Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

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#176 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by hnbhagavan » 22 Sep 2017, 09:28

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#177 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by rajeshnat » 22 Apr 2018, 22:41

Today (22 April 2018) I had a chance to attend one concert . One person who sat next to me said " Today is exactly 5 years since Lalgudi Jayaraman Sir passed away " and I googled now to check that it is true. One of my favourite composition of his is his Madhuvanti thillana . I am thinking now which came first- is it Lalgudi madhuvanti thillana or kanda naal mudhalai (NS chidambaram compositoin)where S kalyanaraman sings that. My gut feel that this madhuvanti both SKR and LGJ may have collaborated and taken a cue from the other(I may be wrong too)

Here is that link to this greatest violin maestro on this day 22 April 2018 playing his own thillana in madhuvanti

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iar4-gCzqaM
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#178 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by SrinathK » 23 Apr 2018, 11:48

Sharing this from another thread :

Here's the full set of links for the Lalgudi pancharatnams played by LGJ and Srimathi in live concert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPA-gsoCtTk - Isha pAhimAm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeUWUyAadCo - lalitE pravrddha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRcTxsu93DI&t=7s - mahita pravrddha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV5izYQu2oQ - gati neevani
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdDV863TJF0 - dEva sri tapastheerthapura nivAsa

This 1967 concert is one of those many super excellent LGJ-Srimathi concerts. If you can get a hold of the full concert, do listen to the spectacular rendition of the reetigowla aTa tAla varnam, the use of chatushra tisram in Sri mahAganaptir avatumam, as well as the RTP in shaNmukhapriya, sAmA and Ananda bhairavi.

The earlier solos of LGJ were at the absolute peak of his technical prowess, and the energy is palpable.
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#179 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by SrinathK » 23 Apr 2018, 11:53

From this thread : viewtopic.php?f=13&t=30965

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzby7z0ZfN8
Sublime concert - LGJ back in those days was at his technical peak. The energy and verve with which he used to play back then and how Srimathi Brahmanandam had to play to keep up note for note with that - no mean feat.

The best part is the tone of the gut strings on his violin and how it shines through that old recording - warm and velvety. Steel for all it's advantages falls short in this department.
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Lalgudi Bramhananadam matched Lalgudi and had answer for every thing thrown.Oh what great combination during 1960-72 period.It is stated that they played around 500 or so concerts
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#180 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by SrinathK » 17 Sep 2018, 20:41

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lalgudi G Jayaraman, Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi has put together a beautiful video of 11 violins playing his varnam in rAga aThANA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56z3I9jne4w
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#181 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by narayan » 20 Sep 2018, 23:10

Wonderful!
A system of music that can thrown up a concept like Athana and people who can take the trouble to polish this concept are worth a lot to me. So many fine touches that these youngsters have picked up. Very nice indeed.
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#182 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by SrinathK » 30 Sep 2018, 22:50

A beautiful Jugalbandhi with Amjad Ali Khan on the sarod. That Simhendramadhyamam is haunting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgYVN5L3DJU
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#183 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by SrinathK » 21 Nov 2018, 13:33

The album : Golden Music Golden Years (official channel) :
Part - 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pwf8M1u8oU

Part - 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J66WoVqp_H4

I remember buying this with some gift money from a competition I won at school, and this is one of the best albums in my collection till date.

All gems of renditions by LGJ and GJR Krishnan (and Vellore Ramabhadran on mridangam IIRC), tugging at both your intellect and your heartstrings -- I can't pick a favourite.

Song List
1) varnam - neelAmbari - Adi - Own Composition - Played in 2 speeds with rich phrasing.
2) mEru samAna - mAyamAlava gowla - Adi (2 kalai) 1/2 eDuppu - Thyagaraja - Lalgudi's bhava laden interpretation and his cleverness in swara calculations is the highlight. There are places where he gets the arithmetic to dance.
3) darini telusukoNTi - shuddha sAvEri - Adi (2 kalai) - Thyagaraja - A storming rendition in the true spirit of GNB. This will blow you out of the water!
4) kamalAmba samrakshatu - Ananda bhairavi - mishra chApu - Muthuswami Dikshitar - A moving delight
5) aparadhamula - latAngi - Adi (1 1/2 eDuppu) - Patnam Subramania Iyer - alapana by GJR Krishnan.
6) kanna tanDri - dEvamanohari - Adi (1 1/2 eDuppu) - Thyagaraja - Clever swaras exploring a variety of endings.

7) rAmA neeyeDa - kharaharapriya - Adi (2 kalai 1/2 eDuppu)- Thyagaraja - (R,S,TA) - main tour de force of the album, with tani avartanam by Vellore Ramabhadran.

Now comes the dessert :
8) krishnA nee bEganE bArO - yamuna kalyANi - mishra chApu (2/7 eDuppu) - Vyasatirtha
9) enna tavam seidanE - kApi - Adi (3/4 eDuppu) - Papanasam Sivan
10) teerAda vilayaTTu piLLai - rAgamalika (sindhubhairavi, khamas, shanmukhapriya,mAnd) - khanda chApu (or chatushra Eka khanDa naDai)

IMHO this is some seriously special icing on the cake - it's possibly the best recording of these numbers by LGJ out there. Lalgudi gives full vein towards his unique interpretation of the lyrics, erecting the musical scaffold of raga and virtuosity in flow with the meaning of every line and I remember being stunned when I heard these pieces for the first time.

Credit goes to GJR Krishnan for matching his father on stage whether it was in his solos or the replies to some very testy manodharma thrown at him by his guru and father. Vellore Ramabhadran provides his usual blend of unobtrusive, but tailor made support.

Regarding audio quality, the uncompressed sound on the original CD is of course far better than what Youtube offers (one reason to hear the album for real).

A special word for the choice of items in this album. Lalgudi's concert packaging is as good as his music itself. This album showcases various aspects of his genius - as a composer pushing the boundaries, an interpreter of compositions, a creator of expressive and original phrases, his ability to soak raga phrases in bhava and melody, the disciplined approach to presentation, the sheer range of gamakas, his ability to make the violin speak so much that I forgot for a while I was listening to an instrumental concert, his command over laya and various ways to end swaras from his rich experience accompanying the greats and his own ideas, his expansive raga alapana, ability to improvise at will, his particular care and attention to the lyrics of the compositions, and his ability to build musical ideas with the lyrical base, his virtuosity and command over the instrument (without reducing it to a mere pyrotechnical exercise), the ability to play dangerously without batting an eyelid, right down to clever use of tricks like harmonics, the uniquely warm timbre of his sound, the silken, virtually seamless bowing, and his romantic ability to cover a huge spectrum of emotional colors and express them through the violin.

True to its name, this album is truly gold standard - it gives you a complete tour of the music of Lalgudi Jayaraman, and is an aural feast for both layman and connoisseur alike.
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#184 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by SrinathK » 16 Dec 2018, 12:56

Ragam Tanam Pallavi in ranjani : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzdNXh_DAY8&t=755s

Ragamalika swaras (extending to the pallavi in the same ragas as well) in bEgaDa, amrtavarshini, vAgadeeshwari, nATakurinji, kalyANa vasantam, valaji, behAg (high speed swaras here)

This has been shared from Kosmik Music's official Youtube.
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#185 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by SrinathK » 16 Jan 2019, 13:25

shree rAga varnam - sAmi ninnE kOri - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z6Yc00B80c - With PMI - from Sanskriti series' official Youtube

LGJ in the old days was spectacular in playing varnams.
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#186 Re: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Post by SrinathK » 17 Jan 2019, 10:13

When the maestro decides to sing : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms3HaDOP3RU
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