maestro Karaikudi Mani after a Kutcheri, “Mani, today you only sang the song.”

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 738183.ece

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#2 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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KVC, you beat me to it, sir!

BTW we have featured several fine articles on Guru Karaikudi Mani in the latest Lalitha Kala Tarangini magazine. This issue has been described as a collector's issue elsewhere.

I have linked a litePDF file here:
version here:
https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/cfe ... 4f63a324a8

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#3 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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Maybe it's just me, but I found the article from Hindu to be one of the most unintelligible pieces I've read! It was made unnecessarily complex- there's a beauty in simplicity that seems to elude many a writer!

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#4 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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Thanks Rsachi for the link to the latest issue of Lalithakala Tarangini. Could you pl give the link to the souvenir they brought on Smt MS last year (Sep?)?

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#5 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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Rsachi wrote:BTW we have featured several fine articles on Guru Karaikudi Mani in the latest Lalitha Kala Tarangini magazine. This issue has been described as a collector's issue elsewhere.
Oh! Are you involved with this magazine?

Somebody gave me a copy at a concert a few weeks ago, and I didn't think of it for a while, and then, opening it, found it to be a real treasure!

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#6 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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Yes KVC. It was a special issue and not a souvenir. BTW the entire magazine is free, printed in cr on artpaper, and carries NO advertisements or sponsorships. Commendable.
The link :
http://www.srlkmandira.org/newsletters/ ... pecial.pdf

All their issues are archived in that location (promoted folder).

(the English transations of late Mr Krishnamurthy's articles were done by me).

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#7 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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Nick, yes, I am a regular contributor of writings and well-wisher of SRLKM.

RShankar, :D yes, some of these writers have superb ideas but adopt a somewhat abstruse idiom. To his credit, the author here is making some very insghtful points, though:
1. Is there a grammar to percussion strokes to accompany a song? A type of bhava? Yes, there is. It is not obvious like words or raga moods, but follows a deep design and artistic capability.
2. Who exemplified that? The author has mentioned Mani Iyer and Raghu. I would add Sivaraman, Karaikudi Mani.

There is a story about SSI's Marubalka and the PMI accompaniment for anupallavi. It always used to elicit a big applause. When SSI expressed that the applause was for his singing, Mani Iyer stopped playing at that point the next time, and the anticlimax clinched the issue in his favour.
Raghu was legendary in accompanying KVN. In the Behag kriti Kandu Dhanyanade, the way he plays for Charana is climactic.
I have heard an Academy SSI concert where Sivaraman takes the tillana to the stratosphere with his play.
Karaikudi Mani is simply fantastic in this aspect. He knows to sing very well, and that sure helps him accompany the way he does.

I shared a little while ago an MSS Kalyani - Needu Charana (1958). The mridangam there adds infinite beauty to the lyrics.

Hope I have managed to communicate my enthusiasm for the author's ideas sufficiently!
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#8 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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Sivaraman might have liked his name as Suvairaman rather than Suvaraman :)

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#9 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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;)

The concert of 063-SSI with TNK and PMI linked in the Best Vocal-Violin-Mridangam amply illustrates what PMI excelled at. The art of accompaniment at its very best.

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#10 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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RSachi - thank you for a) getting the author's point (which was buried in verbose prose) across, and b) proving my point regarding simplicity! :)

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#11 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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Thanks Rsachi for the link to the special issue. I find my soul whenever I listen to or read about MS.

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#12 Re: The Hindu article: vadana becoming gayana

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KVC, then please listen to this Kalyani

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