Vidushi Sita Narayanan

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HarishankarK
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#1 Vidushi Sita Narayanan

Post by HarishankarK » 31 Oct 2013, 10:56

Would like to know more about this artiste. Unable to find information on her in google except for a few concert reviews in The Hindu.
Few things i know :
a. She is a bhajan expert
b. Pure traditionalist
c. Her voice is still in very good condition - sruti adherence, singing many sangatis, neravals; despite her age
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#2 Re: Vidushi Sita Narayanan

Post by sureshvv » 31 Oct 2013, 11:53

Here is the brief bio from the Charsur handout at their mid-year music festival:

Born in Jamshedpur in a family with great love for music, Seetha had her initial training under Kasy Viswanatha Bhagavatar (a product of Swathi Thirunal Academy, Thiruvananthapuram, then headed by Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer). Marriage to a senior railway officer meant transfers. Seetha, however kept her interest in music alive and when she moved to Chennai had the benefit of grooming by stalwarts like Nagercoil Harihara Iyer, P.K.Rajagoapla Iyer (eminent musicologist and Disciple of "Tiger") and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan and since 1988 by eminent Vidwan Sri Chingelput Ranganathan.

She has been broadcasting from the Chennai station of AIR since 1973 and in the "A" grade since 1983 and was recently elevated to the A-Top grade. She is also proficient in Hindi Bhajans. Her proficiency in every aspect of concert presentation, clarity of sahitya, grip over laya, have earned for her several prestigious awards. Seetha's concerts and lecture demonstrations have been featured by leading organizations all over the world. Her fluency in many languages and deep-study of music related subjects make her lecture demonstrations very popular.

As a dedicated teacher she has groomed a number of talented students who are making a mark in the concert stage.
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#3 Re: Vidushi Sita Narayanan

Post by harimau » 31 Oct 2013, 21:38

As he was leaving a concert by Smt Seetha Narayanan, the late Sri T R Subramaniam said to me, " Romba gauravamana pattu". (Music filled with gauravam..... Meaning she doesn't pander to the audience.)

But that is not necessarily what the sheeple want.
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#4 Re: Vidushi Sita Narayanan

Post by HarishankarK » 03 Nov 2013, 08:52

"But that is not necessarily what the sheeple want."
Well Said!
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#5 Re: Vidushi Sita Narayanan

Post by thanjavooran » 11 Nov 2013, 03:29

She is an expert in Bajan singing. I have heard her concerts several times. Her knowledge in theory is enormous and very good in lec dem. Few years back she explained in DD Podhigai the pattern of singing Thanam in Trivandram style in the isaiyodu nan program.
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#6 Re: Vidushi Sita Narayanan

Post by rshankar » 12 Nov 2013, 10:20

harimau wrote:But that is not necessarily what the sheeple want.
Baaah, humbug, perhaps? :)
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#7 Re: Vidushi Sita Narayanan

Post by rajeshnat » 18 May 2018, 14:37

You get The Hindu review in the delhi edition and due to dearth of concerts does it mean they will even review AIR recording. Review of hers in The Hindu dated May 18th 2018.
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/m ... 918154.ece

I have heard her just once or twice live, nice artist.
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