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A very useful website for lovers of Carnatic Music

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saarangam

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Here is a blog by Sri. V.Govindan for lovers of Carnatic Music.He has taken lot of pains to post the krithis of Thyagaraja with lyrics in English, Tamizh, Kannada, Telugu , Devanagari and Malayalam. He also gives the word by word meaning and the substance of the krithis.

thyagaraja-vaibhavam.blogspot.com/.
 
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Raghy

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Sri.Saarangam Sir,

Greetings. It is very nice of you to post the information. Thank you. (The link posted by you does not seem to work). Kindly allow me to post this link on behalf of you, please.

Thyagaraja Vaibhavam

Cheers!
 
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saarangam

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Many thanks Sri.Raghy. In fact I wanted to provide a link to the site but somehow it didn't
work.I had to copy paste the url to visit the site.Now the link provided by you will be very useful to our members.
regards
 

N.R.Ranganathan

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carnatic music

Sirs:

If you want to know about the composers, musicians and ragas and also listen to
renderings of some great masters of yester years, please visit Rasikas.org.
You can listen to Ariyakudi, Chembai, Maharajapuram, Semmangudi, Madurai Mani iyer,
GNB, Alathur bros, MS, DKP and DKJ and others. Divine music !
 
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rajuvish

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thank you all for the very interesting, useful sites -- the info is certainly very useful: rj
 

Raji Ram

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Thyagaraja Vaibhavam

A very useful blog for music lovers. Thyagaraja krithis are full of bhakthi and we know the meaning of the songs, only to some extent. Word by word meanings are very clear and the best part is that different 'pAtAntharAs' are also explained.

Thanks a lot for sharing this link, Sir! As a promoter of carnatic music, this is a treasure for me!

Raji Ram
 
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N.R.Ranganathan

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Dear Mr.Sarangam,

Anyone can become a free member of sangeethamshare via google or yahoo.
I have downloaded many old vintage concerts of MMI.GNB, ARI,SSI,MDR,DKP,
MSS, NCV and others. Fine music.
 
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SwamiTaBra

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Dear Mr.Sarangam,

Anyone can become a free member of sangeethamshare via google or yahoo.
I have downloaded many old vintage concerts of MMI.GNB, ARI,SSI,MDR,DKP,
MSS, NCV and others. Fine music.

We do not get to hear any of the recordings of Mudikondan Venkatarama Iyer on the radio. Can someone please tell whether I can at least get a sample?

Rgds.,
 
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SwamiTaBra

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and we know the meaning of the songs, only to some extent. Word by word meanings are very clear and the best part is that different 'pAtAntharAs' are also explained.

Raji Ram [/COLOR]

A well-known vidwan (i don't want to disclose his name here) and a preferred teacher in a lecture at a sabha, was to tell that out of about 12 direct disciples of Tyagaraja, 9 did not understand Telugu. What they heard they just transmitted.

Hence loose grammar and imperfect pronunciations have crept into many Tyagaraja kritis?

Also some kritis were listed under different ragas for e.g. "Yenta venduko.." we all know is sung in a raga "Sarasvati Manohari", but in an old text it is prescribed to be sung in "Hari Kamboji". This sort of liberty in choosing ragaas is rampant with Purandaradasa and Anamacharya kritis.
 

Raji Ram

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We do not get to hear any of the recordings of Mudikondan Venkatarama Iyer on the radio. Can someone please tell whether I can at least get a sample?

Rgds.,
Please google search for Mudikondan Venkatarama Iyer, vocal mp3.

A few songs are available for free download.

We find two uploads in youtube also. Just have to search youtube, Mudikondan Venkatarama Iyer.

 
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rajuvish

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Thyagaraja Vaibhavam

A very useful blog for music lovers. Thyagaraja krithis are full of bhakthi and we know the meaning of the songs, only to some extent. Word by word meanings are very clear and the best part is that different 'pAtAntharAs' are also explained.

Thanks a lot for sharing this link, Sir! As a promoter of carnatic music, this is a treasure for me!

Raji Ram

i found the blog site --- photos of musicians --- interesting, the old photographs eloquent in their own way! third from last of a series of photo's, is MudikondanVenkitaramaIyer with Lalgudi&Sivaraman!
 

Raji Ram

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Got this rare photo from Smt. Bhagya's album of Sri. MCV Iyer.

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Simmanandhana Pallavi in Trikalam in 1952 - Music Academy.
Violin-Lalgudi G.Jayaraman and Mridangam Palani Subramaniapillai.

Just felt like sharing .....
 
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SwamiTaBra

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ndian Classical Music
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Among all the art forms, music is considered to be the most effective medium for communicating and creating a mood of instant bliss and aesthetic joy in the listener through its melodic, harmonic and rhythmic contents. It is authoritatively stated that, as expressing human emotions there is no other aspect of art or philosophy which can excel music. Music has its own language, the language of the heart, and its appeal is universal. Music is the art and science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds or tones-varying in melody, pitch, harmony, rhythm and timbre with a view
to forming structurally and emotionally expressive phrases as well as compositions. In the history of human culture, music happens to be the earliest fine art to be developed. Music has played an important role in the history of man kind throughout the world. It was an integral part of the lives of the people in every ancient civilization. It is also said that the culture of a nation is best described in music and allied fine arts. Available evidences confirm that each civilization had a great cultural heritage of its own and music was one of the in separable limbs of any culture. India is a land of music and music is an essential part of the life of her people. Since ancient times music has pervaded all facets of life-be it a social, cultural, religious or martial events.

Music in India is as old as the about 2000 years. In India, music has been deemed to be of divine origin. Indian mythology has ample evidences of associating musical instruments with Gods and Goddesses. Particular references to musical instruments can be found in the great indian epics like Ramayana and Mahabharatha as well as the Puranas. Gods, Goddesses and other divine beings have been personified as music incarnate or described as delighting in music.In ancient times the role of music in India was mainly ritualistic. It was considered as a path to salvation. The growth of Indian music has been a gradual, continuous process of development from a very elementary stage. Today, it is been considered to be one of the most sophisticated melodic music system in the world of music. Indian music, like other kinds of art forms, has been handed down over hundreds of years with all the respect and love that a great heritage merits. There has been a very long evolution before our tradition achieved maturity and yielded variety. Indian music, being a very ancient art, has a very long, unbroken tradition behind it.

The most distinctive characteristic of Indian music is that it is purely melodic where as music of west is Harmonic. Melody denotes a succession of notes and tones systematically arranged so as to produce a pleasing effect. the later centuries, due to various reasons, the classical music of India, though one in the spirit, has developed along two separate lines-Carnatic and Hindusthani. The difference between these two forms of classical music is mainly stylistic. There have been historical, political and cultural events that have influenced Hindusthani music to evolve a separate style of its own. Hindusthani music was influenced and developed due to the influx of the Muslim invaders from 12th century onwards. But the south, not very much a prey to Islamic culture, kept up and developed the original traditional style.

Carnatic music is considered to be one of the most advanced and sophisticated classical music systems in the world today. The soul of Carnatic music is its Gamakas ( Unique oscillations) & Improvisation'. It has over 20000 scales called Raga, and innumerable Talas ( cycle of rhythm beats). Countless composers, enriched Carnatic music with innumerable compositions varying in the form, Raga and Thala. Since then a large number of musicians of high caliber-both instrumentalists and vocalists emerged and enriched the great heritage of Carnatic music and took the music to great heights, thereby securing a highly reputed place for Carnatic music at the international level. Today it has stood out as one of the most advanced systems of music in the world.The growth and development of Carnatic music through the centuries is a testimony to the greatness of the musical mind. Carnatic music is full of improvisation. It is at once ancient, traditional and also always new. It is both imitative and creative. The genius of Carnatic music lies in its 'Manodharma Sangeetha' ( Spontaneous exposition). In a traditional Carnatic classical music concert, more than two-thirds of the duration is devoted to ' improvisation.'. Here, every musician is an interpreter as well as an embodiment of style. He has a freedom of expression all his own, though the degree of freedom allowed varies depending his role, the form and purpose.

Sir,

Thanks for your fine post.

It is felt that there is great emphasis placed on melody in the hindustani style. Is it that employment of gamakas often results in sacrifice of melody, which happens quite easy with flat notes?

Are you saying that "manodharma" is totally absent in Hindustani? It may be true of Western classical music.

However Carnatic it appears to be streets ahead as far as taalas are concerned. Also the exponent of Carnatic music has to deal with several compositions for he/she to be recognised.

Rgds.
 
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SwamiTaBra

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swathithirunal.in is a good site for swathithirunal related info and music: cheers!

Can we revisit the controversy on Swathi thirunal's compositions raised by late "Veena" Balachandar ?

Rgds.,
 
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SwamiTaBra

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Dear Mr/Ms. Siganeswarie,

You seem to do an excellent copy-paste job, for which you deserve credit. But what is annoying is that you post indiscriminately in any thread you like.

Also you have not answered my queries raised in the post#22.

You will certainly raise your value by putting across your own views as well on the subjects you are interested in.

Regards,
 

N.R.Ranganathan

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sir,

Late Madurai Mani iyer was an expert in manodharma and he was responsible in
popularising many rare ragas like valaji and the compositions of Papanasam Sivan.
His concerts would extend to late in the midnight or even early morning. And he
mostly did தேங்காய் மூடி cutcheri, expecting nothing in return. We used to
return to our houses late in the night covering the entire distance (sometimes 8
to 10 km ) by foot.
 

Raji Ram

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Dear friends,

Binny Sri. Subba Rao used to arrange concerts of all the leading carnatic musicians at Coimbatore,

in a huge 'pandhal', for Rama Navami celebrations and they were entrance free concerts too. Our father,

a medical practitioner, took us (school children during 60s), all the way from Ananimalai, which was about 30 miles away,

several times, to listen to many leading 'vidhwans' and develop "kELvi gnAnam".

Those were golden days! :thumb:

Regards,
Raji Ram
 
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