Immortal MMI (Madurai Mani Iyer) needs no introduction. Madurai Mani Iyer is a Nada Yogi. Madurai Mani Iyer gave his first concert at the age of 12 in the year 1924. Madurai Mani Iyer’s music is characterized by his uncanny ability to sing ‘aduku swaras’(inspired consecutive additions of notes in the kalpana swara phase, which embellish the raga or kriti) and weave magical patterns in the ‘swara-prasthara’ stage of the concert. Invariably he wove such a magic with his swaras that the audience swayed to his music enjoying it thoroughly.He had the ability to easily scale the octaveswhile singing. His “shruti sense” was perfectand he took special care to preserve this aspect of his music all through his life so that listeners got the full benefit of the ‘bhava sangeetham’ in his music in perfect alignment with the tonic note. He was conferred the title “Gana Kaladara” in 1943 in the temple town Tanjore. With all his heart in his singing, you would indeed feel his music, be drawn to its every nuance,truly lose yourself in it and enjoy yourself. His music captivates you, mesmerizes you.
Remembering Great Masters – Old is Gold Series – Sri.Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar
Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar was an Indian Carnatic music singer from the state of Kerala. Usually known by his village name Chembai, or simply as Bhagavatar, he was born to Anantha Bhagavatar and Parvati Ammal in 1895. Chembai was noted for his powerful voice and majestic style of singing. His first public performance was in 1904, when he was nine. He was a recipient of several titles and honours in his performing career of 70 years (1904-1974). He was known for his encouragement of upcoming musicians, and also for his ability to spot new talent. He was responsible for popularizing compositions like Rakshamam, Pavana Guru, among others.
Month of June 2012 is Dedicated to the Great Masters in the world of Carnatic Music. My humble pranams at the lotus feet of these great masters who still remain immortal in this world through their Golden Music.
Remembering Great Masters – Old is Gold Series – Sri.M.D.Ramanathan
His music moved in massive chords when he lingered lovingly on both the sahitya and sangita of great vaggeyakaras. In his deep-toned exposition there was an irresistible combination of tenderness and melody. In the purity of tone, admirable vilamba kala pacing and spacing. Ramanathan has sung in most Carnatic music ragas such as Sahana, Sri, Anandabhairavi, Reethigowla and Yadukula Kambhoji. Other favorite ragas of his include Kedaram, Kambhoji and Hamsadwani.
Remembering Great Masters – Old is Gold Series- Sangita Kalanidhi Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy
Sangita Kalanidhi Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy is the true representative and torch bearer of the legendary Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar tradition. Imbibing the best qualities from his illustrious Guru, KVN created a very fine bani of his own which became famous for Sruthi Suddha, rhythmical excellence, Bhava laden music steeped in tradition.
Vocal-Palghat K.V Narayanaswamy Violin – M Chandrashekaran Mridangam-Palghat Raghu
1. Take into account that great love and great achievement involve great risk.
2. Follow the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
3. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke ofluck.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says: “Leave everything and surrender to me, I will absolve you of all sins and lead you to salvation”. God does not differentiate between friend and foe, man and animal, caste and creed. He comes to the rescue of all those who surrender to Him with full faith and belief in Him.