Monday, December 19, 2011

Naadam !! Swaram !! Nagaswaram !!

Nadaswaram is a South-Indian version of Shehnai. It is also Called Nagaswaram. It is substantially larger than the shehnai and has a simple double reed rather that the more complex quadruple reed. It is considered a very auspicious instrument and is found at temples and at weddings. It is normally accompanied by a Sur Peti, Ottu, and a tavil. There is a smaller version of the Nadaswaram which is played in Folk Music and is known Mukhavina.

Nadaswaram, is considered to be one of the most ancient and unique musical instruments of Tamilnadu. It would be appropriate to call this instrument a rare combination of music and divinity. The history and current perspective of the instrument forms the fundamental basis of this presentation.

Our predecessors considered temples as the abode of peace and sanctity. This system of holding the temples as the centre stage of

our culture has prevailed for the last several centuries. Temples have nurtured several arts forms, the important ones being music and dance. Both these formed the basic essence of the bhakti tradition. The credit for such a rich tradition has to be given to the Azhwars and Nayanmars. The Tamil language and the patronage for music were interlinked during the ancient period. The temples in Tamilnadu have been the main inspiration and source of the bhakti tradition. Thus music played a special role as a medium for prayer. Musical celebrations were very popular and Nadaswaram acquired a special status in such presentations. Everyone in the temple precincts and the villages relished the music emanating from Nadaswaram. Thus this instrument became an integral part of temple celebrations throughout south India. great Charukesi by TNR!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tune of a popular song but a copy indeed

 A popular song in Malayalam film Harishchandra

 The tune of the song given above is a copy of the great song or Keerthana "Manasa  sancharare.." in Raga Sama. Given below some renderings of this great song.
The original composition by Sadasivabrahmendrar used in film "Sankarabharanam" but in a lucid manner. 

Sadasiva Brahmendra,a great ascetic,a Brahma jnani lived in 17th century in Tamilnadu.He was a profound Advaita Scholar that renounced the materialistic life at an early age.His compositions are out-pourings of devotion and philosophy.They elevate us to the realms of spiritual heights. Inspite of his excellence in the knowledge of the Vedas and other scriptures he used to wander freely in his own world.Songs like Pibare Rama rasam,Manasa sancharare,Gayathi Vanamali etc. haunt our minds drenching us in Bhakti. 

 This painting by S Rajam shows a story from Sadasiva Brahmendral's Avadhootha life.

Here we can listen to some classical renderings

The original composition by Sadasivabrahmendrar
sung by Neyveli R Santhanagopalan

The original composition by Sadasivabrahmendrar sung by Chembai 

 mAnasa sanchara rE brahmaNi
mAnasa sanchara rE || Oh Brahman( Supreme spirit of the universe),ramble in my mind
Charanam 1:
 Sri ramaNi kucha durga vihArE
sEvaka jana mandira mandArE || Oh Krishna,your looks roam about the fort like bosom of beautiful gopikas.You are the celestial 'Mandara'tree for the devotees serving you.
 Charanam 2 :
mada Sikhi pinchAlankruta chikurE
mahaniya kapOla vijita mukurE || Your wavy hair is beautifully decorated with wild peacock feathers.Your excellent cheeks reflect like mirror.
C haranam 3:
 parama hamsa mukha chandra chakOrE
paripurita muralirava dhArE || Your face is like the divine 'chakora' bird which thrives on moon's beams.You are the Supreme Yogi.You play the most enchanting music on your flute.

The original composition by Sadasivabrahmendrar sung by Dr.M Balamuralikrishna

The original composition by Sadasivabrahmendrar sung by Nithyasree

The original composition by Sadasivabrahmendrar
sung by P Unnikrishnan

Thursday, December 15, 2011

One song !! Over the decades !!


Maname kanamum... in Abheri /Bimplas Ragam
composed by Papanasam Sivan for the film SAVITRI was sung by great
M S Subbalakshmi and undoubtedly an immortal one.

Now a days this song is a popular one in Carnatic concerts also.
We can hear it from different singers!   by D K JAYARAMAN             by Shravan kumar

Monday, December 12, 2011


 Great Alaap series

Raga Bhoopali by Kishori Amonkar


A vintage live of Lata Mangeshkar

 Lata Mangeshkar was born in the city of Indore in 1929 to a Gujarati mother and noted actor-singer of the Marathi stage, Dinanath Mangeshkar. Her father was also her musical 'guru'. After his sudden demise in 1942, Lata had to set off in search of work at the tender age of 13, in order to support her family. Initially, she performed bit roles in a few Marathi and Hindi films.

 She made her playback singing debut with Vasant Joglekar's Marathi film Kiti Hasaal (1942), but the song was dropped from the film. Finally, she got her first break with the same director's Aap Ki Sewa Mein, five years later. However, it was Ghulam Haider's Majboor (1948) that actually pushed Lata into prominence. By the time she sang ‘Uthaye jaa unke sitam’ for Naushad in Andaz (1949) and ‘Aayega aanewala’ for Khemchand Prakash in Mahal (1949), she had already obliterated prominent singers of the day like Shamshad Begum and Amirbai Karnataki. And once Noorjehan migrated to Pakistan post-Partition, there was no one left to challenge Lata Mangeshkar's supremacy over the realm of playback singing. A position she has maintained to this day!

Friday, December 9, 2011



Song in Raga BHAIRAVI(of hindustani music) 
by K L SAIGAL, the great!!
Raga Bhairavi is an ancient raga, originating about 1500 years ago. It is the main raga of Bhairavi Thaat. It is generally the final piece in a performance and as such an early morning raga.
Bhairavi is also called an evergreen raga, since there are innumerable ways to perform the raga. Most of the artists add vivadis (grace notes), to embellish the flavor of the raga. Most of the famous songs sung by KL Saigal are in this raga.
Raga Bhairavi belongs to Bhairavi Thaat. It is a late morning Raga, and traditionally is the last raga performed at a session. 

Moods: Devotion, love, separation, reunion, joy, sarcasm, satire, sadness, nostalgia.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


A journey to the classical
age of musical Keralam.
photos of 2011 December 10
A SangeethaGurukulam Initiative supported by Mithranikethan

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Venue -TANJAVUR AMMAVEED,a Naalukettu built by Swathithirunal Maharaja,and where Mohiniyattam like art forms originated !!

Kalamandalam Ravikumar ,Kalamandalam Manikantan on Mizhavu and Kalamandalam Sindhu for Nangiarkoothu Demonstration and Harikrishnan on Idakka and Ajith Namboothiri on interaction



SangeethaGurukulam Initiative supported by Mithranikethan