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Article on Prayaga Rangadasa by Varma ji.

During the 1980s, I once watched a live telecast of a concert by Dr.Balamurali krishna Gaaru from New Delhi, where he was accompanied by a harmonium and a tabla.Though the entire concert was a different experience altogether, one song caught my attention immediately. It was "Rama Rama Ena Rada" in Raga Sindhubhairavi.Neither had I ever heard this song before, nor had I heard a popular Raga like Sindhubhairavi handled in this way which was extremely sweet, catchy and unique.
It was after ten years had passed, that I got to join Balamurali Sir as a disciple. One of the earliest songs that I requested him to teach me, was Rama Rama Ena Rada and I have been featuring this song regularly in both my concerts as well as in my teaching sessions in various parts of the world.
https://youtu.be/WsoXhpwwYxw
When I asked Balamurali Sir who the composer was, he just said "Prayaga Rangadasa" and not much else.

After a few years had passed, I heard the ultra sweet Chenchuruti song "Ramududbhavinchinadu Raghukulambuna" in a cassette of Balamurali Sir. The attraction was instant, just like it was with Rama Rama Ena Rada! I found that This song was Also composed by Prayaga Rangadasa! Again, Balamurali Sir taught me the song, but didn't mention much about the composer.
https://youtu.be/K_DaZyoD6Zs

After some more time had passed, I found Balamurali Sir's cassette of Prayaga Rangadasa songs, which had songs like Bala Tripura Sundari, Rama Naamaamruthamu Manasa, Krishnamma, Eme O Chiti and so on. This time I insisted on knowing more about the composer and Balamurali Sir said that he was his maternal grandfather!I was really surprised and asked him whether there were more songs by him and he said that there could be some, but he was not aware of them.I started to teach and perform the few songs of Prayaga Rangadasa that I knew, on a regular basis.

Though I am not a Telugu speaker and though I have sung these songs at many non - Telugu locations like Bangalore, Kerala, Madras, Bombay, America, Muscat, Dubai, London, France and so on, I find that the moment I start to sing a song by Prayaga Rangadasa, the entire gathering becomes bright and happy and usually start smiling joyfully!

During 2010/2011, some of my teaching sessions used to be telecast by TTD's SVBC Channel five days a week, from 4:30pm until 5:00pm. Balamurali Sir and his wife Annapoorna Gaaru used to watch these sessions quite regularly, while enjoying their evening coffee. Once my session with Bala Tripura Sundari had come on TV and Balamurali Sir became very emotional. He told me that he didn't know anything about Prayaga Rangadasa initially, except the two songs Rama Rama Ena Rada and Ramududbhavinchinadu.But a lady once approached him and said "You know, your grandfather has composed Hundreds of beautiful songs and they are lying all over the place, sung by Bhajana Mandalis in Andhra Pradesh!" Then she proceeded to teach him the few songs that she knew, which included Bala Tripura Sundari. The day my Bala Tripura Sundari lesson was telecast, Balamurali Sir had come to know that this lady had passed away, which was what had made him emotional. He also told me that all the tunes were the original tunes composed by Rangadasa Gaaru himself.He then told me that he was 100% sure that he got the creative spark of composing something fresh, original and attractive, only from his grandfather, though he had not interacted with him.

For example Prayaga Rangadasa Gaaru uses a certain unusual phrase in Anandabhairavi in his song "Varalakshmi", which Balamurali Sir has used quite a few times, in His tunes! Balamurali Sir's extremely popular version of the Bhadrachala Ramadasa song "Ikshvaku Kula Tilaka" bears a Striking resemblance to the Prayaga Rangadasa song "Shankara" in the same folk type tune that is loosely based on Yadukula Kamboji!

Whenever Balamurali Sir would visit scenic places in Kerala, he would nostalgically talk about his native village Sankaraguptam, which was near the Godavari river. He would always say that he wished to visit Sankaraguptam at least once, before he passed away and finally he did manage to make a trip there, just before he passed away. He also visited the famous and powerful Narasimha temple near the sea, at Antharvedi. But he sadly lived and died without knowing about one small but vital location, very near both Sankaraguptam and Antharvedi. This was the little village of Gudimellanka, which was the birth place of Prayaga Rangadasa. Though Rangadasa Gaaru went to North India and spent much of his life there, earning him the name "Prayaga" Rangadasa, his heart never seems to have left his beloved Gudimellanka, which appears again and again and again in most of his compositions.
Once Balamurali Sir had a concert at Bangalore during Ganesh Chathurthi. The huge festival was conducted at a place called Basavanagudi. I told Balamurali Sir that if he were to sing Rama Rama Ena Rada, which had the words "Vasudhanu Gudimellankanu Velasina Vara Gopalude Kaada" and change the words to Basavanagudimellankanu, the people would be happy and he did that, to thunderous applause! But neither he nor I had even heard of Gudimellanka at the time.

A few months after Balamurali Sir passed away, one of my students who was a great devotee of Lord Narasimha told me that while he was on his way to have darshan of Lord Narasimha at Antharvedi, he happened to pass by the small village of Gudimellanka and he remembered the word from Rama Rama Ena Rada, which I had taught him.I felt so excited and decided to try and find the place myself. When I informed one of my sweet little students in Vizag about the plan, she and her equally sweet parents said that they would join me and all four of us met at Rajamahendra varam, from where we took a taxi to Antharvedi and Gudimellanka.
I had taught the super cute composition "Krishnamma! Gopala Bala Krishnamma!" in Vizag and both my student and I loved this song a lot.
https://youtu.be/9maGeX3EsVc

Though many songs by Prayaga Rangadasa Gaaru mentions the Venugopala of Gudimellanka, this was a song which was completely On Sri Venugopala swamy of Gudimellanka and we were so excited at the prospect of actually going and having Darshan at the temple. We were delighted when we actually did find the temple, but it was closed. So we took a trip to Antharvedi and Sankaraguptam and came back to Gudimellanka at night. In Sankaraguptam, they had erected a small arch on a barren piece of land, in the middle of nowhere, where it proclaimed that this was where Dr.Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna was born.
https://youtu.be/hziV7T4w8Hk

When we returned to Gudimellanka it was already dark. We entered the temple and found the Archaka doing such a beautiful Pooja that all of us just stood there quietly for around half an hour, because we didn't feel like disturbing the wonderful Pooja, which the Archaka was doing, with complete sincerity and concentration. Later when he saw us, he called us inside and we had a beautiful darshan, after which my student and I sang Krishnamma, seated right in front of the idol! It is one of the cutest songs Ever and it describes Krishna using charming phrases like "Oppula Kuppa" or a "Heap of adorable qualities!" I captured some footage of the temple and uploaded it on YouTube.com too, after which more and more people have been discovering this lovely little temple and the wonderful priest there, Sairam Gaaru.
https://youtu.be/ownB4Rx37H0

A few months after this, I got an email from a fan who had been watching my videos on YouTube, who informed me that the line "Sthiramuga Sri Kadaliyandu Velasithivamma" in the song "Bala Tripura Sundari" was not referring to the Ocean (Kadal) but to a village called Kadali, which was also very near Gudimellanka, Antharvedi and Sankaraguptam!
https://youtu.be/M3igwuIM7rQ

The same Vizag family and I made another trip and had Darshan at the Kapotheshwara Temple at Kadali, where the beautiful Bala Tripura Sundari resided. I was secretly thinking that I would probably be the very first person from Kerala to have visited this remote little village, when I discovered that the Devi Herself had been installed there by none other than Adi Sankara himself, who was also from Kerala! My YouTube friend Musiquebox, uploaded a small video of this temple also, which has been delighting many fans of the song "Bala Tripura Sundari" all over the world.
https://youtu.be/sFAjV2m-q3c

Once, during a visit to Tanuku, I discovered that the venerable music teacher who runs a music school there, knew the song "Eme O Chiti" right from her childhood, but had no idea that the composer was Prayaga Rangadasa!
https://youtu.be/PkqcOp5Rtqc

Like this, I am sure, there must be quite a few songs which are still in vogue, which I hope, will be retrieved and organized and popularized in the way they deserve to be.
A friend from Hyderabad elicited the following list of Prayaga Rangadasa songs from a book by Balantrapu Rajanikantha Rao Gaaru, which just had the first few words.
1) Sri Rama Nama Mantra Patana Seyave
2) Om Namo Narayana (Not the Tamil song in Karnaranjani)
3) Pooja Seyudumu Vega Raramma
4) Sadasivuni Mrudu Padambujamu
5) Mangalambe Shamburaani
6) Haarathivvare Rajarajeshwariki

Despite all my efforts, I haven't heard any of these songs until now, as I write this article, in February 2019. I can only hope and pray that Prayaga Rangadasa will find his rightful place among the greatest composers of all time, sooner than later.

Rama Varma
Kawadiar Palace
Thiruvanantha puram
695003
Kerala.
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Post by sweetsong » 07 Mar 2019, 13:15

Prince Rama Varma
Sri S.R.Vinu
Sri B.Harikumar
Adichanalloor Sri Anilkumar
Thirunakkara Sri Ratheesh

to perform at 6:00pm on Saturday, the 9th of March,
at the Sree Swathi Thirunal Sangeetha Sabha,
Karthika Thirunal Theatre,
East Fort,
Thiruvananthapuram, for Sri Thyagaraja Aradhana.
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Post by sweetsong » 11 Mar 2019, 23:43

Prince Rama Varma to teach at the Adi Shankara Sanskrit University,
Kalady, from 10:00am to 1:00pm on March 13th, Wednesday.
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Post by sweetsong » 17 Mar 2019, 14:03

Prince Rama Varma to be honoured by Karaikudi Kamban Kazhagam on Mar 19th at 5PM in Karaikudi (Krishna Kalyaana Mandapam, Kallukkatti Maerkku) during Kamban Vizha with title 'Raaja Gnyaani."
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Post by sweetsong » 27 Mar 2019, 14:07

Varma ji takes baby steps in Telugu during an interview
with RJ Renuka on Rainbow FM, at All India Radio, Hyderabad, in
August 2018, on the eve of Varma ji's 50th birthday.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9RFJCzQDzQ
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Post by sweetsong » 05 Apr 2019, 21:14

Telugu folk song on Sri Venugopala at Gudimellanka
by Prayaga Rangadasa, taught to 200 students at
Hyderabad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOQxFKC2GlQ
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Post by sweetsong » 11 Apr 2019, 22:31

Japatha Japatha Hari Naama by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, was
tuned by Varma ji as a Ragamailka.
Varma ji taught it to his student Amrutha Venkatesh.
Amrutha Venkatesh taught it to her student Surabhi Pusthakam.
Surabhi Pusthakam taught it to Her students at Mysore.
When Varma ji went to Mysore for a concert on April 10th and
discovered that all these kids knew and loved Japatha Japatha
Hari Naama, he invited them to join him on stage and all of them
presented the song together impromptu, without any rehearsal.
Here is a rough video, captured on a phone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-4xesVcuXE
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Post by sweetsong » 18 Apr 2019, 23:56

Varma ji to perform with Sri S.R.Vinu and Sri B.Harikumar at Indian Fine Arts Society,
P.R.C.Centenary Hall,
No 20, Venkataraman Street,
Off Lodi khan Street,
Behind Holy Angels Convent,
T.Nagar, Chennai, (Phone 044-48574360)
for Swathi Thirunal Day, at 6:30pm on Saturday, the 20th of April.
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Post by sweetsong » 21 Apr 2019, 21:38

Prince Rama Varma with Sri S.R.Vinu and Sri Bangalore Praveen
for Ramanavami Sangeethotsava
at Sri Vani Vidya Kendra,
Basaveshwara Nagar,
Bengaluru, at 6:30pm tomorrow.
(Monday the 22nd of April.)
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Post by sweetsong » 24 Apr 2019, 23:45

New Audio CD by Prince Rama Varma with Sri S.R.Vinu and Sri B.Harikumar.
The Language of Music - 15 songs in 7 languages.
For more information, please contact [email protected] Phone - +91 98463 85752

Song details

01 Vara leela gana lola (Sanskrit) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INKyS3DkeZM
Western Nottuswaram
Tyagaraja
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyagaraja

Many of the great masters of Indian Classical music, like Sri Tyagaraja, Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar and Maharaja Swathi Thirunal lived at the same period of history, when India was ruled by the British.
Some of these composers indulged in putting lyrics in Sanskrit, for some of the charming and attractive Western melodies that they heard.
These were usually based on the Western Major Scale and do not follow any Indian classical Ragam strictly. Some notes are close to the King of Ragams Shankarabharanam, but do not employ the oscillations or ornamentation that characterizes Shankarabharanam.
These compositions are usually called Western Nottuswarams.
Though Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar has composed the maximum number of Western Nottuswarams, the few that Sri Tyagaraja composed, have a charm of their own.
Vara Leela Gaana Lola witnesses the brilliant mind of Sri Tyagaraja at its best, where one syllable gets repeated throughout each of the stanzas, right from LA in the opening stanza to an unexpected syllable like KSHA later on.
Adults and children alike are attracted to Prince Rama Varma's rendition of this song, where the beauty of the lyrics get highlighted by the stunning clarity of Varma Ji's enunciation.
One can witness Varma Ji's voice go from soft to hard in an instant when he sings a phrase like "Mridu Bhaashana"
(soft spoken) to "Ripu Bheeshana" (menacing to His enemies).
This also understandably, happens to be one of the most often requested compositions in Varma Ji's concerts.



02 Garuda gamana (Telugu) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxXCNC8WQc4
Ragam Suryakantham
Bhadrachala Ramadasa
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhadrachala_Ramadasu


In this beautiful and plaintive Telugu composition, the composer pleads with Lord Sri Rama to take him away kindly
(Karunaneluko Ra.) and to put an end to His suffering (Chintalanachi.)

While the compositions of Sri Tyagaraja are sung by South Indian classical musicians from all over the world, Bhadrachala Ramadasa songs are generally sung more by native Telugu speakers than by others.
Thanks to his eighteen year long association with the legendary master from Andhra Pradesh, Dr.Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, Prnce Rama Varma had the rare good fortune of learning a lot of beautiful compositions by Telugu composers like Bhadrachala Ramadasa, Annamacharya and others, which Varma ji regularly features in his classes and concerts.


03 Chandamamanu (Telugu) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK8XPnRp_G4
Ragam Kharaharapriya
Kaiwara Amara Nareyana
http://athma-spiritualbliss.blogspot.co ... a.html?m=1

When Prince Rama Varma set out to make this recording, he had intended to sing one song per composer. But eventually he ended up singing not one, but Three songs by Yogi Nareyana, with whose compositions Varma ji has a special relationship.
Chandamamanu is one of the songs where the superb co ordination between Varma ji and his amazing accompanists
Sri S.R.Vinu and Sri B.Harikumar comes to the forefront, though it is always there, from start to finish, in each of their performances.
In this song, the composer asks "Shall we go see the full moon and come?"
Varma ji has sung all the stanzas of this beautiful song, in this recording.



04 Kamakshi Pahimam (Sanskrit) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3CNOq_KLsw
Western Nottuswaram.
Prince Rama Varma
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aswathi ... Rama_Varma

Embodying a universal spirit, Prince Rama Varma views people like Mozart, Beethoven and Bach with the same level of respect as the Indian masters like Sri Tyagaraja, Dikshitar and others.
Following their footsteps, Varma ji has composed this charming little Western Nottuswaram, based on the melody from
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller's poem "Ode To Joy" which has been immortalized in the celebrated 9th symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Much like his guru Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna and his ancestor Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, Varma ji comes up with brilliant Swaraksharams throughout the composition.
A Swaraksharam is a kind of musical pun when the note in the melody (Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha and Ni) match the corresponding syllable in the lyrics. For example the first two syllables of the word Kamakshi; KA and MA, are set to the notes GA and MA!
This is something that can be done, only by someone with a thorough grasp of both music as well as languages.


05 Dangurava Saarirayya (Kannada) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kemhybUmcZM
Ragam Mayamalavagowla
Purandara Dasa
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purandara_Dasa

This is a rare and upbeat composition by the great grandfather of Indian Classical music, Sangita Pitamaha Sri Purandara Dasa, where the composer calls on everybody to beat drums, smile, clap, dance and jump, while singing the praises of the Lord joyfully.
While the lyrical content of many Carnatic compositions are plaintive in nature, Purandara Dasa has composed many joyful and celebratory compositions like this.
Varma ji, in his mission to use language to bring people together, rather than to divide, sings this song in impeccable Kannada, bringing out the right emotion behind each word of the song.

06 Sri Krishnayanu (Telugu) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXE3w0vY5k
Mishra Shankarabharanam
Kaiwara Amara Nareyana
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaivara

This is the second of the three songs by Yogi Nareyana of Kaiwara that Prince Rama Varma has featured in this album.
With a haunting melody composed by Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna based on the Raga Shankarabharanam, this song melts the hearts of the listeners like few other songs do.
A much requested song during Varma Ji's concerts and teaching sessions, he brings out the beauty of all the stanzas, soaked in melody, emotion and devotion.

07 Nandavanathil Oraandi. (Thamizh.) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf741cbmrUo
Siddhar Paadal.

During ancient times there were realized souls called Siddhar who wandered from place to place, sharing their wisdom with people.
The songs that they made, which generally contain a lot of wisdom, are called Siddhar Paadal.
The legendary flute Maestro Sri T.R.Mahalingam or Mali as he was called affectionately by his fans, usually concluded his concerts with a medley of a Siddhar Paadal and a snake charmer's song called a Magudi.
Though many instrumentalists play this charming and extremely catchy combo during their concerts, few vocalists, if any, have attempted this during their classical music concerts.
Prince Rama Varma being an ace Veena player, brought out the vocal version of this song and has been using it as an Instrument for linguistic unity by teaching and performing this ancient Thamizh song in Karnataka, Kerala Andhra Pradesh and in several locations outside India too.


08 Aaguner Poroshmoni (Bengali) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo3UQqUGuPU
Rabindranath Tagore
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabindranath_Tagore

One of the most beautiful songs written by India's National Poet, Gurudeb Ravindranath Tagore, the melody and lyrics and Prince Rama Varma 's voice and rendition melt the heart.
Being interested in Hindustani music, Carnatic music, Western music and Bengali Baul music, Tagore created a unique blend of these varied systems of music and came up with his own separate genre of music, called Rabindra Sangeeth.
Being endowed with a similarly open mind that imbibes the best of different cultures and genres of music, Varma ji became a Big fan of Tagore songs when he was in his teens. Listening to his heros like Pankaj Mullick, Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Manna Dey and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty sing them, Varma ji taught himself a bunch of Tagore songs purely for his own pleasure and now this song finds a special place in this recording.
Here, the poet offers his own body in place of a lamp, to light up the abode of God and prays that the divine spark touch his soul and render his life blessed and sacred.

09 Aada Pogona Baro (Kannada) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOWTxGTbSIA
Ragam - Brindavani
Sripadaraja
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sripadaraja

In a swift throwback from the 20th century Bengali song by Tagore, Prince Rama Varma comes up with a charming little song from the 15th century by the pioneer of the Haridasa movement, Sri Sripadaraja or Sripadarayaru.

Varma Ji's teaching sessions and concerts take him all over the world, from big cities like Singapore and Dubai, to tiny villages in South India.
During one such trip, he heard this song sung by a small child in this tune and immediately learned it from the child, though many people render the same lyrics in Raag Durga, which sounds completely different.
The three stanzas of this cute song touch upon Seetha Devi's wedding to Lord Sri Rama, Rukmini's refusal to marry Shishupala and her subsequent love letter to Lord Sri Krishna and the defeat of the Pandavas at the hands of the Kauravas in a game where they were cheated with loaded dice.
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10 Ninnaye Rathi (Thamizh)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNCb1vm7Y18
Ragam - Sindhubhairavi
Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subramania_Bharati

Showcasing one of the sweetest and most tender aspects of the multi faceted genius Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi,
is this love song. Many of these love songs were inspired by his wife Chellamma. Normally the male God Krishna is affectionately addressed as Kanna. This song is part of a series of songs addressed to the female form Kannamma.
The same lyrics are sung in different tunes by different singers and this is one of the most attractive versions of this song available.

11 Karuna Cheyvan (Malayalam) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzmmQEIjd_o
Ragam - Yadukula Kamboji
Irayimman Thampi
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irayimman_Thampi

This is one of the most beautiful songs ever written in Malayalam and is a prayer to Lord Krishna of Guruvayoor. Though it was originally composed in Sri Ragam, the present tune in Yadukula Kamboji was given by the legendary musician cum Guruvayoorappan devotee from Kerala, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar.

12 Bala Tripura Sundari (Telugu)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcgeHVDjwdk
Prayaga Rangadasa
https://www.thehindu.com/features/frida ... google.com

Prayaga Rangadasa was the grandfather of Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna and a great composer in his own right. Many of his compositions do not follow any classical Ragam strictly and are rendered in the folk idiom.
Like Kaiwara Amara Nareyana, Prayaga Rangadasa is also one of Prince Rama Varma's pet composers and Varma ji never fails to feature his songs in his concerts and classes all over the world.
This song is on the beautiful and powerful Goddess Bala Tripura Sundari at the Kapotheshwara temple at Kadali, a small village near Antharvedi in Andhra Pradesh.
Varma ji has visited this temple multiple times and was delighted to find out that it was the great saint from Kerala,
Adi Shankaracharya himself who had consecrated the idol of the Goddess in that remote village, all those centuries ago.


13 Aaje Aaye (Braj Bhasha/Hindustani) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmeeaxS8RZA
Raag - Mishra Pahadi
Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swathi_ ... Rama_Varma

This is a Hindustani composition in Raag Mishra Pahadi by the brilliant royal composer Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, who was an ancestor of Prince Rama Varma.
Being a lover and patron of dance also, apart from music, many of Maharaja's compositions are ideally suited for dance also. This composition describes the celebration of divine love between Lord Krishna and the Gopis in the form of
Raas Leela, and highlights the sounds of the flute and the drum.


14 Pankaja Mukha (Sanskrit) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X4cHFMYCXs
Western Nottuswaram
Muthuswami Dikshitar
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muthuswami_Dikshitar

This is one of the most charming and attractive of all the Western Nottuswarams composed by the master and legend
Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar, in praise of Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati. Again Prince Rama Varma has been a pioneer in featuring the Nottuswarams of Muthuswami Dikshitar regularly in his concerts, though many other singers have started to follow the trend, of late.

15 Sri Rama (Telugu) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bIymEqBlu0
Kaiwara Amara Nareyana
https://www.tirthayatra.org/kaiwara/

Prince Rama Varma concludes this recording of fifteen songs in seven languages with a third and final appearance by Yogi Nareyana of Kaiwara.
This simple Telugu folk song, with a set of ultra attractive Swarams (Sa Ga, Ma Ga) studded by Varma ji as an intro, has taken the music world by storm, with thousands of children and adults from all over the world, clapping and singing along with delighted smiles lighting up their faces.
Apart from the usual sentiments like saying "Sri Rama! Your name is tasty to the tongue!" (Sri Rama! Nee naamamu jihvaaku ruchiga unnadi.) Yogi Nareyana comes up with warnings which are extremely relevant to our times such as "Falling for the sermons of fake Gurus can be dangerous!"
This comes from his being a visionary who has written works called Kaala Jnaanam, which predict the future accurately.
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#368 Re: Prince Rama Varma

Post by sweetsong » 30 Apr 2019, 02:24

Team Mohana of Dubai presents Guruvandanam dedicated to
Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, with 291 music students and teachers
mentored by Prince Rama Varma, performing together as one,
in perfect sync, on April 26th.
Rehearsal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODmo-jgGctA
Comments
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrUQnDZVaP0
Performance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv8qgWNJbLs
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Post by sweetsong » 30 Apr 2019, 21:10

Prince Rama Varma with
Sri S.R.Vinu
Sri B.Harikumar
Concert on May 2nd,
6:30pm
At Rajamahendravaram,
Sri Tyagarajayanarayana Samathi
A/C Auditorium ,Godavari Bund Road ,
T. Nagar
Rajahmundhry.
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#370 Re: Prince Rama Varma

Post by sweetsong » 01 May 2019, 22:42

Impromptu tribute to Pazhani Subramaya Pillai at Dubai.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s61BzWV ... e=youtu.be
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#371 Re: Prince Rama Varma

Post by sweetsong » 09 May 2019, 02:21

Swara Raja Raja Award at Rajahmundhry.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFkejBo-RF4
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#372 Re: Prince Rama Varma

Post by rajeshnat » 09 May 2019, 11:56

The only live concert that I heard of Rama varma was when he sang that lovely vakulabharanam. That day I heard a fantastic vakulabharanam . It is a haunting raga for sure. Review of his recent chennai concert In The Hindu dated April 25 2019.

https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/ ... 943466.ece

Sweetsong,
I did not know the tunesmith of the lovely vakulabharanam was ramaverma . May I get a list of numbers that rama verma has tuned(not with his guru BMK) , just list in text will do.
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#373 Re: Prince Rama Varma

Post by sweetsong » 10 May 2019, 11:58

Two day camp by Varma ji at 9:30am,
at Prayag Studios
Bsk 3rd stage
Bengaluru,
on May 18th and 19th.

The contact number for registration is +919844542638
and the contact email ID is
[email protected]
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#374 Re: Prince Rama Varma

Post by sweetsong » 12 May 2019, 00:59

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Post by sweetsong » 16 May 2019, 00:22

Live webcast of Bangalore workshop on 18th and 19th May at 9:30am

https://shaale.com/live/abhigna
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