Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

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#1 Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 22 Mar 2019, 08:41

The Cleveland Aradhana will begin on April 17, 2019.
Will any of the programs be live streamed as in years past ( not done in 2018 ) by the organizers or by other private broadcasters as "icarnatic" for a fee ?
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#2 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 24 Mar 2019, 19:54

Sundara Rajan,
The question foremost on the minds of those of us who can't physically make it to the Aradhana festival!
I did ask the question during the December season of someone who could give me information on this. The answer was encouraging. Let us hope we get positive news soon :)
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#3 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by rajeshnat » 24 Mar 2019, 20:09

The cleveland 2019 schedule is published, just saw now
http://www.aradhana.org/schedule.html
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#4 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 09 Apr 2019, 03:57

Any news about streaming yet? Waiting...
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#5 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by shankarank » 09 Apr 2019, 08:01

Looks like 2019 is up here:

http://icarnatic.org/
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#6 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 09 Apr 2019, 23:59

Thank you, Shankarank.
icarnatic served the Aradhana festival and the rasikAs in bringing the programs home in the past. Now, they have included the Margazhi Maha Utsavam programs as well, and are offering different packages. Their good work continues.
Hope many more rasikAs pick the ones most suited to their needs...
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#7 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 15 Apr 2019, 20:48

Looking forward to the streaming by icarnatic. They have volunteered every year, except for last year, and I am going to try and watch as much as I can, with life being a bit busy at the moment. They offer different packages of the festival and of Margazhi Maha Utsavam.
Sundara Rajan, I am sure you are happy. This year, hoping for more viewers and reviews too :)
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#8 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by RSR » 16 Apr 2019, 12:05

I hope that the streaming will be confined to audio.
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#9 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 17 Apr 2019, 19:13

Yes, I am glad that we could watch many of the programs without "being there" physically. However, I am not sure how much I can watch with my attention span declining. I have subscribed to the live & on-demand streaming, so I can watch whenever I could do so.

RSR: Why audio only ? If you don't wish to "see" the streaming video, you could go to any other website while "listening" to the program. It costs the same either way !
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#10 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by RSR » 17 Apr 2019, 20:18

Sundara Rajan wrote:
17 Apr 2019, 19:13
Yes, I am glad that we could watch many of the programs without "being there" physically. However, I am not sure how much I can watch with my attention span declining. I have subscribed to the live & on-demand streaming, so I can watch whenever I could do so.

RSR: Why audio only ? If you don't wish to "see" the streaming video, you could go to any other website while "listening" to the program. It costs the same either way !
Yes, Sir. That is the advantage in listening to streamed programs. I went through the schedule and am very happy about the choice of themes.
http://www.aradhana.org/schedule.html
quoting the items that I liked.
The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. We are also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Especially the focus on nagaswaram and tavil. almost every day.
Sangeetha Rathnakara Ramnad V. Raghavan Memorial Concert
Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to S. Rajam
D.K. Pattammal Centenary Year Concert
Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to D.K. Pattammal
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
M.D. Ramanathan Memorial Concert
Sangeetha Rathnakara Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
D.K. Pattammal Centenary Celebration
Gowri Ramnarayan (Director and Narrator)
K.V. Narayanaswamy Memorial Concert
Papanasam Ashok Ramani (Vocal)
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The last two days are having 'dance' programs. My understanding is that the music of Trinity was not related to dance at all.
Sowmya vocal concert tribute to DKP can be made 'ticketless'.
Instrumental and vocal music programs can be steamed as audio / video but dance programs are best avoided for streaming. It spoils the very divine atmosphere of the aaraadhanaa festival.
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#11 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 18 Apr 2019, 02:33

It appears that they have some teething problem in live streaming the proceedings right from 1:00 p.m. today. Let us hope the problem will be resolved soon.
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#12 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 18 Apr 2019, 03:18

The live streaming commenced with Mahathi's concert at 5:35 p.m.
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#13 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 18 Apr 2019, 08:56

Good to hear that you are tuned in, Sundara Rajan! Busy days now for me. Will watch as much as I can, and watch the rest later at my leisure. Please keep the thread alive with your comments. Of course, the comments from others too, and pictures from our top class photographers...
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#14 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by RSR » 18 Apr 2019, 12:03

pictures from our top class photographers.
God! please spare us the visual deluge.
I believe that rasikas.org has a facebook version too. I hardly go near that. It is especially meant for photos and videos.
My humble request...Please post all photographs and videos in Facebook only and not here.
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#15 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 18 Apr 2019, 22:38

Both yesterday and today, I cannot hear Mr Sundaram's comments at the end of each program even at the highest setting of volume. Either he should keep the mike closer to his moth or increase the broadcast volume. How do other rasikas feel about this ?
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#16 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 19 Apr 2019, 02:04

After four now. Couldn't come to the computer until now. Saw Sundaram, couldn't hear him. Hope the internet obliges that we can hear/see more, Sundara Rajan.
It has been a tradition here to carry Cleveland pictures for many years now . Without them, it's like a dIpAvali malar without shilpi's works of gods and goddesses, Gopulu's treasures and more.
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#17 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 19 Apr 2019, 02:40

Sound still poor, but Wesleyan students are singing--SadhincanE O manaSA softly and pleasingly sung. amba paradEvatE followed. Then another cittasvara-contained song, telisi rAma chintanato. Nice sketch of kalyANi raga, followed by ninnuvinA gati gana--all with hiccups of sound problem...
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#18 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 19 Apr 2019, 08:45

Heard Kunnakkudi Balamurali Krishna's concert without any sound hitches, starting only from a song in Urmika which went something like entane? vinTAnurA, evaritO moraliDu? Missed the composer's name too, which he announced. It was sung Impressively. Was there a varNam?
Then, kambhOdi AlApana which warmed up slowly, trying to reach some depth --there was some emroidery there. Then he went for higher notes and his tempo, again went for depth in the lower notes and came up with a few bhAva filled phrases. It was O ranga SAyi with neraval at bhUlOka vaikunTa. Embroidery work again in the svarAs which spoke of bhAva.
Karaikudi Mani reigned of course, appealing both to paNDitAs and pAmarAs (like me). What konjum (adorable) phrases! Each one sounded beautiful, as if verbalized.
Guruprasad played ably along.
Guru Surjananda's muruganin maRu peyar azhagu was sung well, and KAraikudi Mani's playing for it was a composition in itself...
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#19 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by RSR » 19 Apr 2019, 20:32

It goes to the eternal credit of CM composers ( especially the Trinity) to have completely and correctly changed the theme of the compositions as solely devotion-oriented. As such, it will be a travesty to have any dance program based on their creations. A note on Shyama Sastry from wiki.
His set of three famous svarajati(s) are intended to be sung in concert rather than danced, and are sometimes referred to as "Ratnatrayam" (Three jewels). They are Kāmākṣhī Anudinamu, Kāmākṣhī Padayugamē, and Rāvē himagiri kumāri, composed in the ragas Bhairavi, Yadukula kambhoji and Todi respectively. The former two are set to Miśra Cāpu Tāḷa, while the third is set to Ādi Tāḷa.
Here are a few kritis by the trinity How can anyone 'dance' to these majestic creations?
(1) any of the iodi kritis of Thyagaraja swami (2) nAma kusuma in Sriragam (3) mAnasa guruguha (4) janani ninnu vinaa (5) meru samaana (6) jAnaki ramaNa (7) intha sowkyamu (8) giripai (8) sangeetha gyanamu .. and many more.
Cleveland organizers can delink CM classical and dance programs. and hold separate 'festivals' ( if at all!) for non-trinity CM songs as dance!
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#20 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 20 Apr 2019, 20:27

Since no one else has written about the concerts, except Arasi who covered only Kunnakkudi Balamuralikrishna, I will provide my two cents worth about the events that I watched.

April 17,2019.
MAHATHI started the concert with Koteeswara Iyer's VAraNa mukhavA in Hamsadwani followed by
Neethu mahima pogada tharamA in Hamsaanandhi
Next she provided a good alApana in kAmbhOdhi for 16 minutes and followed it by
Sri SubrahmanyAya namasthE of Dikshtar, neraval and swaras st the usual "vAsavAdhi sakaladEva vandhithAya" for a total55 minutes.
IthisamayamurA in ChAyanata followed.
RTP in Shanmukapriya: SaravNabhava Shanmukapriya vadivElazhagA with swaram in RagamAlika. I was distracted and failed to note the ragas except the last one in BehAg.
She completed her program with the Garudhadwani Thilland of BMK made famous by Rama Varma.
A good almost two hours concert that I enjoyed.

A.S. MuraLi & family
1. BrochEvArevarE in Sriranjani
2. PAlaya mAdhava mahitham of Swathi ThirunAL in AsAvEri. This was new to me
3.KeeravANi alApana for 14 minutes followed by "sAmaghAnapriyakaram umAmahEswaram of SurajAnanda with swaram for a total of 30 minutes.
4. Ini namkkoru kavalayumillai in Bilahari- Kotteswara Iyer's
5. Dikshitar's mahAlakshmi karuNArasa---- in mAdhava manOhari
6.KalyANi raga alApana after only 5 minutes at 8:56 p.m. the broadcast was abruptly stopped !!

This is the first time I hear this artist from Palghat. He was vocally supported by his wife and son. I liked his presentation but was short chained by abrupt stoppage.

April 18, 2019
Kunnakkudi BalanuraLikrishna

The program was running late by almost TWO hours and BMK's program had to be cut short.
He started with Pallavi Gopala Iyer's Enthneevina vinthurA in Urmika raga, a janya of Simmendramadyamam
kAmbhOdji raga alApana for 15 minutes followed by O RangasAyEE-18 minutes.
Tani Avardanam for 10 minutes A very good presentation of the rAga in all its shades as well as the composition
He had to close his progran with Surajananda's Behag piece "muruganin maru peyar azhaghu" at 10:31 p.m.

April 19, 2019

Sunil Gargyan

I missed his first song
2, Good alApana of Nattakkurinchi raga followed by "Mansu viszhaya---"
3. GKB"s Behag ragA Adum ChidamnbaramO

Short but sweet presentation. This is the first time I hear him live, though I have listened to him on You Tube a few times.


The evening program of
Sudha Raghunathan:
Started at 7:45 p.m., only 15 min behind schedule !
1. HMB's Daru vaNam in raga Vasantha: SannuthAngi Sri ChamundEswari--- 10 min. This composition First time for me
2.mOkshamugaldA in sAramathi. Started with the Anupallavi. Good presentation
3. Sub main- SubbarAya sAstri's Janani ninnuvinA in ReethigowLa - 10 min alApana, neraval and swara at suvAsini--
4. Amba nee irangAyenil pugal Ethu in atANa
5. Main item: KalyANi raga aLapana and violin return by young Kamalkiran Vinjamuri for a total of 22 min. followed by
NujadAsavarada of Pattanam Subramanya Iyer, neraval & swara at bhujagAdhipa--- total of 45 min. followed by
Thani for 20 min.
6. theerAdha viLayAttuppiLLai of mahAkavi Subrahmanya BhArathi- raga malika
thukkadas on Sairam etc
ChAlu cHalu----
mAlai varum sOlai/nEram

Looooong speech, mostly inaudible.
She closed the program at 10.25 p.m.with BalamuaLikishna's thillana in BrindAvai raga.

A good 2.5 hrs. concert
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#21 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by rajeshnat » 20 Apr 2019, 20:53

Sundararajan Sir
I personally did not know that AS Murali has wife and son to do vocal support. If some one can help with their names that would be great. AS Murali brothers and nephew excel in percussion , may be only violinist is missing in their family.

Great Enthusiasm I guess if you were bit more younger you would have driven all the way from Florida to Ohio. Continue with your lovely updates.
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#22 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 20 Apr 2019, 22:28

Rajesh: It was my assumption that the vocal accompanists were A.S. Murali's wife and son. I may be wrong. The name of the female vocal support is by B. Lakshmi Shree as given in the schedule
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#23 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 21 Apr 2019, 03:17

Sundara Rajan,
So, Sudha did start with UrmikA? No varNam or any other opener, then... nI irangAyenil pugal Edu had bhava, KalyANi had some impressive piDis, reminiscent of her guru. You could see that she was putting in a lot of effort in her singing. Kamalkiran started off a bit scratchy, but sounded pleasant all along. Thani was good. Bharadwaj was appealing, Here's someone whom I have seen playing as a teen, and how he has shaped up!
Sudha's KalyANi svarams were very pleasing to hear. tIrAda viLaiyATTup piLLai was a bit drab until it came to pullAnguzhal koNDu varuvAn where her singing shimmered.

In the sAi bhajan in karNa ranjani Sudha sounded so so--may be because it took me back to her teen years when she had sung Om namO NArAyaNA on tape, and its composer enthused about the beautiful singing of the youngster, and played it to me. I was thrilled to hear it, and later, on her first trip to the US, a kIravANi she sang (kaligiyuNDE kadA) got lodged in my mind, and many more since. What an illustrious career!
But for sAramaina mATalentO, chAlu chAlurA, which I wish she had sung with more nidAnam and kuzhaivu, all the rest were a mélange of bhajan bits....
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#24 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by Sundara Rajan » 21 Apr 2019, 05:32

Arasi: Correction. It was Kunnakkudi BalamuraLikrishna that started with the Urmika raga composition followed by O ranga sAyee
Sudha started with Daru varNam of HMB in Vasantha raga.
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#25 Re: Cleveland Aradhana April, 2019

Post by arasi » 21 Apr 2019, 06:12

Concert mArATTam (confusion) which wasn't called for! Sorry for the mix up :(
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