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srini n, Oct. 20, 2012

Folks here!

My apologies for not delivering on the promise. It is the suspect - work and other priorities - taht keeps me away from doing much here. Thats the bad news. The good news is I have neither forgotten nor given up. I am trying to arrange a more competent person to collaborate and provide the required content here.

I hope you will see more useful stuff here - sooner than later.

Meanwhile, thanks a ton for your patience which is hugely appreciated

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Camilla Pashar, March 16, 2012

I stumbled across this interesting blog on Carnatic Music. I hope you enjoy it!

http://www.carnatic.com/

http://youtube.com/watch?v=eTgRh6bB94E&feature=player_embedded#!
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  • srini n srini n April 20, 2012
    Tnx Camilla. I have been busy with work last few months. Hoe to catch up in a few weeks.

    The singer is Aruna Sairam. She is singing a song in Tamil laguage. Typically these kind of 'light' songs come at the fag end of a 2/3 hr concert.

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Bob Butterworth, Dec. 30, 2011

Carnatic music ideals

Einstein is quoted to have once remarked that Mozart did not create music but his music “was so pure that it seemed to have been ever present in the universe, waiting to be discovered by the master”.

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/music/article2715249.ece

Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer did the same for classical Carnatic music. building a bridge between the past and the contemporary times.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LlWFkdaF7io
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  • srini n srini n Dec. 31, 2011
    Wonderful quote! Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer - the vocalist in this video - is a doyen among the Carnatic musicians. He was a trail blazer in many respects. Many of his disciples became star performers at a later date. The most known among them was M S Subbulakshmi who was a well known musician even in the West. She performed at the invitation of the United Nation (UNESCO) in 1964.

    The song which is rendered by Iyer is a composition in the melody (Raga) named Kamas. It is composed in the Telugu language by Saint Ramdas of Badragiri in praise of Lord Rama - an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, according to the Hindu mythology.

    More on this when we start uploading the demo concert!

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srini n, Dec. 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to all!
While our project is still underway, you may enjoy this little ditty (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the nursery rhyme) rendered initially in authentic carnatic music style from 0-0.49s) and thereafter in a few other folk versions)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmdAF4ihedM
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Camilla Pashar, Dec. 15, 2011

Breaking gender barriers in Carnatic music

I found an interesting article that takes a look at the women musicians who contributed to the male dominated world of Carnatic Music.

In fact, there have been many women musicians of the past like Bangalore Tayi, Madras Lalithangi, Salem Meenakshi, Vainikas Dhanammal, Madurai Shanmugavadivu, violinist Madurai Akkammal, flautist Valadi Rukmini Papa, gottuvadyam Mannargudi Savithri Ammal, mridangist Tanjore Kamakshi Bai, magasvaram M S Ponnuthai and composers Tallapakka Thimmakka who have contributed greatly to the field of Carnatic music.

This recording of Bangalore Tayi goes back to the 1930’s

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xDTf1AU3Uj4
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  • srini n srini n Dec. 18, 2011
    Dan: To get a perspective we may look at the Sangi
    ta Kalanidhi Awards. These are kind of Nobel prizes annually awarded for lifetime achievements and contribution to Carnatic Muisc to one musician/dancer by the premier Music Academy based out at Chennai (formerly Madras). The awards are being conferred since 1929.

    The first female recipient was M S Subbulakshmi in 1968. Within the next ten years, four ladies - D K Pattammal (1970), T Balsaraswathy (1073), T Brinda (1976) and M L Vasanthakumari (1977) were conferred the title. Thereafter it was conferred on R Vedavalli in 2000. The latest recipients are the singer duo Bombay Sisters - Saroja and Lalitha in 2010.

    in my personal opinion a few deserving artistes who seem to have missed out is the sisters Radha & Jayalakhsmi and the vocalist Mani Krishnaswamy. Since these are lifetime awards it is still possible that these ladies and others will also be conferred with this unofficial supreme recognition.

    http://www.musicacademymadras.in/sangita_kalanidhi.php
  • srini n srini n Dec. 19, 2011
    Corrections to the post above^. Mani Krishnaswamy received the Sangita Kalanidhi title in 1993. Also the Sikkil Sisters - Neela and Kunjumani, who play the flute - were conferred the title in 2002.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangeetha_Kalanidhi
  • Dan Thompson Dan Thompson Dec. 20, 2011
    Hi Srini. Great background information. Thanks for that historical framework!
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srini n, Dec. 8, 2011

Introduction to carnatic music and rhytms

A preview of what a Carnatic Music concert offers is here in this 33 mins video.

India’s classical music has long been a source of fascination to the west but, for many, it is undiscovered territory. Indian classical music is quite different from Western music. The structure of Carnatic music – the classicall music of Southern India – is also distinct from that of the north of the country. Instead of the expression and feeling favoured by the northern, Hindustani style, Carnatic music places the emphasis on structure and improvisation and, although its melodic refinements are based, like all Indian music, on the notes of a given raga, it is also based on highly-developed rhythmical patterns known as tala.
Neyveli B. Venkatesh illustrated his presentation on the mridangam (drum), with the singer Sanjay Subrahmanyan and the violonist S.Varadarajan.”

http://vimeo.com/8776439
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srini n, Dec. 6, 2011

As we are working on presenting an intro to Carnatic Music, savor the flavors of it from this light jearted article….

It’s December. It’s The Season in Chennai. The regulars know what to do, what to expect. And for the music-loving tourist who doesn’t, a crash course is inevitable, beginning with the gentle instruction that sa-ri isn’t just six yards of local attire. Baradwaj Rangan”

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sundaymagazine/article2685706.ece
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